Some say my Grandfather looks like Carl from Up, but tall and skinny.
He's a big inspiration to me.
He's an amazing artist, even though he was born colorblind.
As a child I used to sit on his desk and help him pick colors. He'd ask "Is this leaf-green?" and show me a bright pink pencil.
Today he suffers from cataract and his dominant arm was crippled in a car accident. Neither keeps him from drawing.
This is my favorite of his drawings - "Easter Walk".
#smallstories #family #art #disability
@mikegerwitz I'm mostly interested in taking the time to make good use of technology, to ponder new technology and identify risks as much as we do benefits, to re-use and repair devices, to educate people about software freedom and access to culture and knowledge, to appreciate life freed of technology every so often...
'...The notion that Twitter couldn’t curb spam bots and Nazis or that Google couldn’t blacklist 4chan from its news overview is absurd. The issue is that, for revenue purposes, engagement with the informational equivalent of a leaking septic tank is indistinguishable from engagement with news sources that aren’t explicitly trying to deceive and defraud readers. The political Facebook ads that were allegedly purchased by the Russian government went into the same money vault as ads from Nike and Pepsi, and rape-threat tweets count just as much on Twitter’s quarterly earnings calls as announcements from NASA and Denny’s. The increasingly toxic internet is working as designed by the companies that control most of it — corporate monoliths that hold the primary channels of digital information distribution and obligations to shareholders, not civil society..'
@mangeurdenuage this AskUbuntu question might be of interest: https://askubuntu.com/questions/53896/natural-sounding-text-to-speech
And this ubuntu wiki page: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/TextToSpeech
There are 5 libre options listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_speech_synthesizers but it doesn't list Gnuspeech: https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuspeech/
@mangeurdenuage really important questions. One part of the answer in my opinion and from my experience, surprisingly accessible, is to lead by example. A corollary is to avoid violent confrontation and accusation, often fruitless and polarising and frustrating. Some pointers: http://www.uq.edu.au/sustainability/green-offices-how-to-save-the-world-143174
Hope that helps :)
Hey, I started a #Riot room (i.e. on the #Matrix network) dedicated to sharing artistic, cultural and educational material from the #Commons. Please join to share the most valuable things you find, and discover new things.
Proud to have participated in the second The Freeharmonic Orchestra compilation:
🎪 or simply creating art using traditional mediums, doing work in performance art, circus arts or theatre, using any of the above or others to create or document your work.
consider tagging your works with
🐧 #artWithOpenSource tag and check out the tag for works by your fellow mastodon artists who also prefer Open Sourced alternatives.
"The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold."
"If the Founding Fathers had their way, almost all works from the 20th century would be public domain by now (14-year copyright term, renewable once if you took extra actions)."