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.
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.
Dogflowers and geyserdogs: exploring the latent space of #BigGAN using ganbreeder.app
IT & security for a US nonprofit. Amateur photographer. Armchair futurist. Reluctant anti-utopian.
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