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Is now, with unprecedented levels of unemployment and assistance seeking, a good time to talk about UBI? Would a payment to everyone across the board not simplify this crazy reliance on Centrelink?
Or is UBI still a dirty word not spoken in polite society?

I think I found and solved the database issue that shut down Chinwag Social last night, so fingers crossed that I get to sleep peacefully.

If it falls over, I'm officially sorry.

How to cope when Bad Screen and Good Screen are the same screen?

I don’t normally publicize my blog anywhere. I wrote this and will continue to write and take pictures with my camera and share them of what it’s like here in Vietnam on a day to day basis with the country locked down and international flights curtailed and soon cancelled. It’s just my thoughts, fears and focus as a retiree living until some point here in Hanoi. Someone asked when I would leave. I don’t know. I’ll leave when I am no longer here. Take care all.

Cool to see XMPP links totally working in Mastodon these days!

On another note, is there teachers or school admins around here ?

With a few colleagues we were thinking of putting together virtual classrooms for schools that don't have virtual options, but were wondering on the number of kids having internet access, especially in schools that can't put together their own service...

It would be completely free for schools to join, funded by donations with full transparency on the hosting costs and funds received... We already have a few pledges for the funding that would help bootstrap the project.

On the technical side, it would be a videoconferencing service with a shared whiteboard and a few other features. Added would be a peertube instance where teachers can add content...

I wonder what would be the demand for this kind of things...

The Great Toilet Paper Scare of 1973

All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.

True confession: I spent about 2-3 hours last night looking at source code, reading obscure documentation and writing test code trying to figure out why my password checking function wasn't giving the correct results before finally realising that I was testing against the wrong plaintext password and it really was working 100% correctly when telling me it didn't match.

Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils

"... the earliest bilaterian, or organism with a front and back, two symmetrical sides, and openings at either end connected by a gut"

It's like looking into a mirror.

everyone laughed at me when i invested all of my money in bitcoin. everyone is laughing even harder now. fuck i fucke dup so bad

Recipes, quarantine 

Ontem fiz um pão que gosto muito, o vollkornbrot
Puro centeio embalando grãos, o favorito do meu sobrinho alemão
Mais demorado do que difícil mas tem suas manhas - uma delas é esperar 24h pra primeira fatia
É feito com fermento caseiro mas o meu tá na geladeira esperando ser alimentado, então usei fermento biológico seco
E outros atalhos
Não ficou com o visual perfeito mas tá muito bom
Uma fatia com uma boa manteiga, outra com queijo quark e uvada com casca
Pura delícia!

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My first #Sourdough #bread turned out well ! Making a note to remember to grease the pan next time though, as I had to scrape it off. :flan_chef:

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The official Chinwag Social chat room is now feel free to drop in from anywhere.

And now I'm going to bed. Gnight!

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anyone got any tips for submitting an arts grant in aus?

There are some quirks and odd behaviour I haven't figured out yet. It'll get tweaked a bit from here on.

I do want to get things to the point where the login is a little smoother for the web client, but for now it's just there for however much use it'll be.

I do not think anyone can message you unless you've logged in at least once. If you ignore it, and never log in, there will be no change from now.

I don't expect this to ever go away, but it might never become slick and integrated.

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So I got back to something that's been half-finished for only about a year and a half now.

Dear Chinwag Social users: your account is now also an XMPP account. is the JID, same password.

Web client now at but any existing client should work.

I recommend Conversations if you're on Android, dunno about iOS.

Not to be confused with (but it will be at some point I know) - independent service. No Mastodon linkage.

My math-teaching brother's wish is that 2020 is the year everyone learns that "exponential" doesn't mean "very fast" it means "imperceptibly gradual and then suddenly overwhelming".

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Mike, First of His Name's choices:

Chinwag Social

Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.