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Anyone got any good recommednations for books/sources concerning the formation of clandestine digital groups?

(Asking because I just read the Digital Maginot Line piece on Ribbonfarm and for fiction research.)

Don’t believe the hype. Writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is far from a chore. It’s fun.

Imagine if high culture weren't entirely inaccessible

Imagine if operas and ballets were like $20 and you could go in jeans

Imagine if these sorts of shows were properly advertised

Personal offensive manoeuvres 

@msweet @vgr It need not be vipassana meditation, but a lot of smart people devoted their whole lives to instruction in that tradition, so it's not a bad place to start.

Maybe meditation is a bit like running. It's not for everyone but if you don't like it, it doesn't mean you can just not exercise at all and expect to be fit. You don't need to buy into Buddhism, but you do need deliberate periods of contemplation, concentration, reflection, introspection, if you want to be mentally healthy.

To die or not to die? 

Confidence is a superpower. It mitigates the consequences of failure and enhances the visage of success.

Somebody tell me something positive about Brexit. Please.

The toxic triangle of modernity 

@msweet Partially relevant example: millenial living arrangements. Group houses, polyamory, housing-as-service, etc.

These things are less capitalism-legible than traditional families because tax codes, child custody laws, and inheritance laws still assume traditional families as norm.

New ideas have to survive at least a full generation, birth to grave, to prove they have full life-cycle compatibility. While fitting in yesterday's world, and being mined for cheap jokes by everyone.

Opportunities for meaning are abundant. It’s sincerity of belief that is hard to come by.

How to aim an arrow (via Julian Oliver on Twitter):

This is ripe for insight porn mining.

The problem with Lindy 

Word processors are shitty and too complex for most people’s needs. Long live the boring old .txt file and notepad.

Ooo it was. Actually thinking about it makes it seem like a really bizarre set up 🤔

It’s too early for me to begin to evaluate this. Someone else might find it useful, though...

The Lord of the Gap 

A taxonomy of travel 

What does hedonism mean to you? If it’s something akin to blind pursuit of pleasure, then I’d probably disagree. If it’s more like openness to experiences or doing things out of joy then I’d agree and file this idea way for reference as I get older :)

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Refactor Camp

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.