Hey folks, you'll find me at @cscottmills@sunbeam.city from here on.

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I was also brought to tears (literally, I sniffled in the locker room) by the moving banner that the British Library have put up in the foyer.

There's confidence in these things coming from nearby.

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And the shed will be filled with oak, maple, and black locust I cut & split last winter, which has been seasoning in the summer sun and wind.

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The posts will be cedar trunks I found washed up on the beach as driftwood.

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Bought three buckets of 25A gravel from the gravel pit today, and leveled four of six footings for a woodshed I'm building near the house. Went pretty smoothly for my first swing at it.

I slept under the stars on a beach last night, and woke at 3am to a spectacular aurora borealis pulsing green and blue across the northwestern sky. I spent an hour, near the edge of sleep, feeling exactly like a creature in the galaxy.

@simon_brooke Just had an opportunity to read through 'Quarter of a million crofts'. Very inspiring. I've been wondering lately about a broad picture of land ownership (especially absentee ownership) where I live, and reading your essay has shown me the impact simple arithmetic can have overtop solid data. Thanks for sharing!

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@cscottmills Close: the Pre/Trans Fallacy describes the confusion that arises by people rooted in different developmental stages. Ex.: People in pre-rational stages can't wrap their heads around coops b/c they may assume selfishness is absolute. Someone in a rational stage *may* seek external solutions, but a transrational person will seek to transcend and include all available data for appropriate solutions — new thinking for old problems. invidio.us/watch?v=9qTxlXVVhs8

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Thinking of the land conservancy in my area, which I very much want to support, but its donations come from wealthy retired transplants (who are steadily converting farmland to ersatz country estates), and businesses that cheerlead, fuel and rely on industrial tourism.

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Is there a word for the dynamic wherein an organization purports to seek to 'solve' a problem, but actually relies on the cause of that problem for its subsistence? Therefore can and will never solve the problem.

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I just realized that the American vision of freedom from the wage system is for everyone to be their own small business owner. Instead of having solidarity, and developing an equitable society, we are all autonomous competitors and petty tyrants. That's the American vision of a free and equal society. An endless hell of searching for customers and competing with each other, each maximizing their own power and wealth, where growth is constant and explosive.

A friend (over ice cream) just recommended I read 'Emergent Strategy' by Adrienne Maree Brown. Anyone read it?

Looking at the CSV, the errors seem to have happened on the LibraryThing end. Although, Goodreads doesn't include start date in the export.

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Moved all my books from to via CSV just now. Lots of missing authors, tags, covers and start/finish dates. I may just have to settle for tidy metadata going forward.

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Looking for feedback on the first candidate of social.coop Code of Conduct and Reporting Guidelines!

loomio.org/p/NwI2kGyH

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social.coop

A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.