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dancers and never-tried-it might-like-to-dancers: I'm hosting a low-key free intro to partner dance, waltz, maybe polka, this Friday the 15th. Followed by a DJd dance with the energetic travelling versions of those dances -- if you like East Bay Waltz, or Friday Night Waltz, we need you!

Not dress-up, no partner or experience needed, we aim to teach enough that you know if you'd like it before you get bored.

broadwaywaltz.com

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Uspol, ICE protest, help needed Show more

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Anyone familiar with controlling multiple RGB LEDs with a Pi, where the total current probably exceeds what the GPIO can do? Any ideas what kind of extra circuits or controllers I need?

raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/

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This is an interesting question about family tree software that isn't getting a lot of traction on ask.metafilter

"I have a sprawling Sudanese family, and I'm hoping to build a family tree that covers my relatives going back at least four or five generations... Sadly, I haven't had much luck with the software I've tried – everything out there seems to be really clunky and Western-oriented."

ask.metafilter.com/323334/Plea

Any ?

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Today somebody wrote me a really nice email about how they saw some open source software I published, how they were building upon it, and thanked me for it. It made feel really great. More people should send these kind of emails (myself included), it's really validating and made my week.

Broadway Waltz tomorrow (Friday the 15th) in ; we start with a free lesson for total beginners, 7:20-8, and dance waltz, polka, foxtrot, swing, tango from 8-10. Always some energetic dances and some gentle ones. You don't need to bring a partner, everyone dances with everyone. Good taster if you wonder if you might like this kind of thing.

www.broadwaywaltz.com

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A story of electronics recycling, and how the "dumping ground" of the developing countries may not be as bad as the press reports.

anthropocenemagazine.org/ewast

Did kid know it was you doing it? How did kid react?

Parental Omniscience seems fine but Learned Helplessness not, I am guessing.

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«In 1993, John Gilmore famously said that "The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." That was technically true when he said it but only because the routing structure of the Internet was so distributed. As centralization increases, the Internet loses that robustness, and censorship by governments and companies becomes easier.»
schneier.com/blog/archives/201

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Nice things I needed which I learnt on the fediverse today:

A non-standard genus of silk worm called Eri is much more adaptable to various diets and climates.
It can be used in a more ethical way to make silk yarn - without killing the critter at cocoon harvest.
This provides people around the world with a new way to make homespun clothes, in a kinder way.
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahimsa

Thanks to @cathal !

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This company that sells clothing says it had to stop selling to EU because of GDPR. This image IS their site now, it says: "Blame your government (no, really)".

Really though? It's that hard to sell me clothes while respecting my privacy? You only have to blame yourself on this one 😂

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"Speaking fees" for retired politicians show the amazing power of human planning capacity. Humans invented the perfect crime by creating an acausal crime: one where nothing untoward has happened when the effect occurs, by predicting the subsequent existence of a cause, a motive, a bribe, in years to follow.

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after some soldering and 140 lines of haskell, I have a crockpot that can be controlled by cron(1), but that otherwise runs whenever there's solar power going to waste, as a water heater

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Hey mastodon.social - looking for a good #opensource podcasting client. Any recommendations?

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As a software developer, it pains me to admit, but must be shouted from the rooftops anyways:

Technology can't fix harassment.

Anyone expecting tech to fix harassment only enables the clever assholes.

Algorithms that boost messages are overwhelmingly used by the most vocal and ruthless of any population to polarize the rest of that population.

Let people boost messages, not algorithms. Let people stop harassment, not algorithms.

And PAY the moderators and community leaders their due!

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what is your favourite tool for managing timing and people across a project, for a large collaborative project?

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You know how you can feel the subway train is coming by the sudden change in barometric pressure? That's the same as how I know the fifth graders are approaching the planetarium.