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Great article on Freedom News about starting an urban farm near Doncaster

"I firmly believe that if people start practising mutual-aid in everyday life that we will soon find that, as communities, we already have everything we need to build a brighter, braver more beautiful future for all."

freedomnews.org.uk/dont-despai

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Spotted this Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) moving about in the trees at Jurong Eco Garden, Singapore, on 9 Feb 2020. Needed some patience before it finally moved to a spot where I could get a shot of it.

The Arctic Warbler is a locally common migratory bird. It spends the winter in South-East Asia before flying back to northern Asia.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Photography #Singapore #Birds #Aves

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Good afternoon friends! World has softened & paled into grey again after a cold humid evening. Wind still quiet, colours dull in muted gloamy harmony.

Trying to be a little more conscious & intentional today, having spent a while settling into an autopilot that let me keep up the momentum of exercise I built. Now I've established nore confidently what I can do I need to think how best to sheperd & deploy those reseources.

May we find tenderness in our hearts for each other & ourselves today!

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Went to see Parasite in the end, it was very good! Well written, funny tho also quite intense in parts.

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If religion was formerly the opiate of the masses, then surely technology is the opiate of the educated public today, or at least of its favorite authors. No other single subject is so universally invested with high hopes for the improvement of mankind generally and of Americans in particular.

-- John McDermott, "Technology: The Opiate of the Intellectuals"(1969)

#technology #theoryOfTechnology #JohnMcDermott

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Botanist types: Is there an online database where I (or a computer) can look up whether a given species is broad-leaved or needle-leaved, and deciduous or evergreen? I gather that you can usually tell both from the family name, but that there are exceptions.

Should I watch Parasite or Birds of Prey tonight?

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Yesterday I joined and started sharing some of my back catalogue of #art.

Here's another piece. called 'Everything's Ephemeral', as part of a project about #plastic from 2012. This piece was made on residency at Vermont Studio Center using paints derived from plastics, and changed on the studio wall daily until it was eventually covered up entirely (the layers are still trapped under paint to this day!).

Nothing lasts forever.

#creativetoots #artwork #contemporaryart #painting #climate

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Interesting #longread on the restoration of peat bogs in Scotland (with a section on Indonesia), which help to absorb carbon.

"Globally, peatlands hold more than twice as much carbon as the world’s forests do, according to the United Nations Environment Programme."

nature.com/articles/d41586-020

#Biology #Nature #Environment #PeatBogs #Scotland #Indonesia #Restoration

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so if none of you know, which you likely don't, the UK government forcibly deported 50 people to Jamaica who have lived in the UK their whole lives. they came as children, lived here for DECADES, and then were deported after being arrested in the UK where PoC face consistent systemic injustice economically and in the judiciary. the government defended it saying they were 'deporting criminals for ''''serious'''' crimes'

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this is your yearly reminder that ST Valentines is the patron saint of beekeeping, So the true way to celebrate valentines day is to plant wildflower seeds to help maintain bee's ecosystem.

#valentines #solarpunk

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So I have a big catalogue of past #art and I guess I'll take it slow on here. So I'll leave it at this one for today: some paintings about #non-place that I made over ten years ago. Non-places were an idea put forward by French theorist Marc Augé to define places that had no historical or cultural relationship to people. They are usually functional: supermarkets, airports and the like.

These exhibited in different places (2007-09). Some were made when I was a student in art.

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Wrote a short thing about the Irish Election results, and what this could mean for the future of the country.

lipu.dgold.eu/beyond.html

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New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS

Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the #Fediverse and how these are getting entangled with #FLOSS practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.

The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.

It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (networkcultures.org/blog/publi)

PDF of the text: monoskop.org/images/c/cc/Manso

Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!

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#introduction

I'm a visual #artist working who builds #interactive digital media installations. I'm a supporter of #opensource and #commonage or #commons (digital and physical).

I am working on projects about 'networks' (woodland, digital, human) and planning to use a platform for a project in the UK later this year.

Look forward to meeting #artist #curator #environmentalist #programmer or anyone interested in a world built on community!

I'll post some recent #artworks here to get started.

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If you're new to Mastodon, please visit -

or if you'd like to invite new people to Mastodon, please ask them to visit -

my Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon, which (in addition to being a Hitchhiker's Guide reference) will tell you many things that are useful to know about Mastodon, and also some other things:

github.com/joyeusenoelle/Guide

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