other places on the Fediverse that you can find me
Hello! There has been some drama here of late. This confirms my hunch that the strategy of existing on several instances simultaneously is a good idea.
Some other places you can find me:
@artsyhonker -- food and homemaking. I do *not* CW food toots on that account (unless I specifically want them boosted), so follow with discretion please.
@artsyhonker -- general
@artsyhonker -- music, which is my work
In the category of "things I have been thinking about instead of my PhD", here is a small-scale plan for using greywater for growing plants without getting your soil all soapy, using passive distillation.
It probably makes sense in places where rainwater is scarce and there's a lot of heat.
I haven't found anything quite like this online, but I only did a cursory search. If I've invented it, I hereby license it under CC-by-SA.
@deadringers *nod* being able to fill it with dead grass or straw or whatever, and put topsoil on top, is a major attraction; I like raised beds because I have joint problems.
I wonder if a glass bowl over the opening for the compost would give something like the Sun Frost Solar Composter, too: http://www.sunfrost.com/scrap_eater_home_composter.html
#Introduction time, then!
I'm a choral composer who releases her music under free culture licences like CC by-SA. My interests include cycling, urban foraging, gardening, cooking, intersectionality, sustainability, @email@example.com, liturgy, cats. I'm neurodivergent and have multiple chronic healthcrap issues. I'm Christian.
I'm currently working on a PhD in contemporary sacred choral composition. I also run Cecilia's List, a site to highlight Christian sacred music composed by women.
ableism, tech, politics kinda, rant
Reminder that if you think technology is just bad in itself and just doing without it is edgy or punk or whatever, you're probably being ableist.
I wear spectacles for my eyesight, and an exoskeleton on some joints, and have been pretty dependent on a bicycle as a mobility aid at various points in my life (and expect to be again). When I get to the point where leaving the house means using a powerchair, then I'll do that too.
Things like Alexa or whatever aren't terrible simply because they are convenient, it isn't immoral to find that some services make life easier. What is immoral is organising our society in such a way that the easiest and most accessible way for many people, especially oppressed people, to get things they need is to use corporations that treat people so badly.
And yes, boycotts can be part of reorganising things, but I'm still not going to ask e.g. my blind friend to stop using Amazon.
I am *exceedingly* pleased with how much Focusmate.com helps me with concentration and executive function.
If you also work better with company and accountability and structure, you might find it helpful too.
trauma and work
in my experience, most if not all retail, food service, and human services jobs rely on reinforcing the cycle of shame and people pleasing in (mostly women) workers in order to assure compliance. my manager at a retail store would guilt trip me for not coming in to my shift, even if I was sick. I don't have much experience in other industries but I wouldn't be surprised if they all rely on triggering the childhood trauma programming we all got in order to make us more compliant
I think the Anarchist FAQ is good but difficult to read.
So I am translating it to simpler English. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.
What is anarchism?
There are three big problems in society:
social breakdown, such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, crime.
war, and its weapons.
the destruction of our natural environment.
Do you help run a federated or decentralised service in Europe -- or know someone who does? Please pass this link on. It's the application to meet politicians to discuss how the EU's copyright filters (Article 13/17) will be implemented. I worry about a backroom deal struck between Facebook/Google that excludes the next generation of open Net services: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/organisation-stakeholder-dialogue-application-article-17-directive-copyright-digital-single .. Please speak up!
About half of the land in England is owned by about 0.06% of the population.
'This period was, in effect, the birth of private property as we know it in England – and the consequences have been dramatic. Today, Fairlie explains, “nearly half the country is owned by 40,000 land millionaires, or 0.06% of the population”.'
Enclosure of the commons.
"between 1760 and 1870, about 7 million acres (about one sixth the area of England) were changed, by some 4,000 acts of parliament, from common land to enclosed land".
Jason Kenny, a cyclist who won 6 gold medals for Britain adds to voices of those advocating for temporary road closures so kids can play in the streets again.
This is a good idea, its only for 2 hours on Sunday and motorists *aren't* banned from driving to and from their homes, but have to keep to 6 km/h and be escorted by stewards if driving in the streets during the closure.
(2 hours is also just the right time to clean a car, and check its oil/tyres 😉 )
Really excited that my church is going to start growing some organic vegetables for our soup kitchen.
(And also give some to a local independent café that is helping pay for the startup costs and recruit able-bodied voluntary labour for the actual work involved; we are a tiny congregation and many of us are older or frail or disabled).
politics, ecology, fascism, white supremacy, overpopulation, crapitalism, colonialism
I wish it were possible to read anything about the supposed, hypothetical carrying capacity of this planet without running into a bunch of Nazi garbage.
Like, "there are too many people!" has been used as an excuse to kill/oppress some of them, basically for ever, and that is wrong.
But surely the carrying capacity of the planet is not infinite; the idea that we can have logarithmic population expansion and the same finite resources and nothing bad will happen is obviously flawed, and -- to me -- smacks of crapitalism. Even with efficiency gains (through tech or redistribution or whatever), eventually we must hit some kind of limit.
The best argument I've seen is still "when people are educated and live in a liberal democracy and have easy access to safe contraception, they have fewer kids" and that's also very problematic in several ways!
My last Google service, for which I have not yet found a replacement, is google scholar. I would LOVE to find a replacement.
I'm about to teach first year students, covering some basic research techniques, and I don't want to propagate google-dependency further.
What's a good alternative?
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.