the writer of the biggest tv show ever made saying "themes are for eighth grade book reports" is the natural end result of the literalist approach to fiction which has grown in influence over the last two decades and is a direct result of the ever-increasing size of media conglomerates and the abandonment of humanities education
Hong Kong protestors are posting in phonetic Cantonese to stop machines and trolls from the mainland understanding and derailing the conversation, etc.
My constantly recurring travel dilemma
I feel it's safer to travel aboard with someone (rather than alone as a trans woman), and generally it's nice to have someone to talk with when away from home.
But my travel patterns and interests are so haphazard and spontaneous that I feel that no one should suffer from them with me. Because they might feel like suffering for others. And I actually enjoy traveling alone.
Thus I mostly end up not traveling and just stay home dreaming of travel.
Here's a special commission for a friend’s birthday, requested by their fiancée @averybee ♥ She wanted two tits (birds lol) with the well-known ancient Greek lesbian poem by Sappho, that is generally translated “may you lie on the breast of your tender woman companion" which is So Clever And Gay #crossstitch
you: but i need a car to participate in social activities like "bringing cupcakes to a party"
me: try #bikeing
Vila Eloise is a #queer house project located in a village in Galiza (northwest of Iberian peninsule).
We are just setting the house ready for visitors. Staying is free (some abilities trade is appreciated whenever possible) and we plan to offer a work space for artists, meetups and workshops.
Every queer person is welcome, we are a safe space for people of any gender id or orientation (including all non binary genders, a-spec, pan people...) and sex workers. See our site for more info on our philosophy and stances.
I'm toying with GarageBand. Please note that I know basically nothing about music nor can I play any instrument.
But here's my first toying, an old Finnish psalm from 17th century. Yes, there may be mistakes in this, but to my ear it sounds good enough.
So enjoy this little bit of Finnish self-loath, sadness and patheticism!
You may know @nextcloud offers a free open storage system, but did you know it also has its own app ecosystem?
There are lots of extra apps you can add to your Nextcloud:
(Includes collaborative document editing, music streaming, video calling, calendar syncing, note taking, XMPP chat and lots more)
We'll continue to exist as a quiet niche instance at least for the second year, but who knows what will happen a year from now. Anyway, thanks for being here and taking part in our discussions. :)
So, to recap, there probably won't be a polyglot.city co-op, and this instance probably won't become a thriving multilingual community, unless some unexpected happens. Also, my personal interests are now geared towards other things and I'm not able to be the active community developer that this kind of co-op project would require.
But that's not going to happen. I can very well pay €5 per month for a 100 users instance, but I can't pay more. And to start receiving donations or subscription fees would require the very co-op that is now missing, and the co-op will stay nonexistent unless we have many more active users. I guess you see the problem here.
This has also affected my stated aim of founding a co-op to take over the admin and moderator responsibilities: with so few active users and so little sense of community, there's no ground for a co-op to grow from. If we had, say, 1000 users, we could have enough people to run a co-op. But we will never get to a bigger user base, unless we move to a bigger hosting plan and open the registrations again.
However, we've reached the user cap of our current hosting plan. About a third of our users are active as per the default definition of the term in Mastodon (whatever that is), but still the local timeline is a quiet place. My vision a year ago was a thriving local multilingual community, but this doesn't seem to have happened. And because of the user cap, we can't keep registrations open, so there won't be coming any new users for now and the local community will probably stay quiet.
Today polyglot.city is one year old, yay!
So, a few words about the state and future plans of our instance from your admin.
As was already a year ago, polyglot.city is currently administered, moderated and paid solely by myself. This has been a sustainable model so far, and if we keep going like this, it will stay sustainable. I've renewed the domain for another year and I'll keep paying the monthly hosting fee, and everything will stay as it is now.
This popped up in 2017, but I only just noticed it. A radio station broadcasting on FM in Paris, transmitting entirely Creative Commons music.
Their website even has a Stallman quote on it.
Writer, translator, publisher. Books, bikes, trains & cities.
Polyglot City is the right instance for you, if you're interested in languages, language learning and translating, or if you are multilingual or polyglot. All languages are allowed to flourish on our timelines. Welcome!