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Currently reading Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. I'm surprised by how much I missed reading novels.

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So how did we get from the gleaming promise of the digital age as imagined in the 70s to the harsh cyberpunk reality of the 20s?

Centralization, rent seeking, planned obsolescence, surveillance, advertising, and copyright.

How do we move forward?

Re-decentralization, a rejection of the profit motive, building for the future/to be repaired, building for privacy, rejecting advertising, and embracing Free software.

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Another small weekend repair project. A new lid for the tea strainer made from the same branch as the lid handle.

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I've been using khal a lot in the last weeks. While I do really like it, I wish some of the UI was formatted better in support of readability and oversight. In a surge of creative motivation, I mocked up an UI adaption last weekend.

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Our instance just turned 2 years old!

Just as a tiny bit of history. Merveilles comes from a little IRC channel from many years ago to bring together a few people who played a small MMO with that same name.

Eventually we realized that a bunch of us had similar interests and started to build things together like Waiting for Horus, Paradise, etc..

I've got to meet lots of amazing folks working on incredible things through this. And, I love coming here.


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I would like to show animation work such as these UI transitions.

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So what to use instead? I would like to avoid the complexity of embedding videos. Static images that link to the animated version aren't particularly enticing either.

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GIFs are great because they play and loop automatically, but their file size is a problem for slim bandwidths.

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All the animated GIFs on my website are currently broken because my image scaling script doesn't handle them.

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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.