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Looking back, I do not know if I would have been as engaged by the #fediverse if Mastodon had not given me access in the well organized way it does.

Still, I think we do ourselves a service by identifying our social space as "The Fediverse" or some later substitute which people find better, instead of any software's name. Using Mastodon to substitute for the sharing space seems to be silo-like thinking.

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A kitchen knife is more empowering than all the smart specific kitchen gadgets precisely because it is completely dumb and doesn’t try to be clever. Imagine if while cutting a knife suddenly decides “what’s best” for you and does it.

God/Truth/The Universe is probably similar. The ultimate passive non reactor.

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Gentle reminder that being "self-sufficient" and a "self-starter," and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and even just living on your own and expected to be able to do everything for yourself, is actually a highly unnatural state of affairs for human beings which only became the norm in a small number of countries less than a century ago.

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openscore.cc is a project that wants to liberate sheet music from copyright and from paper! They invite and coordinate volunteers to transcribe public domain scans from imslp.org using musescore.org. Should be a great learning experience! 🎼

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@riga reading through this one general impression is how much misery is caused by choosing control over trust as a method of managing snowballing complexity.

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Still some of the best advice for programmers:

Don't be clever. Be obvious.

The more I think about it, the more I fine Pine64's announcement of the Pinebook Pro and PinePhone FAR more exciting than what Purism's been working on.

forum.pine64.org/showthread.ph

Yeah, the specs aren't as impressive, but the prices Pine64's quoting are crazy-accessible.

"Good enough for dirt cheap" is almost always more impactful than "beautiful/powerful/correct but out of reach of most folks".

Oh god. I've become an Emacs user, haven't I?

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#Pine64 has some pre #FOSDEM announcements.

Biggest one is the #PinebookPro.

14" 1080p display
**usb-c**, with power input and video output
#Rockchip #RK3399

and the usual laptop features. target price, US$199! I look forward to getting #OpenBSD running well on this #arm64 system.

forum.pine64.org/showthread.ph

How did I manage to not listen to Operation Ivy until now?

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She brought him the usual gifts at first. A mouse, a bird. A ribbon for him to play with.

She would run up with her gift in her mouth and prrt cheerfully around it. And he would pat her head and tell her she was a good and clever cat.

Then it was a coin with strange markings. A pendant, warm to the touch. A piece of lightning-struck wood.

He never knew of the shadowy figures that followed him, but neither did he have to fear them.

She was a good and clever cat.

#Microfiction #Tootfic

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Cat: Bug #34638 filed: food bowl keeps emptying

Me: closed as duplicate, this is by design, WONTFIX

Cat: Opening bug #34639. It is 11am. Food bowl still empty.

Me: You were fed at 8am. WONTFIX.

Cat: Fundamental disagreement with moderator. Opening dispute resolution process.

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Sometimes low-tech is a cooler solution than high-tech.

This sensor device detects if your package was handled roughly during transport: no electronics, just clever engineering.

@machado Heh.

Though I wasn't implying that it was a bad thing necessarily. In the situation that original caused me to think of this formulation, "tactical truth avoidance" is a necessary component.

And sometimes it personally useful as a way of queuing emotional processing. (Though one has to be mindful in the application, as the strategy appears highly addictive.)

@machado That's where I was going originally, but wasn't up for being that depressing on a Saturday morning. Hence the more limited formulation.

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I wouldn't go so far as to say that most politics is based on lies, but I will say that a large percentage is based around tactically avoiding the truth.

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