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It is now possible to help my muesli addiction, or possibly let me afford healthier food. 

liberapay.com/raingloom/

Having an independent income source would let me work on more free software stuff, even things that don't look good on a CV. And also create more art, possibly involving headpats.
But it's not like I'm starving or anything, so no pressure if you wanna give to someone more in need instead. That someone could even be yourself. Heck, go do something nice for yourself anyways.

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Hi!
This is @grainloom 's art alt! Or @grainloom is @csepp 's social alt! Idk!

To start things off, here is some fanart of I first made because I needed a b&w avatar and then turned into a kind of ars poetica thing. That thing they say about limitations leading to more creativity definitely turned out to be true for this.

@syntacticsugarglider I really *really* like the Motivation section of their readme, it is well worth a look for every language designer. (and really, every program that is used by other programs is a language)

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This has been in my tabs for months, was gonna read more before linking it, but whatever, I have other projects, so here it is:

github.com/yatima-inc/yatima

cc @syntacticsugarglider have you seen this? it looks like it aligns with your ideals.

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@tychosoft and yet a priest class of white, wealthy, libertarian males is all we've got, 32 years after the GPL was first introduced.

That's not the GPL's fault, of course, but we're in such a dire situation because a licence, which is a legal agreement, cannot address non-legal matters such as the patriarchy, global inequality and capitalism itself. Solving those requires devs take a hard sance on subjects that are inherently political in nature. Unfortunately that's something they're (mostly) not willing/able to do, partially because of how neoliberal academia frames technology as "neutral" and "agnostic", which it's not. The sooner we realise there's a power concentration problem in the FLOSS community, the sooner we'll be ready to address it.

@aral

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Oh my Glowcloud I think I found a Hungarian art cinema streaming site that offers DRM free downloads MP4? The URL is cinego.hu . I don't watch many movies (at least not on my own) but I have some friends who do and will probably like this.

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@paul @csepp @neauoire @eris i think maybe my ultimate frustration with a lot of alternative computing spaces is that they're unimaginative? You have a universal machine in front of you. You can compute any general recursive function. Maybe pick an interesting one?
It's worse than regressive because at least before the current hyper-commodified age there were non-textual hypertext projects and stuff that were (though misguided in some ways) trying to create new/better computational landscapes.

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@csepp @neauoire @paul @eris welkin (without reflection extensions, which can be confined to an IO-style monad) can theoretically be compiled natively without too much hassle since it requires everything to be sized and all duplication is explicit. in practice having a runtime is fine. i run WASM on microcontrollers, and a welkin runtime is *much* simpler than a WASM implementation. i haven't tried to write the smallest implementation possible but I'd bet less than 100 LoC of C would suffice.

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@eris @syntacticsugarglider @csepp This anecdote only touches up on accessiblity, but a friend of mine who is normally a python developer, broke his arm and started to do voice-to-text programming in forth, and they told me that this was one of the nicest example of voice programming since forth is such a simple language to parse with spaces being the only token spacer.

Just thought I'd share this, I've been meaning to mention it for a while and I haven't had the chance.

re stuff
All this talk about low power computing and forever languages is cool and all, but I don't think it's responsible to use anything unsafe in 2021, so that should be taken into account when discussing language and library options.
And when it comes to forever interfaces, accessibility should be considered from the very start.
Adding these later won't work and it's hard to say for certain that they will never be needed, so IMHO they should be there from the start.</hotTake>

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dumping on Olympics 

@glyph These are the sorts of things that have led many representative democracies to withdraw their bids over the years, or not even bid for the games in the first place, leaving autocracies as the most likely host of many future games. Many former host cities also have empty multi-billion-dollar buildings in the place of what were previously functioning neighborhoods or open spaces. It's a rare city that can avoid this fate when the Games come to town.

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@deianeira sometimes at night I look at the ceiling of the boat, and I wonder if maybe we're the gut bacteria of the bigger boat organism, helping it move around.

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The solar balloon invented itself

If you picture a flying machine, you probably imagine a craft which is heavier than air, somehow kept aloft with wings or propellers. Heavier-than-air flight dominates discourses about aviation..

aerocene.org/a-brief-solar-bal

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in love with the <details> and <summary> tags

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Music as journey - on interwoven hierarchies in polyphonic music and how to display, manipulate and explore them.

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Doing my computing on the this morning using a cheap used USB keyboard and the convergence kit. It is rather comfy. My Thinkpad isn't very noisy but this beats even that.

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Someone took a bunch of plants (oregano, valerian, rue, catnip, and fennel) from the #pandemicpatch
I'm hoping it was someone who took pity on the plants in the current drought and brought them home to care for them and will return them later.
Or maybe they are just gone.
I'm sad and kinda disappointed about it. But my reaction is really interesting. Same for when the bench was taken.
My initial reaction is to start thinking of ways to make it harder to take things. Put cement blocks on the benches. Attach the herbs to them and keep them in larger pots.
But i actively want work against that reaction. Instead of trying to lock everything down, i want to keep it as open as possible.
I can start thinking of those things not as gone and stolen, but as passed along to someone who needed it more. Maybe who ever took the bench just really wanted a bench at home? While im sad its not public anymore, maybe its still improving someones life. Which was the whole point in the first place.

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