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The Latvian Radio Choir singing Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers". The best music for crying and programming, both at the same time. Here I am, tears streaming down my face, thinking about some data import into an Oracle database. And I keep thinking: this is the time we live in. Crying, chagrined, as the world slowly turns into a swamp.

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If you know where to look, there are beautiful spots in ZΓΌrich. Autumn is here.

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"I’m feeling small because all these giants are standing on my shoulders!" – me, when thinking about copyright

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A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I don’t think they have much value going back months and years. I never read through years of tweeting history! This only benefits your enemies, never your friends."

β€œThe one wonderful thing about blogging from your laptop is that you don’t have to deal with other people. You can broadcast alienated, disembodied, disassociated murmurings into a people-free void. You don’t have to run something past an editor, or frame your argument to an established group of subscribers. You just say what the hell you want.”

β€” Andrew Sullivan in Slate (2002)

It was a simpler time.

OH YOUR GOD! Radiogarden is THE coolest thing I have seen! It is how this should have been!

Basically a map with all open broadcasts around the globe, you can zoom, move around and test different stations around the world, from Vladivostok to Patagonia

I'm actively recruiting volunteer devs for a native Signal / Signal-like client in Gtk, in the hopes that we can bring it to the @Purism Librem 5 phone. Please contact if interested.

PGP/GPG: FA9D 40F1 5FE1 D8AB 8312 4AAA 77E3 1447 CD1F C3F6

Listening to Β« Notre besoin de consolation est impossible Γ  rassasier Β» (VΓ₯rt behov av trΓΆst Γ€r omΓ€ttligt) by Stig Dagerman (1923-1954), as sung by Les TΓͺtes Raides.
Text: chabrieres.pagesperso-orange.f

The way you do the "fix high DPI" bit is a two step process:

a) Open Gnome-tweak-tool, then head to "Fonts" and change the scaling factor

b) Firefox doesn't seem to pay any attention to this, so you fix it by typing "about:config" in the nav bar, search for "layout.css.devPixelsPerPx" and then change it to a positive value.

I've gone with 1.3 for both values on this laptop to avoid eye strain πŸ™‚

The font, the colours, everything is great and old school about this website.
And Collioure is great, too. I have vague memories of eating sea fruit at L'Amphitryon. I think there must be a pub here where Picasso and others paid by leaving paintings but I don't remember it, now. All these memories, lost.

Only by providing a counter-narrative, which also deals with the constant burning future shock people are feeling - we can make other perspectives and futures possible.

If you won't create a narrative explaining why you did something, someone else will supply theirs.

No matter how good the software created by the engineers is, no matter how much work the activists put in, the public needs storytellers to tell them why it's important as well.


Sitting at home reading Mastodon and wondering whether I should wait for the sun to rise – and then I realize it’s winter in Switzerland and the sky is grey and it’s already 8:30 and that’s probably as bright as it will get. 😩☁️☁️🌧☁️☁️

β€œWhy deplore β€˜collapse,’ when the situation it depicts is most often the disaggregation of a complex, fragile, and typically oppressive state into smaller, decentralized fragments?” (209) Scholars deplore it, Scott suggests, because states leave more records and archaeological traces. There’s often little to study left by dispersed populations.

Speaking of The Plain Text Project: the first round of interviews with users of plain text is almost done. If you're interested in sharing your experiences using plain text, drop me a line at

Recent events in my Google+ timeline have reminded me once more that the most important rule in communication is the principle of charity: interpreting a speaker's statements in the most rational way possible and, in the case of any argument, considering its best, strongest possible interpretation.
Condemnations come easy. But it's easier to tear things down than to build them up. It's easier to wage war than build peace, to sow mistrust than to make friends. Be good. ❀️

If you don’t have a dedicated gopher client, I’ll suggest using the text browser lynx.
As for dedicated gopher clients, I like VF-1 by @solderpunk. Requires Python.
For iOS devices, I’ll suggest the Gopher Client by Charles Childers, @crc
What would you recommend?

I just love the old school Internet enthusiasm shown by @solderpunk in his phlog post. "I am utterly entranced by this idea of a self-organising, ever-changing fractal network of social unix servers, with networks forming and disolving between servers and between networks themselves as users see fit." Me too! gopher://

I don’t know what it is but when I’m troubled as I walk to the office in the morning I can listen to episodes of History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps and feel peaceful and calm as I wonder about intuitive cognition of the mind by Ockham and how other 14th century philosophers trying to refute him. Whatever it is, this too shall pass.

Hokule'a is the flagship of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Malma Honoua, is the mission to 'care for our earth' by recreating non-electric, traditional Polynesian deep water voyaging. They have sailed around the world, reconstructed traditional navigation and formed friendship ties with thousands of people, including Native tribes in North America. They regularly draw attention to Climate Change in the Asia Pacific and the science and technology of Indigenous peoples.

I was just reminded that #ProjectGutenberg is still being blocked in Germany because #copyright is still a mess.

Can anybody tell me what I'm doing wrong on my profile? I have two fields set, Blog and Contact, and on both pages I link back to my Mastodon profile, and yet there's no indication that Mastodon recognises this.

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more