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Today’s 🚲 bike ride mostly followed the route of the Rothaarsteig Marathon. A tough technical course: unpaved stony paths, a steep //21% climb, wet and muddy potholes and narrow, hollow hiking trails. I have run this marathon several times, but that was in the past. Today I’m happy I can still ride it.

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It is suddenly much warmer here than in the last few weeks. Yesterday the temperature was 35C (95F), followed by a high probability of thunderstorms almost every day. Just before the heat we went for a bike ride over the Rothaargebirge to Bad Berleburg.

A picturesque landscape showcases rolling green hills, a vibrant meadow, and a clear blue sky dotted with fluffy clouds. Schloss Bad Berleburg, a grand, historic building with intricate architecture stands against a vibrant blue sky, with parked bicycles in the foreground and neatly trimmed trees lining the courtyard. A cyclist in bright gear rests on a large wooden bench beside two bicycles at a scenic spot with lush greenery and a blue sky in the background.
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@frank I've added then new Open Graph meta tag, with my MB Fediverse handle @ovr@ovr.today, to my blog, using the Meta tag plugin from @manton

Will blog authors using MB (an as such tagged as above) also show in Mastodon?

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@Mtt Nice Drafts Theme! Thank you, sir.

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Sports and climate change ovr.today
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New month, updated 🆕 /now page.

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@ec This year's Tour will be a four-way battle between Tadej Pogačar, Jonas Vingegaard, Primož Roglič and Remco Evenepoel, with plenty of new young talent in the peloton around them. Enjoyable indeed!

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Flipping through the press kit for the biggest cycling race of the year, the Tour de France. Tomorrow I’ll pick my fantasy team on the Tour Tracker app, and starting Saturday, I’ll listen to the Wuyts & Vlaeminck podcast and stream every stage for three weeks.

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Extreme heat waves aren’t ‘just summer’

While this summer is likely be one of the hottest on record, it is important to realize that it may also be one of the coldest summers of the future.

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Under the sunscreen, with the iPad Mini and … my favorite local beer.

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@frank That's the spirit 🌳🥾🌳

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Coffee ☕️ break on the long bench. We received an official heat 🔥☀️ warning on our extreme weather app, so we spent the early morning biking through the shady mountain forests.

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Coffee ☕️ break 🚲🌤️

A wooden bench overlooking a scenic countryside view is adorned with a bike helmet, sunglasses, and a travel mug under a sky filled with scattered clouds.
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How to Get Started in the Fediverse - Flipboard

Imagine a community-driven place free from the whims of a single company, where you have more control over your data and privacy settings, your feeds, and your experience as a whole.

That’s the promise of the Fediverse.

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📖 Check. Done (fifteen minutes, each day) 📚 Wie gut ist Ihr Deutsch? by Bastian Sick. 📖 Currently reading: Wie gut ist Ihr Deutsch? 2.

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@help The photos on my blog load very slow (or not at all). A server issue?

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📺 Streaming Dexter: New blood at NLZIET.

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@jean You share it with @frank too. Congrats to you all, on this nice day!

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Good people don’t argue. People who argue aren’t good.

Laozi

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Today is the International Day for Countering Hate Speech. Here in Germany #NoToHate is expanded with #ByeByeElon

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Activating public space A traditional half-timbered building with a steep roof and green doors and windows stands against a clear blue sky. ovr.today
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🇪🇺 Today we go to the polls for the European elections. We have chosen to vote in Germany and not in the Netherlands. I volunteer in the Electoral Board at the polling station in our village.

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Home alone. Gardening, chatting with the Dutch guests next door, bike ride, ice cream cafe on a terrace, studying German election law.

My wife is in Hagen, singing at the Scratch 2024.

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DuckDuckGo AI Chat: free, anonymous access to popular AI chatbots

We believe people should be able to use the Internet and other digital tools without feeling like they need to sacrifice their privacy in the process. So, we meet people where they are, developing products that add a layer of privacy to the everyday things they do online. That’s been our approach across the board – first with search, then browsing, email, and now with generative AI via AI Chat.

DDG offers me a digital disinfection tunnel between my computer and the Web. I was already using the browser and now also !ai!bang.

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Have things without holding on to them.

Laozi

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In the Netherlands I was blessed with an excellent cycling infrastructure. Here in Germany I use neon yellow cycling clothes, because cycling is dangerous. The few bicycle lanes have to be shared with pedestrians, on the roads the car always has priority.

Therefore I participate in Stadtradeln.

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📺 Streaming the series Oderbruch at the ARD Mediathek.

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@robertbreen Remember the hit In the Year 2525(Exordium & Terminus) / <Song Link> of the one-hit wonder duo Zager and Evans?

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@robertbreen This is what ChatGPT answers:

It's fascinating to consider how Barnaby Rich's concerns about information overload in the form of books in the year 1600 might translate to our modern era of constant connectivity and information bombardment. In today's world, with the internet, social media, and smartphones, we are indeed inundated with a vast amount of information and distractions. It's possible that Barnaby Rich might find our current state of being always-connected and ever-distracted even more overwhelming than the multitude of books he observed in his time. The challenges of filtering through the abundance of content and maintaining focus in a world of constant stimulation would likely resonate with his concerns about the "abundance of idle matter" in his own time.

😱 What would he have written about 👆AI explaining what he would have thought?

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World No Tobacco Day. For me a day like any other 🚭 day.

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@kirstenjassies @frank 👋 in de Fediverse. Ik heb de podcast beluisterd. Jij begrijpt nu dus waarom ik jou hier kan volgen ... in mijn tijdlijn op micro.blog 🙃

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@odd Yes it is.

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@frank Ik denk dat Ton gelijk heeft. Welke uitbater van een kleine Mastodon-server heeft de middelen om de content van alle andere Mastodon-servers regelmatig digitaal te verzamelen en op te slaan in een zoek-database? Je ziet dit verschijnsel (randvoorwaarde: schaalgrootte) ook bij de algemene zoekmachines. Daar zijn alleen Google en Microsoft (Bing) groot genoeg om zelf de nodige data te verzamelen, andere zoekmachines maken gebruik van hun API. Zelfs Apple laat Google betalen om de standaard zoekmachine in Safari te zijn, maar heeft zelf geen zoekdienst.

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Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got, ’till it’s gone

Joni Mitchell

When I look at everything as fleeting and think of what I would miss when it is no longer there, I am happier with what is there.

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Now that I have more time and energy to play ♟️ chess, I think longer about each move and review my games. I study a few pages in a chess book every day. I play the Daily Puzzle in ChessCom. And I organize an OTB meetup every Sunday afternoon on our village green.

What a great hobby it is!

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@manton Do: make it easier by adding the alt text in the HTML copy. Like already in the web UI, but just the alt text, so without the addition that it is autogenerated.

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@alexink Yes, it is! This is Bauernland, a hilly agricultural region not far from home. Ideal for cycling.

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@odd Mill Mountain, yes. I don't know the meaning of 'Dromm' in Drommberg.

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@alexink Yes, it is beautiful.

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@frank I don't miss those urban orange street vendors, but that Tompouce is something I envy. When we cross the border on our cycling trips to The Netherlands, one of the first culinary stops is a coffee with a Tompouce! What we also never miss to enjoy in the fatherland are the Dutch kroket sandwich and the Dutch pancake.

Oh well... the things you suddenly miss once you live in Germany.

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@frank When one publishes on the World Wide Web, one always has a domain name. In the early days of the Web, online publishing was possible with a provider, where one rented a subdomain to upload homemade HTML code to. One had the option of connecting this subdomain to a separately rented personal domain name. Later came the blogging platforms with a content management system (CMS), the online word processor. There, too, one had a subdomain, with the option to connect to a personal domain. Then social media became popular. Similarly, in this context, one also published on a subdomain. However, this proved to be a relatively closed system, within which one had limited options and was at the mercy of the owner of the medium. In contrast, the Indieweb represents a movement towards visibility and connectivity (the fediverse) on the Web. It is once again possible to connect one's subdomain, for example on micro.blog, with one's personal domain name. In his book on indie microblogging, @manton Reece provides a clear explanation of the benefits to do this.

However, and here I see the Indieweb differently as Tracy, having one's own personal domain is not a prerequisite for participation in the Indieweb. A 'non-poster' on the Indieweb may read blogs and social media (such as Mastodon) with a browser on the web or with a feed reader, without having to have their own subdomain or personal domain. This is not possible on X and Facebook.

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@jean The one and only.

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@reichenstein chess.com

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@frank I guess @mtt or @manton can help you with how to use CSS on your /blogroll page.

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@maique I remember: the Revolução dos Cravos and the end of the Colonial War.

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@maique As someone who is Dutch and lives in Germany, I can understand how you feel.

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@frank Ja, een indringend boek, evenals Animal Farm. Het is fictie, maar tegelijk ook non-fictie. Alleen de naam was verkeerd gekozen — maar dat kon hij in 1948 nog niet weten. Met de kennis van nu zou de titel beter 2024 hebben kunnen zijn.

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@news A beautiful icon set @paulrobertlloyd 🙏🏼