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Since it’s been a while since I’ve been active on here, I should probably give a (re)#introduction. My name is Ben, and I’m into software development (esp. 🐍 and 🦀) as well as retrocomputing (and a whole bunch of other stuff, like SF&F, musical theatre, and podcasting). I’d been looking for reasons to leave the bird site for a while, and recent events finally gave me the kick I needed to dive back into the fediverse.

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By popular request, I have decided to devote the rest of my life making XML-Python, the most efficient way to write Python

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“full stack developer” but the stack is maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Everything Everywhere All at Once 

Finally got around to watching Everything Everywhere All at Once, and it might be my favorite movie now. A beautiful, hilarious, heart wrenching, action-packed film, and quite possibly the silliest film that has made me cry. I’m still processing it, and probably will be for quite a while.

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Now available! :mastodon:

My in-depth comparative review of eight Mastodon apps for iPhone

Please boost (or share on Twitter) 🙏

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@luka YYYY-MM-DD ISO-8601 every time

We can't just do YY what you want a y2k all over again

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free covid tests (u.s.) 

you can request free covid tests from the federal government again! this time we get 8 free ones

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Who out there in the #Fediverse :fediverse: would be interested in a federated 3d model hosting service, like a decentralised Thingiverse?

I'm building as a personal self-hosted app to manage local files, but with I think a few changes it could also be a federated hosting tool, and my brain keeps thinking about having a go at making it speak #ActivityPub.

Thoughts, anyone? Worth a go?

#3dPrinting #SelfHosted

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KDE Connect is now available for iOS! Connect your desktop to your phone and other devices for easy file transfers; remote mouse control; remote control of presentation slides; synchronized clipboard and pasteboard; and much more.

KDE Connect now works on most major platforms, including Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, and experimentally on macOS, allowing you to hook up all your devices seamlessly.

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OMG! Ubuntu! is a long-established news site about Ubuntu and other forms of Linux, as well as free open source software in general. You can follow at:

➡️ @omgubuntu

The website is at

#OMGUbuntu #Ubuntu #Linux
#GNU #GNULinux #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #Computing #OS #News #ComputingNews

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I've been pretty vocal about using my following and resources to help spread awareness of new projects and developers, I know what it's like to start from nothing and "compete" with mastodon, peertube, pleroma, etc.

What I don't get is how distant projects are from each other, I think the larger projects should make more of an effort to help out smaller projects.

We are not competing with each other, we're all in this together! 💪

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Is the Girl from Ipanema a cryptid?

- Name composed of a vague identifier ("Girl") and place where sighted
- Distinct emotional effect upon all who witness them
- Walks to the sea, looking only straight ahead
- Still young after 60 years

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🎨 A painting/Fediverse experimentation:

With percentages of Red, Green and Blue, you can obtain a precise RGB color definition.

So, please vote for one or more color channel and with the mix of all the votes, I'll challenge myself to paint a fantasy landscape, using the result as the dominant color.

(PS: I'm doing full time inking/penciling on episode 37 and a bit of colored art cool-down would be great! Also I need a bit of 'Fedifun' this week. Thanks for your votes and boosts! )

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Never read Dracula before? Would you like to read it.... over RSS? Dracula is entirely made up of letters, telegrams, newspaper articles. Each has a date, between May 3rd and November 10th, Last year, and now this year, Dracula Daily has offered people the ability to read the classic novel "in real time". It just started, so if you add to your newsreader, you can follow along this year. #rss

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Personal, covid adjacent 

I started doing FediFollows (and slightly later FediTips and FediVideos) as the pandemic has severely restricted my social and job opportunities.

It is such a messed-up situation, I have to do something constructive to stay sane. Hopefully what I do on here is useful to others :blobcat:

My main aim with the "Fedi" accounts is to help people off Twitter, Facebook etc sustainably.

If you appreciate my work, please consider leaving me a tip (links are in my profile).

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#fediverse newcomers: Welcome to your first collective outrage/sorrow experience! There's some etiquette here for the occasion: the ✨ content warning ✨

If you drop your takes and commiserations under a CW, people can choose to engage with the doomscroll or skip it entirely.

It's not censorship; it's empathy.

#feditips #noxp

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Welcome to #Mastodon and the #Fediverse!

We don't do advertisements, no NFT bs, no user tracking, no verification through sensitive PERSONAL information, no bullying, no paying money for extra services!

What do we do you may ask?

Simple! We do provide a safe, secure online environment where you can meet your friends, new people, have amazing discussions and share your interests, arts, photos, videos & more!

We just want to combine the best of both worlds, to create something we can all be proud of!

Remember, admins are nothing without the users :blobcathearts: These communnities are all of ours!

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A brief introduction to Python exception handling:

# fuck around
# find out
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