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@temporal I'd asked the question myself of whether or not politics is truly ideological at least 4 years ago:

Based on a few elements, my view is that it is not, and that the view that politics is ideological is a relatively recent development, dating largely to the French Revolution and 19th century Europe.

My own view is that politics reflects factions and that the most eduring of these are:

Two distinctly different groups ("tribes" or "nations") fighting over turf.
Internal divisions usually among factions ("families" or "clans"), in which the innate conflicts between those holding centralised power (factors of production: land, factories, increasingly now, networks), and those with distributed / unorganised power (labour, commodity producers, artisans, technologists).

Ideology can provide an alignment and communications framework. But as with religion, it's not the actual original source of conflict or differentiation, but a partial manifestation and channel of that.

Various lenses or frames have been applied to history. Mythology, God, Great Man, Nobility, and Ideology are among those. Voltaire blew up the God and Man narrative in the 18th century. Now I see far more geopolitics and resources, along with institutions and infrastructure. That order was established from about 1750, and is now beginning to break down and/or realign with the decline of petroleum and fossil fuels.

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@temporal The point that power simply operates in this manner is in fact one that I've been hammering for at least six years now. The realisation came to me when reading the introduction to A.H.M. Jones, Augustus, reproduced here:

That describes the three political parties of Rome circa 40 BCE, the optimates, the priviledged and wealthy landowner classes, the populares, largely peasant workers, and the equites, effectively a small professional class.

The descriptions, political platforms, and ideological tools of each party could be ripped from today's headlines.

That said, there's something specific about capitalism which internalises profits and externalises costs, including costs at genocidal and ecocidal levels, which should be specifically addressed. I feel that that itself is more information-theoretic in basis than ideological as well.

Religion largely is yet another tool serving power. In many ways it is utterly uninteresting to that extent.

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@tommorris @temporal @aral

> "express their most authentic selves and to bring them joy"

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> "we chose "Colorways" rather than "themes" to show we are branching out from our language of "browser" to speak the language of everyday life and everyday users".


Every day users of course use the phrase "color ways" every time they want to change the look and feel.


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Things I like about personal blogs:

- angry geek comments that make no sense to anyone but other geeks
- laughing reading said comments and nodding in agreement
- learning of cool things w/ tools I already know
- learning of cool things w/ tools I *don't* know
- just learning
- Being able to comment, say hi, what's up
- Getting help from enthusiastic folks (as opposed to an unenthusiastic people, like my third grade math teacher... anyway)
- DnD! Emacs! Weird shit!

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@natecull @rysiek To be fair, you'll notice that real modern tech companies also started hiring graphic designers instead of industrial UI designers.

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Something that bothers me about "Fantasy UIs" in movies/TV over the last two decades is how visually.... boring and samey they all look, despite being also over-complex.

Designers spend vast amounts of brainpower making these fantasy UIs and yet, as design concepts, they're really not very inspiring in the way, eg, LCARS was. Or the original MacOS.

I think maybe the Iron Man holographic UIs are the best? But they're still very... ennh.

Our fantasies have stagnated?

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I mean, flowchart in image 1 produces a working example of "the most useless machine in the world" (image 2). A webpage with a switch that turns itself back off after a delay.

Now were I to try and write it from scratch in any of the programming languages I normally use, I'd waste a day on it - most of it on setting up the project, build system, dependencies, but also assembling the UI, etc.

Of course, normal programming grants me much more freedom, but it seems to come with big costs for simple tasks.

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Playing around with , I get a pleasant sense of how it cuts all the bullshit from programming and makes gluing stuff together somewhat enjoyable.

Of course, it's just with flowchart , and like all tech, has its limits. You can do all those things better with any programming language.

But I wonder: so how come that actually doing the same in a proper programming language involves *so* *much* extra work?

There is something wrong with our tooling, and I can't put a finger on it.

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"The difference between de-skilling and democratizing isn’t what the gadget does – it’s who it does it for and who it does it to."

The main reason I consider most of the "can't solve social problems with tech" discussions to be misguided is because people keep focusing on and blaming gadgets (and specialists behind them), instead of discussing the actual problem: people who commission the gadgets, who decide for whom the gadgets work, and who gets the short end of the stick.

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@praveen Albeit quite slowly.

SMTP, IRC (we're effectively using a fork of that), HTML, HTTP.

All of those suffer simultaneously by stagnation and capture, which is pretty much the worst of all possible worlds.

Put another way, the question might be phrased as:

Under what circumstances to standards evolve that are both adaptive to circumstances and not beholden to special interests, wealth, power, oligarchs, and/or the corrupt?

Because in general that turns out to be a fairly hard problem.

Related: When are standards not actually in the general interest? See James C. Scott's Seeing Like a State.


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@temporal @non_saturatio try backpacking food. Dry cheese, summer sausage, dried fruit, fresh (apples) if weight not an issue ... Peanut butter .... And if you can add hot water, the sky's the limit. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, chicken packets ... Oilve oil for maximum calories !!!! A few ideas here

The evening dilemma: I'm losing focus because I'm getting hungry; I don't want to fix myself a meal, because preparation and eating will surely kill my focus.

Need to figure out some room-temperature-stable food that is neither junk food (replaces hunger with discomfort), nor the so-called "healthy food" (tastes like shit, I'm revulsed by the very thought of it).

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Stupid question, but how come neither nor have a sensible file browser for when you're perusing local resources via file:// urls?

Seems like a big omission in the webtech mission to eat the computing world. And a bit of code to make the experience better here wouldn't even bloat the already fat browsers much.

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