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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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@Sandra

anyway, I assert tt

I'm most interested in drawing out

tf→f

specifically, people rushing to assert ALM, but going to lengths not to assert BLM or actively deprioritizing it with obtuse whataboutism (eg, "blue lives")

as for

ft→f

I don't know I'm much fussed. I'm at tt. If someone asserts ft I'm open to considering those truth tables

Generally, no one is much crediting the nihilistic ff, but if they were,

ff→t

is at least consistent with not giving a damn about much overall.

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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.

alc, cn pol 

It's only Kweichow Moutai if it comes from the Moutai part of China.

Otherwise, it's simply firey, investment-grade baijiu

cnn.com/2021/01/15/business/kw

Yay, got my little script for my writing exercise squared away:

echo -n $THIS15 | xclip -i -o clipboard

is the piece I've been fiddling with, where THIS15 is the auto-generated filename.

Signal's been down now for a while it seems

Figures, I was just going to suggest it to someone

uspol shitpost 

The Gadsen flag variant but instead of

"what is EXIF data?"

its

"what is an IMEI?"

The goal would be to do the whole indieweb-ish POSSE thing, Public on Own Site,
Syndicate Elsewhere. Except I'm not doing the syndication yak shaving just yet,
only copying and pasting into tootstream.


Damnit. Now I'm doing 15 Minutes of Promotion (15MoPR). Didn't set a timer though so *pfffft*.

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aaand, there it is, the third, and for this morning I fully intend for it to be the final, wave of Xeyes instances telling me time's up.

I suppose I'm toying with a third exercise meant to run for 15 minute, let's call it "15 Minutes of Publish" (15MoP?) to go along with 15 Minutes of Rant and of Edit (15MoR and 15MoE).

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OK, I know for the professional writers who crank through this stuff hours at a time, days and weeks and months on end, 15 minutes might be sort of a 'oh look how cute' stretch of time. But, it is what it is.

I'm in my 3rd allotment of being stalked by an impending phalanx of Xeyes instances so there's that, too.

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> Ok, I'm going to start a new variant of my writing discipline, which I'm calling Fifteen Minutes of Rant

> The precursor to this exercise was something I started a few summers ago, when I was really interested in having some basis for making and evaluating and budgeting for writing assignments …

deejoe.tilde.institute/update/

following my home timeline usually obscures from me various incursions and conflicts

how does that happen do you think?

I don't want to see more crap, but I wonder if maybe I should anyway

I try always to keep in mind "it can always get worse".

Saying "the big platforms already have banned some of us" shows a lack of imagination about how things can get worse.

uspol, an exhortation 

I'm bringing it here not so much to preach to the converted as to be clear here about what I too often take for granted.

And, alas, as this place has been able to show me more clearly than most, I can't take it for granted, not least because of my work in tech and FOSS.

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uspol perfectionist/copyediting 

oof

"lighting rod"

appropriate typo, I guess I'll just roll with it.

I got so caught up in learning to use tootstream's -v (to set visibility) that I forgot to use -c (to set the content warning).

Sorry abou that. I'm chalking it up as a lesson learned.

Much <3 to the folk for such a fine tool.

uspol, an exhortation 

There is a through line of violent anti-Semitic and anti-black right-wing fantasy connecting Wednesday's shenanigans back through Malheur NWR, through the Oklahoma City bombing and beyond. It is, alas, older than all of us.

They will not stop attacking, and we must not stop defending and building, basic human rights and the systems that promote and protect them.

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uspol, an exhortation 

Seeing some folks watching, either expectantly or exultingly, as figureheads teeter, topple, or scuttle.

This is bigger than the loudest of them and has been for a long time. He's aided it, not in the least by serving as a distraction, a lighting rod, because in so doing he could exploit it.

He's one of the chess pieces on the board but the game isn't over when he falls. Do not let the loud shouty orange man divert our attention from the bigger picture.

sorry, I left off the CW on those.

Give me a few moments I'm going to need to switch interfaces to effect a delete-and-re-draft to best effect.

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There is a through line of violent anti-Semitic and anti-black right-wing fantasy connecting Wednesday's shenanigans back through Malheur NWR, through the Oklahoma City bombing and beyond. It is, alas, older than all of us.

They will not stop attacking, and we must not stop building and defending, basic human rights and the systems that promote and protect them.

uspol 

What could be more American than a bunch of disappointed white supremacists acting like they can just take over?

I've got RSS readers on a few devices. The experience is fairly disjointed for reasons, but my point isn't to get too caught up in all that.

My point is that on one of them, I added a feed for The Root. If there's anything I've done with RSS that was a better move than that, I don't know what it was.

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