The Toronto Public Library did a workshop on livecoding ORCA and Pilot last night and posted the video online.

If anyone wants to follow along:

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Been following a front-end development syllabus for the past week and my brain is fried but the introduction to ORC/\ and Pilot today was a lot of fun! Will definitely play with it more and hopefully get the hang of it. :)

What's the best umbrella term for tech that aims at a lower environmental impact (hardware, software and network traffic) and respects privacy?

@calcifer posted about this in December, resulting in an interesting thread. Now I'm writing about it and could use some help deciding on a single term :) lets you listen to recording from random forests around the world. It's very nicely presented, Some of the recordings have faint traffic noise in the background, which ruins the effect a little, but is probably just the unavoidable reality for many of these places

Needed some positive reinforcement in the form of cake (of course)! I hope this cheers up some of you! is a really cool idea & *such* a great vibe
»If you want to build a Sunday Site
1. Write HTML and CSS.
2. Don't use JavaScript. Figure out ways to achieve something similar with HTML.
3. Automate as little as possible. Keep it manual until it hurts.
4. Sign your site with a link to your user page.
5. Have fun!

don't trust data to be always available.

scrape it. now.

"The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other."
- Osho in Love, Freedom and Aloneness

if you have ever overthought an image description i recommend this piece on "alt text as poetry"

This was a few days ago, these blue oyster mushrooms were turned into mushroom risotto. 😊

I’ve been thinking of fixing my setup, not just physically, but digitally, especially to lessen distraction (hi, short attention span and instant gratification). I catch myself becoming antsy and impatient when I spend too much time on one thing and then proceed to check terrible social media or fiddling with my phone (for more social media 😫); what has helped you stay focused? Do you have any tools or hacks you use?

In my meditation I also felt that while I needed to take action, I should also learn to slow down. I won’t get everything done, but keep going anyway and just keep going one step at a time.

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I did a “Year Compass” exercise, and the word that came up for 2021 was “initialise”, or basically: just do the thing. Coincidentally, I drew the first tarot card for the year and what came up literally said “Just Do The Work”. I hope to be more action-oriented instead of plan-oriented (i.e. wishful thinking) and execute ideas, dreams, projects!

I hope for less UGHs and more YAYs in the coming year. Happy New Year, Merveilles! 🌟

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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.