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A month ago we held a virtual concert. On the moon. In your phone. With shader livecoding. Called HYPERSCREEN.

Finally sent out the Merveilles stickers! Might take a while, but keep an eye on your mailboxes for a black envelope, for those of you who I sent them to :3

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Hey Fedifriends! :tealheart:

I'm running a short research survey on Mastodon usage for a graduation paper on alternative social networks. Your input will hopefully help me introduce new concepts to media studies in Poland.

Please fill this survey and share with your friends, especially if you know some scholars involved in this topic!

Merveilles meta, invites, stickers 

That aside, sticker update!

I have all the stickers ready to go, but I'm still waiting on my order of stamps to come in. Once I have those stamps I can mail both the folks in the US and internationally.

As far as I can tell, this wasn't super expensive, definitely not to the level of the funding I received last month. I'll make a poll soonish that will help me figure out what to do with it!

Cheers, thanks y'all :3

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Merveilles meta, invites, stickers 

After a pretty negative experience today where a brand new user on the Town started spewing vitriol directed at folks from other instances, I'm going to leave the applications open, but I will not accept any further invite requests to this instance unless I personally know someone asking about it or someone else from Merveilles has referred a user to me.

It's difficult to filter out the bots vs genuine people, and I'd rather not have that experience again.

Aaaaand deployed! Enjoy y'all, let me know if you see anything weird-looking :3

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Hey all! Got an incoming pull request for the styles on here:

This should add more consistency to our styles on our public pages and on some admin settings, plus, we finally have a custom bookmark button! :D

A follow up on more details: checking in from the logs, it looks like Sidekiq was unable to connect to Redis for some reason at around 8pm my time last night (4am UTC). I'm not entirely sure why this happened, but I'll try to be more proactive about restarting services if I notice some things are broken in the future!

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Aha, I'm seeing some updates, looks like we're playing catch-up with posts from last night until now. It should take a little bit but things should be back to normal shortly!

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Looks like home timelines are taking a bit to update, I'm investigating.

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Looks like things imploded for a hot second, uh oh! We should be back now. Financials, May 2020 

For those of you interested, I created little stacked bar graphs of our donations and costs over time! Not sure if I'll make the spreadsheet for this public just yet though.

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Hot dang, you all, thank you so much for the influx of support! I'll use the money you all graciously provided to help ship out the stickers. I'm still working on sending them out since work got a bit nuts last week.

Thanks a ton again, and if there's a lot left over after those are shipped out, we're going to have to decide what to do with all this extra cash. Perhaps a donation to a charity is in order.

Stay safe, keep being rad, and keep on protesting.

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Patreon: $106.34
OpenCollective: $91.00
Liberapay: $69.23
Ko-Fi: $41.14

Total: $307.71

Infrastructure Costs
DigitalOcean: $53.00

Total: $53.00

Donations to Date

Infrastructure Costs to Date

Money left over

Merveilles, slack 

Hey all, is anyone able to sign into the Merveilles slack? I'm completely unable to and I'm getting an error screen when I try

Hey all, we've gotten a pretty steady influx of invite requests to the instance lately and it's getting a bit too much for me to send out invites. So, I'm reopening new account applications for our instance!

This should help things get a bit easier for me to handle and it should be easier for folks to make requests to sign up.

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The following was posted as an announcement on Here is the full text for those on mobile and those not on the instance:

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"They are lucky that what black people are looking for is equality and not revenge”

-- Kimberly Jones

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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.