Voting Green in this election, for a party who believes passionately in staying in the EU to reform, and tackling the climate crisis. However you (UK-based people) vote though, lets as much of us as possible get out and reject Farage and far-right hate.

This is an absurd and dangerous law which in creating an (albeit ineffective) online censorship system will achieve none of its (claimed) objectives, whilst infringing on peoples privacy, and granting hugely sensitive data to private companies with little safeguards.

Recently watched Love, Simon for the second time. Here's something I wrote last year post-first viewing, reflecting on why the film felt important and pretty profoundly resonated with me.. despite being a typical cliché bullshit Hollywood teen romcom in some (or a lot of) senses!

Second viewing prompted me to reread this, and despite being a little personal felt like sharing..

ReCAPTCHA is the bane of my life lately. I swear it's turned to just straight up mocking me now. For web developers, are there any decent Google-free, privacy-respecting, human-friendly, (preferably open source) alternatives?

Since when did The Guardian ( change their website colour scheme to mirror that of an Egyptian death mask?

This may well be one of the best genuine news articles I've ever read. If the headline alone doesn't pique your interest we have no more to say to each other.

Just joined Another Europe is Possible, the progressive alliance for a real alternative to an extreme right-wing Tory Brexit. Join at

@aminb Please add me to 3D Virtual & Augmented Reality, Design, Digital Rights, Privacy, Scotland, Socialists, UK Politics.

Inspirational in the sense that I would like to believe I'd be capable of being as brave and resolute in my principles, but when it comes to it I'd probably be just as susceptible to the bystander effect as anyone, particularly in an environment like a plane which is intimidating and encourages conformity by design. Bravery breeds bravery, I hope.

So much respect for this woman - refusing to be a bystander. Might seem a simple act but takes real bravery to be the one to stand up, against hostility, and refusing to back down inspire others to stand up as well. Hopefully now inspires others to do the same.

@Gargron Although.. it may be better to keep a mention of microblogging somewhere on the page? That being the most accurate description of what Mastodon is, even if it's not a term everyone will necessarily be familiar with..

@Gargron Would all depend on context and audience really. The former more technical description seems appropriate for say, the GitHub repo. The summary you actually presently have when landing on I think does a good job of introducing Mastodon to a more general audience. Ah got you, that does make more sense :) Btw, I was at one of the protests last night, and there were plenty signs displaying variations of the sentiment you described in similar language. None of them received the same press attention, or public acknowledgement from Trump himself. That's the difference. The balloon was childish humour, and fairly expensive, but it's certainly been successful in its aims. Sorry, 6m as in 6 million? I'm assuming that was a typo? This article states the organisers raised £18,000 to produce and fly the balloon ( which I'd assume also includes the logistics of flying it in multiple cities over the weekend.. I'd agree that's still a lot, but relative to the coverage it received seems decent value.

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