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!
refugees, Pia Klemp, inspiring
"Pia Klemp, who is German, gained attention for rescuing thousands of stranded migrants with her crew as part of the nongovernmental organization Sea Watch International. For her efforts, she reportedly faces up to 20 years in prison in Italy, where the hard-line anti-immigrant government accused her of assisting illegal immigration.
In a Facebook message published Tuesday night, Klemp announced that she was rejecting the Grand Vermeil Medal, which the city of Paris awards for bravery. She told Mayor Anne Hidalgo that the city was brimming with hypocrisy.
"Your police [steal] blankets from people that you force to live on the streets, while you raid protests and criminalize people that are standing up for rights of migrants and asylum seekers. ... You want to give me a medal for actions that you fight in your own ramparts," Klemp wrote in the scathing post.
"It is time we call out hypocrite honorings and fill the void with social justice," she said.
She went on to say that people don't need medals. "We do not need authorities deciding about who is a 'hero' and who is 'illegal,' " she said. "In fact they are in no position to make this call, because we are all equal.""
Vila Eloise is a #queer house project located in a village in Galiza (northwest of Iberian peninsule).
We are just setting the house ready for visitors. Staying is free (some abilities trade is appreciated whenever possible) and we plan to offer a work space for artists, meetups and workshops.
Every queer person is welcome, we are a safe space for people of any gender id or orientation (including all non binary genders, a-spec, pan people...) and sex workers. See our site for more info on our philosophy and stances.
Things I liked about 80's/90's computing:
- Total control over my hardware
- Software that worked with me, not against me
- Superior aesthetics (yeah I said it :3 )
- Overall sense of promise and freedom
Things I like about computing today:
- Easy and open access to knowledge
- Insane amounts of storage
- The sheer computing POWERRRR
Now if only we could make these attributes come together instead of being period exclusive.
It is not exactly new story and I am not sure if this made the rounds in fediverse but a few days ago #archiveofourown won the hugo award on best related work. We have a huge #FLOSS community here but we don't talk nearly enough about this project.
#ao3 is an unique opensourced project that is not male dominated and also not started by people who were fulltime engineers but fans who decided enough is enough and we need to own our servers.
Congrats to Ao3!
If you want a straightforward, practical project to help contribute to leftist, anticapitalist, and anarchist movements, then learn a new language. It is without a doubt one of the most limiting factors in our movements.
What is happened in Iran earlier this year? If I knew farsi I could maybe tell you, but instead I just know what the NYT said happened.
becoming a real celestial girl (clothes/fashion/craft request for help)
Can y'all help me around my executive dysfuction?
So a million years ago (aka, this past Februrary) I posted about how I wanted to embrace a fashion aesthetic based around celestial imagery and all I have done in 6 months is get embroidery stuff and have them sit around, as well as make a Pinterest board on it. (https://www.pinterest.com/akuaevonne/fashion-inspiration/celestial-aesthetic/)
I honestly want to get on this and craft this new look (through painting or sewing or whatever) but I can't seem to find the first step or see an end point and it makes me feel really discouraged?
Any tips/ideas anyone?
anti-blackness, n-word and constructed accent at link
Sojourner Truth never said "ain't I a woman" and her words have been incorrectly presented by a white woman. http://bit.ly/2MzNmsi
help I love her
Pia Klemp, the German ship captain who rescued migrants in the Mediterranean, as she refuses a medal from the mayor of Paris.
@dredmorbius The way to look at this is: you need X bits to uniquely identify someone, and you can stop collecting info as soon as you collect that many bits. Which means that the number of bits contributed by a piece of information can't be the same no matter who the person is, because people vary in the rarity of various identifying aspects.
Observations also aren't independent of one another, so the number of bits an observation contributes is also dependent on what you already know.
@dredmorbius Likewise, if they know you're American, then knowing the first letter of your last name is X gives a whopping 12 bits of information, while knowing it's S only gives 3.2 bits.
@dredmorbius Minor nit: the number of bits represented by any of those pieces of information is the negative base 2 logarithm of its probability given the attacker's prior beliefs about you. If they already think you're in your early 20s and your birth year confirms that, the year gives more like 2 bits of information, not 6.6. Even if everyone has an even likelihood, birth dates are not evenly distributed, too.
#ProTip: Surveys and/or games of the "which $FOO are you" tying concepts or phrases to your personal information -- DoB, name, postal code, etc. -- are data exfiltration devices.
It only takes 33 bits to uniquely identify a given person, and with your DoB (100 * 12 * 31) postal code (10), and first initial of your name (26), you've already given up *at least* 20 bits, quite possibly more.
When people have a common goal 3/4 of the consensus "votes" go by with no objections. Really it doesn't need to be formalized at all, it's just how discussions naturally happen
Most people don't even realize that "consensus" is what's going on, they just see it as one person gently guiding the conversation and making sure no one gets talked over. Provided everyone's generally friendly and acting in good faith, all you really need is one person who knows how consensus works to speak up and say "hey, let's not blow past their comment. can't we reach a compromise here?" once in a blue moon
"I don't know about this consensus stuff, it seems complicated. Isn't it just easier count everyone's hands (twice, just to be sure) and then compare the number of raised hands to the number of people present divided by two?"
actual consensus: "So it sounds like most of us want to do x. Is anyone opposed to that? ..... Okay, then let's do x!"
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.