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Been following ribbonfarm since the "Future Nausea" essay, which was a moment of refactored perception in my early 20s.

Current work is a mix of freelance political research & working on an early startup. I also podcast about scifi books in my spare time at spectology.com

Mostly here for the cool links & to share the same. Inuit throat singing is right up my alley @strangeattractor— One of my fav podcast eps is abt the Deaf in the Soviet Union: seansrussiablog.org/2018/01/11

Got a new computer, still don’t have mastodon set up on it. Need to do that.

Unpopular opinion: Cucumbers are one of the few veggies that taste better fresh so it’s maddening that they’re by far the most popular pickle.

What college courses do you either think about, or use information from, on a regular basis?

OK, is there a food and cooking-based instance yet, please?

I think toots would be excellent for sharing short recipes.

"Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books.

"What exactly is the picture of science in Islam that are we hoping to find? These fakes reveal more than just a preference for fiction over truth. Instead, they point to a larger problem about the expectations that scholars and the public alike saddle upon the Islamic past and its scientific legacy."

aeon.co/essays/why-fake-miniat

Just as the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of the 1970s were reacting against the Big Tech of their time (IBM) I think the pendulum is once again going to swing in the direction of more personal ownership and control over computing rather than big centralized systems.

This time instead of a computer in every home it's going to be something more like a server in every home - or something performing the same function as a server.

police violence & the lack of CWs on non-mastodon social networks 

I was just on facebook doing some last-minute work before bed, & one of my friends had posted an extremely violent video of a police officer executing a woman. This was high-def, bodycam footage, so it felt like being right there.

Facebook's auto-play ensured that I saw the video in the middle of the action, a woman lying face-down in the snow as the cop grabbed at her dying body, trying fruitlessly to get her to stand up.

Reposting from twitter

So long as people think “work hard and play by the rules” is a principled way of living that should lead to sustained good outcomes over a lifetime, the same shitty macro outcomes will keep happening. It’s not just a stupid way to live, it’s kinda morally questionable.

It's weird to me that we consider "sticking to your principles" as a virtue.

If someone has shitty principles, then sticking to them doesn't make them a better person.

Always fun to log onto facebook and be reminded of how racist so much of my family is.

I'm reading a book that I think a lot of ribbon farm folks will enjoy right now.

It's called America City, by Chris Beckett. It's set about 70 years in the post-climate-change future, and features a Trump-like politician who is trying to reconfigure America by resettling the Southern States in the North & the PR professional helping him sell that idea.

amzn.to/2oUmDZG

So far it's very good. And Chris wrote one of my fav novels ever, Dark Eden, also worth a look.

#robbinfirm Fall 1907 

OK, we're onto the last move, unless you guys can figure out a way to dislodge me from some Supply Centers.

Long live the King of England!

@hewhocutsdown @akkartik @Elmkast @dehowell

#Robbinfirm Fall 1906 

@hewhocutsdown @akkartik @Elmkast @dehowell

OK Austria, you've got to retreat, then we're down to the last move stage.

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#Robbinfirm Spring 1906 

Hey @dehowell, we'll be on the move once you read your move.

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#Robbinfirm Fall 1906 

@adrianmryan @hewhocutsdown @akkartik @Elmkast @dehowell

Down to the final 5.

We're on the move action now, you've got a day and a half to get your moves in! Until tomorrow around 11am PDT.

Getting back on-grid after just a few days in the woods w/o cell service is one of the most difficult things.

Our brains revert to pre-post-humanity really quickly. Or at least, mine does.

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