August 2021

Free Software NOT as in `free speech,` NOR as in `free beer`

#programming #politics

Colombian officials accidentally reveal details on Big Pharma’s immunity for adverse reactions to COVID vaccines

Besides the eye-watering costs, the nation agreed to indemnify the manufacturers from any legal responsibility for adverse events arising from the use of their products.

#health #business #politics

How to Fork a Book: The Radical Transformation of Publishing

#computers #books

https://b2evolution.net/

Turns out b2evolution is now a complete social networking app, and looks really nice. Large, but clear and easy to figure out. Edit: also fast. Too bad it's basically abandoned.

#internet #updates

Just completed my periodic survey of the flat-file CMS market. FlatPress is a decent option I missed so far. Kind of dusty and creaky, but usable. Bludit is still unbeatable.

#internet #updates

Colonial Williamsburg is Uncovering America’s Hidden Queer History

#cities #america #sexuality #history

Combatting online racist abuse: an update following the Euros

(from Twitter UK) Key insight: anonymous accounts are NOT the issue.

#social media #racism

International Cat Day: Meet Truffles, the kitty who wears glasses to help kids feel better about theirs

#animals #health

Mastodon Is Dead, Long Live Misskey

#social media #software

Ancient Proto-math Found In Babylonian Tablet

#antiquity #science

Increased Hate Against Sweden’s Indigenous People

#culture #history #politics

What is money, really? And why Bitcoin is not the answer (even if blockchain is brilliant & potentially helpful in democratising money)

#internet #economics

My tiny side project has had more impact than my decade in the software industry

#programming #work