Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology
"In the handheld market, Yokoi's refusal to adopt a color display for the Game Boy in favor of long battery life is cited as the main reason it prevailed against Sega's Game Gear and Atari's Lynx."
I think my problem with most #marketing is that it’s very top-down, robotic and premeditated, detached and contrived. Thinking about growing my business again, I’m realizing how much I absolutely need any kind of “strategy” we use to be organic for me to feel good about it — scattering seeds instead of manufacturing a forest; forming mutually beneficial connections instead of forcing a product into people’s lives; letting things grow when people take to it, and die when they don’t.
#OtD 15 Oct 1966 in Oakland, CA, the Black Panther Party for Self Defence was set up. The Party would exist, despite heavy repression, until 1982 and did things like gave breakfasts to children and ran community health clinics. Learn more: https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/books/black-panthers
The BBC (public broadcaster) continuing it's blind promotion of a proprietary app, on a program called ambulance. The dispatcher explicitly asking for the reporter of the accident to download w3w. This isn't appropriate. It's down right dangerous. They should be promoting AML. 😡
Whole bag of issues with this.
*Product placement on BBC.
*Forced to download app wasting time.
*Implication that w3w map is extra detailed co…
#OtD 15 Oct 1940 Charlie Chaplin's first talkie The Great Dictator debuted in New York (while the US was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany). The antifascist film ends with this impassioned speech to the audience opposing all forms of oppression https://libcom.org/library/great-dictator-speech-charlie-chaplin
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I’m also part of the advisory committee. The award is $10,000 for the year, and it will allow you to pursue work related to maintenance, care, and environment along with other fellows
Bless Hannah Gadsby
"You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted. Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult.”
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As many as 2.4 million people in northern Kenya will struggle to find enough food due to the lack of rain, the United Nations World Food Programme has said.
Drought in northern Kenya pushes millions towards hunger | Reuters
"It’s worth returning to Clark’s Internet Philosophy paper from 1988 and noting that, while the internet still works when routers and gateways fail, satisfying goal number one, many services and websites now fail when a platform on which they depend (such as a CDN) fails. In effect, single points of failure have been unwittingly introduced. And while distributed management of the internet lives on, large chunks of the services we depend on are managed by a small number of entities."
While trying to fix avatars I also notice that the fediverse is quite dependent upon CDNs for images and media distribution. If CDNs are controlled by a small number of companies then it's worth considering now what kind of alternatives exist, before time passes and these companies decide that they no longer want to support the fediverse because of liability or some other objection.
#OtD 15 Oct 1964 Labour politician Harold Wilson won the UK election. One of his many achievements was sending British troops to Oman, the only legal slave state, to defend the mediaeval puppet rule of the Sultan against a popular insurgency
Add Randall Smith and Heath Freeman to your list of people murdering us all.
doing a skill share with my house tonight on public records/FOIA, wrote a bit of it down. Some is Oregon specific, but if you're records-curious but have never tried, here's a quick lil getting started guide to studying public organizations ❤️
Old, very old...in the background of my avatar, you can see the exact middle of nowhere.
A screeching voice of the minority.
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