Pruning the basil plants this morning in the hopes that they might grow more younger sweeter leaves, and that I might enjoy some pesto.

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Mexican chicken chorizo kofte with cilantro yoghurt dipping sauce. Well, that's what I'm calling it anyways..pretty satisfying.

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Today, I was trying to find (using commercial search engines) information about a topic. Maybe 9 out of 10 or more "relevant" results was about purchasing items related to the topic. Not ads placed in the result page, no, the actual results.

I remember how, when I was younger, I used to marvel at all the information out there on the web. How it was like a giant library.

I scarcely recognize the place now. If you want to search information about a topic you don't go into a mall. But that's what it feels like I'm forced to do.

I remember going to the library and pulling out drawers of index cards to locate the relevant non-fiction shelves with good content on topics I wanted to learn about. Imagine if those index cards had been mixed with cards with advertisements on them. Increasingly diluting the content with junk. That is the web of today.

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ok #darktable nailed this one. so many amazing quality of life improvements. more improvements to filmic, lighttable improvements, module order presets (very advanced feature but super awesome for people like me who develops images in unusual ways) :da_dance:

darktable.org/2020/08/darktabl

#artwirhopensource #FLOSS

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it's my birthday today; as a treat here's what we're gonna do

I'll send the first five people who show receipts for at least $200 donated to Rosehip Medic Collective in PDX or Don't Shoot PDX one of these weird handmade mechanical keyboards I build.

rosehipmedics.org/
dontshootpdx.org/

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Do we have a directory of Fediverse podcasters? Maybe we should start one? If there is not, add yourself here:
communitywiki.org/wiki/Fediver

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> The past weekend some members of the XMPP community gathered in Düsseldorf to work on the next iteration of the OMEMO Encryption Specification. All of us agree that the result – version 0.4 of XEP-0384 – is a huge step forward and better than ever!

> [ . . . ] Among the more urging topics was proper specification of OMEMO for group chats, support for encrypting extension elements other than the body, as well as clarification on how to implement OMEMO without having to use libsignal. [ . . . ]

blog.jabberhead.tk/2020/03/10/…
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"In the final years of his life, the great neurologist Oliver Sacks reflected on the physiological and psychological healing power of nature, observing that in forty years of medical practice, he had found only two types of non-pharmaceutical therapy helpful to his patients: music and gardens."

via #BrainPickings

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Choose Your Own Adventure – Derelict Spaceship

This is an interactive story which I'm making up as I go along! I'm keeping it all to this (mostly unlisted) thread, so feel free to follow it here if you want, or mute it now if you'd rather not see any of it. I'll add CWs if they become appropriate.

I have no plans for how this is going to work, so let's see where it goes. Feel free to join in or step out as and when you like!

Artwork: Igor Vitkovskiy

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Thank you to the #jitsi folks who have created a platform for people to connect, and a strong alternative to proprietary platforms. You all rock.

a cleaver. for when you're making your first experiments with sourdough bread, and you don't have a dough scraper.

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Putting the plague terminal on the kitchen counter has given me more opportunities to journal, and a chance to stop and smell the onions.

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In light of the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic, we now have an ongoing initiative to donate surgical masks to local communities.

If you are involved in our community (or one of the many partner projects), come take a look at this thread: forum.pine64.org/showthread.ph

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