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ScienceDaily article: Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia.

From the summary: "In this case, the absence of direct human activity on the landscape may be the cause of the extinctions, according to an anthropologist."


There are a couple of open source automated #Translation sites available.

Both are still under development so they lack some languages/features, but you can try them already on their demo sites:



#AlternativesAtoZ #Langauges

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I hate the "own your data" meme in the decentralized social web. A friend of mine pointed out how useless the phrase is a few years ago and I agree. "Ownership" sounds an awful lot like digital "property", which is nonsense when moving from physical to digital stuff because copying doesn't destroy the original. The path you go down there is the path to artificial constraints like DRM. Yikes!

We should be talking about user autonomy instead. That's a much better meme.

just rode up park and whew lads i have a few 311 tickets to submit and a followup streets post to write
i gave up after 3 cars, but every block between 25th and Franklin (so 5 long blocks) looks like this

@nonlinear @lm @er1n a couple dozen folks and a well-equipped makerspace should be able to make a go of it, with some luck and some work - I know one of our local makerspaces makes more off of sign making and electronics design contracts than they do from memberships and classes, but the founder is also a 30 year vet of the graphics card industry so that helps.

So this article is inspiring me to REALLY WANT to start or participate in creating a hyper-local manufacturing and growing co-op. Who's already doing stuff like this in the Twin Cities that i could connect with?


@ewankeep @june yes yes yes! And for it to connect in with anarchist, solarpunk socialist kind of stuff already happening locally

Need a table? Come make one with people. Know how to repair stuff? Be available for people. Need food? Come get it if you live near the co-op, want to help grow food? Come do that. Surely something is already out there? If not, let's Fucking Make It.

"In retrospect, it’s unsurprising that a lot of New Atheism devolved into reactionary, antifeminist, and even white supremacist thought, because it was never really about the things it claimed to be about. The dominant affect of New Atheism wasn’t humility, or reflexivity, or curiosity, all the things one truly needs to improve intellectually. It was smugness."

The Magical Thinking of Guys Who Love Logic: theoutline.com/post/7083/the-m

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A student of mine once wrote an amazing essay about how increased efficiency always means we use more, not less. Here's Low Tech with a great article on the topic.

A transition to renewable energy is meaningless if we don't topple our culture of consumption. That's a crucial part of my #solarpunk philosophy.


I just learned on the radio that the city of Cologne is taking 360° photos of the city for administrative purposes (such as measuring the maximum passage height of streets).
I bet that most big cities do the same.
Wouldn't it make sense for @openstreetmap to ask them to make those photos available under a compatible license so they can be used in OSM?

What beautiful thing have you seen today?

My beautiful thing was the soft silence when snow falls.

A possibly related phenomenon is called crown shyness – certain species of trees will very politely avoid overshadowing each other in a forest canopy, leaving gaps between each others' branches.

Mostly trees of the same species will do this, but different species of tree have been observed doing this too.

Again, no one's entirely sure how the trees do this, and some botanists are probably arguing about it somewhere right now.

Should I be tagging all of my posts with #plants? You'd think I'd be better at all this social media malarkey by now...


Hello, comrades!

I've been on the fediverse since early 2018 in two different FOSS-centric instances, but have been meaning to find a place where I can be a bit more free in posting more of my thoughts/opinions related to socialism.

I've veered more and more towards the left since graduating uni earlier this decade, most likely as a result of being pushed into the workforce and seeing first-hand the failures of capitalism despite my middle-class upbringing. I've considered myself fully socialist since last year while simply harbored increasingly anti-capitalist thoughts for a few years before that.

Other than leftist thoughts, expect to see plenty of tech with smatterings of whatever else comes to mind from a US-born Mexican Latino :P

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more