“The ancient assumption that all artworks should retain an aura and the modernist ideal that they exhibit presentness are based on notions of purity and fixity that no longer apply.” Richard Rinehart in Chapter 4, Variability Machines.
I probably should not quote while reading? Like this book a lot! Recommended for everyone interested in ‘new media art’.

Software-based artwork is similar [as music]: the computer language, operating system, and hardware form an infrastructure that supports the artwork, but they are not the artwork. The artwork is an algorithm, a design built on this infrastructure, which is constantly changing and rapidly aging. To hold onto that technology is to tie us to a sinking ship. We have to be nimble enough to jump to the next boat, and our artwork has to be adaptable enough to do that gracefully.(Mark Napier, Chapter 4)

Enjoying reading this book for no other reason than curiosity and because I once saw Jon Ippolito giving an excellent talk here in Brussels.
The authors argue that the vulnerability of new media art illustrates a larger crisis for social memory. They describe a ‘variable media’ approach to rescuing new media, distributed across producers and consumers.
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I'm not sure if I've ever done this in my life...

1. 🌐 Download a web browser
2. 🔍 Check every setting
3. ✔️ Change nothing, except...

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First, guess which browser?

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I only changed *one* thing by enabling the Better filter with this terminal command:

gsettings set org.gnome.Epiphany adblock-filters "['better.fyi/blockerList.txt']"

I love what this browser ships with out of the box

Thanks to @aral for Better and thanks to the @gnome team for Epiphany

Currently no cash to go out to the print shop. Viva arte povera! I played printer myself and made this hommage to Manfred Mohr. A circle and 11 lines on a floating grid.

My birthday present. I missed both exhibitions, but glad I can imagine them with these catalogues. Now off reading...

Decentralised social media communication centralised around a personal website as much as possible.
When you add a photo in a photo gallery on a personal site, it should have the same effect as posting it on pixelfed for example. People in the fediverse can see that a new photo has been added and they can comment on it and see other comments by other people.

Having social media accounts, preferably in the fediverse is fine, but every time I post something somewhere, I always think, this should have been on my web site.
Ok, maybe not these little text posts. But a curated stream of photo's? Should be a page on my site. A collection of articles? On my site, please.
I wonder how the ActivityPub protocol could be used on personal websites to redirect traffic again to them instead of keeping people away and imprisoned within social media platforms.

Giving @Tutanota a test drive. I am completely new to encrypted email, so I might talk stupid.
UI is clean, simple, easy to use. First thing I tried was to send a (confidential) mail to my current mail addresses. I don't know (yet) why but with the email linked to my web domain, I can not receive mail sent with Tutanota. Sending from that mail to Tutanova works, not the other way around.
My other mail address works fine both ways.
The option of adding a password for each receiver is new to me.

2019. My web site has 20 years: 1999-2019. www.hansup.be

What would be a good opensource/fediverse alternative for Mailchimp?

Deleted account FaceBook in 2012, LinkedIn in 2015, Google gmail, analytics in 2015, Dropbox in 2016, Vimeo in 2017, Twitter in 2018. PayPal, Ebay, Amazon, and Instagram in 2019?
Bye bye silos! Or at least much less silos in 2019.

Probably too early, but it would be nice if regular hosting companies would offer mastodon/pixelfed/other fediverse hosting like they offer Wordpress.

On the birdsite only 1 follower (of 300) has tweeted back when I said I would leave the platform.
Apart from the trolls, product promotors and boring celebrations of success, not many people seem to bother anymore.
I noticed that most of my friends went silent and almost never tweeted anything.
Most of them are not on Mastodon. Some are on Instagram, but rather inactive. I left FB years ago.
After 10 years of using social media, I must admit that it doesn’t connect me to my friends anymore.

My plan is to leave twitter in February. Today I unfollowed everybody and deleted all my tweets. Kept one to apologise for me leaving like this.
A bunch of retweets are apparantly impossible to delete.
Well that's that.
Now I am curious how a twitter cold turkey will feel like...
I guess the small shots of Mastodon will ease the pain...

The New York Times reports Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, Apple, Yandex, Yahoo and others far more access to users' data than previously admitted, including access to private messages:

nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technol

There is never going to be a better time to #DeleteFacebook, the violations are only going to get worse.

If you know someone who wants to try alternatives and needs a simple non-technical guide, try sending them this:

switching.social/ethical-alter

(via @bobstechsite)

Safari folks: use “Request Desktop Site” from the iOS share menu to nope your way out of amp pages.

(Do this before sharing URLs to protect your friends from Google tracking too.)

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