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Blog, scrapbook, and virtual space for my experiments.

Looking back at the past six months, and it feels like the World is ending.

I thought I would write a post to mark the fact that we have reached the end of the first half of the year, but there is a problem: everything is terrible. Racism, Police killing people, Governments silencing the press and taking people’s freedom away, war, covid-19, and climate change. Could it be worse?

The fact that we set up the World in a way that rich people can prosper and totalitarian regimes can be sustained more easily than democracies is a sign that Humanity has failed.

Elon Musk can go and put as many men and dragons in space as he wants, it does not matter.

And my heart is broken. I feel like I keep trying to put the pieces back together, but I keep failing because it is too broken to be fixed.

I do have good things in my life, like good health, mine and of my family; a nice job I can do remotely; safety; a roof over my head and food on my table. I have good friends, and I can count on the fact that they will be by my side.

The thing is, if I don't write about these things, I feel like I am not fully appreciating how lucky and privileged I am. But if I write about them, I feel egoistic and like I have no right to have be so well while everything is terrible outside.

So, enough of making this about me.

If you can, please support Black Lives Matter, or donate to the UN Refugee Agency, or Save the Children, and follow Human Rights Watch to see what you can do to help the causes you care about.

And since it's Pride Month, let me also link to the LGBT Human Rights Worldwide | OutRight Action International website.

~ Melyanna

#BlackLivesMatter #LoveIsLove #June2020

Life is like McDonald's 🍔

I was talking to a friend over lunch – he is also my neighbour and a co-worker, so it has been fairly easy to stay in touch even during lockdown – when he mentioned the fact that the burgers we were eating were good, but unlike McDonald's burgers, the flavour of sauces and other ingredients would vary slightly each time.

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A list of useful and interesting websites I visited and saved in my favourites this month. They are varied in nature, and show the topics I am interested in: privacy, old-style internet, well-being, and figuring out how the human mind works.

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Experimenting with Twtxt, a decentralised, minimalist microblogging service...

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A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

Muhammad Ali

Going retro and having fun with HTML and web design again...

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A novel by Graeme Simsion

This book was listed among Bill Gates's favourite books, and the fact that this is a romantic comedy novel intrigued me, so I decided to read it.

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Useful tools for blogs and websites. Home-working well-being. Part 4.

Working all day in front of a computer may not be an intense physical activity, but it is still taxing for our eyes, muscles, and body. stretchly is a cross-platform, FOSS app by Jan Hovancik, that reminds you to take breaks when working with a computer.

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A look into my feed reader

Having recently abandoned social media (it feels really good, by the way), and not enjoying the ads, pop-ups, and overall clickbaity tone of most news sites, I have now moved to using rss feeds to get my updates. I find it funny that rss feeds have been around for ages, but after years of not really getting it, I now enjoy this method for getting news and updates more than any other.

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Pencils on parchment paper

Pencils portrait of a woman facing left with an abstract pastel background

~ Melyanna

#art

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