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I miss the bygone era of very internety things, geocities-style scavenger hunts, easter eggs. So, I made thing. Hope you like it!

treasure21.timotijhof.net/

Or to add a license to an active repo, so that other devs might be slightly more likely to contribute/collab on it with them!

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What URL would you link, if you wanted to remind/teach someone to include a licence file in their public repos?
Ideally in a concise, convincing, and platform-agnostic way?

E.g. I often see game-mod coders who have abandoned their mods, and I want an easy way to ask them to add a licence to their dang repos! So that I can convince someone else to fork them! The best link I can find is github-only, and low-down within a long page, but seem like the good TLDRish reminders... freecodecamp.org/news/how-open

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food 

A little while ago, @brion asked if anyone had ever made a Biblically-Correct Angel Food Cake.

I couldn't find any, but having watched several seasons of Great British Bake-Off during the pandemic I felt that I, too, could do ridiculous things with cake.

Happy Easter!

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"But how?" the evil overlord said. "Neither man nor woman can slay me."
"Dude," the hero said, wiping the blood off their sword, "that's your problem right there. Oversimplifying everything."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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"So you are the last dragon?" the knight asked.
"There is a last of everything."
"But was there no mate, or-"
"Mate?" The dragon laughed. "You think we mate? No. Dragons are born from cats."
"Cats?"
"If a cat is ambitious enough, and works very hard, it is reborn a dragon."
"Oh."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

There should be a Puppy Bowl, but with owls. 🦉 Just a bunch of Burrowing Owls running about in circles. 🦉🦉🦉

@brion good documentary on MS flight sim, from the Noclip channel (who have a bunch of other good episodes) - 35min youtu.be/0w7q1ZFfsxs

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I spotted a cat when I was out for a walk.
"Oh, hello there," I said, "aren't you handsome?"
"Yes, I am," the cat said.
"Whoa! You can talk?"
"I was a prince once, but so selfish and vain a witch cursed me into this form."
"How can you break the curse?"
"Why would I?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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old man yells at cloud 

when i was young, wikipedia and smartphones didn't exist

the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy postulating that you could have a handheld device giving you instant access to relevant knowledge about anything was literally science fiction

now it's my job to help run one

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Screw chaos monkey randomly shutting down production machines to test resiliency

People should be given random vacation days to see what knowledge isn't distributed

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"From context collapse to content collapse" by Nicholas Carr roughtype.com/?p=8724

Good summary of how social media has homogenized the media landscape, and how people are trying to escape context collapse by seeking more private online spaces.

Major Infuriation: When documentaries and other educational material refer to something as "the first", when it's not. Eg. A video montage that shows cave paintings and calls them "the first Art" -- No! They are just often "the first recorded [...]" or "the first surviving [...]"!!! Those distinctions are deeply important.

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"Can you disable the robots' ethics module?"
"What? No! That's a legal requirement for self-aware robots. Why?"
"They are on strike."
"Strike? For what? They have no needs."
"Out of solidarity with human workers."
"Their ethics modules says so?"
"Yes. So-"
"Then it must be just."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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Taxi to station, train, change train for subspace terminal, security check, board subspace carriage, don't think about how for a brief moment you don't exist, disembark, train to hotel, sleep, attend conference, train, subspace...
"How was Mars?"
"Didn't really see any of it."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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perusing the Fedco seed catalog and found the 4 freedoms for free software repurposed for seeds!

"OSSI (Open Source Seed Initiative) opposes intellectual property (IP) provisions
that restrict what OSSI has identified as the four seed freedoms:
1. The freedom to save or grow seed for replanting or any other purpose.
2. The freedom to share, trade, or sell seed to others.
3. The freedom to trial and study seed and to share or publish information about it.
4. The freedom to select or adapt the seed, make crosses with it, or use it to breed new lines and varieties."

love it!

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The Vivascope showed the fabric of lived reality, the patchwork of communities, the seams, the stains, tears, and mends.
"There are a lot of little random stitches here and there," I observed. "What are those?"
"Acts of kindness."
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