linkery, maiki

A linkery is a place where links are… verbed. This is such a linkery, as curated by @maiki.

(You can post comment here, but are encouraged to create your own linkery topic to share links. ^_^)

Typing this from a Librem 14, I can say that GNOME is one of my favorite movements, and Purism is one of my favorite companies. The blog post is icing on the cake and I’m hear to let you know we can all have icing, it’s actually very simple, Purism is amazing for being practical, not genius; you can do it, too!

Insecure web link, but an interesting sentiment (though not nearly as important as the embedded war metaphor indicates, a “first shot” or whatnot). I actually want to call out a single paragraph:

If we wait much longer, we may lose Linux as a viable option. Big tech may find a way to kill it on PC’s even though it only has a relatively tiny number of users. I am especially worried about Microsoft embracing Windows Subsystem for Linux. I fear this may be merely the next small step in Microsoft’s usual “embrace, extend, extinguish” strategy. The TPM 2.0 requirement for Windows 11 only exacerbates my fear.

I hope many people read that and are either reminded of what’s at stake or look up “embrace, extend, extinguish”. I’m starting to age or wizen into seeing these deep patterns, and it’s good to get as many minds thinking about this as possible.

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The gist is:

Neither San Francisco nor Alameda zone the geographic oddity—which spans about 30 acres—and the VA has promised never to develop that part of the land because it’s home to an endangered bird species, the California least tern.

But still, that’s wild, and I even learning more about the Peralta land grant I hadn’t realized: Peralta never lived there, but instead split it up between their four sons.

Anyhow, so cool, and I hope they build a trail along the coast out there, that seems like fun. :slight_smile:

I love our new map of California, I discovered…

There’s more!

This one state has so much going on!

The best part is seeing Brewster in all those weird pics over the years. But also, I share this sentiment:

My favorite things from the early era of the Web were the dreamers.

In the early Web, we saw people trying to make a more democratic system work. People tried to make publishing more inclusive.

I’m either stubborn, or delusional, but at least I’m still a dreamer. :slight_smile:

This is our local spice shop, and it’s interesting to know what they’ve gone through during the pandemic.

Among the challenges: figuring out a new system to track inventory of bulk spices in the retail shops, ensuring that we move through all the inventory quickly enough to maintain our freshness standards, and setting up new bulk refill protocols that prioritize health and safety in the new COVID normal.

I love designing systems like that, multi-dimensional inventory tracking… it’s just complicated enough to be interesting and requires unconventional planning! :slight_smile:

Introductions to wc, sort, sed, and tr, useful for processing text from the commandline. :slight_smile:

One of my favorite features of Wikipedia is the preview feature, especially on really dense history pages with lots of names. I’ve found that while I may not be able to memorize the name of each individual pharaoh, king, or general, if I can hover over and catch their summary I’m at least able to place them in a dynasty, region, or banner. Try that with a printed history book…

Anyhow, they’ve made that feature portable, for integration on other websites! And of course there is a WordPress plugin as well.

I personally still prefer copying and pasting, but I can see this being a very useful tool, especially in educational materials! In fact, that is probably what I’ll use it for… :slight_smile:

Pretty neat read, in four points:

  1. Out of body experiences happen in the brain, so they are both real and not real. :slight_smile:
  2. Folks don’t know why they do stuff, but do know how to make up stories about why they do stuff
  3. Traditions may contain practical wisdom… but no one will know
  4. You can use physics to utilize the martial arts technique known as “unbendable arm” (which sounds less useful, if you ask me [I bend my arms all day, I’m doing so as I type])

Interesting, but doesn’t really affect me personally, but I saw an image of a slide that I thought was neat:

The 4 Commandments of Trusted Internet Services

  1. A Service you use must be available from many providers
  2. It must be possible to move your data from one to the other
  3. The Service must (also) be available as software
  4. The Software must be available as Open Source

For Wikimania 2021 they made some cool visual resources to use for the event:

I love this one, such a boss on that motorcycle!

And this one, with the portable coffee maker!

I hope folks find something to do with them beyond this year’s event. :slight_smile:

I was looking for video sessions, and found this cool gif!

I’m happy the organizers are upfront about their platform decisions. I believe the current environment puts too much burden on the end users, and this post exemplifies what I mean.

So, to sum up the technical solutions

  1. Remo – This is the Virtual Event Platform that will be used from the 14th – 17th of August. Registered event participants will receive specific access information via email prior to the event. Here are Remo’s User Terms of Services, Privacy Policy and Data Protection Addendum.
  2. Eventbrite – To get access to Remo you need to register. Eventbrite will be used for registration for Wikimania 2021. Register today! Here is our registration privacy statement.
  3. Jitsi (Hackathon only) – Jitsi will be used for the Hackathon on the 13th of August 2021. Registration for the Hackathon is on the Wikimania wiki. Here are Jitsi’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  4. YouTube – If you are experiencing technical difficulties with Remo during the event days, you will be able to still view sessions using a Youtube link. Here are YouTube’s Terms of Service and Google’s Privacy Policy.
  5. Interactio – audio translation service for the seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish. Here are Interactio’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
  6. Wikimedia Commons – Commons will be used for archiving all of the sessions that took place. If a track is translated to the supported event languages, they will be on Commons as well.

That serves as a basis for the types of platform features online events use, hence what to build capacity for, and to encourage better terms and orgs running what will become de facto required technologies.

This is a neat write up of a conversation, combined with commentary on how it reflects on the Free Software Foundation, which is apparently in a tailspin of irrelevance.

One neat thing I learned that I hadn’t known: the Sunlight Foundation shut down, because that made sense; A Note from the Sunlight Foundation’s Board Chair : Sunlight Foundation.

Human organizations have a difficult time dispersing without a built-in mechanism for it, and it’s getting more and more difficult with how modern humans form contractual obligations to made entities… anyhow, something to look into more :slight_smile:

Stillness & Curiosity

By Leo Babauta

Much of our lives are lived on autopilot.

We jump from one task to another, one message to another, one meeting to another, one browser tab to another. We react in habitual ways to other people, to situations. And we justify this as the way it should be.

Nothing wrong with that — but what would it be like to explore other possibilities?

What would it be like to pause and find stillness in a moment when we would normally be on autopilot?

Here’s what I’ve been exploring …

Every obstacle that we normally think of as a problem to be fixed … every “flaw” in ourselves or others that we judge as something to be fixed … what if we can pause, find stillness, and get curious instead of trying to fix?

For example:

  • Someone is acting in a way that feels rude or wrong — perhaps my autopilot response is to judge them, complain about them internally or externally, and either try to fix the problem or avoid the person. But I’ve been exploring getting still, and bringing curiosity to my reaction — what does it feel like, why do I get triggered in this way? Then curiosity to the other person — how might what they’re doing make sense to them?
  • If I’ve been procrastinating on something — my autopilot response might be to judge myself and feel inadequate, or maybe to avoid even thinking about it. What if I get still, and bring curiosity to how it feels to procrastinate on this, and what fear might be leading to the procrastination? Could I bring curiosity to why this task is even important to me?
  • If I am complaining about something or feeling burdened by something — my autopilot response is to just get through it, feeling put upon and a bit powerless. Could I get still and bring curiosity to my feeling of complaint, burden, powerlessness? Could there be anything to explore in what I really want in this situation, and why I’m avoiding speaking up for that?

In this way, every difficulty becomes a place to explore with curiosity, and there is growth and learning and delight to be found in everything.

This process, for me, starts with stillness. And then deepens with curiosity.

What might it be like for you?

My days are composed of many journeys between points of stillness.


During the pandemic my understanding of “curiosity” has changed, the narrative having been it was something some people had and others didn’t. Now I understand it is a skill, to be practiced. And that’s good news! Because any skill can be taught, but even more so: encouraged.

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Congrats to the Krita team, making great software. :slight_smile:

How to Stop From Spinning Into Meltdown

By Leo Babauta

If you’re someone who tends spin out into a meltdown, rage, shutdown, or anxiety attack, things can be really difficult.

A small frustration or fear can be turned into something huge, and ruin your entire day.

If this is you, know that you’re not alone. This happens to a lot of people, in a variety of ways:

  • Getting frustrated with someone and then turning that into anger that can rage or simmer all day, putting you in a foul mood.
  • Feeling fear or hurt, you might get caught up in a mental narrative that causes you to have an anxiety attack or shut down, that might take you hours to recover from.
  • Feeling bad about something you did or failed to do, you might start spinning into feeling really bad about yourself, and drop into a state of discouragement about everything.

What can we do if this is happening? Let’s take a look at what’s going on, and then look at some ideas for what we might do.

How We Spin into Disaster Mode

The initial difficulty that we encounter is rarely a major disaster — it’s usually just a feeling of uncertainty or fear:

  • Frustration when someone behaves in a way we don’t like.
  • Fear and hurt we feel when we’re criticized.
  • Self-doubt when we don’t do as well as we’d like at something (procrastination, for example).

This initial feeling of fear, uncertainty or frustration isn’t necessarily a problem … it’s just a feeling. It’s an initial tug at our hearts.

The real difficulty comes not from this intial tug or poke at the heart … it comes from what happens afterward:

  1. We feel the tug or poke at our heart, and then we go into a defense mechanism of spinning one of our usual narratives.
  2. The narrative might be about why the other person is wrong, why you are wrong, and how much of a huge deal this is.
  3. This continues in a growing blaze until we’re in full-on disaster mode — we’ve gone from a tiny spark to full forest fire.
  4. Then we might have other things we do to cope with this disaster — yelling, throwing a tantrum, shutting down, hiding, comforting ourselves with food or web browsing or drugs or whatever your usual go-to coping mechanism is, or going into a depressive funk.

Even this is not that big of a deal. It’s just a passing storm. We don’t need to beat ourselves up if this is happening — in fact, what is needed is more love.

How to Stop Before Meltdown Occurs

If you look at the process above, the first step in the process is not a big deal. It’s just a tug or poke at our heart, a little spark of uncertainty or fear.

The trick is to catch it early — if we can catch it while it’s still just a spark, and hasn’t been turned into a forest fire, it’s much more manageable.

We can simple give ourselves some space to feel fear and uncertainty, or frustration, or whatever the feeling might be. We can take a few breaths. Give ourselves some compassion. And then let go and move on to the rest of our day.

How do we catch it early? Practice! We notice when there’s a full forest fire, and then reflect on when it was just a spark. At what point might we have caught it earlier? We can do this reflection without beating ourselves up, just noticing.

Then slowly, with this kind of practice, we might be able to notice in the moment when it’s just a spark. “Ooh, that hurt!” Or, “Yowza, that feels frustrating!” Catch it in the moment, before we’ve doused it with gasoline.

When we are able to catch it early, we can pause. Breathe for a few moments. Notice the feeling, as sensation in the body. Be present with the sensation, without getting caught up in the narrative that adds fuel to the fire.

When we get caught up in that narrative (which we will), we can simply notice that. Notice what the narrative is, notice that it is unhelpful (it only makes things worse), and see if you can turn from the narrative back to the sensation in the body. Let yourself feel this emotion as sensation.

From here, you can give yourself some compassion, some love. Take care of yourself, as you feel this uncertainty, fear, frustration.

Catch it early enough, with practice, and we can take care of the poke at our hearts with compassion and grace.

How does it work? You just have one single big .txt document. Each time you want to write something about a new topic, you start a new paragraph with tags separated with &.


&gear &computer
lenovo T520: ok
change ssd 
mac: sell it next year?

* Organization 101
* 10 useful productivity tools 

&music &playlist &synthpop

Why use this & character? Because it separates paragraphs, and works like hashtags: when searching computer in your text file you would find all occurences of this word (you usually don’t want this), whereas when searching &computer you find every block of text “tagged” with this keyword.

Good tip on the tags.

I use taskwarrior to refer to notes, which I keep in ~/docs/notes, synced via syncthing. Example at Learning Taskwarrior, one dream at a time - #36 by maiki - Science and Technology - talkgroup.

I do rely on my file level searches, but most of the time each file is just a bucket for a given subject I’m studying, and the work gets managed in taskwarrior.