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Reinder Dijkhuis

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Who am I? I am a translator, webcartoonist and once and future musician/songwriter. Married to an American artist/scholar/teacher who is a mass shooting survivor. Old as dirt, feeling twice as old again. Two stepkids, two dogs, one cat. Politics generally left, philosophically an anarchist. Non-religious, history of undiagnosed depression. Like beer, need coffee. Has a sociopath's palate. Love things that go Zworp.

AFTER all my Photoshop-dependent projects are done, I may try again. Or on a different machine that I can safely keep up-to-date. I see that the team are working hard and want to support that effort.

I'm sorry to report that my experience with Krita on the Mac (an older version, because I'm not upgrading this box to a version that's incompatible with my Photoshop version) was nasty, brutish and short.

uspol, restaurants, tech, work Show more

The Department for Work and Pensions asked me, a freelance writer, to create content to promote their campaign for empowerment in female employment - without being paid... NOPE. @DWP

US Politics Show more

3 considerations for any political action:
1. If your action couldn't possibly have negative consequences for you, it is of no consequence
2. If your action requires media attention to have any impact, it has no impact.
3. Working in the realm of ideas and symbols is not worthless, but working exclusively at that level is.

Periodic reminder Planned Parenthood is more than just "those guys who do the abortions and morning after pills" and are often the only healthcare provider some people have. They are also often the only source of HRT for trans people in their area, or at least the cheapest.

There should be an easier way to do this, though.
I've automated other parts of the process and would like to do more of that.
Garbage collection, at least is easy. It's the removal of non-pngout-compressed web pngs and older web files so they don't clutter up my Dropbox.
This is what I do when I don't find the creative juices flowing but still have time to work on comics. There's a lot of this stuff.

To keep the process error-free (I am very forgetful and distractable) I have to track it in triplicate like a bureaucrat:
1) marking my calendar so I can always see wich date is the last updated;
2) Reloading the overview page so I know which ones have been uploaded and check if the dates are correct;
3) Maintain a spreadsheet that counts how many updates I've added this year and keep that updated at all times.

The last one originally had a different purpose (bragging rights) but really helps.

.@Blender's videos on #YouTube have now come back, but they are also being told by Google/YT that they HAVE to monetise them. #Blender are considering refusing, which presumably would mean the videos being taken down again:

Whatever they once stood for, #Google's aim now is exploiting their users' content for maximum profit.

If you don't want your videos to be exploited, it is important to switch to an independent alternative:


It's #FollowFriday so time for some #alternatives to follow:

@funkwhale FunkWhale: Open source federated alternative to GrooveShark and SoundCloud

@prismo Prismo: Federated open source alternative to Reddit, in development.

@Fairphone and @WeAreFairphone Fairphone: Makers of fairtrade modular smartphones

@kevinbeynon Libreture: eBook storage site and comprehensive list of non-DRM eBook publishers.

@clickblaster ClickBlaster: Endless clickbait! :blobastonished:

#FF #FFed #Recommendations

So on Tuesday I thought I was done with Courtly Manners 2, because all the web images were finished and ready to go.
Nope, I still have to upload them all into the ComicFury database, transcribe each of them to screen-reader standard as I go along, and track what I have and haven't uploaded so I don't lose my place.
And when that's done, it's time for garbage collecting.

USpol, ICE, birdsite boost Show more

Texas slated to have more Latinos than whites around 2022.

Take back Texas.

Form a new Latinx country with it.

#ICE has shut down operations indefinitely due to "security concerns". No agents attempted to enter building today and have also cancelled appointments for tomorrow. The facility is non-operational. Other cities are raising their banners and organizing similar actions.

Trump's executive order is bullshit and any media source claiming otherwise is fucking lying

We're here for abolition


Even Portland Police wont engage given political pressure

I am a truly crap photographer, but sometimes I accidentally shoot something with artistic merit. Here's my wife checking the roof of a classic camper van from inside the cabin. She looks like a true road warrior in this, and I love the framing.

Wife and I went to see a 1968 Dodge camper van in Utrecht last night. It's pretty much the only vehicle of that type in the country. Wife got the squeegiggles from driving it but unfortunately it may be too big of a project for us right now.
It is road safe and we could drive it home if we bought it. But with no power steering and some engine performance issues, we're looking at a timeframe of over a year to fund and implement the needed fixes. Hmm.
Seeing a different camper van today.

Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy is more entertaining than I remembered it being. Not a patch on the original Seven Keys albums from the 1980s, but fun and cut from the same cloth.

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