The weirder.earth upgrade is going to take a little longer than planned, simply because taking a backup snapshot of the server is taking ages.

Weirder.earth users, if you are getting a confusing "getting started" message when you try to log in... just click through the tutorial, everything seems to be okay.

UPDATE: actually it worked! It just confusingly makes you go through the new user/install onboarding screens first even if you have an existing account and are still logged on.

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weirder.earth update: we are puzzling through getting the software update working, and our instance is down temporarily as a result. We do have backups, so at worst we'll roll back to the older version we were running.

YAY! a.weirder.earth is gone, but we now have simply weirder.earth in its place. Thank you im-in.space folks and @kdy for providing a nice convivial place meanwhile, but I will be moving back over there. Find me as @eldang@weirder.earth !

#briar is out of #beta

''Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate''

It can operate over wifi and bluetooth, even during an internet blackout, encypts, @torproject integreated, has private chats, forums, blogs and more to come like crisis mapping and collaborative document editing

''Briar 1.0 release candidate'' is out
get it on @fdroidorg

forget about #telegram

bike 

Hey, Seattle drivers: this crap where you notice me and then stop dead when already in the roundabout needs to stop. At best you're wasting both of our time, and you might get exasperated when I don't take you up on your magnanimity but I can't tell the difference between "driver waiting for me" and "driver distracted by passenger giving them head and liable to zoom off again in a moment". I just see a deadly steel box behaving unpredictably.

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who knows if the moon’s
a baloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky—filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should

get into it,if they
should take me and take you into their baloon,
why then
we’d go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody’s ever visited,where

always
it’s
Spring)and everyone’s
in love and flowers pick themselves

—e e cummings

bike 

This evening, I was enjoying the new bike lane (seriously, it cuts out a really stressful bit of downtown) sop much that I forgot to turn off it in the right place. As a result I saw an old friend, ferrying his kids in a box bike. So much nicer than waving at each other in cars.

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bike 

This morning, a few blocks from home, I felt like I was in too low a gear. Changed up and up, still no resistance. I realised that the rear cassette was spinning freely. Admittedly this is an old and rather neglected bike, but I didn't even know that that failure mode was a thing that could happen....

As you enter a town, you see a sign saying "Population: 1,204".

"That can't be right," you say. "The encyclopedia says this town has 1,186 residents. Obviously the sign is wrong."

This is what prescriptivism based on dictionary entries sounds like.

work (+) 

The thing about working in international development (this project eldang.xyz/blog/2018/03/13/dec which has taken up most of my work hours lately) is that "my job is being shipped abroad" can be a genuinely great outcome. In this instance, countries are starting to take over maintenance of things we built for them, which is exactly as it should be.

Please enjoy a random picture of one of the oddest mutant machines ever put on the road: A bus fueled by *uncompressed* natural gas.

(These were briefly a Thing in the 1930s, but a scant few of them continue in use in places that can't afford to throw away perfectly functional oddballs to this very day.)

Brighton 

On the way, I think I saw a graffiti of large pink bubble letters reading "HELLO RAILWAY PEOPLE"

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London 

Victoria Station is bewildering and stressful. For years I've dealt with that by being a creature of habit - I only really used the station to go to Brighton, and the same pattern of trains used the same four platforms at one end since I moved to Brighton in 1996. It's finally changed, along with the location of the ticket machines, and now I'm seeing afresh what a pain that station always was. Ah well, the journey itself is pleasant and I'll at least get to say a quick hello to Brighton.

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This explosion of absurdity can induce panic, unreality, being overwhelmed and desiring control, order, normalcy. Finding the appeal in fascism.

What I want you to do is lean into this though
If all this absurd shit can be true what else can we make true
Clearly the boundaries of what's realistic have collapsed entirely
Nothing is off the table

Tear down the outlines around you. Do shit you never thought was worth it before. Try to change the world in ways you thought were futile. Clearly now is the time

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"You are a good being," said the knight, "I do not wish to kill you."
"Then go back," said the dragon, "and tell all you did."
"I'll be known as a murderer!"
"Dragonslayer. Do it to keep me safe from others."
"I see. Very well."
"You are a good man, George."
Happy #StGeorgesDay (with thanks to uncle Iroh) #TootFic #SmallStories #TypoCorrected

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