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I have a brand new computer. Now I just need a display with a UHF socket and a cassette recorder.

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Really, asking "what should replace Facebook" is putting things the wrong way around.

A more interesting way to ask the question is, "what did Facebook replace."

People used to build their own websites. People used to have blogs. People used USENET which was truly distributed and un-censorable.

Facebook and Google took the open internet and open standards and monetized and made everything crappy. Enough of that. Nothing should replace Facebook, it's done, stick a fork in it.

Poorly carbonated beer update: turns out after a few more days, there’s actually a few more bubbles. It’s still very light on the sparkling compared to my previous batches, but it’s way better than when I first tasted it. Not sure why the process is so slow. It will likely not reach a "normal" carbonation level, but a least I can enjoy it and share it with friends and relatives :)

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If writing with the sitelen pona glyphs sounds interesting to you, I’ve found a simple way to make this work on our shiny new beginners forum:

My new beer batch turned out to be an abject failure, with a nice taste but little to no bubbles. This is disappointing to say the least.

But I can try to say it in and suddenly it’s a lot more funny, even if I’m not sure if I’m saying it correctly.

mi pali e telo nasa. telo nasa mi li pakala a! mi utala e pilin pimja mi.

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Check out the new RPG in a Box showcase to see some of the games being created by the community! 😍 🛠️ You can also submit your own game from this page!
#gamedev #indiedev #voxel

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Do Artifacts Have Politics?

There's no better place in the web to put this.

Learning Toki Pona is actually teaching me new English words. It's kind of weird, and equally amazing, to learn a new language through lessons that are not in my native language (even if I also look at French material from time to time.)

It also makes me realize that spoken languages and programming languages are in fact very similar. Even if they have different purposes, the learning process and the joy of grasping new concepts are pretty much the same.

Kombucha coffee update: it is with great sadness that I must announce we won’t have sentient coffee blob overlords. My experimental culture has been infected with some unknown bacteria and is now ruling the sewers kingdom. I have strong suspicion the culprits are thrips, these insects so tiny that they can go anywhere, especially where you don’t want them.

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I’ve written a little post to try to explain my interest in :

If you’re eager to learn this language or already speak it, I’d be curious to hear about your expectations or experiences.

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I've made a quick and dirty Merveilles-themed logo with Dotgrid. It's quite possible I'll end up redesigning the whole dictionary at some point.

I've felt the sudden urge to set up a small forum for the Merveilles folks (or anyone interested in it) who'd like a more organized place than Mastodon to discuss and learn the language together. Disclaimer: I'm a total beginner.

Feel free to join and suggest anything (and to boost if you like the idea)

Wow, many people here are speaking or willing to learn Toki Pona! At this rate we’ll end up with a Merveilles Toki Pona Club in no time :)

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I don't know why, but I'm feeling increasingly drawn to start learning Toki Pona.

Maybe it's the minimalism, or the positive vibes, or the fact I've been thinking more about utopia than dystopia, or because I'm in awe at my two-year-old grasping new words every day.

Maybe I'm tired of the constant flow of terrible news and capitalist propaganda. Another way of understanding the world sure sounds appealing.

The enhanced version of my Hyperjam entry is getting out of control. It will not only feature roguelike/puzzle mechanics and card-based combat, but also this kind of artwork. And don't even get me started on the soundtrack.

I wasn’t sure my kombucha coffee experiment would work at all, since I used a very thin baby disc from my first batch. But it has become thicker after four days in a coffee jar than after two weeks in a tea jar. It’s hard to see on the picture, because coffee is indeed pretty dark and opaque compared to tea, but the surface alone is impressive enough.

Let’s just hope I didn’t accidentally trigger the beginning of a coffee blob overlords invasion.

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"I also got a bad taste in my mouth from Twitter supporting kinds of speech that I don't particularly agree with, and I began to feel like putting my toys and art there was just adding value to the network. For a while I felt that the tradeoff was that the art I published there still enriched my life and the lives of my friends. At some point, though, I started to feel like the balance got out of whack, and I could do more good by putting my work on alternate networks and giving people a reason to get off Twitter. "

All cultural producers with some degree of audience and influence should really think about this: what structures do I validate by my presence? What and whose structures do I reinforce? What other places can I advantage?

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I've bottled my first kombucha tea batch, and the result is delicious. Given the gross appearance of whatever Lovecraftian process took place in the jar, I honestly though it would be similar to a mix of urine and vinegar, but it's perfectly drinkable and enjoyable. Sweet but acidic, and slightly sparkly, the taste is unique and subtle, and it's not even flavored with fruit or juice yet. I think I like it better than water kefir.

Next step: kombucha coffee.

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.