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An administrative announcement.
Motherfuckers.

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Shitposts.

We made shitposts.

Oh and we destabilised the democracy and economy of all the advanced industrial nations and made housing unaffordable for the Millennials.

Sorry, Dad. I know you wanted me to be a rocket scientist.

archive.org/stream/byte-magazi

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The simple fact that I need Reader Mode to read practically every single commercial web page tells you everything you need to know about the state of the web. #accessability

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I don’t know what your development processes are like but I like to introspect what I’m building and use an empirical approach to shape my algorithms. All that scaffolding is then deleted, though, so if you just see the resulting code it can look like someone worked it all out in their head somehow. I wonder how much this contributes to the perception of code as some cryptic “magic” art. Maybe we should be sharing the “ugly bits” and our processes more to lower the perceived barrier of entry.

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The Royal Persian Road was built between 550 and 486 BCE, by Cyrus II and Darius I, and was about 1500 miles long

It ran between Susa, Persia, and Saedes on the Aegean coast of modern Turkey. Its path likely followed an earlier track, dating to 3500 BCE.

Covering the entire route took 90 days, though royal post riders could travel it in 20, along a fully guarded route and post-stations a day's ride apart.

-- David Christian's "Big History", relying on Herodotus

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Ro

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Anybody knows enough #arabic to explain what are the videos @khafafiche is posting about? Just curious...

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Announcing: Ganesha.Social.

ganesha.masto.host/web/getting

Ganesha.Social is an open, friendly, diverse Instance that serves the #Dharma Realm, including (but not limited to) all forms of #Buddhism, #Yoga, #Advaita, #Hinduism, #Tantra, #Tao and related spiritualities, and contemporary forms of Dharma #philosophy and #practice. All we ask is that you bring curiosity, kindness and an open mind.

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I /really/ wish Mastodon's web cclient would /not/ lose in-process posts on Chrome/Android when the latter decides to crap its pants and reload a tab.

Sigh.

Ob: Fuck Chrome. Fuck Android.

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I posted over at the Birdsite that I think its "operational metaphor is Reality TV Set. It looks like a house, but nothing is private; everything is recorded & commodified. Its mantra is 'I'm not here to make friends.'"

Other people have been talking about how mastodon feels like many other "early" internet spaces. I hope that means (modulo instance) it's a place that's amenable to make friends.

TL;DR: I AM HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS (even though am bad at making friends)

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I’m starting to get tired of the inefficiency of concentrated wealth. High-net-worth (say north of $100mm) people are really bad at doing things with their money to the point I think their best strategy is to just blow it all up in hedonistic excess. It’s hard to beat the impact of just putting the money back into circulation in the hands of people who have less and can devote more cycles per dollar spending it.

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Who wants to work with me and @dajbelshaw, developing the #ActivityPub based #federated back-end for #MoodleNet?

We're looking for a #developer familiar with #Elixir (or transferable skills like #Erlang and #RubyOnRails).

The whole project will be #FOSS and you can work from home, what's not to love ;-) Please RT!

blog.moodle.net/2018/hiring-ba

#tech #job #programming #jobs #software #remote #federation #decentralised

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What we've abandoned for the automobile: The whole city of (ancient)Florence can fit in one Atlanta cloverleaf (2014)

"...the entire Duomo cathedral could fit in one of the loops of the interchange. You could spend days walking the streets of Florence (I have) and find three hundred and fifty thousand residents..."

All sacrificed so that "a small fraction of Atlanta workers to their jobs a bit sooner, barring any accidents."

In memoriam, Dawn Hardin.

treehugger.com/urban-design/yo

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We lost so much when HTTP/HTML replaced the early 90s hypertext systems

specifically, some really awesome dad jokes

nngroup.com/articles/architect

h/t @enkiv2

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Aww man a super weird unfolding drama in the physics community, as yet unresolved and involving :

* very surprising claims of room temperature superconductivity!
* datasets that look super faked!!
* some hacker spoofing emails from respected scientists telling investigators to lay off investigating the research group with the super dodgy looking data!!!

You want cyberpunk? Here's cyberpunk!

mobile.twitter.com/gravity_lev

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So, it's 9:38PM right now. That's a little over two hours until midnight.

How about we make this a game for charity? Feel free to put down pledges to donate to a freedom-loving charity. Put down your donation amount and choose one of the following orgs:

- EFF
- Software Freedom Conservancy
- ACLU
- FSF

If I get a graphical game by midnight, donate $MONEY amount to $CHARITY.

I promise $30 to Conservancy if I get this done by midnight. Bonus: if I get a console version too, $60!

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Maybe the reason #Mastodon is so good is because the corporations that inhabit the #birdsite and other social media haven't made it here yet.

This hyper capitalisation of the social sphere is exactly why other #platforms feel so toxic. The fact that these platforms are run in the interests of capital and not the interests of their communities is surely clear by now.

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@aral @dredmorbius @aral I've been seeing FB ads everywhere in the UK. One was played in the cinema, a fake mea culpa that blamed their business model and its structural problems ("data misuse" and "fake news") on trolls and other third parties. It also claimed that a mythical "we" (the owners, engineers, and users of FB) are going to take back the internet, rhetoric totally borrowed from folks in the #fediverse and the rest of the internet freedom movements. Orwell must be rolling in his grave.

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@wion @dredmorbius

That didn't work out so well for the Krell. By rejecting their baser nature and externalizing it, combined with an instrumentality by which their thoughts were directly projected into physical reality, they destroyed themselves overnight with the resultant, "monster from the Id."

Morbius is Prospero, Robbie the Robot is Caliban/Ariel, Altaira is Miranda, the shipwrecked spacemen are the shipwrecked mariners, and the Id-monster is Ariel/Caliban.

youtube.com/watch?v=f2BYyeS-fI

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That feeling when you start to read an obscure 19th century book about an even more obscure 5th century Syrian heretic and you discover the author's name is, literally, 'Frothingham'

how concerned should I be if the walls start whistling in high, reedy flute tones

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