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It's almost 2019, which will bring the first new batch of US public domain works in over 20 years:


This "public domain day" used to happen every year until 1998, when 20 years was added to copyright terms for no real reason other than that large companies like Disney wanted it.

Copyright currently lasts 95 years in most countries, but until the late 1970s it was 56 years, or even shorter if copyright wasn't actively renewed.

#PublicDomainDay #Copyright

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As we've had a nice surprise Xmas present with @pixelfed starting to federate today, here's a new section on switching.social which explains what PixelFed is in non-technical terms:


If you know someone who is thinking about dumping Instagram and looking for alternatives, try sending them this link 👍


Hey. I'd like to get a little fediverse support group doing for writing more in the next year.

It can be blogs, long posts on here, fiction, non-fiction, thesis, uni work, etc. etc.

But I want us to band together and support and motivate each other.

I'm suggesting #AmWriting (capitalized for screen readers) as it's an already established hashtag, which I don't think would suffer if it was used more.

Still, don't give unsolicited advice, obviously.

Who's in?

I tested all the major iOS apps for Mastodon and compared their accessibility support. You might find this useful if you're looking for an app that will help you be a good citizen on the Fediverse: firewally.net/post/mastodon-cl #iOS #Accessibility #A11y #MastodonApps

The Sunbeam City cooperative has set up a federated, long-form blogging instance (Plume) at...


You don't have to be a cooperative member or a user on our Mastodon instance to use it. At this point all that we would ask is that you keep your posts in line with our values: wiki.sunbeam.city/doku.php?id=

Just arrived back at Vancouver airport (Canada) from a lovely trip to Paris. I haven’t slept in about 24 hours and I’ve brought with me some kind of European cold. You’re welcome, Vancouver!

Feels darn great to be back in my hometown though.

Managed to make it out of Paris today w/o any issues with protests. We were heading the opposite direction on Metro & train, out to airport. Now in plane soon to take off for Canada!

I am working over full time in a new admin post at my uni and now will be adding teaching a class on top of that starting in January and I NEED to not change my course very much from last year so I can survive but that is SO hard because I always have new ideas that I just *know* are going to be super amazing. ... But ... sleep is nice too.

Hello scholars! Do you want to be my writing partner?

I'm going to work through Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks amazon.ca/Writing-Your-Journal and it would be helpful (in fact it's recommended!) to have a writing partner working through the book at the same time.

it's written for people in the social sciences and humanities, but I'm doing ecology/evolution. Also, I'll take > 12 weeks.

(please boost if you have scientist/academic followers)

Am going to Paris for a conference in about a week & have a few days to play. Have 11 year old son going too. Ideas for what to do there beyond the main big tourist places?

Torontonians, Ontarians, lend me your usernames that I may follow you I am so goddamn alone out here

#Toronto #Ontario #YYZ #GTA #boost

mysterious foot injury Show more

mysterious foot injury Show more

Look you can have universal healthcare or you can have this

We still have a tech position open at the Freedom of the Press Foundation (a nonprofit): a Sr. Software Engineer position to work on SecureDrop, the open source whistleblower platform used by 65+ media organizations, originally developed by the late Aaron Swartz.

You get paid to work
✅ from anywhere in the world
✅ on a world-changing project
✅ that's open source,
✅ stewarded by a small team
✅ that's led by a woman.

Help spreading the word is much appreciated:


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