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What if we made a video game about Top Gun’s… volleyball scene?

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The fediverse is quite amazing when you consider how many borders, social constructs and expectations it breaks.

Keep challenging the status quo, because people like us are the kind of people that change things.

We make things better, together ✌️ #oneLove

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To future historians—not just of computing, but of humanity—the current period will be a dark age.

How was Facebook used by students in the 2010s? We cannot show you, that version of Facebook is not hosted anywhere.

How did MySpace look around 2009? We don't really know, the Wayback Machine only shows a limited amount of static content, and there may only be a few surviving screenshots

What correspondence did Vint Cerf have as president of the ACM with other luminaries of computing industry and research? We do not know; Google will not publish his emails.

What was it like playing Angry Birds on an iPhone 3G? We do not know; Apple is no longer distributing signed receipts for that binary.

What did the British cabinet discuss when they first learned of the Coronavirus pandemic? We do not know; they chatted on a private WhatsApp group.

What books were published analysing the aftermath of the Maidan coup in Ukraine? We do not know; we do not have the keys for the Digital Editions DRM.

How was the coup covered in televised news? We do not know; the broadcasters used RealVideo and Windows Media Encoder and we cannot read those files.

We have to ask ourselves how we are going to preserve and transmit knowledge about our age to the next generations. Knowledge about an age where information is produced, consumed and discarded within hours, days or months, or where it's only stored on the server rooms of a handful of corporations, with no guarantees that those businesses will exist in the future, and with no way of accessing that information unless a certain set of regulatory, hardware, software pre-conditions are met.

That's why projects like the Internet Archive deserve more recognition and funding. That's why web scraping should not only be a civic right, but a civic duty to the next generations. Otherwise all the knowledge about the great age of information will be transmitted orally - with all the distortions that such transmission implies.

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Getting a blank comic panel set (thing) tomorrow! Looking forward to drawing in it.

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Roe v Wade 

Well, the overturning of Roe is the new lowest point in our country's history to date. But after looking back leading up to this point, this was always the Republican plan since Roe, and now they're claiming ignorance.

The cons conned us all.

Saw Multiverse of Madness and loved it that I watched it twice. Now I'm finally watching Wonder Women 84. Despite looking forward to seeing it in 2019, I've held off on it for the longest time because of poor reviews when it finally came out.

Just brought some new comic book brushes, and I absolutely love them. ❤️w❤️

Growing up, I first became fascinated with AI from The Sims. I thought it was pinnacle of everything we achieved. Haha! No. That was just the tip of the iceberg.

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