What do we know?

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Nobleman on a hunt with his daughter and wife. (Image courtesy of the British Museum)

Princess. The word is ripe with meaning and subtext in western consciousness. Because of that, female members of aristocratic and monarchal families are often fantasized about.

That can lead to controversial decisions, such as labelling a Native American chieftain’s daughter a “princess” (Looking at you Disney). But it can also lead to interesting discussions of what life was like for people whose voices weren’t often heard throughout history.

Over on the AskHistorians Sub-Reddit, I was asked a question regarding Egyptian Princesses.

What exactly would a royal young woman in Ancient Egypt spend her day doing?

Education & Responsibility

First, let’s get the title out of the way. …


Running Flatpaks on Your Chromebook

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Flathub App Store on the Galaxy Chromebook (Image by author)

Installing Linux applications can range from “easy as pie” to “shoot me now.”

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of typing a few lines in the terminal. Other times, it means doing loads of setup, fighting mistakes and errors, and yet still missing a dependency, preventing the program from running.

I’ve been there too.

In situations like that, using app bundles like Flatpaks can be a lifesaver.

Note: This tutorial assumes that you’re Chromebook:

  1. Has Linux capability.
  2. Has Linux installed.
  3. Is running on an x86 processor. If you’re using an ARM device (Such as the Lenovo Duet) this app store will still work, but there are fewer apps to choose from.

Our Mission Statement

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“Nyama be kuma la.”

— A Mande Proverb.

It means, “there is nyama in speech.” Nyama being a Mande concept that westerners might liken to supernatural power. The closest American concept I can think of would be George Lucas’ “Force.”

As a more academic source, McNaughton describes it as:

“The necessary power force behind every movement, every task. It is a prerequisite to all action and it is admitted as a byproduct of every act. The more difficult the task, the more energy demanded and the more emitted… But it is more than energy. …


Medieval Worlds Collide

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To many in the “Western” world, Africans skipped the middle ages and ran headfirst into a world where they could be colonized by people of lighter skin. Some people might be able to rattle off more well-known peoples and events pre-Scramble, but it’s called “the Dark Continent” for a reason (or 2).

Frankly, it’s somewhat disgusting. Despite there being hundreds of stories to tell with plenty of characters, most of the world sees Africa as this monolithic place, lost in time and with nothing to offer. There was no Africa before Europe found it, right?

Ignoring how false that is, I’d like to tackle this one aspect of Africa and its larger Eurasian interactions. Was Africa sitting around, waiting to be conquered? …


Google Stadia Paves the Way

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Livestreaming from my balcony (Image by author)

How the humble Chromebook has grown. Just as the gaming options have exploded this year, so have the content creation ones. If you’ve ever wanted to become a streamer, and rely on a Chromebook to do your computing, now’s your chance to share your gaming experiences. Today, Google is rolling out the “Livestream to YouTube” feature on Stadia.

Even though Google promised a 4k streaming experience, most games seem to lock the stream in 1080p 60 fps. Still, even without a Stadia Pro membership, you can start streaming right now!


8 More Countries Can Game On Any Screen

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Cyberpunk 2077 — the biggest game of the year — comes out in just a couple of days. If you’d like to play Cyberpunk 2077 with high graphics settings, but don’t have a rig or console to make that happen, enter Google Stadia.

The Stadia team has just announced 8 new European countries that can get in on the fun. If you live in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, or Switzerland, welcome to the Stadia family. That brings the total of countries up to 22!

Stadia is a completely free service unless you’d like to buy into the Pro tier. That means with just a Gmail account, you can sign up and play Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman R Online for free and on any old PC with access to the Chrome browser. Expanding out to more countries benefits everyone on the platform, since player count should get a nice bump too. …


Chromebooks Come With Perks

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As I showed in a direct comparison with iPadOS, Chrome OS users have a lot of options for getting creative. Google seems to want us to think of Chromebooks as all-in-one devices, too. Besides a blog post all about using Chrome OS for art, design, and videography, they’ve also just released 6 new perks that will help you get the most out of your Chromebook.


Enhance Your Web-based Workflow

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Many people do their writing directly on the browser these days. With so many apps like Jotterpad, Dabble, and the ubiquitous Google Docs, there are plenty of options.

While those apps have tons of features, why not add a few more?

Because they’re browser based, extensions can add to the functionality of apps like these.

Here are a few I’ve found particularly helpful when writing on my Chromebook.


Why Pay More for Less?

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Most creatives will look at the title and scoff. Of course you should go with an iPad over a Chromebook for creative work!

Hear me out.

Which hardware/software you use to create is as subjective as the art you’re creating with it. There are people that still do amazing things using nothing more than pencil and paper. Just as discussed in the productivity focused article, anything that’s possible to do on an iPad is possible on a Chromebook. The major difference is how you accomplish those things.

Because of that, most of this article won’t be about which is better than which, but whether there are options for what you want to do. …


Why Pay More For Less?

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Device

1. A thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment.

At the release announcement for the iPad 8 and iPad Air 4, Apple went on another crusade against its competitors. It was, of course, a purposefully misguiding and deceitful affair.

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Verbally, on my Chromebook, or with the power of the pen, storytelling will always be a passion of mine.

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