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My D&D character 

This is Laetitia Ralliade, my DnD character. She's a human fighter (champion)/ranger.
Drawn by our amazing DM Zein Okko, who unfortunately isn't on the Fedi, but you can find his Twitter profile here:
twitter.com/okkolicious

Check him out, play his games Code 7 and Typoman, and watch the amazing stream/podcast Sword and Quill I'm now a part of!

Stream (tabletops on Sundays, at 4 PM CET): twitch.tv/swordandquill
Podcast: anchor.fm/swordandquill

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Game recommendation: Code 7 

This is my favorite game, so my profile would absolutely not be complete without a mention of it. It is a shame there aren't that many video games striving for this level of accessibility -- but at least we have great exceptions like this one!
In Code 7you play as a hacker trying to save humanity from complete annihilation. Gather information, hack everything, guide your partners through dangerous situations and earn their trust. Beware the AI that REDACTED
It is a text adventure, but with voice-acted dialog and pretty good music. It has autocomplete, subtitles and a mode for blind players.
If you like story-driven games with complex characters and plenty of twists, this might be the right game for you! Episode 0 is free, so how about you find out? :)
Steam (the only option with achievements, unfortunately: store.steampowered.com/app/650
Itch.io (DRM free): goodwolfstudio.itch.io/code-7
Humble Bundle (if you want both): humblebundle.com/store/code-7-

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Why I delete old toots 

Nothing I post is so unprecedented that people will still find it useful several years later. There are enough wonderful toots posted every day that there's no reason to backread through my entire profile instead, except perhaps for doxxing purposes.
So, since I like keeping things tidy, I use Forget to delete every post of mine older than 4 months, except for the few that I've decided to keep. If you'd like to do something similar yourself, you can learn more here:
forget.codl.fr/about

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3 cool projects I think you should contribute to 

Are you annoyed by the bad quality of current speech recognition software, and would like to help developers make something better? Perhaps you can, by contributing your voice and your ears to Common Voice. Hopefully, with the help of their datasets, we'll one day have a live captions solution that doesn't suck.
commonvoice.mozilla.org

Even if you aren't a scientist, you can still help out with research. For example, would you like to search for black holes, identify wildlife, or save endangered animals? Then you'll love Zooniverse!
zooniverse.org

Would you like to improve the world without actually doing anything? That's impossi ... oh right, BOINC exists! With it, you can donate unused computing power to science projects that investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, etc.
boinc.berkeley.edu

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Since I've seen some other people with these kinds of toots, and since someone corrected me just today and it felt great, here's a 4th pin! And the first one that isn't me recommending you go check out something else, whoops.
I am very much human. Flawed in many ways, wrong about many things. And I believe it is my mission in life to pay attention, and improve where possible. This gift of consciousness I've been given is limited, so it's all the more important that I make the best of it while it's there, and don't hinder others in doing the same.
But sometimes I don't notice things, forget, am tired, etc. So please, never hesitate to point out I did something wrong. You don't have to, but I'll be thankful if you do. 🙂

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I recently stopped displaying pictures by default on Tusky (Settings > Account Preferences > Download media preview).
This means that I only see the image description, and I only see pictures when I choose to.

What I noticed:
- I feel less distracted by images, I read my TL faster
- and I enjoy pictures more when I open them
- also I get to really enjoy the image descriptions
- and I get to seethe against people who don't write image descriptions (see attached)
- added benefit: i use less data!

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Hey Europeans, there's a European citizens initiative going round right now for universal/unconditional basic income.

The deadline has just been extended to the start of May.

Be cool if you signed it!

https://eci.ec.europa.eu/014/public

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While the Mastodon and Fediverse at large still makes #AltText an after thought in UX design, Twitter is actively prompting people to add alt text to their images. I thought the Fediverse was supposed to be more inclusive.

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If legislatures cared about kids, they would be putting funds in place to help educate new parents know how to talk to their future toddlers about gender in a trans-affirming way.

Some toddlers express dysmorphia.

When my youngest was a toddler, I blew his mind when I told him that some people were boys, some girls, some both and some neither. He exclaimed, "I'm both!" and now doesn't remember his dysmorphia.

At that same time, his older sib said, "I'm neither." That child is now trans.

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Apparently it's been 10 years since Portal 2 was released. Across the preceding month, we did (on average) one piece of fan art a day. Of mine, these are my favourites.
More here: http://twolofbees.com/artwork.php?tag=portal

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Example 2 (metafilter & others): You're doing a new interface because google says you have to.

Again, your users don't care what google thinks. Why would they? Your search rank dropping is your problem, not theirs, and thrusting an unnecessary interface change on folks is just an attempt to take google's problem (which google made your problem) and make it into their problem.

And that's problematic.

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(while we're on the subject, I just want to emphasize how much of a fool's errand it is to try to get into the top page of google results. You'll spend months and months doing it, and then someone in some sweatshop will rewrite your article in a weird stilted keyword-stuffed voice, add a table of contents in a blue box and big headings marked INTRODUCTION and CONCLUSION like they're back in high school, and knock you off the top with a worse article, because search engines generally suck)

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(but don't be tempted to put in a javascripty three-line menu thing. If something that used to take one click now takes two, that's a bad redesign)

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Make your new skin a carbon copy of the old one, and slowly file off the rough bits. Do this live! Don't make a bunch of big changes on your test server then upload them to make a big change all at once, that freaks people out. Let them see the improvements happen as you make them and talk about them.

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You want your members to feel that you're being slow and careful and considerate. To have them feel that way, first you have to actually BE slow and careful and considerate. Second you have to SHOW them that you're being slow and careful and considerate, by making changes gradually - testing locally and then uploading and asking for feedback on each one.

Let users be a part of the process and make it clear that this redesign is for THEM more than it is for you.

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Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/google-testing-its-controversial-new-ad-targeting-tech-millions-browsers-heres

#DeleteChrome

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asking for money, boost = thank 

https://ko-fi.com/kaypar

I have some overdue lab work I need to get rolling this week. If the local clinic is still like I remember they're probably gonna want like, $100 for the absolute *luxury* of drawing my blood.

I have like $50 in my bank account rn and I still need to get estradiol and a few household supplies so any assistance would be greatly appreciate

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food question 

so I bought a little jar of turmeric powder because people keep telling me it's good for inflammation. Most of the recipes I'm seeing have coconut milk, which I'm allergic to.

Anyone got good, simple recipes involving turmeric that don't have coconut milk and can plausibly pretend to be kosher?

Also, if I were to try making tea or smoothies with it, what kind of proportions make it effective but not overwhelming?

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fediblock rec 

Just got multiple follow requests from someone on degenerates.fail and uh do I really need to say anything more

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"Did your data get breached by Facebook in its vast, ghastly, 500,000,000 person valdez? The lovely folks at Digital Rights Ireland are suing Facebook under the GDPR for money damages and they'd like to sign you up to be part of the lawsuit."
https://pluralistic.net/2021/04/16/where-it-hurts/#sue-facebook
https://www.digitalrights.ie/facebook/

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Hello everyone!

I'm coming from the big ol' instance, just checking out this instance here. I might move here permanently. (:

So, for now, I'm not doing a proper "move", but I might! :D

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@ljwrites transparent/blank emoji that convey no graphical meaning, but solely rely on their alt text? 🤔 @Mayana

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@tagomago @rysiek In Firefox, you can disable cookies for specific sites. See the screenshot. This will get rid of the cookie consent dialogue. To get rid of the "Login to Youtube", add this as a custom uBlock filter

youtube.com##ytd-popup-container
youtube.com##ytd-consent-bump-lightbox.style-scope
www.youtube.com##.opened

It's not a bug-free solution though. It'll get rid of all the popups, but links where the start time is specified will be played from the beginning.

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does anyone have experience running their own server for usage in a local community? Like, on your own hardware, without AWS or something like that?

I'm wondering what kind of hardware and bandwidth would be necessary to run a Matrix/Mastodon/Mobilizon server (possibly all at the same time?)

Is this actually feasible for a working class community space? Most of the self-hosted things ive seen are on centralized networks like AWS or cloudflare.

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