Took apart two old machines yesterday - and I think they're both perfectly serviceable, at least outwards. No monitors, but otherwise two fully built computers in cases, one built about 6-8 years ago, the other 10-12 years ago. What would be a good use for these? Dedicated servers? Computing time donations? Decisions!

Oh, great. The infamous UK "Right Wing Signs and Symbols Aide" literally has the Ukrainian trident on it - in the tattoo section, last one.

This is literally our coat of arms. This thing is on our passports, on pins, badges, backpacks - and yes, tattoos. Thanks, Britain.

scribd.com/document/443276332/

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I wrote a bit more about the scraping of #Mastodon data for research. What happened, what went wrong, and why.

jonne.arjoranta.fi/2020/intern

Yesterday, tho. Doing a fairly easy exercise, form-wise, and finding it heavy with my usual normal weight. Companion goes: you're breaking form, watch your back! Me: keeps form and finds weight too heavy. Thinking that I must have been doing it wrong all along, I take off 5 kilos, and finish the exercise, lamenting my progress... And only then realize that I'd absentmindedly put on 10 kilos over my normal weight in the first place.

On lifting weights. When I started out, I thought I would be bored. But then I realized that, once you've got your legs under you, it's one of the ultimate "leave me alone" sports (probably on par with running). If you know what you're doing, there literally isn't more than one or two interactions with people per session unless you want 'em and go with a friend. Other than that - you go, you lift weights, your mind relaxes, because once the weights get heavy, you need to focus on form. Tranquil!

The reason apartments are fun: it's the luxury of living on a mountaintop, observing the valleys below, but with less need to walk down a kilometer to bring water. On a foggy day like this one, the resemblance is striking.

PS752, Kyiv-Tehran. (-), obvs. 

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#Design #Privacy
"The Loss Of Micro-Privacy" How small design changes rewrote the rules of messaging and how we feel about one another. Really interesting and yet still scary. Don't we all hate those "message was read" when the person does not reply? medium.com/@azumbrunnen/the-lo

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Here's an example from Pittsburgh. The first screenshot shows a map of libraries that Google will tell you about. In the second are libraries that the Allegheny County Library Association website will tell you about, including the very nice enormous library we visited just today. There are so many more than Google's willing to show!

(why the heck would an advertising company like Google bother to tell you about libraries? They lend books out for free! Not much advertising potential there.)

Abrams; narrative craft; maybe latest movie spoilers 

Abrams; narrative craft; maybe latest movie spoilers 

There, the scary stuff is over now. XD Looking back, this song is incredibly emotional, even if one does not like it, - and I think a sizeable chunk of my distrust of grand narratives comes from this particular Grand Narrative.

I'm not gonna spoil the story here, I think, but it's an incredibly effective song. Both the text and the singing itself - I only hope I did it some justice.

It's a war song 

It's a war song 

It's a war song 

It's a war song 

It's a war song 

It's a war song 

The rest of the thread is going to be CW'd, because this song gets pretty damn dark. Keep in mind, if you do read, that a lot of kids grew up on this stuff.

One of the cultural artifacts that, I think, is absolutely integral to understanding how post-Soviet protest movements and war efforts unfold, and to how activists see themselves is Vladimir Vysotsky's "Ballad of Struggle".

I don't like this song, subjectively. But as far as artifacts go, well, this one is very difficult to leave by the wayside. Also, sometimes the translation muse strikes in really unexpected ways.

youtube.com/watch?v=6Fdg05yHhK

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