When a significant fraction of a group of people you care about are a part of an economic category which didn't exist 5 years ago and which our current legal fictions do not offer adequate protections for. Feels like the future slammed into me all at once, as a normalcy bubble built out of my, mostly, automation proof life popped.
Most people here have a general understanding that software is eating the world. But there is a difference between knowing something intellectually and being struck in the face by it.
Recently spent a weekend camping with a group of friends I mostly hadnt seen since college. They were all generally outdoorsy, blue collar type folks. I was the only person there that worked in tech, to my knowledge at least.
I was surprised and slightly horrified to learn that about half of them were working below the API in some form or another.
It is quiet here.
The furnace has paused its regular chugging as it provides heat.
The cat, licking her paw while sitting on the heat grate, is silent.
For the moment, no cars are rushing up the street.
It is quiet here.
As one of my coworkers used to say, "data science is 90% data cleaning". Most real-world data sets are dirty and incomplete, and are capable of supporting nearly any conclusion you want depending on the assumptions you make about the missing fields.
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Looking back, I do not know if I would have been as engaged by the #fediverse if Mastodon had not given me access in the well organized way it does.
Still, I think we do ourselves a service by identifying our social space as "The Fediverse" or some later substitute which people find better, instead of any software's name. Using Mastodon to substitute for the sharing space seems to be silo-like thinking.
A kitchen knife is more empowering than all the smart specific kitchen gadgets precisely because it is completely dumb and doesn’t try to be clever. Imagine if while cutting a knife suddenly decides “what’s best” for you and does it.
God/Truth/The Universe is probably similar. The ultimate passive non reactor.
Gentle reminder that being "self-sufficient" and a "self-starter," and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and even just living on your own and expected to be able to do everything for yourself, is actually a highly unnatural state of affairs for human beings which only became the norm in a small number of countries less than a century ago.
@riga reading through this one general impression is how much misery is caused by choosing control over trust as a method of managing snowballing complexity.
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