ArtRabbit: The Personally Queer Archive is seeking submissions for a community archive of LGBTQIA+ stories

ArtRabbit: The Personally Queer Archive is seeking submissions for a community archive of LGBTQIA+ stories. “The Personally Queer Archive (PQA) is a new crowdsourced digital archive aiming to uplift the personal experiences of all queer people in the UK. This is an open call to all LGBTQIA+ identifying people in the UK to contribute to our growing archive of stories. By contributing, you will become a part of our archive, which will preserve the experiences, thoughts, and words of the UK’s queer population and share these stories on social media.”

PC World: Hackers stole my personal info from Twitter. Twitter didn’t tell me

PC World: Hackers stole my personal info from Twitter. Twitter didn’t tell me. “Well, 2023 is off to a rousing start. This morning I learned that my personal information was pilfered as part of the recent Twitter data breach that leaked the email addresses, phone numbers, and other identifying data of over 200 million users. That sucks, but here’s what really sucks: Twitter didn’t tell me about it. So far, the Elon Musk-led social media company hasn’t actively notified users (or at least me) of the worrying situation.”

Utah State University: USU COVID-19 Oral History Digital Collection Now Live

Utah State University: USU COVID-19 Oral History Digital Collection Now Live. “The last time USU faced a pandemic was more than a hundred years ago, in fall 1918. Evidence, especially firsthand accounts, of that period in USU’s history is limited in the archives. The University’s Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives sought to ensure that generations of future historians would be able to understand the institutional effects of COVID-19 on USU by collecting oral histories of USU administrators, faculty, staff and students as they experienced the effects of a global pandemic.”

ZDNet: I’m running my own Mastodon server on a Raspberry Pi. Here’s what I’ve learned

ZDNet: I’m running my own Mastodon server on a Raspberry Pi. Here’s what I’ve learned. “I decided that if I’m going to truly move away from Twitter, I want to own my entire Mastodon experience. I don’t want to worry about the server I’ve joined having an admin go rogue, or not being able to secure enough funding to keep running. I want to be my own admin, and it’ll be up to me to keep the server running.”

WIRED: Stop Using Social Media Apps. The Web Version Is Often Better

WIRED: Stop Using Social Media Apps. The Web Version Is Often Better. “I CAN SCROLL through my timeline of choice whenever I want, which is a miracle of technology. The downside: I do so, a lot, even when I wish I were doing something else. With this in mind, I’ve been thinking lately about how I’d like social media to be just a little bit worse—to add the slightest amount of friction so I don’t spend quite so much time doomscrolling. I found the perfect solution: using the web version of social networks on my phone instead of installing the app.”

Greater Greater Washington: A one-building quest to undelete suburban DC history

Greater Greater Washington: A one-building quest to undelete suburban DC history. “What follows is the saga of identifying the original builder/tenant of this structure, and piecing together its history over half a century. It’s every bit as tricky and puzzling as detective work or archaeology. I love the challenge, and I also love uncovering bits of very recent, seemingly ordinary, and mostly forgotten commercial and land-use history. Enjoy.”

WIRED: I Uncovered an Army of Fake Men on Hinge

WIRED: I Uncovered an Army of Fake Men on Hinge. “IN THE LAND of love, there are fakes, and there are fakes. There’s the realization that the flesh-and-blood person you’ve spent time with is inauthentic in some way, the old-fashioned bluffing of the Homo sapiens mating game. And then there are the unnaturally smooth selfies and stilted messages that suggest an AI-generated facsimile of a person. On dating app Hinge, which claims to serve those seeking life-long connections, there appear to be a lot of these.”

The Verge: I tried replacing Google with TikTok, and it worked better than I thought

The Verge: I tried replacing Google with TikTok, and it worked better than I thought. “What I found was, in a sense, not terribly surprising: there are things for which TikTok is an absolutely useful search engine, even if TikTok’s algorithm and content aren’t quite tuned for that yet. But for what Google does best, there’s no competition. Ultimately, I don’t think Google is actually nervous about TikTok’s growing search prowess. But YouTube probably should be.”

WIRED: How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers

WIRED: How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers. “I learned that quite a few dating app users ignore posted filters and explicit preferences. They insist that if you just meet them, you’ll love them…. I, on the other hand, was looking for a connection. I’d never once considered misrepresenting myself. I know that I’m not perfect, but I felt dejected after wasting my time and energy (as well as theirs). Ultimately, I decided to do some research to find out what I was missing.”

Film Friday: How I track each roll of film I shoot using a custom Notion database (Digital Photography Review)

Digital Photography Review: Film Friday: How I track each roll of film I shoot using a custom Notion database. “I’m not the most organized person. As such, I can’t count the times over the years I’ve accidentally shot through rolls of film and forgotten what camera they were shot with or how many stops I pushed/pulled them, making for less-than-pleasing results when sending them out to get developed and scanned. To remedy this problem, I decided to try something new this year. I decided to create a database of sorts that would help me track every roll of film I take out of the freezer, load into my camera and send off to my lab of choice.”