Wow, this is very interesting. Smalltown is a new fork of Mastodon specifically for civic communities looking to host their own social media. It is being developed at Ethan Zuckerman's lab at UMass Amherst.

(It's explicitly inspired by Hometown and very nicely links to my Patreon on their github, too.)

Dutchies: If you were born before 2005 you can now make an afspraak for a boosterprik 🦠💉🎉

In the last stages of degoogling. I'm currently reposting old Blogger posts about electronics and 3d printing to my Homehack blog. I'm also deleting the 3d models that were still on Google Drive to Printables and a Berlin based cloud service called HiDrive.


I love how this badly designed ad sums up the whole of green capitalism.

Save up to 14% of the planet!

#sustainability #capitalism #solarpunk

ECIR’23: Final call for Full Papers (due Sep 30/Oct 7)

OK this is pretty cool: built-in translation is coming to Mastodon, funded by the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme.

ZincSearch – lightweight alternative to Elasticsearch written in Go -

My book The Creative Programmer was just released in early access!
I've been working on a practical book for coders that summarizes our creativity research in software engineering. No worries, no dry academese present, pinky swear.
If you use code 'mlgroeneveld' you get 40% off!

Feedback is greatly appreciated and you can help me shape the last few chapters of the book! Please share if like!
So this is the officially supported medical information retrieval app in Belgium, and I can't access it because I de-Googled my phone.
Very sad state of affairs.

The 4th edition of Elmasri's Fundamentals of Database Systems is available from the Internet Archive:

Cliqz equips Europe with key technologies such as browsers and an independent search engine!

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.