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Hello/Bonjour/Hola 🙂

Rosano here, mesmerized to meet you all.

My home base is Montreal, but I travel often.

I usually say I work at the intersection of music, design, and technology. After making my own iOS apps for almost a decade, I now find myself drawn towards the open web and federated systems. I have experience with the piano, drums, and a little Ableton. I learn languages to meet new people.

Super excited to collide with the particles in this glorious kaleidoscope.✌🏽


"Bad faith is the condition of the modern internet, and shitposting is the lingua franca of the online world. And not just online: A troll is president. Trolling won. Perhaps we can agree that these platforms aren't suited to the earnest exchange of big ideas."

Did I read this right? Signal uploads your contacts to their servers after you set a PIN? Possible to opt out of that?

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signal app 

So Moxie backtracked and says they'll push a fix to make pins optional. Meanwhile if you don't add a pin (which the app still doesn't say will /upload your signal contact list into the signal servers/) you can't get back in to coordinate a platform switch with your secure contacts. Unless you were already using the desktop app which isn't pin locked, or somehow manage to downgrade the phone app.

Suddenly being held data-hostage -- turn over this data or you can't talk to the people, not even to arrange a different means of contact -- without any forewarning is unacceptable and a perfect example of why centralized infrastructure and single-client rather than interoperable systems are a major failure.

Type :grin: inline the post body and find 😁.

I recently disabled my emoji keyboard and would like to integrate this behaviour into apps. Superior UX.

Abstract Wikipedia, writing articles with blocks of Wikidata so that they can be translated into multiple languages

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there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.

so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.

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One of my favourites. Electronic vibes. Explosive rhythm. Live.

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KNOWER living room power set 2020

Releasing a flashcards app inspired by Anki – hear with text-to-speech, record audio, cross-device sync with my beloved backend @remotestorage, works offline and on mobile. Allons-y!

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Linux and open source are very important but not being murdered by fascists is a bit more important

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From the German analog of The Onion:

"Based on the number and equipment of the military present on site, an estimated oil reserve of at least 400 million barrels can be assumed"

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I don't feel I should gift to every adult tribe I need to interact with for long periods of time the radical adaptation of my identity just to fit in and ”belong”

I'm still learning to be flexible

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There's a great popular science article on this subject by Ed Yong:

How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds

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advice from user `maryamin` on twitter re: Iran/US missile strikes 

"We are all terrified but control yourself and do not have any terrifying predictions in mind. Cry. But don't write scary tweets about something that hasn't happened. Don't run in advance. Have mercy on each other. The horror makes one crazy. Hold the hand of a real person sitting next to you."

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Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are helping oil companies accelerate the discovery and extraction of fossil fuels, like right now…

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"Indigenous technology gets cast as primitive, like it may have been useful in the past but no longer has any relevance. But that's not true. Assembling communal life is in itself a technology."

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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.