Update + Request 

Hard questions 

“...draconian gun control will become the norm throughout the world within the next 2-3 decades, even in the US. Cheap drones and machine learning basically guarantee that.”


The amber beats 

What’s your favourite newsletter? The one that makes you think or laugh most?

Right now I am subscribed to Warren Ellis’, and I just re-upped to Ribbonfarm and also signed up for Restricted Frequency.

Looking for two or three more.

“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

I finally have Slack. Any good groups etc that people are a part of, enjoy, and are open to newbies?

The status of the wholes 

Sleep, for the working class 

Technical question for writers 

Technical question for writers 

I’m starting to treat social media use as a form of impro and it’s made it so much easier for me to have thoughts there—or even conceive of having them there. Especially when I keep in mind classic Keith Johnstone advice like, “be more boring”.

AFK, kinda 

Two particularly thought-provoking posts I read today.

The first is by Joe Norman and says that “In living systems,
the whole generates the parts.
The parts do not exist a priori.”


The second is by David Collins and takes a look at the history of “mindfulness”. This actually persuaded me to try focusing on concentration-orientated meditation for a while (all I’ve ever done is awareness/vipissanna practice).


With the poles of “abstract” and “concrete” in mind... Is humanity better at analysis or synthesis?

Do we handle big concepts like love and hate better or worse than we handle specific, contextual mechanisms that lead to those things?

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Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin. Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe. If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.