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Hi, Merveilles! I'm L., soon-to-be-former admin of the instance.

I'm primarily a writer, as well as an incorrigible reader. I've mostly stopped freelancing, so much of what I write on a day-to-day basis shows up at, if you're curious. Interests include , , , , , etc.

The good news is that, having learned my lesson in the past, I *do* have backups. But getting the database server running again is kind of a hassle. Gonna leave it for the night, I think.

May have just inadvertently deleted my database server.

me: god, more people griping about inbox zero! how hard is to just go down the list and clear out the stuff that doesn't matter?

also, me: *opens read later list with 7,000 unread items*

The major obstacle to a wider adoption of open source software is that most people just don't have a sufficient commitment to the masochism it takes to get all of this stuff working.

As part of an effort to ensure that 85% of residents are within half a mile of fresh food by 2021, Atlanta is creating the nation's largest community food forest:

Eternal gratitude to whomever figures out how to get RSS feeds for only the Open Access material on Taylor & Francis journals,

Cambridge has a smart model, profit-wise at least. They have feeds for articles that start Open Access, but revert to paid after a month or so. That lets astute non-subscribers read the work and incorporate it into their own work. Which is smart because the long-term value of a scholarly work is tied to the number and breadth of works that cite it. Each of those citations point another potential buyer back to the journal.

I suspect that it isn't possible, btw. From a for-profit POV, the point of Open Access is to draw people in so that they see pay-per-view content in hopes that they'll be interested enough to pay for some. Building your site so that the only available syndication mixes OA with PPV material is a way of ensuring that repeat visitors see both.

There's an entire journal dedicated to exploring (or maybe demonstrating) Animal Sentience:

One thing that makes them easier to find, though, is boilerplate page elements in popular online distribution platforms. For example, if you search "Receive Email Notices or RSS" + the topic you're interested in, that'll surface most everything that's relevant from the Digital Commons platform.


1. They're hard as hell to find;

2. It takes a lot longer to get a feel for whether the content is worthwhile;

3. PDFs. Oh god, so many PDFs.

Two cool things about using RSS to follow Open Sources academic journals:

1. There's a journal for practically everything (e.g. scorpiology);

2. They only publish 1-4 times per year, so they don't monopolize your feed.

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What heretical software features can you imagine that would never fly at a growth oriented company but could totally work on free open source social media?

For example, algorithmic timelines are one way to deal with information overload. But what if instead your software offered suggestions for people to unfollow (this person posts a lot and you hardly ever interact with them)? Not necessarily a good idea but it's an idea we could implement that would NEVER happen on Twitter, Facebook, etc

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Link to a Twitter thread detailing Librem One's privacy and security issues at launch. Major 0-days swept under the rug, trackers and analytics and more.

Kicks Condor builds a Muxtape-like app for Beaker in order to test out the current state of Dat:

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Did you already see the insanely beautiful Map of the #SolarSystem by Eleanor Lutz? 🌌

She published the #python code and a tutorial on how she made it. ❤️

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