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In the second weekend of April, 2022, I embarked on a social media experiment: I blocked my most used social media and news sites while continuing to make use of them in the shape of a dedicated social media computer

As part of the experiment I documented what I did, why I did it, and how it was like. You can read that experience report now:

cblgh.org/social%20media%20com

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The Co-op Cloud Public Beta is here 🥳 🌻 💃

The project is stabilising and more democratic tech collectives are joining in. We've got the full report on the blog coopcloud.tech/blog/beta-relea

A HUGE thanks to all the wonderful people who helped us get this far.

If you're curious to learn more, do get in touch docs.coopcloud.tech/intro/cont

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if you’re interested or even curious in learning about radical mental health, i highly recommend checking out this blog: mentalhellth.xyz/p/the-buzzfee

(i linked specifically to one of my favorite posts)

it’s not pretentious, written by a trans woman (and many guests of various marginalizations), and is full of nuance.

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whats up reddit. ive got a lot of advice from 29 years well-lived and here it is. and here it is. hit the gym. delete facebook - cut the spotify users out of your life. here's my advice. theyre holding you back. in fact if your significant other doesnt curate a collection of their own MP3s on their own computer you should probably break up with them

ofc would prefer a matrix client for kai os, and bridge everything else into matrix, but it looks to me like there isn't matrix client for kai os yet? this is closest thing I've found blog.bananahackers.net/farooqk

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I'm curious to try using a phone running kai os with whatsapp messenger, connected to a whatsapp-matrix bridge, also bridging telegram & signal into matrix. so that I could message basically anyone from my dumb phone... has anyone tried this?

the german mail system, where you hold packages for neighbors, while in some ways insane and annoying,
is also a nice way to meet neighbors, when people are available for that

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Today I've published the second edition of the Cucumber Salad Weekly newsletter! 🥒 It features an essay called "A Critique of Centralised Social Media Platforms" that I was very excited to write: buttondown.email/cucumbersalad

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instead, I found some screenshots of the projects from the wayback machine, and wrote some short text about the projects

it felt good to revisit and give some love to the past and past version of myself in this small way

change is constant,
different moments are connected in unexpected ways,
curious what will be happening seven years from now

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yesterday I updated my personal website to fix my three oldest projects, from 2015, that had broken links because they were deployed to a server that hasn't been running in years

mfowler.info/work/howdoispeak_ - an app which analyzes the words you use in your text messages and tells you things about yourself

mfowler.info/work/the_capitali - a website where you can pay to have a number printed on a shirt, framed print, or booty shorts, showing how much you paid for it

mfowler.info/work/truespeak - a website where you you can come out to the world as yourself by uploading your text message history to a publicly viewable page

the links were broken because they were originally deployed to AWS and a few years ago I deleted by AWS account

I kept thinking that someday I might spin up the server again to run the projects somewhere again and properly archive the projects, but yesterday, after a few years, I realized that was never going to happen

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enjoyed imagining fun/interesting events or connections I "missed" due to missed messages etc. as positive indicators of my systems supporting me with space to rest and helping me to cultivate peace and focus for the things which are already in my life and which already often feel like too much to give my full presence and attention to

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Embroidered a little yarrow plant!
The flowers aren't up yet and I'm only just getting to know this plant, but its so pretty!

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Videogrep 2.0 is out!

Here's a tutorial about how you can use it to automatically make supercuts on the command line: lav.io/notes/videogrep-tutoria

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Hey Fedi, do you know if there is a federated (perhaps even #ActivityPub-powered) cooking recipe hosting service? If not, let's 👏 make 👏 this 👏 happen!

I hate modern recipe websites. All of them are full with ads and tracking. The leading recipe hosting in my country loads over 30 different trackers, and that's excluding the ads!

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appreciating the plants, animals, cultures, and subcultures which thrive on neglect and decay

some forgotten cereal in the pantry had some moths in it,
which on one level seems kind of gross,
but also maybe its fine
(a short poem)

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