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This seems like a very big deal to me.

Official instances like the EU have just set up here are a massive boon to verification, combating disinformation, and helping ensure official sources aren't dependent on private middlemen.

It's also very good to see that the "slow, lumbering" EU was on the ball with something like this.

👏 👏 @EDPS_supervisor

Having run my own test mastodon server, I can tell you that boosting is REALLY important. That's how posts propagate between servers that are not federated together.

I may get a bit technical, and it can be hard to describe but it's something like this:

Let's say that you have 2 servers, A and B that are not connected. They have their own federated timelines that is vastly different.

let's assume they have their users @a@A and @b@B that are mutuals. If user @a@A sees something interesting on theirs federated timeline and boosts it, user @b@B will see that on their own home page. But more importantly server B will now know about and download that post, and everyone else on B server will be able to see that post on their own federated timeline!

And that's why you boost, guys! It helps posts to spread.


🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

Processing 4.0.2 now posted:

🤼‍♂️ OpenGL working on macOS Ventura
📚 Fixes for installation and update issues with Libraries
🥣 Serial Library working on M1/M2
📇 Fix for various naming issues
🧡 Thanks to folks who also contributed to this one (see the notes)

Available at soon, but in the meantime please share w/ your networks. Avoiding the 🐣 site for now.

Proposal: instead of “unlisted” we call them “silent toots”

Electronic mail is so confusing. Why do I need to choose a provider and how do I get even decide? And once I have an address, how do I find my friends’ addresses and send them letters? Will I only be able to send letters to people using the same provider?

The new live coding book is now out. I think the best part is the community it presents. I am so honored to be part of this niche group that programs on the fly ☺️

A bike lane isn’t just a physical thing. It’s a promise that there will be a safe(r) way for citizens to get from A to B by bike. If the city doesn’t do the bare minimum needed to keep it accessible, it’s no longer a bike lane. #BikeTO #VisionZero #ThisIsNotABikeLane

Hey friends - what's the best NERF tool to get started playing with them?

I found

when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie 

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Are there any projects working on improving mobile UI for mastodon? In particular ones with a focus on accessibly and equity?

In particular something like "let's raise money and hire designers and really polish the mobile experience" not the volunteer brigade.


What academics call stochastic terrorism is not actually all that novel or convoluted. It's just the time-honoured activity of inciting a pogrom against undesirables as it would appear in the era of global communication through the internet.


Check out this incredibly powerful use of our built-in API! ✨ we can’t wait to see the combinations that are possible by plugging Open Brush into other programs 😍

Them: Are you going to be part of the problem or part of the solu—

Me: Oh problem, definitely

Them: That wasn’t…it was a rhetorica—

Me: I have some ideas on how to make the problem even funnier than it is

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Today I learned about "The Wikipedia Library Card". If you've been a WP editor for >6 months, have made >500 edits, at least 10 edits in the last month, and are not blocked for being a jerk, you can access a *ton* of paywalled content for free.

ScienceDirect, AAAS, The BMJ, both APAs, EBSCO, Springer, Nature, Wiley, and many more.

All those hours in 2005 spent editing sci-fi book articles finally paying off!

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