We need much more of this! stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news excellent article in which an environmentalist in the Taranaki points out that many farmers don't realise the degree to which their "profit" is currently the result of subsidised "free" water, and the ability to be a high carbon emitter and polluter, putting that cost onto the rest of society, not their bottom line. He points out that much farming will cease to be profitable when farmers bear the real cost of their production.

TIL: In the Netherlands, refugees are required to learn 3 skills: the language, swimming, and how to ride a bike.

Sounds reasonable to me.

@lightweight An experienced writer told me that reviewing from the bottom up helps them find otherwise masked problems. Read the last sentence, then the second last and so on. I haven't tried this seriously but probably should.

@lightweight I try to be careful about this as well, yet always find obvious mistakes later too. During review our minds show us what we meant to write instead of what we actually wrote.

As suggested, I find changing how the text looks helps. This could mean changing colours, typeface or zoom level. If the source is Markdown or similar I find reviewing the rendered output helps (and then reviewing the source again after tends to find more problems).

Caught up on all of the amazing good/worrying Trump Inc podcast after a few weeks of binge listening. Crucially important investigative reporting, yet also entertaining and engaging. Highly recommend. wnycstudios.org/shows/trumpinc

TIL: In the Firefox inspector you can right click a node to get a contextual menu… and one of the options on which is “Screenshot node”.

This will snap the whole node, even the bits above or below the viewport. So snapping <body> will give you a scrolled screenshot: no need for a special tool to screenshot entire pages anymore.

Just awesome.

@dubh glad (in a way) to know that I'm not the only one who feels like this (every day for me). We have cut out almost all meat at home, buy clean power, drive an electric car and try to carbon offset our lives but when I look around it feels like we're pissing in the wind. I am incredibly worried for my kids' future.

In New Zealand, we prefer our comms gear to be backdoored by the USA, not China, thank you very much.

Looking for help on what's wrong with my apple tree.

Some parts of the tree have started shrivelling and going brown, whilst the rest looks healthy. In my 'pests and diseases' book, the only think close to what this looks like is frost damage, but we haven't had frost for months. I cannot see any pests on it, so figure it must be some kind of disease, but what?

Any ideas? And if so, any suggestions on what to do?

#Gardening #Fruit #Help

If you find yourself sitting in cars now and then, this might be interesting to you and help you prevent accidents.
So if you open a cars door from the inside, you open the door with the hand that's not next to the door. This means that you turn around you body which automatically turns your vision in the direction where other cars or bikes might come from.

I was taught this early on I believe, anyways this is the way I have always done it.

#dutchReach #bike

I've been thinking about something like this lately and here it is! Mobilizon promises to be a good, free and open source, federated alternative to Meetup and Facebook Events. Join their crowdfunding campaign! joinmobilizon.org/en/

@lightweight thanks, that looks potentially interesting for the Cacophony Project

I was honoured to accept a NZ Hi-Tech Award on behalf of the Cacophony Project last night. It's wonderful for the team and our amazing open source contributors to be recognised for all their hard work and innovation.

RT @jessfraz@twitter.com

One thing that seems to have gotten hidden from the GitHub announcements is actually THE MOST VALUABLE feature for open source maintainers:

The ability to have private discussions and code review about security vulnerabilities WITHIN your repo.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/jessfraz/status/11

Editor-in-chief of @linuxjournal Doc Searls on a sort-of erosion of #FreeSoftware principles within the broader #Linux (as commonly named) and #OpenSource Software community: We Need to Save What Made Linux and FOSS Possible 👉🏻 linuxjournal.com/content/we-ne

Just replaced Google+ with Mastodon in the social links section on the website! Represent!

RT @keith_miller_nz@twitter.com

Dear Gun Freaks of America,

Many thanks for your input to date regarding our new gun laws. But here's an idea.

What say you do it your way, we'll do it ours.

I know where I'd rather be living.

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