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Let's not all live only on social networks, especially not centralised & walled-in networks. Create your own personal corner on the web as it was designed for! Visit my good old-fashioned at for information about me.

On my mastodon feed, I'll try to toot about various topics, mainly related to languages, natural language processing, open-source technology, privacy & security, and of course the occasional dog picture!

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Altijd leuk als Maarten van Rossum aan tafel zit bij , ben het ook zeer met 'm eens dat we ons niet zo op Amerika moeten blind staren maar meer om ons heen kijken in Europa, naar bv. Duitsland.

I had to get some things out of my system after this week's storm of the Capitol, all the disinformation that incited the mob, the neglect in the face of a global pandemic (that we also see here), so I wrote a blog post: The Disinformation Age

After a few days of work, my new simplified homepage is launched! I migrated from hugo, which I found too bloated and complex, to zola. I also removed all external assets and scripts so everything is now javascript free and self-hosted:

I'm starting to see why there are so many static site generators out there... none seems to do exactly what I want (and not too much more than that either). Recommendations anyone?

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I regret having made my homepage with hugo two years ago :( It's already become needlessly complex and doesn't build anymore with the latest version, I should have settled on a more minimal generator and theme.

I just discovered that the word "ansible", taken as a name by the automation/provisioning software from RedHat, was actually invented by sci-fi writer Ursula Le Guin! I just finished her book "The Dispossessed" (recommended!), in which the term is used for an instantaneous/faster-than-light communication device.

Sxmo 1.2.0 is released! This is a minimalist and 'suckless' UI for Linux phones such as the pinephone. This release introduces some major changes. Make sure to read the upgrade notes and view the demo video!

We've been watching "The Man in the High Castle" these past weeks, a dystopian series where the nazis and japanese won WW2. I first read the book (by Philip K. Dick) and then I discovered there was a whole TV series!

Don't know who the author is, but these are absolutely brilliant. The longer you look the more disturbing it gets.

Ironically, though I do speak four latin languages, I don't really speak latin... I guess it should be "Sum Doctorus" right? stays in the nominative...

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Sum Doctorum! This May I successfully defended my PhD thesis, remotely and online because of corona. Today I received the physical document so I can finally confirm my degree to all ancient romans that cross my path!

Copying ain't stealing,
sure as I'm breathing,
information wants to be free.

The mafia wants us to believe
youtube-dl was made for thieves.
In fact,
it was made for human beings.

We might listen to your pleas,
once you respect our machines,
they belong to us - not you.

Your drivers are mean,
your blobs illicit,
the hardware complicit,
and yet--
it's never stopped piracy.

The real caper is your crimes.
The theft of OUR public domain.
DMCA abuse, attacks on fair use.
Net neutrality and regulatory capture.

Sell it to us fair and square,
your terms are too much to bear,
and until you're playing fair,
fuck off!

Yo ho, yo ho. A pirate's life for me!

Facebook, Google, etc., are never going to change โ€“ theyโ€™re financially successful because of their toxic business model. Just like Big Tobacco is still Big Tobacco and Big Oil is still Big Oil, Big Tech will remain Big Tech.

Regulate the crap out of them and invest in Small Tech.

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