It's days like this that I really appreciate working from home. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/443699/live-canterbury-flooding-updates-bridges-collapse-hundreds-of-homes-evacuated We also suddenly have a lake across the road.
About two months ago I decided to use my spare time to work on a Plasma Mobile/Kirigami podcast player. Mostly because I wanted to do a hobby project to learn qml. And also a bit because there seemed to be no (mobile) linux podcast players which were anywhere near what I wanted to see in a podcast player.
Two months later I suddenly find myself with developer access to KDE and a project under review for regular release through KDE / plasma mobile. 😃
I love the FOSS and KDE communities!
#Brazil aerial photos show miners’ devastation of indigenous people’s land - https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/may/27/brazil-aerial-photos-reveal-devastation-by-goldminers-on-indigenous-land sickening; shame on #bolsonaro - again
EU bodies’ use of US cloud services from AWS, Microsoft being probed by bloc’s privacy chief - https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/27/eu-bodies-use-of-us-cloud-services-from-aws-microsoft-being-probed-by-blocs-privacy-chief/
Most people never read terms of service - but even when they do, "agreements" are subject to unilateral "renegotiation" by companies that engineered high switching costs as a means of corralling you into clicking "I agree" to things no rational person would *ever* agree to.
Consent theater lays bare the fiction of agreement. Real agreement is based on negotiation, and markets are based on price-signals in which buyers and sellers make counteroffers.
"Killing Cyclists Is As American As Mass Shootings"
New Zealand treats animals inhumanely – but it could become a world leader in their welfare - https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2021/may/04/new-zealand-treats-animals-inhumanely-but-it-could-become-a-world-leader-in-their-welfare interesting how the famously green NZ isn't actually that green...
Damn, this is hot: https://youtu.be/TD2hNsY6G7E?t=1179 love the percussion breakdown and then the horn bursts. The real deal. The True Loves.
I've just had a good recommendation for a fully #FOSS Client Relationship Management system (CRM) - EspoCRM: https://www.espocrm.com/self-hosted-vs-cloud-crm/ They can host your data, or you can. You choose. Any web service that doesn't give you that option is effectively ransomware, holding your data hostage.
"Nextcloud can replace many of the online apps you use for collaboration, organization, and task management."
Lately I've been reacquainting myself again with #FreeCAD after 20 months of barely using it. I was a little surprised to see that 0.19 still hasn't been released yet (its development had started when I left the community). I use the development builds. When using it just for a few minutes, I didn't notice many changes. But I've been using my 3D printer again, and I needed to design a few things I wanted to print.
There are huge improvements across the board.
My Fellow Americans is Yuvraj Sing's open licensed (CC0) /name your price book tracing the histories of US presidential inaugural addresses; it reproduces each address along with a scholarly essay exploring its context.
The book has a companion podcast in which various people read each address aloud:
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