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For most of recent history, up until about 60 years ago, the act of creation was just a part of life. Everyone sang or played an instrument or wrote or performed or danced or Something.

But recording technology turned creative output in to a path to fortune and fame. Suddenly, if you weren't exceptional, then why were you trying at all?

This concept is, of course, bullshit.

I think the distinction is that rather than being one giant sadness machine that none of us can change, a fediverse full of tiny sadness machines each of us can tune in our own ways to make them a little less sad a little bit at a time makes room for optimism, and maybe even hope. It's a place to put the thin edge of the wedge.

Bingo: "We won't win people over by default, and we will make plenty of mistakes along the way. But we must recognize, and reject, the biases at play that cause people to belittle, ignore, and misunderstand any initiative that's astonishingly successful without making anyone rich." -

@julia art and programming intersect on the fediverse(Mastodon) at

though there are probably also some programmers on


Hello, I'm Craig Maloney. I've been on the "fediverse" back when it was, so I have some history here.

I'm a Python Programmer by day, a retro computer enthusiast by night, and a lover of music.

I wrote "The Mediocre Programmer", which is a self-help book for developers.

I'm the host of the (on hiatus) Open Metalcast, a contributor to Pepper&Carrot, and a game designer. I'm also on the board of the Michigan!/usr/group (

Learn more:

So happy to finally be able to share the programming language I've been working on with an amazing team!!! Please try it and let us know what you think! :)

You may have heard that Clearview AI announced it will offer its surveillance tech to Ukraine.

It seems no human tragedy is off-limits to surveillance companies looking to sanitise their image.


One thing that people like me who grew up with proprietary software need to learn is that FLOSS is "forever".

When I use any app, my underlying approach is always that there will be a new or better app coming along shortly, or that the current app will bit-rot soon. I'm instinctively not willing to put a lot of time into learning the app in detail.

I just had this thought when I realized that my #anki collection will be usable for decades. So it's fine if I put tons of time in creating it.

I love hearing when a major piece of software uses a relatively niche, unexpected language. Coming to mind is Naughty Dog using Common Lisp for all their games until they were bought by Sony, and even then they still partially wrote major games like The Last of Us in Lisp. is entirely in Lua (well Moonscript, that transpiles to Lua). Many GNU programs naturally embed Guile (Guix), and GIMP uses TinyScheme/Script-Fu, so there's some nice real-world FOSS users of Scheme dialects.

Any other fun/interesting examples?

Where is the @gnome Foundation even going?

I wrote this post to shed some light on a programme the Foundation wants to conduct, how it will impact the GNOME Project, and how the contributors can help shaping it.

Every time I see an article like this I want to point out that just because we work in security does not make us immune to social engineering.

The first rule of security is that if someone wants to compromise you, they can and will.

The best we can do is make it hard enough so they have to work for it or choose easier targets.

The price of microSD cards has fallen significantly in the 5 years that I've been using FreedomBox. We can now get a 128 GB microSD card for the price of a 32 GB one in 2017.

Could it be that 128 GB is mainstream now since the photo sizes on newer smartphones have gotten huge? :blobthink:

"The average carbon footprint of the richest is more than 75 times higher than that of the poorest. Dramatically unequal consumption lies at the heart of the climate crisis. The climate crisis is profoundly unfair."

by Genevieve Guenther for Noema Magazine 💜

My job in the LGBTQIA+ sector recently came to a sudden halt because funding was dropped. This is difficult because I was transitioning at work socially--it was the olny workplace in which I felt comfortable doing so. I've went back to my old job as an out and open trans woman and the reception has been mixed.

If anyone knows of any jobs focused on working with women and/or LGBTQIA+ people, based in Europe (inc. the UK), please let me know. I have experience with working in homelesssness, harm reduction, policy research and advocacy.

Thank you.

Can we just stop posting links to sites that are unreadable with tracking blockers, please?

Emacs legit changed my life. I remember when I first installed it. It was because I wanted to use SLIME with SBCL. Actually no, it was years before that, I wanted to build a simple static generated website. I didn’t have any money to buy a ‘professional’ IDE, and I trusted GNU, so I used Emacs seemed like a good choice.

it was so easy to plug all these things together. it intuitively made sense to me how these three systems should be installed. I never not had Emacs installed on my PC

Before Emacs, I used KDE’s kate.

I have been using EXWM as my X window manager for about 2.5 years now. My Guix PC literally boots up to Emacs buffers, and nothing else after that. That’s all Linux does for my system.

I wanted the Lisp machine of my dreams, and I got it, really. I believe so much in the Lisp tradition and its happy-hearted and open friendliness. This is really well demonstrated in the Land of Lisp book.

But I do acknowledge some of its shortcomings. There is a famous joke that David Moon once said to a grad student: ‘you cannot simply cycle the power on a Lisp Machine without understanding why it crashed’, and then cycled the power, and the machine worked. This is a very big Lisp ‘mood’.

Lisp is often slow, and exhibits a lot of undefined state, sometimes, because it uses a heap and then, as a secondary citizen, the stack.

But I am a Lisp acolyte because I believe in its utopian vision of its brand of automated intelligence. It is my chosen model for computation. It is ambitious and beautiful.

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