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Politics is not just for the mid-terms! If you have been energised/radicalised and are looking for some way to continue helping, ProgCode ( are a group of progressive coders and non-coders, working on tech for political change.

You don't need to be a coder to join, there's lots of ways for people of any background to help out, just fill out the registration form and get involved!

My own project, Wobbly (21st century worker's power), has been massively helped by ProgCode

So I currently do some work for the Solidarity Economy Association. Sharing this crowdfunder on their behalf:

can you get this poll to 69% and 31% respectively

boost for awareness

I tried to improve the depth separation part of the code a bit.

Imagine if the US democratic party primary worked like this -> 3 months of campaigning, then all registered democrats vote on the same day using ranked choice STV.

I think it would have been Warren, and I think she could probably have stood against Trump and won. I know people don't love her like they love Bernie but I can imagine a platform that most people could live with and campaign for coming out of that. The state by state battle royale is nuts in comparison.

Does anyone know of any ethical/privacy respecting/cooperative alternatives to Mailgun?

It has to be a professional service able to handle thousands of emails.

We need something for our co-op but don't want to run it ourselves and would rather pay some experts in this area.


Where is the clap for digital marketing people like me?

Want to see these healthcare workers trying to cope one day in their life without pop up windows advertising Bulgarian copycat viagra.

If you're a secops person out of work and interested in some Security Ops contract work, I may be able to help. DM me

100% remote work, full time

If not, please boost for visibility!

If there's a mass reduction in air travel, what happens to the climate in the short term? We're losing the cooling effect that the contrails create when they increase the earth's albedo (reflectiveness)

I'm hitting publish on my paper.

Kartik Agaram, "Bicycles for the mind have to be see-through", Convivial Computing Salon, 2020. [pdf; 25 pages]

Get it? When I look over at my bicycle I can see right through its frame. I can take in at a glance how the mechanism works, how the pedals connect up with the wheels, and how the wheels connect up with the brakes. And yet, when we try to build bicycles for the mind, we resort to “hiding” and “abstraction”.

While we're all focused on the Corona crisis the US government is quietly pushing an internet #surveillance bill that is aimed at abolishing message encryption:

We should probably pay attention to this and spread awareness even if we are not American:

Just finished Other Minds by Peter Godfrey Smith, I'd recommend it for the colour pictures of octopuses and cuttlefish alone. The rest of the book, while not lovely pictures of undersea life, is also worth reading



Cover version of smash mouth's Rock Star being played at the gym

Interestingly, by having better vocal technique, the guy is butchering the song.

Round 2, Match 7 of the 2nd Programming Language World Championships! #plwc2020

Trying not to go full Ayn Rand Objectivist "All government men are parasites on the true individual" after the local transit authority eliminated our coop from their so-called "innovation challenge" because our idea was too innovative

I fucking hate them, I want them to die, I hate this region, I hate this country, and if I could press a button to slit everyone's throats I would

But other than that it's been a pretty good afternoon

@LeoSammallahti you can run some solar panels on your commune, but a nuclear reactor requires a lot more infrastructure, and you'll never get to retire to your commune then!

@LeoSammallahti nuclear reactors imply corporate and state power, I think that's why green people don't like them

I'd recommend Bernie Sanders supporters give this a read, the English Ideology has an American analogue, and the ultra-remainers map closely on to . If you don't want to get fucked by your centrists like we were, it's helpful to understand what they're going through

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