"What is your 'why'?"
"Pardon?" said the artist.
"Why did you create this?"
"I thought it was neat."
"And this?"
"I had to get the idea out of my head to make room for new ones."
"And this?"
"It's funny, isn't it? I think it is."
"You must have a purpose!"
"I just told you."

I kind of autonerdsniped myself into looking at sites that aggregate personal #weather stations, but everything I've found is either effectively dead (weather underground) or worryingly proprietary despite being called "open". Is there anything for this on the fediverse?

XMPP: eXtreme Messaging Protocol and Potato

I can't wait to get my #Pinephone so I can text people "GNU phone, who dis?"

The Onion, Google satire 

An academic paper about social networks misspelled Mastodon, Pleroma and Pixelfed lol

PROGRAMMER TIP: When running a query that process over a million rows of data, quietly say the programmer's prayer - "Hold on to your butts" - before hitting the execute button

a true high IQ individual would never need to take an IQ test. they could simply calculate it in their head. whats mine you ask? eight hunded

I must say that libraries are "the place where you can be" but only as a side effect. It's main purpose is books & media. We also need places where you can just *be*, without having to play the role of the reader or whatnot, where you can talk and play and be creative.

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Really excited that Mozilla has selected Matrix, @RiotChat@twitter.com and @ModularIM@twitter.com as the successor to IRC for all their community chat needs! The future will be open - both open source, open open standard and open web :D matrix.org/blog/2019/12/19/wel

Anyone know of solid alternatives to Amazon? Shopping in general isn't very privacy friendly, but Amazon is just as bad as Apple, Google, and Microsoft if not worse. Please boost this to get additional feedback.

twitter decentralization, in the news 

If a goose wore socks would it wear them like this or like this

@nolan To address this issue, I think it'd be best if we just disabled user input on computers entirely.

You live in a small cozy apartment. Your neighbor to the left is a brain surgeon, the neighbor to your right is a fry cook.

Across the hall, the daycare center looks after the kids, it’s usually full of retirees, they get a lot of joy from the children.

You go to work. Your boss, yourself, and the janitor all make the same pay. You work to do a good job. This seems sensible.

After work, you take the train out of town, there are collectives there with fresh veggies and milk. You bring them some canning supplies, and hang out for a bit. You admire their agrarian lifestyle, but you love the city. You leave with a big bag of apples, you try to pay, but they won’t let you, money seems cheap. Next time you’ll bring your fiddle, you promise.

You miss the train, but there are plenty of busses. You get on one and find a seat. The person to your left is a plumber, the person to your right designs satellites, a singer stands, and begins to sing.

That seems right

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