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Here's a collection of youtube videos on ways to use plants that are invasive to the pnw. (I haven't included medicine and food in this list, just other stuff)

Splitting and debarking english ivy for weaving: youtube.com/watch?v=VEaJkEN_oX

Getting fibre out of blackberries: youtube.com/watch?v=3SJdWjSEN6

Two styles of blackberry woven baskets:
youtube.com/watch?v=tIL4tRoEqT
youtube.com/watch?v=NpJXpkhWHy

Weaving with scotch broom:
youtube.com/watch?v=aLaQtTV5cj

Weaving with cattails (some cattails are native to the pnw, some are considered invasive): youtube.com/watch?v=edT0bb26Y4

Dyeing with queen anne's lace: youtube.com/watch?v=uDC1dfCH_2

Ivy laundry detergent: youtube.com/watch?v=MyPgStaMDV

Dyeing with dyer's woad: youtube.com/watch?v=HKQK39ST_o

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To understand infiltration of compounds into groundwater, the sampling site's geology is important 👇 Nice comprehensive modelling study for an entire continent

"Risk of groundwater contamination widely underestimated because of fast flow into aquifers"
pnas.org/content/118/20/e20244

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"But isn't the software we have good?" No. "Can't proprietary software companies make good software?" No. "Well what is good software, then, and why can only free software ever achieve that?" ... Well, are you ready for a 10 hour lecture?

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My first attempt at cordage! this is made out of fiber from blackberry branches
Here's the video I used to figure out how to separate the fiber from the branch: youtube.com/watch?v=3SJdWjSEN6

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whats the deal with ppl calling themselves 'classical liberals'? what makes someone a classical liberal? being against monarchies and slavery? i mean is this rly a political statement in the 21st century?

are they just conservative snowflakes? are they implying that modern liberalism is not liberalism? or are they just being paid by Bill Gates to further muddy the meaning of political ideologies and help destroy civilisation?

itc i cant wait for Soros to title me as a 'future conservative'

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@mkwadee Yes, I just wish headlines were more accurate. :-) The Guardian definitely has a tendency towards clickbait sometimes, even though I generally like their articles.

I actually haven't heard a lot about hydrogen in recent years, and had thought it had largely fallen by the wayside.

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Are peer-to-peer web search engines a good idea? I'm interested to hear any thoughts.

I just did an internet search for open source search engines, and turned up some sort of peer-to-peer application called YaCy: opensource.com/article/20/2/op

Anyone know anything about it?

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@dynamic @varx @human_equivalent I think we are at a point now of ineffective search engines. An effective search engine should be company agnostic, non-tracking, open, relevant (topical and up to date), and thorough (all results). Unfortunately, users are stuck with Google and Bing. Both fail the company agnostic, non-tracking, open, and relevant aspects. Aggregators can fight the non-tracking, but all the other flaws exist. Open source search is badly needed.

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@varx Best not to react just to headlines. Hydrogen is a viable technology to avoid pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But it is being used as a tool by fossil fuel corporations as a means to drag their feet and not take responsibility for their past actions and to drag out their existence.

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@human_equivalent @dynamic Something interesting to note about invite-only, though -- while it connotes prestige and is also an inherent bidirectional free marketing mechanism ("hey, do you have an invite to GMail" and "hey I have this invite to GMail, do you want it?" both act as product awareness boosts) it's a *little* tricky to use for social media.

Social media often relies on network effects; invites are scarcity. These are in opposition. But *email* was already firmly cemented by network effects, so GMail could afford to constrain signups.

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@human_equivalent @dynamic Another thing that was a draw when GMail debuted was that it was emailed associated with Google. Almost kind of... prestigious?

Google was very popular, not just in the sense of people using it, but of *liking* it, having warm feelings and respect towards the brand. If I recall correctly relief, we were still in a period of "wow, a search engine that doesn't suck!" When they offered the email service, it was Google-branded, and that was exciting to people.

(There may have also been something about "yay, I'll be able to search my email effectively".)

But the invite-only aspect was also *huge*. Artificial scarcity is an amazing thing, and it acted as a prestige multiplier.

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@dynamic

Yeah, I don't know.

Looking at joinmastodon.org it looks pretty good though.

I'll see if I can manage to convince some classmates to check that out and see what happens. A little experiment.

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@dynamic One thing that the unified services have over distributed services is the ease of finding people. You want to find work colleagues? Go to LinkedIn. Want to find family? Go to Facebook. Want to find celebrities? Go to Twitter.

The fediverse has a lot more anonymity, and even without anonymity, it is harder to search. I was anonymous on Twitter, so employers wouldn't use my politics against me. Many of the questions you can't ask in interviews can be found on social media.

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I don't think Medium is as attractive to new users today as it was when it got started, but the people already on there are already invested. I guess?

Also mastodon instances are not permanent, unlike Facebook. I mean, until Facebook's the next MySpace - or Helgon, Playahead and Lunarstorm if you're Swedish. What I mean is that I think most people view Facebook as stable and reliable (uptime wise) for sharing stuff with friends and whatever.

Having too many choices can make you not want to make a choice at all, and you end up just picking whatever your friends are using.

All that works against convenience.

Yes no maybe? Thinking out loud.

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@dynamic Is it convenience? And simplicity?

If I want to invite a friend to mastodon I need to explain about instances and federation. Same thing with Matrix and other decentralized services.

All obstacles, big and small, add up and works against convenience. Like learning an new tool and all the things that come with it.

Re gmail during the invite-only time, I think it wasn't only how much space it had, but I want to think the interface looked fresh compared to yahoo and hotmail. And it was fast (when it wasn't down). I think. It's been a while, ehum. Oh, and yeah, large attachments. Photo sharing. That was harder to do with the other services I knew about at the time, I think.

The early impression I had of Medium was that it looked clean and very, very readable. Typography wise. Uncluttered, simple, straight-forward. Sign up and share something right away. Same thing here tho, it's been a while, not sure how fair my memory is.

Then, when you're invested in a platform like Facebook , it's hard to quit even if they make a lot of decisions you don't like. The value it has to you might outweigh the experienced inconvenience. Especially as corporate surveillance is a very abstract thing.

Do Facebook, Twitter, Diaspora, Discord, Medium and others offer some service that the open source community has somehow overlooked? Surely it isn't that they have better interfaces. Twitter's interface design is terrible, and always has been.

Does... does all of this come down to the fact that they have marketing departments and we don't? I'm beginning to suspect that that might be the case, and I hate it. I especially hate it when I see so many smart people who I want to believe can do their own research and not be swayed by irrelevant fashion trends sway their behavior choosing high-surveillance corporate tools over open source alternatives, and even over low-surveillance private alternatives.

So, holding the "marketing" hypothesis aside for a moment... what is going on here?

Thoughts welcome. Boosts welcome.

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