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.
longish too on idea of hacking
I don't consider myself a hacker (maybe an acolyte net-diver) but I get the ethos behind hacking. I also see how it extends beyond the technological, and realized I've experienced it without realizing.
Like how I've had to deal with the death of a family member and things like their bank account. (Please get a will so if/when you go your loved ones aren't dealing with this.) Usually to deal with estates you get a probate lawyer. But if the estate isn't large enough it's not worth any lawyers time.
Luckily, knew a paralegal that does probate stuff, told me what forms to do what to submit where, and they told this with no expectation of getting something back, they just knew it be tough because no lawyer would take this (I did pay for the meals or drinks whenever we met, I insisted.)
And this whole time the clerks with the probate court were eyeing me suspiciously, asking are you sure I'm not working with a lawyer, said nope.
Another instance, the city I'm in, a rather large suburb, decided all sidewalks should be made more "walkable" within a year. Walkability is great, right? Well, you wonder when they make this declaration but you have to pay for your own side walk. (Funny, sidewalks are public property when it comes to their ability to make pronouncements about it, but private property when it comes to who pays for it.)
As soon as this was declared, the more affluent neighborhoods had workers take grinders to concrete blocks that stuck up, no need to replace these now. But people like me still had a guy in a yellow vest come by with a tablet and take pics and mark if we have to replace our sidewalk.
No transparency, totally subjective as to how they determined who has to replace their sidewalks. And it wasn't consistent. I noted when a pristine block had a spray painted X saying it should be removed, while another pile of crumbling concrete jutting up at angles was considered more walkable and not marked to be removed.
But gods bless the kids on my block that took a power washer to the Xs on our street. Right idea, but they were already entered in a database with that tablet.
So we had to replace our sidewalks. But don't worry, the city would take of it all, they'll just bill you. So not only were we forced to replace sidewalks, but the city lined up a sweetheart deal for some construction company to do MILES of sidewalk. Think, tens of thousands of houses paying thousands of dollars. That's millions for that company.
I got a neighbor that often makes trouble for the city when it pulls this kind of crap, makes petitions, gets on news. We have beers on porches and get mad.
Meanwhile, me and other neighbors decide we'll not be party to someone in government enriching their friend. So I got one of my buddies that does concrete to do it. But man did the city give me crap when I pulled permits for this. Are you having a contractor do the work? Why aren't they pulling the permits? Why aren't you just letting the city handle it?
Long toot short, you see hacking when you're up against a system, one that's often adversarial, but you still get around it by technically playing by all the rules. It's just that system doesn't expect nor like when you do that. And you don't have to go it alone, others will gladly share knowledge and help with no expectations other than it's an injustice that needs fighting. Or it's just fun to mess with systems.
@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.
The more I think about it, the more I fine Pine64's announcement of the Pinebook Pro and PinePhone FAR more exciting than what Purism's been working on.
Yeah, the specs aren't as impressive, but the prices Pine64's quoting are crazy-accessible.
"Good enough for dirt cheap" is almost always more impactful than "beautiful/powerful/correct but out of reach of most folks".
Biggest one is the #PinebookPro.
She brought him the usual gifts at first. A mouse, a bird. A ribbon for him to play with.
She would run up with her gift in her mouth and prrt cheerfully around it. And he would pat her head and tell her she was a good and clever cat.
Then it was a coin with strange markings. A pendant, warm to the touch. A piece of lightning-struck wood.
He never knew of the shadowy figures that followed him, but neither did he have to fear them.
She was a good and clever cat.
Though I wasn't implying that it was a bad thing necessarily. In the situation that original caused me to think of this formulation, "tactical truth avoidance" is a necessary component.
And sometimes it personally useful as a way of queuing emotional processing. (Though one has to be mindful in the application, as the strategy appears highly addictive.)
@machado That's where I was going originally, but wasn't up for being that depressing on a Saturday morning. Hence the more limited formulation.
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IT & security for a US nonprofit. Amateur photographer. Armchair futurist. Reluctant anti-utopian.
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