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I love getting to connect with some of the performing clowns, variety artists, and theater makers I've discovered in the fediverse. All of these disciplines ultimately seek freedom and truth, so it feels like a good fit.

You know how the DMV usually has this letter/number system to call you to the front?

So... I get really bored waiting to get called. To liven things up, I bring a bingo card and some little carnival toys (finger puppets and the like). Whenever my number gets called, I yell "Bingo! I won DMV Bingo!", skitter up to the front, and hand my clerk a prize. Sometimes I give out prizes and cards to anyone else who looks bored as well, so they can participate as well.

Enjoying @tomasino reading choose your own adventure stories on

One of the simple pleasures of it is hearing the background noises of another place. Traffic, weather, all of it is strangely comforting.

And there's the fun of getting to hear a happy narrator taunting listeners into making terrible life choices for the characters.

I'm trying out doing a grayscale before coloring, never done it before so it's an experiment for me. Here's a detail of the whole piece

"Finding yourself" is not really how it works. You aren't a ten-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. "Finding yourself" is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you. - Emily McDowell

have you ever noticed that someone post a screenshot of text without providing an image description, preventing you from being able to read it? or maybe they posted a huge amount of text that just can't possibly be described with the image description feature?

simply tag @OCRbot in a direct reply to the image. it will download the image and scan it using tesseract OCR to output the text contained in the image!

because OCRbot runs on, it has a character limit of 65535, so even the longest images should work OK!

check the reply to this image to see it parsing the attached screenshot!

Looks like the community part of the memrise app is being spun off onto it's own site.

This doesn't affect me directly, as I've been using anki for a while now. Still, I can't understand why this rubs me so wrong.…

If you read “Become A Facebook-Free Business“, by DHH from Signal v. Noise, it becomes painfully apparent that even having a minimal presence on Facebook is not helping the Open Internet.

That’s why we decided to join this Basecamp’s initiative and remove our fanpages from Facebook, as well as the Facebook links we had on our websites. We hope this statement will help promote a more open and decentralized web. We invite you to join us in having a Facebook-free online presence. If you used to follow us through Facebook, I now suggest you subscribe to our RSS feed on our blog.


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Kibousoft is just a couple people doing web development. It's as much of a "corporation" as I am, since I am self-employed and doing web development. was struggling with an owner who had no technical experience, so the people of Kibousoft offered to take it over. It wasn't bought out.

I'm sad to see people spreading misinformation about this. One of the Kibousoft guys was co-admin of KNZK and is one of the nicest people on here.


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In other words: I totally agree.

Everybody can #learn anything.

Talent is a myth.

Don't let anyone tell you that you're not "gifted" enough to do art. All it takes is patience, focus and discipline, and those can be trained.

Look for the right teachers and learning material, surround yourself with artists better than yourself, and generally work a shit ton - you can make it.

I hate the "own your data" meme in the decentralized social web. A friend of mine pointed out how useless the phrase is a few years ago and I agree. "Ownership" sounds an awful lot like digital "property", which is nonsense when moving from physical to digital stuff because copying doesn't destroy the original. The path you go down there is the path to artificial constraints like DRM. Yikes!

We should be talking about user autonomy instead. That's a much better meme.

I was helping a friend get on @matrix today and the recaptcha kept failing. I'm worried equally about the on boarding process for non technical users and the possibility that one of my students may be a robot.

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