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This post on just how badly the world is handling COVID is the best I’ve read yet. COVID capitalism is killing millions around the world and there is a long way to go. https://eand.co/this-is-why-the-world-is-facing-a-covid-apocalypse-b7e9d6935b7d

Anyone down for a Netflix party tomorrow and can make it in the IST timezone (UTC+05:30)?

I think I'll be watching Monster House (imdb.com/title/tt0385880/).

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You can turn off the news and sign off social media for a bit. It's okay.

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This is pretty bad. It sure seems like the message is "we don't want to deal with distractions like 'whether we are mistreating people' and 'whether we are making the world a worse place.'"

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as we talk about the morality of vaccine patents

i think it is a nice time to also remember historical precident

jonas salk did not patent the polio vaccine. he went out of his way to make sure it was not patented.

he never got rich. he actively made sure he didn't get rich off of it.

but that history is full of stories about how for the rest of his life, jonas salk did not have to ever pay for a beer in any bar in this country. he would get on airplanes and once somebody recognized his name, the entire damn plane would stand up and clap for him. he constantly had hotel rooms comped, meals for free at restaurants, thus and so.

because he was surrounded by people who knew he had saved their children from having to ever consider the fear of an iron lung, and were overwhelmingly grateful for it.

he was always modest and demure when recognized thusly. but i think that when people start saying "well why else would someone make a vaccine, if not to get paid for it and hold the patent", i think it is good to remember these stories. the world did not punish jonas salk for not patenting the polio vaccine. the world loved him for it. maybe not in the structures that billionaires are most used to. but they did love him for it, in small ways, in humble ways, on the individual level.

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Went for a walk to grab Boba. Ran into iambearsun.com on the way home!!!

For context, he started walking from Los Angeles, California, USA to San Francisco, California, USA eleven days ago.

Pretty wild he was walking past my neighborhood at the right time to snap this.

I walked with him for a couple blocks, people thought I was his guide so I was taking pictures for them lol

If you've got questions, I might be able to answer some, since I basically interogated him as we walked πŸ˜…

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how wild is it that we're still clicking on a cassette reel icon for voicemail

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midi advice, reboost maybe? 

Okay, so piggybacking on this thread with some positive hindsight and perspective...

I've still got a set of xbox one drums with the pro cymbals.

I know nothing about midi things. Has anyone had any luck using this particular drumset combo for making music over midi? If so, how do?

did i even just ask a question? that's how much i know about midi?

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Well the news is fucking terrifying and soul draining as usual

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If you're annoyed by the shit #Signal is doing, don't switch to the next centralized thing. They all tend to go bad after a while and you can't do anything about it. Use decentralized messengers instead, like #XMPP, #Matrix or #Deltachat. Federated protocols like them can't add features unless a lot of people agree.
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Has anyone been successful with migrating a significant amount of friends on facebook to the Fediverse? Or at least the ones you care about. Or did you leave them all behind?

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I'm really started to get even better with docker thanks to all this backup automation stuff.

The next thing I want to learn is Docker Secrets, and improve my knowledge on multi-stage builds. Have used them, but I feel like there's opportunity to go deeper there.

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has anyone out here also transitioned away from a tech career? what was your experience? what industry did you switch to? (feel free to RT)

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Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. ~ Anne Lamott

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If I could go out for walks at night, I'd be a little more happier, I suppose. But that's not the kind of world we live in.

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A community that offers a safe space for people to share their personal lives online (again). Social media doesn't have to be about only showing the best of you, all the time -- finding support and community for your struggles, small and big, is a cause worth pursuing.

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