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I'd like to hold a video meetup for Kith kitchen folks on the first weekend of March (6th to 7th), just a no-pressure friendly hangout for our users to get to know each other better. If you're interested, like this post and I'll send you a doodle poll link so we can find a time that works.

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By the way, here's a thing I think is a Bad Meme: criticizing not putting your pronouns in your bio/in introductions.

I felt pressured to do so before I was *out* as nonbinary trans-femme. It felt like pressure to out or misgender myself.

I do it now, and I'm all for it... but it shouldn't be mandatory. Someone might have a reason for not doing so. You might pressure them into doing the wrong thing.

Ants have been farming aphids on our young apple tree, I've been squashing them on sight & spraying but they keep coming back. I just hope it doesn't harm the fruit

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"That reddit-killing distributed self-hosted tool you’re building probably won’t kill reddit, sorry. [...] Make something personal for a dozen people, because that’s the one thing those massive vendors will never do and never even understand that they could do."

- Graham: "My proposal for scaling open source: don’t"

sicpers.info/2021/07/my-propos

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the new uk policing bill is very bad for travelling people friendsoftheearth.uk/system-ch and they plan to do something about it this summer drive2survive.org.uk/about there will likely be many actions in protest so keep your eyes peeled

Just came across this collection of programming zines - wizardzines.com/
Haven't read them yet but seems like a fun way to learn difficult concepts

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that 'github copilot' get any interest at all simply shows that 'software engineering' is mostly about copy pasting repetitive bullshit to produce the millionth broken implementation that your employer has copyright on

Blackfly are invading our courgettes 😔

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A lot of blind and partially-sighted people use the Fediverse through screen readers, apps that read on-screen text aloud.

Long strings of emoji can cause problems for screen readers, because they take a long time to say out loud. They can't be skipped because it is impossible for apps to know when emoji contain useful information.

If you want to make life easier for screen reader users, use just one emoji at a time.

For example, 😄 is fine but 🙂 😋 😚 😆 😄 😞 👍 causes difficulties.

#FediTips

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@Paul I tried. Wasn’t well received. They liked the centralised control too much and feared the alternative. (Mind you, I guess Diem is much more a traditional socialist group than anarchist in any way so I guess it was my own naïveté and was probably to be expected.)

ar.al/notes/farewell-not-goodb

Seems odd to me that distributed (activist/anarchist) organisations like Acorn or the IWW often have centralised communications infrastructures. I understand why - lack of appropriate software, familiarity for users, lack of technical resources, etc. But I haven't seen anyone acknowledge the issue let alone talk about how to address it.

Getting my birthday cuddles from this little gremlin

Check out this huge mushroom, maybe Dryads Saddle

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#folklorethursday
BURNING THE BONES

The modern word bonfire posibly comes from the portmantu of 'bone fire'.

This is an old tradition of on holy days when a large fire would be lit bones would be cast into the fire to burn.
It was said this would give those around the fire protection from malignant forces.

This works in a very mundane sense as the smoke from burning bones is repellent to mosquitos and other biters .

The ash from these bone fires was also taken home to be used in gardens as it is minaral rich fetiliser.

#folklore

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So, ancient people pretty much ate what we eat.

"The researchers are using a wide range of techniques — from examining microscopic marks on ancient tools to analysing DNA residues inside pots. Some investigators are even experimentally recreating 12,000-year-old meals using methods from that time. Looking even further back, evidence suggests that some people ate starchy plants more than 100,000 years ago."

nature.com/articles/d41586-021

#Archeology #Diets #Science #Research

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🚨🚨Service announcement🚨🚨

Google is making it harder for apps to track you on your Android phone - but you need to opt-out!

Read our guide to learn how to opt-out! 💃privacyinternational.org/guide

❤️ And spread the love by sharing these tips with your friends & loved ones

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Organic Maps is an open source privacy respecting Android & iOS offline maps app based on OpenStreetMap data

Organic Maps is free from trackers and other bad stuff:
* No ads
* No tracking
* No data collection
* No phoning home
* No annoying registration
* No mandatory tutorials
* No noisy email spam
* No push notifications
* No crapware

See organicmaps.app/

#technology #opensource #maps #openstreetmap #privacy #navigation

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Sometimes all you have tondo is throw all the vegetables in the oven with some herbs and serve it with freshly baked bread. #theGalley

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Just in case anyone is concerned about how fast the COVID-19 vaccines were produced: it is because they are variants of the SARS vaccine, which we've had for more than a decade.

COVID-19 can be treated with a variant of the SARS vaccine because COVID-19 is a variant of SARS. The virus that causes SARS is SARS-CoV, and the 2019 novel coronavirus is SARS-CoV-2.

Because of this, researchers had a vaccine ready for testing as early as January 2020. The COVID-19 vaccine had, in fact, nearly a full year of testing and refinement. It is not by any means "experimental" or "untested".

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