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It's interesting to read these words and analyze how they affect your frame of mind.

If you're in tech maybe you are now rushed , stressed, overwhelmed, have a huge backlog of TODO's, plans, deadlines you set for yourself or placed upon you.

Now read each of these words slowly and reflect a bit on them:

- Small tech
- Slow tech
- Calm tech

Did they put you more at ease? Can you look differently on what you do today? Does it allow different perspective?

It does to me.

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Today my mind seems to be on how capitalists like Google, Microsoft, & Facebook have subverted free software into free labor for them.

This ties into my advice from this morning to:
1) Pay for the free software you use, &
2) Tackle projects which aren't interesting to them.

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“European Commission announced … follow-up legislation that will make the use of chatcontrol mandatory for all e-mail and messenger providers.”

Guess what isn’t covered by this? Yes, the Small Web. Is it time to take the idea that we could all own our own places on the Web and communicate with each other privately seriously? I think so, at least.

#smallWeb #individualSovereignty #personhood #humanRights #democracy #technology

Gonna try doing a haunted, cabin in the woods, dark vibe isometric mini world. Starting out with a little vector template of the cabin, made with then copied into my existing template.

Inkscape is fantastic for isometric illustration. Its grid snapping precision is unsurpassed in all the vector programs I’ve used.

This guy is a legend, been listening to his videos all afternoon.

Here he is putting the smack down on transphobes:

Just came across this excellent, and also funny, breakdown of how full of shit Elon Musk is. Great primer for anyone who doesn’t know about any of the details:

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Vivaldi browser's reasoning for not releasing it as FOSS.

This is either intentional bullshit, or just a collection of common FUD and misconceptions about being open.

You ABSOLUTELY CAN be free and open-source, while maintaining strict UI guidelines and brand integrity.

Projects like @elementary and @gnome prove the living hell out of it.

Ooooh you know what would be super cool? Maps for TTRPGs made in Krita using photo manipulation.

I’m definitely going to do that.

Zero effort lettuce faring better than expected.

Bought from the supermarket, ate all the leaves, clumsily buried the roots of what was left, did nothing.

I thought they’d all die but might as well give them a go because they’d just get thrown out anyway.

But so far all except one, which got pulled up by a bird or cat, are alive and growing.

What are people’s thoughts on pen and paper journaling in a way that doesn’t generate a bunch of waste by discarding writing tool parts, but yet can still be done on the couch without fear of ink spills?

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You owe no one your labor.
You owe no one your time.

Converted my isometric graphics into fiat textures in then applied them to some basic models in . Exported to and set them up as a grid map, which is a pretty cool feature.

Happy with the call to go from 2D to 3D, it’s a lot easier and more flexible and I like how it’s coming together.

I’m learning that dealing with deploying isometric tiles in 2d is more restrictive than I imagined.

I think I’m going to try flattening out the set I’ve been making in Inkscape and turn them into textures for 3d blocks instead.

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googleless phone question 

I've used Aurora Store to install and update apps that are not available through F-Droid and must be installed through Google Play, but I just noticed that there haven't been any updates on any apps in two months.

Is this to do with the news that Google was to do away with APK? So has it rendered Aurora Store useless? How do I now install and update apps that are only available via Google Play when my phone is Googleless? Is it possible any more?

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This goes back to the same conversation I'm always having: We must liberate the media.

Our culture, our stories and songs and myths and legends, can't belong to corporations.

The music industry has committed itself to this death spiral. Slowly starving itself in the name of increased value for shareholders, until such a time as modern culture has left the aging industry behind.

They will lose, in the long term.

We can expedite that loss, the DMCA can be our weapon.

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1999: Hundreds of boys queuing up to go see The Matrix

2021: Hundreds of those same girls queuing up to go see The Matrix

This has really stuck in my head, about sabotage in the concentration camps by people who knew they had little personal chance of a happy outcome, from “Blessed in the Flame”:

> Rockets produced in Dora had inexplicable quantities of urine in the electronic components, courtesy of the Russian inmates.

Piss in the bombs.

I feel like that’s the spirit to take on as a rule for life.

This was an absolutely fantastic read.

It looks at resistance in concentration camps and how people fought back even when completely devoid of hope.

And it talks about how resistance is worthwhile in and of itself, regardless of outcome, purely for the moments of freedom and self determination.

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Revel in the marvels of the universe. We are a collective of forward-thinking individuals who strive to better ourselves and our surroundings through constant creation. We express ourselves through music, art, games, and writing. We also put great value in play. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.