COVID, US, California 

“Wastewater analysis indicates that in many places, viral spread this month rivals or even exceeds the original omicron surge that swept through the country in January, creating record infections.”

Wrap up your week with us in the #CircusInPlace video chat.

As it's Friday, we start an hour earlier so friends can join us for a coffee before we spend the night practicing our circus skills.

The Emperor Norton Coffee Hour kicks off at 7pm UTC-5, and the video chat goes on all night.

A happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the North. Take off, eh! 🇨🇦​

Hi! I'm Sara, and I'm looking for fulltime work doing Computer Stuff. If you're looking for someone to help with break/fix IT, Linux, or SaaS management, I'm your gal!

A little good news today. It won't change the makeup of the court and we knew Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson had been confirmed, 53-47 and just had to be sworn in the day Justice Breyer retired, but let's take a moment to celebrate progress. It's too slow sometimes, but Black women can finally see themselves represented on the Supreme Court. I only wish it were a court that still held any legitimacy. May Justice Jackson be on the court long enough to see some legitimacy returned to it.

If you use the @FediFollows directory (at, when you click on an account's follow button it will ask you to enter your own Mastodon address, in a process called "remote follow".

Remote follows are annoying as you have to keep entering your details again and again, even though you've already logged in on your home server 🤬

Fortunately, there is now a solution, a new plug-in for Firefox browsers called "Mastodon Simplified Federation":

When the plug-in is installed, you don't need to enter your address any more when doing remote follows 👍

The plug-in is written by @rugk and you can find out more info at

(Thanks @aral for mentioning this plugin!)

"When you sign up to a Google
account, what the tech giant offers you is a #FastTrackToSurveillance instead of #privacy by design. Enough! Together with consumer groups from our network, we are taking action & asking data protection authorities to step in."

European consumer groups take action against #Google for pushing users towards its #surveillance system

#Europe #EuropeanUnion #GDPR #ConsumerRights #ConsumerProtection #GMail #GoogleMaps #Spyware #Spying

Good times quth the gang, last night, which led me down a rabbit hole on the comic styling of Buster Keaton, Peter Sellers and Rowan Atkinson. Not to be overlooked among these giants of cinema is the work of the great Jackie Chan.

I found a great article which helps explain the thread we discussed last night and Chan's comedy as it relates to vaudeville, Keaton, etc

@stux @Stuxhost There are links to the big apps but I'd like to install apps from the NextCloud app store

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It’s so easy to forget so here I am reminding myself again

The fact that I have

- a roof over my head
- clean water
- safe, sanitary food
- access to medical services
- stable and disposable income
- leisure time for personal pursuits

puts my existence on par with a level of luxury completely inaccessible to nearly every human alive

and unfathomable to nearly every single human who has ever lived and died

It’s so easy to forget

When I was six years old I concluded that “Blazing Saddles” was among the most compelling works of western neo-realism ever in the history of cinema. I believe my opinion has stood the test of time. Happy birthday #MelBrooks! 🎞️🎶😁 #Film #Cinema #Comedy

@thegibson “One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” - Martin Luther King Jr

Please boost for reach. So, anyone that is working on FOSS projects like web apps, sites, Linux apps, desktop environments, or other user interfaces, please let me know if you want them tested for accessibility. I can do both CLI, web, and GUI testing, and app testing on Android. I'm running Debian (on a ChromeBook but that's not too important), so just give me the name of the package, or the URL of the site or app. I can also do Flatpak!

#a11y #foss #linux #flatpak #accessibility

I managed to successfully replace branches of Google and Microsoft monopolies for personal use: #Hey for mail, #Ecosia for search, #Firefox for browsing (desktop & mobile), and Murena + /e/ + Fairphone for smartphones. These migrations were mostly painless.

I'm still stuck with others though: 🧵

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