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On being "lazy" about software freedom:

Everyone lives a full life. Not everyone gets the same opportunity to pick what fills their life, though. People are busy. They have things they like to do or find easy, & things that are unpleasant or difficult.

People whose life is filled differently than yours, who have different priorities than yours, aren't any more lazy than you are lazy for not picking a more compassionate way to talk about the challenges standing in the way of software freedom.

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I'm interested in software freedom aka FOSS. A great deal of my interest revolves around its emancipatory & empowering aspects, the ways it supports both autonomy & community. I think about it a lot, write about it, & talk about it. I've even gotten paid, some, for teaching about it.

I've come to view with suspicion, though, those speaking mostly of their love, support, or even use of FOSS in their bio. I've seen too many fossbros with very narrow, privileged ideas about what freedom means & who it's for.

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One of my distractions is working with polycaprolactic acid aka polycaprolactone (PCL) which is a thermoplastic (think fizzy drink bottles, plastic take out containers, and the stuff that certain types of 3D printers squeeze out).

The neat thing about it is that it is workable at fairly low temperatures, less than what water boils at; comfortable hot soup or hot beverage type temperatures. This makes it hand-workable.

Good for a variety of uses, but I just find it a lot of fun to play with.

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@andre

I wish we saw more love for this sort of incrementalism, to be honest.

The giants didn't get giant overnight, we aren't going to get to their better successors overnight.

The giants are giant! Even diverting a fraction of the commerce and attention they draw can still be a lot!

We need to feed everyone's imagination as to what else is possible. A single step into the world outside the silos is a huge step.

@resist1984

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I've got an account on a large general instance and a small boutique instance, but neither of them is super diligent about blocking certain instances.

Thought it would be good to have an account where I run into less crap like that.

it's just about Peak Spring around here

few flowers were emerged enough yet for Sunday's relentless rain to destroy them

fsf, reporter background, tyops 

lucky*

isn't* just some rando

(sheesh)

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fsf, reporter background 

just want to note for folks who might be among one of today's luck 10,000: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is just some rando. He's been around and chronicling tech and FOSS stuff since way back when. He's also the only one I've seen who has been reaching out to and getting commentary from SF Conservancy's Bradley Kuhn.

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food, end of day winding down 

ok, got a time-sensitive blog post out just for the record. I should take the dog out one last time for the evening and gather together my end-of-day cup of tea and light snacks

fsf 

'Regretting that people are angry at him and that's harmed the FSF is not a sincere apology. It's an "I'm sorry you're angry at me," non-apology apology. '

'instead of attracting "a new generation of activists for software freedom and to grow the movement," the FSF is more mired than ever in its leader's troublesome past. '

zdnet.com/article/the-fsf-doub

GenX cultural hot take, cursing 

no, Violent Femmes is not "easy listening rock"

fuck you, youtube

exercise (~) 

* not even a pun, just an all too apt comparison

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exercise (~) 

welp, should have ducked out* between downpours to get more of my steps in, but I didn't and was rapidly running out of time

so that's why I was doing a slow meandering zig zag across the street a block over, on the second-to-last long stretch of street, to cram a few more steps in before I rounded the end of the block for home, half-soaked

food, lewd? 

sweatin' the ol' mirepoix

food, cooking (+) 

after several days of picking away at some leftovers I'd have liked to have eaten with cornbread, I made some microwave cornbread to have with the remaining leftovers.

not bad, has promise

once again I have forgotten that there might actually be a thread associated with some toot I'm only now just seeing

*sigh*

I wrote this in response to a specific "people should just be more like me" fossbro so it largely isn't a subtoot. They had their shot at it, but missed.

Putting it up here because I think it stands on its own, and because I'm not about wasting my time on an argument that appears headed no where.

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On being "lazy" about software freedom:

Everyone lives a full life. Not everyone gets the same opportunity to pick what fills their life, though. People are busy. They have things they like to do or find easy, & things that are unpleasant or difficult.

People whose life is filled differently than yours, who have different priorities than yours, aren't any more lazy than you are lazy for not picking a more compassionate way to talk about the challenges standing in the way of software freedom.

and I mean, help not just me, but all of us. Help those of us who can benefit in the audience, help those of us who want to find and serve the widest applicable audience.

So, that's a work in progress.

This is probably where I'll pause on the subject for this thread, for now.

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on the other side of this, I have been playing with Deepspeech off and on through a lot of the pandemic so far.

I'm trying to find tools and build workflows that will help, in an autonomy-respecting, decentralized, collaborative, consensual way.

There is far too much good stuff out there that could use some transcripts.

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This one video was maybe a straw that broke the camel's back.

There are a couple of other podcasts I want to take in, and that I also feel like I *should* take in, one recent episode in particular, but it just doesn't *fit* for me and I feel guilty about not being able to make it fit yet.

I finally got around to watching, beginning to end, a video that's been a to-do item for ... years? Also something I felt bad about not having done.

*some* of it is on me. But maybe not all of it.

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voice-recognition technology, particularly decentralized, autonomy-respecting voice recognition, is a heavier lift than screen reading. *much* more compute intensive, both to build and then to apply, models.

So, there's an asymmetry there that currently still favors producing and consuming text, especially for those of us trying to hew to autonomy-respecting approaches.

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I'm really glad there are tools like screen readers and such, and I hope they just keep getting better. I'm a hearing person, but I've found I really like having subtitles on for video.

I suspect that, like subtitles on video for me, there are people who could benefit from screen readers who might not use them yet because they don't "need" them.

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