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if i've learnt one thing about community organising this last year or two its that you cannot stop anyone from doing silly things but you can help speedrun them through it

why is an orange not that appealing but the single slice of orange in a cocktail is like the worlds most desirable foodstuff

a real word cloud in a real marketing email i just got

the default avatar selection in pidgin/adium messenger is very sweet and vintage, from other context cues perhaps not updated since 2004?

trans people will litearlly chant about solidarity and being anti carceral whilst harassing organisers at the same time its so fucking grim

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trans people stop shitting on other trans people in public on days they are doing big stressful events

difficulty level: impossible

can anyone reccomend a managed mastodon/hometown host? we are getting a lil bored of fixing our own server and would like to pay someone else to do it lol

reminder there is an standard for making a brew aka "British Standard Method for Preparation of a liquor of tea for use in sensory tests", it's pretty glorious

What would it be like to design interfaces that took up _less_ of your attention and time, that foregrounded original content and thoughtful posting over quantity and memes, that let you discover new things in a thoughtful and less ad hoc way?

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Imagining a client that was designed to be used once a day, or even once a week. How would it look?

I would imagine something more like a summary, showing which friends were online, what their most liked posts were, some kind of close friends feature to prioritise certain people, and maybe reposts in their own little area?

It's interesting to me how little innovation there is in interfaces and how much we're still uncritically copying the masters tools

"lads i would love to go out and kill some greeks but the coop bylaws say we need 300 minimum to form a legal militia, we really need those signitures or we can't go"

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there should be a prequel to the movie 300 called 280 where they just cant find the last 20 guys they need to make a go of it

fancy economics men: "i have invented the circular economy"

queers who have been passing around the same £20 note since 2013: ????????? erm

I feel like the core functionality has not changed at all in this time and yet the surrounding copy has gone from it feeling like a nice accessible tool for when you want a bit more than a spreadsheet but a bit less than an app, to just tech industry gobblydygook.

A bit of a shame tbh it's a great tool but I would not use it with the current homepage either.

Also great to have to even be able to know this!

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2022: "Connect everything. Achieve anything. Accelerate work and unlock potential with powerful apps that connect your data, workflows and teams. This is how."

2023: "The fastest way to build apps. Transform your business with Airtable's next-gen app platform. Unmatched agility and efficiency."

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Home page hero text for the same app (AirTable) over the years, feels like this says so much about the tech industry:

2020: "Create, your way. Part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible, teams use Airtable to organize their work, their way."

2021: "One [workspace/platform/source of truth]. Endless solutions. Orchestrate powerful business solutions with a single source of truth. The only limit is your imagination."

enough plant based food, wheres the plant cringe food

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