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absolutely losing it over this pull request: "fix original typesetter's errors to reproduce cummings' manuscript"

Please do not base your linguistic arguments on historical facts, e.g. "this pronoun was used in 1300s" or similar.

Because this legitimises other historical arguments, like for example those against genderless language in German, French, and similar.

Languages change all the time and we don't need something to have been around for centuries or decades to be acceptable. "Covid" or "corona" weren't really words used like today in any language before March 2020, now probably they are words in almost all living languages and one of the most frequently used words.

Please be careful to avoid legitimising unscientific and fallacious arguments unintentionally. It's eventually harmful to those who are the most oppressed by such arguments.

A poem

the heaviest things
weighing on the chest
are often best removed
by careful application
of the lightest breath

hey all, here's a new computer thing I made! it's called the Nonsense Laboratory, and it's a series of weird little tools for manipulating the spelling and sound of words with machine learning:

it's part of a series of projects launched yesterday showing the outcomes of the Artists + Machine Intelligence grant program, which you can learn more about here:

Just got this in the mail today! It’s my current turn work into a hobby of finding quality tools shtick lol. A remake of the classic Unicomp Model M series mechanical keyboard.

Its so much fun to type on. But also loud as fuck.

Hey , any Masto Admins that have had to trouble shoot problems with themes? I just migrated to , and when I tried to select a different theme that comes preinstalled with that fork, my web front end just stopped working. I don't know how to even switch it back lol.

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Just migrated to ! Easy enough migration and everything went well. That is until I tried to switch to the Fair Floss theme. The web front end no longer works ha.

💌 I like email. There is no expectation that it is answered quickly, so I can check it once a day, and only on workdays. It's good both for short answers and long-form discussions, with one person or many. It's federated and at least partially decentralised. There's a client serving all kinds of needs, from phones to the command line.

as we talk about the morality of vaccine patents

i think it is a nice time to also remember historical precident

jonas salk did not patent the polio vaccine. he went out of his way to make sure it was not patented.

he never got rich. he actively made sure he didn't get rich off of it.

but that history is full of stories about how for the rest of his life, jonas salk did not have to ever pay for a beer in any bar in this country. he would get on airplanes and once somebody recognized his name, the entire damn plane would stand up and clap for him. he constantly had hotel rooms comped, meals for free at restaurants, thus and so.

because he was surrounded by people who knew he had saved their children from having to ever consider the fear of an iron lung, and were overwhelmingly grateful for it.

he was always modest and demure when recognized thusly. but i think that when people start saying "well why else would someone make a vaccine, if not to get paid for it and hold the patent", i think it is good to remember these stories. the world did not punish jonas salk for not patenting the polio vaccine. the world loved him for it. maybe not in the structures that billionaires are most used to. but they did love him for it, in small ways, in humble ways, on the individual level.

Cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is a net loss to civilization and the world. Plus, it's a scam. Don't touch it.

Normalize telling people that you love them

On being "lazy" about software freedom:

Everyone lives a full life. Not everyone gets the same opportunity to pick what fills their life, though. People are busy. They have things they like to do or find easy, & things that are unpleasant or difficult.

People whose life is filled differently than yours, who have different priorities than yours, aren't any more lazy than you are lazy for not picking a more compassionate way to talk about the challenges standing in the way of software freedom.

It's only a marathon if you run naked from Marathon to Athens without stopping, otherwise it's just sparkling long-distance running.

Hey fedi, I have some videos I’d like to upload to a peertube instance and I need some help selecting an instance.

It’s of my grandparents and I working on craft projects as part of therapy, enrichment, and systems focused healing. What’s a good instance for that kind of content?

job search for Linux sysadmin, boost+ :boost_ok:​ 

Dear friends,

I’m a Brazilian immigrant and trans woman, looking for a new job in Germany. Been doing Linux sysadmin’ing since 2001. I have experience also with programming, tech writing and translation.

The job needs to be registered locally in Germany. I’m living in the country since 2017, and I can commute in the NRW area or work remotely.

I’m fluent in English, know Japanese, and my German is currently at B2.

For CV and personal info DM me.

Thanks everybody for boosts and references!

Occasional request to spell out your content warnings in full. I don't always need them, but when I'm out of spoons, figuring out what 'ment', 'mh', 'ukpol' etc. takes up energy.

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