Big win for #privacy and #openstandards in #Germany :

Brandenburg banned the usage of #Microsoft products (especially Teams) in schools.

Let's hope that initiatives like @digitalcourage will have bigger influence after this.

Kaii Higashiyama (東山 魁倷 ,1908 – 1999) was a Japanese writer and artist particularly renowned for his Nihonga style paintings. As one of the most popular artists in post-war Japan, Higashiyama was awarded the Japan Art Academy Prize in 1956 and the Order of Culture in 1969. 2020-11-30 18:52:18 UTC

hay hombres con vulvas, mujeres con penes, y transfobos sin dientes :anqueer_star:​

relationships 

@sudoreboot ahh! even I had a visceral reaction and I'm the person that left!

(I'm back)

@alija You know how bloated the web has become? All the websites are full of scripts and media and ads. Gemini is an attempt to have a mostly text-based protocol, for things that work well with that format.

I recently discovered it and made a tiny page, this reminds me I should explore it a little more. :ablobcatrainbow:

hold up, y'all! can someone explain to me what romance is supposed to feel like, because i might have mixed it up with cuddles, and i'm confused and maybe aro? halp :blob_melt_sob:

(i never know how to hashtags, but i want someone relevant to actually see this, so: #aromantic #aro )

@alija This feels slightly hard to explain in the way I imagine it's hard for allosexuals to explain sexual attraction? (I'm asexual but alloromantic).

I think the object of my romantic attraction just becomes highlighted. I think about them all the time and everything about them is important. The idea of cuddling them comes with a lot of pleasant feelings. The idea of cuddling someone else may range from repulsive to a physical soft comfort that is very different.

relationship, + 

@crowlad I don't know if you mean playing from a music player or an instrument but now I'm picturing one of my favorite digital paintings deviantart.com/aquasixio/art/P

Diaspora - Greg Egan 

Another loved concept: Expansion urges as something to overcome as a sentient species. Exploring without colonizing.

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glasses 

@crowlad yeah I totally see the disadvantage of transition glasses I do want to try proper sunglasses at some point. I'm just afraid I'm going to lose them/break them. I have a bit of trouble with portable things like that.

Weather whine 

@owl ohh I talked with my parents on webcam and they showed me the intense tropical sunlight and it did help somehow to know that the sun still clearly exists. :blobaww:

Weather whine 

Oh but the people that wore glasses for vision aid did have transition lenses. When I started needing glasses for vision I or course got transition lenses too, but then I found that transition lenses don't seem to be that common in Sweden (my young classmates at uni even consider it extremely "uncool" :blobcat: ).

Most people seem to have separate glasses and sunglasses. I keep my transition lenses because I can't deal with two pairs of glasses. I'd lose them.

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Weather whine 

I just realized it's weird that back in the tropics none of us ever wore sunglasses. I went through life squinting instead.

I think it was partly because I couldn't afford good sunglasses and the cheap ones from the street were likely to be just color glass without uv filters (worse than no sunglasses).

But no one else wore them either. It was one of those "spot a foreigner" things. I don't know how to feel about the whole thing.

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Weather whine 

I have such a sunlight withdrawal. :bongocat:

Nearly 30 years living in the tropics while heat intolerant and sensitive to light meant I was really happy when I moved here. I do a lot better in the cold, I really do.

The light is another matter though.

Can it just snow already so I can get some reflected photons on my retinas. T_T

geography experiment 

@romainelaprophetesse Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Tanzania, Morocco

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