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It's true the Myth of Progress fails us as we face anthropocene, and christian eschatology won't help us either. We need a myth that helps us navigate it.

Anna Tsing suggests Precarity.

Gone is Progress, with Individuals operating under Hierarchy
Welcome to Precarity, with Cyborgs operating under Assemblages

Below are some quotes from the book 'The Mushroom at the End of the World'.

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How do we retain agency in a world heavily mediated by corporations?

How do we know our cognitive resources (attention, trust, hopes) are not being allocated to the highest bidder in the marketplace, in units too subtle for us to perceive?

A future of hive-mind slavery at least provides for basic needs. We'd be free agents, alienated and alienating others.

We must devote our minds to it.

I got a new keyboard for mastodon.

"If you don’t learn how to practice power, someone else will do it for you—in your name, on your turf, with your voice, and often against your interests."

What is "gevulot"

I love the idea of privacy as a sixth sense.

There's a rule about authenticating transactions and there's a rule about true names.

The true name rule is that you never, ever want it to be legible. (Not even to you!) You want to be the Wizard Iff of the Unpronouncable Name, with a true name that is impossible to know.

The transaction rule is that all transactions should be push transactions.

I see walls of beige
Beige carpets too
Bed ruffles beige
For me and you.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world!

technological systems, and the large platforms, in particular, are adopting some of the characteristics of public utilities. Fundamentally, they mediate our access to resources.

Just so you know, "git -amend" doesn't amend anything.

It gets parsed as: git -a -m 'end'

That is, it commits all modified files with a message that just says "end"

I suffer so you don't have to 🤦‍♂️

Breaking up monopolies and the problem of the consumer welfare standard, that only measures possible price increases, a moot point when most digital services are free.

It’s time to break up Facebook

On picturesque.

Walking is political. What one sees when walking is political. How one depicts and what one doesn’t depict is political.

in case people were wondering, my concerns with fediverse dev are:

hardening the federation protocol and software in general to better enforce access control (including features not yet implemented such as address-to-list)

giving people features to allow for more self-expression possibilities (such as text formatting support)

modern software freedom: the ability to set up the software yourself easily and migrate as much data as possible

ensuring that whatever the fediverse wants, they get

i can do this work inside, or outside of Pleroma. it doesn’t matter to me.

me, age 15: pfft. people said "may you live in interesting times" as a curse? that's stupid. i don't want to live a boring live, i hope these times are SUPER interesting!
me, age 22: put it back Put it back Put It Back PUT IT BACK PUT IT BACK

Odd Numbers: Algorithms alone can’t meaningfully hold other algorithms accountable.

A new model for interpreting fMRI data.

harmonic waves, connectome, cymatics and LSD.