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I bought two 1999 books collecting "The Best Work from the Web." It made me miss that time online.

Nowadays, if you manage to find a private website, most of the time it will just use a CMS theme or be some wix/squarespace "paint-by-numbers" thing.

I miss that explosion of creativity we had - people were exploring a new medium, it was uncharted territory, there were no rules. Nowadays everything feels so "optimized" and bland.

I am glad for the merveilles webring - your websites give me life.

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♻️ how to discover the "small web"…

For search engines, there's for small webpages, and someone posted on HN (this one omits the top websites and returns smaller ones).

And there's also, an excellent human-crated directory.

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Stop salivating over burning capital. Stop salivating over other cities "rising up" because all y'all can do with it is get exciting about what benefits YOU get from it and conveniently misremember the many many many many many many black folks who had to suffer and die to get this far.

We aren't a thought experiment. We aren't your laborers. We been dying since they brought us over on these ships, it's BEEN like this.

Show some damn respect.

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street protest things, kind of serious advice here fwiw 

bring ID, unless you plan to not tell them your name. (which carries a whole bunch of risks, it's worth it to talk with experienced folks about what your needs are, and if possible, legal rights groups).

if you can, figure out what sets you off in advance. this can be hard to predict, but if you know that cops are a trigger, or loud noises are a trigger, and so on -- listen to that. nobody needs you to be a hero. know your limits.

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St Paul Principles

1. our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the
plans of other groups.
2. the actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of
time or space.
3. any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any
public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
4. we oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance,
infiltration, disruption and violence. we agree not to assist law enforcement
actions against activists and others.

Police brutality/Minneapolis/George Floyd 

Oh God and the tenacity of telling me that at least the curfew will probably "make things better." Yes, a great way to calm this down is to make BEING OUTSIDE an arrestable offense. That'll go great.

Fuck Jacob Frey.

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Police brutality/Minneapolis/George Floyd 

Also mad props to family who are calling me to share their hot takes on how looters should cut it out. Yes, living in a neighborhood with a bunch of tanks rolling around and shit starting on fire isn't very fun, but what's worse is the amount of terror police inflict on black communities every day. These protests are doing something.

Trying to educate these people but sometimes I just want to tell them to shut the fuck up.

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Police brutality/Minneapolis/George Floyd 

This week is fucking exhausting for so many people. People who don't live in Minneapolis and aren't POC need to understand that no one needs to hear their opinion on the situation right now & what is/isn't an appropriate response to 's murder. It is good practice to listen deeply before speaking, and think critically before sharing.

Preaching to the choir here on masto, but ugh.

More fun tweaking pixel data in . This time I'm using pictures I had taken last year in California.

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1) Look at this list:
and never, ever do any of that.

2) In general: users are not cattle.

3) Treat your users like you would your friends. You wouldn't waste your friend's time, or take advantage of them.

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lots of new friends

i've been getting into sound and music more over the past few months, the process hasn't mineralized at all yet and mostly consists of digging samples. but it's so fun to experiment with these microscopic sketches

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Wow! Took out my screen today and the problem seemed to miraculously fix itself with hardly any intervention. Tested the cable and it was fine. I think it was pinched on something and when I removed the screen it fixed it?

Just goes to show that one shouldn't be afraid to open things up and take a look around. I have been dealing with this glitched screen for close to a year now, and all I had to do was get behind my screen and readjust a cable. I could have avoided so much frustration. Ha!

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A warning to everyone here: it is HIGHLY likely that you're going to be seeing a lot more 90s CD-ROM-like experiments on this page in the coming month.

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I've graduated from making big spherical dicks to making little green dudes.

ThreeJS/lewd spheres 

I'm one day into learning ThreeJS and my first scene is a big ol' cock and balls enshrouded in mist.

Now learning the basics of uv mapping/loading textures and some lighting techniques. For post-learning fun I decided to explore some examples on the three js fundamentals website. FOG! I predict that once I start building real projects they will all be very foggy.

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