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"Climate activists in southern France have filled golf course holes with cement to protest against the exemption of golf greens from water bans amid the country's severe drought."

A very good point they have, as swathes of the region dry up.

It's been claimed by Extinction Rebellion Toulouse

Searches for “How to monitor employees working from home” increased 1,705% in April 2020 compared to 2019.

Employers didn’t have to look far for the answer, as Microsoft Office 365 suite had everything to monitor employees at home.

Read our research:

Heads up: Looks like hosting prices are going to be increasing due to energy prices (just got an email from Hetzner but likely others will follow).

#web #hosting #energy

Just added to the Blogroll: Seirdy’s Home

I write about and develop software to promote user autonomy. Topics include accessibility, privacy, security, software freedom, and search engines.

#blogging #blogroll
Just added to the Blogroll:

Personal website of a human in Brooklyn.

She has the absolute best "about" photo I've seen on ze interwebz...

#blogging #blogroll

As a person who is hard of hearing, I fucking hate when TV shows/movies don't balance their goddamn audio. Like if I have to really crank it up to hear most of the show but then during action scenes it's ear shattering at that exact same volume, You Did A Bad Job at making your show accessible. What the fuck is the reasoning behind this decision. No I get it, you want to make the action POP, but you can do that without making it a fucking tense drag for hard of hearing people to watch your goddamn show

This brought to you by me checking out moon knight and nearly fucking scrambling for cover at the first gunshot cause it was so much louder compared to the rest of the show that it sounded like it was right outside my fucking apartment

A short blog post on what I've recently been doing to better my mental and physical health, trying to keep my focus where it counts.

@silviamaggi @axbom and I discussed the article (as well as one about button design) in episode 294 of @uxpodcast if you are interested in what we ended up saying 😊

Just bought a license for Typora, a gorgeous markdown viewing/editing application that seamlessly renders your markdown in place as you write it.

It’s by an independent developer and also runs on Linux.

#markdown #writing #typora #indie #dev

The new Design, Digested is out! In this issue:

– Distracted to death
– Where’s the button? Designing for mode confusion
– The “dark yellow problem” in design system color palettes
– The Metaverse pretends that life is a game. That’s the whole problem
– Instagram gets worse with dark patterns lifted from TikTok
– Could sustainable websites increase energy consumption?
– ‘I’ve taken a million pictures – 50 were good’: photographer Ferdinando Scianna.

Is anyone here who has moved to the #UK with a "Skilled Worker visa" (previously known as "Tier 2 (General) work visa") and then settled in the UK permanently?

I'd love to have a chat with you!

Boosts are welcome. #immigration #visa

So would you rather track the click in the email or have me read the article? 'Cause my network will block your tracker URL, and I can't be bothered to work around it. So you get neither.

A really great project focuses on intersectional feminist approaches to coding (w/ 24 recipes) edited by Xin Xin+Katherine Moriwaki. This reminds a poetry line: "When we hear “the singularity is near”, let us remember: the plurality is here." from Audrey Tang #codingotherwise

This and also (idk who needs to hear this, but) being able to do something well isn’t the only point of doing it

I'll never understand these decisions. To me, it's a lost opportunity for many to get to know other cultures through food and Bourdain's eyes.

For sure, I'd hate to hear Bourdain's commentary translated and dubbed in Italian - as it's customary, unfortunately.


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Not sure if one day I'll tackle a blog post listing everything we lost moving back from the UK to Italy.

Today, I'll just mention something probably trivial: @m2m and I enjoyed very much watching the excellent "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" on Netflix. Once we moved back, the programme disappeared from our account. Now "Roadrunner: A film about Anthony Bourdain" is out on Netflix, but not in Italy.


how to survive hot summers 

with temps surpassing 40º in the UK and my European friends woefully unprepared to deal with hotter and hotter summers, I thought I'd share how we do it back home.

- Change your wardrobe. Don't wear jeans or thick, tight clothing in summer. Light colours help, but it's less important than the fabric being loose and breathable. Imagine you get a gust of wind; can you feel the wind? Linen fabric and synthetic activewear are great for this.

- Cover all your skin when going out into the sun, either with loose breathable clothing, or sunscreen.

- "But I'm only going to the tram" – if you don't like dying of melanoma, sunscreen yourself before walking under the radiation of the nuclear deathstar in the sky.

- Wear a summer hat and/or sunglasses.

- Always be sipping. Doesn't matter if you feel thirsty or not, carry water bottles everywhere, fill them on taps, sip often. If you don't the symptom isn't necessarily thirst; it's feeling tired, sluggish, brainfog etc., eventually sunstroke.

- Learn how to make hydrating serum (1L water, 20g sugar, 5g salt). In case someone has sunstroke give them serum; it hits faster than pure water. (also good for other forms of dehydration.)

- Tea and coffe hydrate you, even accounting for diuretic effect. Alcohol dehydrates; if drinking alcohol, drink at least the same amount of water with it.

- Give up not sweating. Sweating is good. It's a very efficient evaporative cooling system (that's why you need breathable clothing, and sipping water).

- Cold meals, refrigerated fruit and ice drinks are great. Counter-intuitively, hot drinks cool you down too, by hyping up the sweat system. Same goes for hot-spicy food. (this literally cools you down, look it up.)

- Don't go outside when the sun is high. Don't eat in outside tables when the sun is high. Don't go to parks, pools or beaches when the sun is high. Wait until the deathstar isn't killing you.

- Lower your expectations of productivity. It's the apocalypse, fuck work. Procrastinate in the hot hours. Kill time. Nap. Implement the siesta as an institution.

- The buildings here are more prepared for cold weather than hot. You might want to invest in good fans, or even cold floors. High ceilings are fresher.

- The higher the air humidity %, the less effective is sweating at cooling you. Be extra careful on high-humidity high-temp days.

- summer nights can be surprisingly chilly. don't get caught unprepared in your super-breathable, breezy hot girl look during a temp drop with rain and wind outside 3am.

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