I'm 25, studied mathematics in university and recently escaped my childhood home to a safe place where I've connected with wonderful people and started figuring out how to be a healthy functional person. I find far too many things interesting and there aren't nearly enough hours in the day to pursue them all, but I love getting people talking about things they're excited/knowledgeable about, and I love explaining things/sharing information I've collected.
This instance is what finally motivated me to join Mastadon (as someone who has basically no social media accounts). I heard about solarpunk a few years ago (I think from something @whyvoneenee reblogged) and didn't look much further into it, but recently I tailed @socalledunitedstates here from Tumblr where I'd been reading anarchist blogs and now I'm really excited about so many of the things I see people imagining and learning/teaching together.
I'm excited to get to know more of you and possibly even be helpful!
I should be angry that the market for homebrew game consoles is getting so crowded, but instead I can't help squeeing seeing this beautiful design.
I also love how they contracted actual game developers to make actual games, instead of counting on the community to make them for free, or including an emulator like most others.
The 400x240 reflective screen looks beautiful, and the whole thing is really well designed. I hope it will be an open platform.
Want to read some more afro-futurism?
NOMMO AWARDS Short Lists for 2019, selected by the African Speculative Fiction Society
When you say food or housing "is a right," you're legitimizing the liberal mindset of rights vs. privileges which is fundamental to so many vectors of oppression. We shouldn't argue for access to necessities to be included in the arbitrary construct of "rights" when we could just as well point out that there's more than enough and everyone could be happy if we'd just distribute it
The same applies when you talk about legal constructs like right to trial by jury, innocent until proven guilty, or whatever else. By criticizing the actions of the state *because they break these rules*, rather than because they're yet another blow in its neverending war against the working class, you're perpetuating the idea that governments just need to follow a couple basic principles and it'll spit out maximum justice, which isn't true
Start thinking and talking on your own terms, not theirs
kinda want to make a post explaining what free speech is and why it doesn't apply in 99% of the cases where people cite it on the internet
but I don't have the spoons right now
so instead, I'll say this:
if your only justification for something you do is "it's not specifically against this set of rules to do this", that means you are admitting that your action is completely without merit and you're using the rules as a scapegoat
“In a networked ideascape, the ownership of an idea becomes as quaint and indefensible a notion as copyright or patents. Since ideas are built on the logic of others, there is no way to trace their independent origins. It’s all just access to shared consciousness. Everything is everything.”
-- Present Shock (Douglas Rushkoff)
I don't think there's really a way to go back to a vibrant, varied computer ecosystem(both in hardware and software, although hardware monocultirification happened much longer ago for similar reasons). Not while things outside of computing are the way they are. We'd have to basically change the way we use computers completely. Probably use them for a lot less.
But the internet, modern security technology, and in increasingly personal ways the computer in general, are vital tools.
They are our communications platforms, they are our cars, they are our hearts and our ears and our tractors and our world.
If we ignore the ideologies of the people who write the code that powers our world, we are enabling their biases in to our tools, unexamined and unchallenged.
The more specific I care about are:
1) the proliferation of standards so software will JUST WORK no matter your setup, or the setup of those around you. The latter's vital for overcoming challenges like climate breakdown.
2) I want to help people rely on multiple sources for search and discovery.
3) What's the point of computers if they don't make your life easier and enable you to do new things?
4) Outside of software, climate breakdown needs addressing.
I feel tempted to describe my stance that goes into the tools I create this morning, and I'd be keen to hear from others.
It comes down to that I want you to control what your computer does, you should be able and allowed to review or alter any software on your computer. Or have someone of your choice do so on your behalf. That's not the world we live in, but I strive for it.
I don't care what's running on the servers as I (rightfully) can't verify that's what's running. Instead I want fewer.
In the name of Purity what lies are told! What queer morality it has engendered. For fear of it you dare not tell your own children the truth about their birth; the most sacred of all functions, the creation of a human being, is a subject for the most miserable falsehood.
-- Voltairine de Cleyre
actually learning about the history of christianity is the most dangerous thing possible to evangelicalism, which is a reactionary ideology that seeks to erase history so it can make the ridiculous claim that its very particular brand of morality and theology is the true form of christianity that has always existed
Recently thinking a lot about the intersections between anarchist theory and personal computing.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.