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2020-03


The Great Empty

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The New York Times published a photo story (open the link in a private tab to avoid the login-wall) with photos of public places around the world in times of COVID-19. The emptiness in these pictures is on the one hand magical, but also somehow frightening. A virus has actually managed to stop the world.

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How to read RSS in 2020

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I often talk about “RSS feeds” and that it’s my favorite way to follow content sources (news, blogs, YouTube channels) on the internet. Laura Kalbag wrote about how to read RSS in 2020 in which she explains the basics and benefits about RSS.

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Is this my chance to become a runner again?

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My method to get enough exercise during #StayAlone and to have a physical balance to sitting at the desk is to go out regularly by myself, ride a bike or run a little.

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What will be in 10 years?

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Ever asked yourself what will be in 10 years? I have it myself right now, but I have absolutely no idea what it will be like?

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I was at the cemetery today and this view of a gravestone from behind in front of flowering trees impressed me.

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Like of: #LifeThroughLenses

I like to look at nice photos. And if the photographer publishes them on his own site (in IndieWeb style), I like it even more. I am looking forward to see more photos in your series “#LifeThroughLenses”, Henrique! 😍👍

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I think I have finally figured out how to filter out spam almost completely with my contact form. Since I use BunnyCDN for MailyGo instead of Cloudflare, as I do for my websites, the number of spam submissions increased first (since BunnyCDN doesn’t block bots), despite using a honeypot. But now I have implemented a blacklist function with “forbidden” words (which contains the words “casino” and “gambling” by default) and haven’t received any spam since. Sometimes the solution to a complex problem can be so simple.

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How I use the Speech Synthesis API on my blog

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I just added the feature to my blog that allows you to have any article read to you. For some articles I already add an MP3 file with a natural sounding pronunciation, but now it is also possible to get articles read aloud that don’t have an MP3 file (if the browser and operating system support this).

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Although I would have enough things to do for my studying, I took some time today to do some programming on my Micropub endpoint. I can now use other git hosting than Gitea and can add alternative text to images. Here is a little test:

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The Coronavirus Explained

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“Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell” is a YouTube channel that explains different topics in short videos in a clear and easy to understand way. The videos are also visually works of art:

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