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2/But do the people actually living it know and feel this? Or is it historical and emotional weight that society adds post hoc I'm imaging? Does a zeitgeist exist in the moment or is it something we stitch together afterwards to make a coherent narrative out of history?

1/I look at historical events like MLK's I have a dream speech and Woodstock and think to myself what it must have felt like to be involved. To know that the cultural zeitgeist is alive and flowing through me.


Various media outlets and their associated biases.

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If anyone has comments, questions, or similar projects to show me, that would be greatly appreciated. I havent shown this to many people yet and many details still need to be fleshed out

My current personal project is making a system for the shared use and ownership of a physical item, in particular housing. It is being written in Solidity and will run on the Ethereum network.

There are lots of projects/companies working on fractional ownership of housing and other assets, but they all just aim to make it easier to invest. none of them have a governance model built in to actually manage the use of a shared resource.

During much of the magnificent Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddamn" there are people chanting "too slow" in the background. I think of that whenever I am having these sorts of arguments with myself.

All the people suffering in the background because I'm too afraid of upsetting the status quo and inconveniencing those in power.

Am I working to protect the powerless against the powerful, or the opposite?

The opposing argument is that maybe these times of upheaval are necessary for drastic change. And that we should be reaching for drastic change instead of doing just as much as society is currently willing to bare.

One, maybe obvious, lesson the last few years has shown me is that there is a strong correlation between immigration and xenophobia.

There is a certain rate of change that society is willing to tolerate before there is significant backlash.

Maybe those of us who are, generally, in favor of migration should try to determine that threshold rate of change and take steps to ensure we don't surpass it.

*explaining life on earth to a startup*
then we had the cambrian.. bubble.. and some.. early adopters.. of the spinal column, and then some fish totally disrupted the not walking on land industry

me writing programming tools: we need to make it easier to code! liberate the code! make it accessible to all!

me debugging someone else's code: you should need to train for 10 years before you can even touch a text editor, and we need a central guild body that randomly audits members, and if your code quality is bad enough you are immediately executed

one time i wanted to mess around with a dataset that had been released under a really weird non-license, like "you can look at the spreadsheets but if you touch them you better get permission!!", so i contacted the research team to ask if i could include the data in an open-source project. the lead researcher replied, deeply skeptical of """open""" """source""", convinced i was the agent of some rival academic despite the dataset being publicly readable already.

academia is weird.

Something I haven't been doing enough that could help is boosting posts by outside accounts, to introduce quality global accounts to my local friends!

Also I'm sorry I haven't been very active here lately.

In my defense I haven't been using much social media at all lately, so it's not like I'm choosing someplace else over you guys.

Going through my timeline it seems like there isn't much interaction between the local instance and the global fediverse. This is somewhat concerning.

what's your ratio of global to local interactions?

Nothing worth understanding is worth live debating. Knowledge production progresses by stretching out debates in time. Debate dilation. Even a few seconds of deliberative delay between debate moves increases the intelligence. This is why Twitter at its best is much wittier than live conversation.

R.I.P John "Jack" Bogle

This man pioneered passively managed, low cost index funds and created the first investment company, Vanguard, that is run as a cooperative. Meaning that it is owned by the investors. No man has done more to make investing accessible and lucrative for average American.

Test Driven Development is to software engineering what double entry is to accounting. They seem unnecessarily tedious at first, but eventually you'll realize it's the only way to not have bugs everywhere

as seen elsewhere:

"Quick! While the government is shutdown, let's all switch to metric."

Github requires you to spell out a repos name before deleting it, this makes mistakenly deleting repos rather unlikely.

What other methods are currently employed to give digital actions more pomp and circumstance?

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