"Northern lights dazzle in brief appearance over Stonehenge"
I try not to regret things I've done or not done during my life, but never having seen the Northern lights is one of those few things.
Still, never say never, who knows what the future may bring, etc, etc
“if your web page doesn’t fit in one of these, you’re an idiot and you’re doing it wrong!” absolute🔥from dave at #SotB2023
Call 911 — I just witnessed a murder. 😀
The Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama is the president of the UN security council this month, and when Russia tried to argue multiple times, Ukraine speaking in the UN was “against the rules”, Edi Rama replied:
“I must say, coming from you, all this about breaking the rules — it is quite an impressive shot. But there is a solution for this: You stop the war, and president Zelenskyy will not take the floor.”
From 6:30 an onwards:
Since I've seen a lot of chatter about people switching to #Firefox as Google ramps up the enshitification of #Chrome, let me tell you about a killer feature for people who (a) need multiple accounts on the same websites (eg. devs) or specifically (b) have to use multiple Google accounts.
Firefox has an official addon called Multi Account Containers that lets you trivially set up color coded tabs that have separate sets of cookies. Log into your dev account in one, and your test account in another. Log into your personal #gmail in one and have another tab next to it with your work Gmail. I'm actually not signed in to any Google accounts in most my tabs, I just have containers for the specific tasks I do on Google products.
It'll take you 30 seconds to set up.
Mozilla's explanation: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/containers
@Blort : Thanks Blort 😉
It's not for professional only, but I don't know any groups or hashtags that triage the users making a main source of income with their art and the one who prefer to keep it as a hobby. Hashtag like MastoArt can help the discovery of profiles, but you'll have to check bios for the pro/hobby status.
@evan I carry my "important stuff" -- like my phone and credit cards -- in my pockets. My commute-to-work stuff goes in my backpack.
Since I couldn't vote for both, I went with Backpack.
Another value I think we'll need to cultivate is an appreciation of place, instead of the celebration of global placelessness we have now.
We need to reduce travel and restore ecosystems. We need to eat native foods, grown locally. Learning to love the place that you live in, and taking responsibility for it, may be an important value change.
Here is the process of the artwork that I have published earlier today: "Just Found You":
1. Black and white drawing
2. Colouring under the lines
3. Top layer edge lights with Luminance/Shine (Sai) blend mode
4. Post/Fx: Rain, glow, vignette and depth of field blur.
Source Krita file with layers: https://www.peppercarrot.com/en/viewer/misc__2023-09-03_Just-Found-You_by-David-Revoy.html
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
@BjornToftMadsen when I’ve had calls from my bank I always ask for a name, then tell them I’m going to ring them back from the support number on their website. General confusion from the bank, but so far it’s worked every time. Luckily I’ve not yet had a fraudulent call.
I'm going to do some science outreach in my son's primary school, and I've received the most wonderful advice:
'when they start speaking, first ask them if it's a story or a question. if it's a story, make sure to cut them off early or they'll talk forever.'
*it works exactly the same with senior academics after presentations*
If you actually want people to read long-form stuff you write, don’t put it on Medium. Just don’t.
There’s a whole bunch of alternatives, like these WriteFreely instances that are part of the Fediverse (the network that Mastodon also in a part of)
There’s also WordPress.com which has a pretty good free tier. https://wordpress.com/
There’s GitHub Pages which works pretty well too, if you don’t mind a little technical involvement. https://docs.github.com/en/pages/quickstart
There’s tons of affordable paid providers too. You get a lot for the cost of one bubble tea per month.
And of course there’s the option to run your own site, which is probably easier and cheaper than you think. It’s worth giving it some thought.
But whatever you do: definitely keep a copy of your writing in a place you control, even if it’s just a bunch of text files. You never known when or for what you’ll need it.
I know, it’s just a “Someone Is Wrong On The Internet” piece, but that NYTimes piece about Why Signal Is Bad And Privacy Is Bad needs to be refuted in a compact explainer, so here’s mine: https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/202x/2022/12/29/Privacy-is-OK
Shoutout to all the #activityPub developers that are dealing with this huge influx of people!
Doing my best to keep it running smoothly, and also ship bug fixes, new features and the mobile apps 😅
A gentle reminder to folks who are new to Mastodon. In solidarity with those in the disabled community who rely on screen readers, we ask that you:
* Add alt text/image descriptions when you post media
* Capitalize the first letter of every word in a hashtag #LikeThis