I screened the first episode of 'Free to Choose' at tonight.


We're happy to salvage from the excesses of our current system, but we realize it's not a good, scalable or sustainable solution.

The series is basically propaganda for hosted by Milton Friedman. Quite interesting to hear the 'idealistic' version of things and a very successful way to provoke discourse into macroeconomics ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hey @rysiek, you posted about a script for scraping fonts from Google... right? If yes, can you link me again?

"... if you have too many grapes, you make wine. If you have too much wine, you throw a party. If you still have too much wine, you make vinegar. Fermentation turns scarcity and abundance on its head, belying easy categories of what is waste and what is too much."

Inspiring insight into fermentation in Vietnam and its advantages.


The School Strikes โค๏ธ โœŠ ๐ŸŒ

Kids taking part: Well done! I think you're brave and you give me hope. You are role-models and activists.

Teachers: don't take the strikes personally! I hope you can still support your students somehow.

Parents: don't worry about your kids education. If they're smart enough to strike, they'll do alright.


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@animo @InvaderXan @GwenfarsGarden @douginamug Evolution is mindless, until it creates minds. For example, animals can select one another as mates based on their apparent fitness. So instead of a pure survival-of-the-fittest, there is now a new element: a brain. It's survival of the fittest-and-most-outwardly-optimal. So in animals, learned strategies enter evolution such as deliberately punishing parasites.
Can plants influence their evolution in this way, by choosing mates or reactively penalising parasitism? Hard to know, but the assumption would be "no".
I would assume then, that evolution in plants is still a random process guided by an unthinking and brutal optimisation: death or life. But plants live long, their relationships with other plants can last their whole lives. And they are sexual, so they can evolve parallel traits at once. So I think evolution does slowly work for them towards cooperation and conflict resolution, also.

@therealraccoon @Fairphone @Purism It's so sad how broken all fairphones I know are :( A lot of people with good ethics buying them then been surprised at rate of part failure and balking at the cost of replacement parts ๐Ÿ˜ข

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@cathal @GwenfarsGarden @douginamug
It seems like things in nature are more and more amazing the longer evolution has been working on them. And, since it first appeared, evolution has had 2.5 billion years to optimise photosynthesis.

Thatโ€™s 18% of the total lifetime of the Universe. Which is quite a thing to think about! โ˜€๏ธ

@wu_lee Short answer, no.

The only place I've found for getting relatively fast feedback is the Metalsmith Slack, end even that's not super quick.

I'm using nunjucks. I'm quite new to templating, so I thought I'd start at the deep end ;p

@cathal @min FWIW, the local window guy where I am always has a skip full of old windows he's taken out... I reckon there's enough glass thrown out to make a glass-palace every year.

@aimeejulia Sure thing. Well, when you make an introduction I'll boost it :)

@wu_lee Cool! Really glad that you're all using it. The documentation is certainly a bit sketchy, but I find it very cool, like LaTeX for the web.

@wu_lee helllooooooo!

Nick informs me you're using metalsmith! So am I, I'm finding it a bit steep, but I like it.

Here's my testing branch gitlab.com/DougInAMug/dougwebb

I'd be interested to see how you're using it.

@GwenfarsGarden @rukib @guardthebananas I would say that 'the pot calling the kettle black' goes in that direction: they're both dirty.

Bible ref. comes to mind "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matthew 7-5 biblehub.com/matthew/7-5.htm

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@lufthans @switchingsocial @GwenfarsGarden Can I interact with your plume instance directly from my 'mastodon' account, or do I need to make a 'plume' account?

Today was the first day I had to fsck my (Linux) laptop ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Show more

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