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"The Heritage Library collects beautiful illustrations from the past which are 100% free to use. We carefully researched and edited the content to make it useable for you in private or commercial projects."

I've also been told that they release 3 new sheets a week that they'll mail you about if you join the mailing list :D

#ArtReference #CC0

: online services that only provide a subset of features (or none at all) on their website, so you have to use an app to do some things (or anything at all) with that service.

Make the web site work first, and then add stuff to the app.

I seem to have got my audio recording setup working again. This is just a bit of piano noodling...

From looking at the code, known array elements seem to include (with guesses as to their meanings):

  • 'parent': optional HTMLForm object
  • 'label-message': optional MW message for field label
  • 'label': optional unsafe string for field label
  • 'label-raw': optional safe string for field label
  • ''fieldname': optional field name
  • 'dir': optional, dunno. Text direction?
  • 'default': optional default input value
  • 'id': optional, probably HTML/CSS tag ID
  • 'cssclass': optional; presumably the CSS class for the field tag(s)
  • 'csshelpclass'
  • 'validation-callback'
  • 'filter-callback'
  • 'hidelabel' if present, turns off mShowEmptyLabels
  • 'hide-if' I just don't even.

Aside: can we stop building code documentation around code comments and start building code from documentation?

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docs be like:

HTMLForm::addFields($descriptor): $descriptor = Array of Field constructs, as described in the class documentation

me: there is no Field class, nor HTMLField... oh, but there is HTMLFormField...

HTMLFormField::__construct($params): $params = Associative Array. See HTMLForm doc for syntax.

I hereby dub this authoring practice .

Asking for financial help. 

Hey folks, I’m hoping this is the last time I need to ask for help, but right now I need it. I recently got started on ADHD medications and I’m hoping that will help me get on track soon. But in the meantime, I need help.

Job hunting has produced nothing for me, and don’t have much money left. I don’t have enough to pay rent or bills right now. If you can spare it, I would really appreciate if you could help me out.

If you know of any job opportunities, I would also appreciate it if you would DM me.

Paypal: Patreon: GitHub Sponsors (won’t get a payout until November):

...and since kdenlive seems to be rendering stuff properly now, have a video I recorded in 2015 (pre-transition). It's a Beatles parody about creationism.

: manuals which focus on "here's what's in the menu" (which is, like, easily discoverable) rather than "here's how you accomplish various things" or even "here's what this term in this dialog means and how to use it".

I was going to pointedly call out KDE for this, but then I was able to find what I was looking for in their manual by Googling the term, so now I'll only give them a side-eye instead.

I have here an Android app which says it doesn't trust my SSL certificate -- presumably because it doesn't know Let's Encrypt -- but doesn't give me any way to override or add Let's Encrypt as a trusted root.

Possibly it's using Android's cert manager? But I added the cert there and it didn't seem to make any difference. Regardless, this isn't something the user should be expected to know how to do.

For extra annoyance: it was working last week, and as far as I know the cert has not changed since then.

another half-baked cryptocoin idea, don't hate me 

How about a type of coin whose data includes:

  • a work of music or art, encrypted
  • a smart contract which:
    • decrypts the work, for free
    • sends a token to the artist when this happens

This way artists could know every time their works were being enjoyed (or at least copied).

This seems like half an idea at best, though. Issues:

  • How can the artist can use that information, other than just getting feedback? (Maybe that's good enough?) Maybe the packet sent to the artist could also include the address of the coin in question, to which the artist could then somehow send a message to be displayed the next time the work was decrypted. Not sure if this falls within the capabilities of "smart contracts".
  • Also not sure how to make it easier to decrypt each time, rather than saving the unencrypted work, without making things unnecessarily crappy for the audience. ...or maybe that's not even necessary; just knowing (a) someone copied the coin from somewhere, then (b) bothered to decrypt it.

...did I maybe just reinvent NFTs? I thought those were supposed to be unique, though, rather than being freely copyable, so this isn't quite the same.

Avast there, me hearties! Also, me lungies, me liveries, me spleenies, me kidneys, and anyone else I've accidentally left out. Arr.

[long awkward pause]

Greetings, fellow echidnas!

Working on this today. I cut all the 2x4s and then, of course, realized that two of them needed to be an inch longer because of how fiddly details in the corners affect the geometry.

I have an idea for a practical community (socialist-transitional) usage for cryptocurrency, and I'm wondering if there's something already in existence for this purpose or that could be adapted with relatively little tweaking.

You've got a small project which you are hoping will bring in some revenue at some point, but it's going to require a substantial amount of up-front work from a group of people to get it going.

(The project which led me to this idea was the thought of an online collaboration to produce a song or album, but it could be pretty much anything -- code, artwork, a movie, a garden...)

What if you created a coin just for the project, and used that coin to pay for work done towards the project -- and then:

  • when regular revenue comes in, the money is used to buy back those coins
  • before and after that, coin could also be sold to fans who'd like to help out, feel generally involved, or see the coins as collectable (some could be NFTs of early production work or other commemorative media)
  • the coin could be designed with a smart contract (supported by many existing coins like Ethereum) so that every time it changes hands, a bit of the sale price is returned to the original group (as many NFTs currently do)

The basic idea is rather like starting a company and paying initially in stock, except without the paperwork and expense of having to create a corporation and with bookkeeping being somewhat automated and perforce at least somewhat transparent by default.

I can see some goal-issues with this -- like, people who need the money more desperately will be strongly inclined to cash in early, meaning they would lose the benefit of later inflation in the coin's value; I feel like there are solutions to that, however. Everyone who puts in labor should have a fair share of the later benefits.

Maybe FerretCoin would work for this, but it would be nice to not have to write something completely from scratch and also to have the benefit of existing crypto-trading venues.

cc: @eryn

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