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The man depicted is based on the man in the old Wedgwood anti-slavery medallions, which had the same words.

I license this under the CC0 public domain declaration, in case you want to build on this the way I built on the Wedgwood tradition. In fact, if you want .xcf and .svg files containing components of this picture, let me know; I've still got them.

I have no objection to the parts of free trade agreements that actually promote freedom, but at least one part of today's announced NZ/UK free trade agreement has no place in any document that claims to promote freedom: the requirement that New Zealand extends its copyright restrictions to 70 years after the author's death (currently, they expire "only" half a century after the author dies).

There is *perhaps* still time to get that out of the agreement if we make it clear that that change is unwelcome here.

@alcinnz is that something you might be interested in advocating for? Others are welcome to chime in, too.
I've spent most of my life so far with chronic fatigue syndrome, of varying severity. I've learnt a lot of patience and endurance through it, but I wouldn't wish the disease, or anything like it, on anyone else.

And from 7k a few days ago, the number of our #covid19 New Active Cases for yesterday was down to just 4k. Hallelujah! 🤸‍♀️

😊 #vaccines #WearYourMask
🙏 #WashYourHands #news

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Think of a simple shape. Which of these do you find it easier to imagine?

Went to the ER of a large hospital and was told they're full and to try another hospital.

Oh. My. Goodness.

I think I'll just go home.
I'll be fine, I guess.

Happy world standards day!

May all your software be interoperable! May you use the software of your choice rather than the software others want you to!

In my letter to the NZ government ( , mentioned yesterday) I amongst other things advised they publish all government software as opensource. Citing NZGoal & EU's recent opensource survey.

Arguing that it allows those of us with the technical skills to know for a fact that e.g. NZ's COVID Tracer app follows it's privacy promises, & assure our friends, families, & colleagues of it's trustworthiness.

Are you still the maintainer of @xkcd? You might want to know:

A) It still points to as its maintainer, and
B) It's missed the last few comics, and seems to have been intermittent before that.

#WhatsApp is currently down. This is your regular reminder that centralized platforms are centralized: a single point of failure and control.

Help spread the word about open decentralized networks.

If you want to migrate your family or other social group away from proprietary apps but don't know how, that's what we're here for. You can self-host Snikket or sign up for our hosted platform. After setup, invite your contacts with a simple link and you're done.

Good luck!

POLL: How do you feel about the GNOME headerbar cleanup?

Please boost for visibility 😄


I got my second covid jab a couple of days ago. They warned me that the side effects of the second dose are often worse than those of the first, and that seemed to be right in my case (though I have heard someone say it was the other way around for them).

But even so, the side effects for me seemed to be little more than a bit of pain and a lot of fatigue. And I've bounced back pretty quickly, compared to how long it often takes me to bounce back from an infection (even an ordinary cold).

So I'd say the pain and fatigue were worth it, to play my part in protecting my friends and family from infection (and their friends and family, and theirs, and so on). But I'd advise that, if you can, you should try to plan to do not much on the day after you get your second dose.

Yesterday I asked about your favourite visualizations online. As responses I got:
* Bret Victor's work

Now my followup question: How might visualizations like these be written declaratively? I'm curious to hear your answers

Is there a name for the pattern in english language prose of using alternating synonyms? Does it exist in other languages or pre 20th century?

I'm a firm believer of Hanlon's Razor, but over a week, Facebook has flagged a post and a comment of mine, both about Mastodon (and including a link to


I'm curious, how much does it cost per month to run a large or instance with a user count of 5,000?

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