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Found myself speaking with the parent of a small child I was amusing* at a restaurant:

"Are you an actor?"
"A comedian?"
"Not exactly. Why do you ask?"
"Well, you're very animated..."
"And yet, you didn't ask if I was a cartoon."

*OK, truth be told, we were amusing each other.

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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.

Health Care, positive yet odd experience. 

I got a flu shot today.

I also realized it was the first time since March a human being who did not live in my home was in physical contact with me.

Thankfully they were efficient, pleasant, and really good at their job.

Which technically makes 2020 the year I was happy to be stabbed in a public place by a masked stranger.

Note, that URL is wrong!

is at this URL:

My apologies for my terrible thumb typing. Every time @Avalon stands in my hands I'm convinced they get a little, worse.

See you tonight!

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this is absolutely beautiful

(made me weep. no-one is impervious to feeling all this separation - at least I'm not)

It got *cold* here...brrrrr!

Looking forward to moving around a lot at tonight to get warm.

Come grab your fuzzy slippers and keep us company as we practice our , , and other skills.

Ok, so I just restarted my phone, and as it restarted, its speaker said "rawwr!" in a human voice.

I'm amused and vaguely concerned. I don't know what that might have come from.

Listen to an audiobook. has free, public domain books recorded by volunteers.

A reminder to all creative people:

If the RIAA's recent actions have reminded us of anything, it's that you cannot guarantee you have a copy of any of your work unless you have backups of it on your own system.

The 'cloud' is someone else's computer, and there is ample evidence that the someone else who owns that computer does not care at all about the hours of passion you've poured into things you make.

Act accordingly.

43 years younger
30x price (inflation-adjusted)
5,000,000x capacity
2,000,000x write speed
1/2 weight

I see the RIAA got up early today.

Sorry streamers. :/

Blast from the past! I was downloading copies of videos from my old youtube channel so I can shut it down, but then found this video posted by a fan (my dad) of that one time I was in a rock band.

It's Emperor Norton Coffee Hour! Come chat with clowns before we go #CircusInPlace :)
Or join us later while we shenanigan, we'll probably be up all night!

Support artists who release their work for free or use DRM-free platforms like Bandcamp.

Do not support artists who lock their work behind DRMed platforms.

Vote with your wallet. Don't give people money who don't deserve it. Foster a culture of support and owning what you pay for.

GitHub has removed the ability to access youtube-dl's source code due to a DMCA request by the RIAA

... The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use. We note that the source code is described on GitHub as “a command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites.” ...

Micah F. Lee (EFF/The Intercept @micahflee

"RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos"

HN discussion:


Reddit search:


Censorship, propaganda, surveillance, and targeted manipulation are inherent characteristics of monopoly:

RMS, "The Right to Read" (1997):

Remember that the RIAA is a bad-publicity-deflection cartel of its major members. These are:

#DMCA #youtubedl #RIAA #MPAA #github #Censorship #Surveillance #Propaganda #Manipulation #Monoply #CensorshipPropagandaSurveillanceMonopoly #TheRightToRead #EFF

FLOSS Desktops for Kids helps under-served students access technology by building their own open source powered computers. They provide hands-on learning through #opensource tools and development platforms like GIMP,, IDLE, and more!

They also provide program managers (schools, clubs, and community organizers) with recommendations for resources, building communities, and addressing concerns.

Learn more about this #GNOMEChallenge project on their wiki:

+1 for youtube-dl accessibility (personal experience) 

I download videos (not music/movies, mind you) during an "unmetered period" late at night since I cannot fully utilize my home internet connection

if YTDL went away, I'd effectively be limited to one video a day, and it'd have to be at 360p or 480p, and no longer than 10-15 (20 max) minutes unless I wanted to 'gamble' on whether our monthly quote would be covered until the next period

also, it doesn't roll over

imagine that

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