The new desktop Twitter design is so badly designed, it doesn't run on my computer anymore. Web design nowadays, what a mess!
Yes, I go sometimes go back because some people I like, are locked in that cage.

I persisted in the faith that the time of cruel miracles was not past. That’s the last sentence of Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. I will read this book a third time, some time.
Next: Flatland, A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott.

The last book on my list this summer is Solaris by Stanislaw Lem.

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Reclaiming , by @yogthos 🔗

Reclaiming RSS

To escape censorship by Big Social, all web sites and blogs should implement this one trick.

After 10 days country side, I can only confirm again: the air quality in Brussels is very bad. Breathing CO2 all day long. Living in front of a park doesn’t help when thousands of cars race by every day. The worst is that I will get used to it again. Just like the little children playing each day in their play garden in the park only 5 meters from an unprotected open ventilation of the car tunnel under the park. The green leaves around that fuming hole in the ground are always brown and dead.

Finished Blade Runner. It was difficult not to see flashes from the movie while reading. The book however contains lots of details I didn’t see in the movie. Definitively worthwhile! But now I want to see the movie again. Also Rutger Hauer/Roy Baty passed away yesterday. It’s 2019. And 40 degrees celsius.

« That is, the most effective learning looks inefficient – it looks like falling behind. » Interesting long read:

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What's the one thing every web user can do to fight #SurveillanceCapitalism ?

Replace the Google Chrome browser

I've started a new website to send a message to Google that we prefer the internet without them


Even with a super user-friendly CMS, it's hard to keep updating even a simple web site, compared to the easiness and promise of high, immediate reach of social media. But when I see these updates on social media sink away so fast, I am so glad that I kept (and pay for) my own little corner online to publish whatever, however and whenever I want.

"User Experience or UX swallowed other possible ways to see what an interface is and how it could be." contemporary-home-computing.or I am only slowly trying to get out of the UX-bubble I was blinded by.

Weird fact: I left my twitter account half year ago. Not yet deleted he account, but I have deleted all my tweets. However some tweets from 2012 and before, I can not delete for some unknown reason. So today I was surprised to see 6 tweets from 2012 popping up in my RSS reader as 'new' tweets. It feels like Twitter is desperately trying to create the impression that my account is still alive?

Finished the odyssey. Now on to Blade Runner. I am in reading mode.

Finished reading Neuromancer. Next: 2001: A space Odyssey. It's the summer of science fiction.

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While it is pretty fantastic seeing all these fediverse alternatives for the centralised versions pop up everywhere, I wonder if we also will see something completely new.

If you are in Berlin and want to learn to work and play with processing, you can do so by attending a workshop by Frieder Nake, one of the first digital artists. ‘Think images, don’t make them.´

I might try pixelfed, but find it very confusing to join. This page is not very helpful: If you click to one of these two, you only get dry lists of 'nodes'. It is impossible to choose an instance because these lists don't contain an introduction. You have to guess what they are all about. If you click further, you land on a registration page, again without any introduction. Really think some kind of basic introduction would push registration. Am I missing something?

Too hot for me to be outside. So today a new drawing on a wall in my living room.

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Israeli espionage firm hacks WhatsApp. Can install spyware with missed call.

My advice: dump WhatsApp today and start using Wire ( Tell your friends and family to do the same. (It’s a simple, free download on all app stores. Easy to use, doesn’t require your phone number, and their business model is based on charging for commercial use and for pro accounts.)

You can find more alternatives on @switchingsocial (


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