First time listening to Jacobin's "The Dig", I was pretty impressed by this interview with Adam Tooze ("Crashed"). Over two hours long - I split this one over a few workouts - but lots of good insights regarding the Great Recession & the Eurozone crisis beyond the basics of the subprime explosion.

Largely ad-free, except for a couple of Verso Books (lefty publisher) ads read by the host. This episode at least was not dogmatic, just good analysis & debate.

blubrry.com/thedig/40322448/cr

Quite enjoying The Nib's Inkwell magazine so far. Quarterly compilation of comics, each quarter exploring a theme (first issue "Death", second one "Family"), with interesting perspectives, e.g., "Queer Experiences of Family".

It's part of the First Look Media family (The Intercept, etc.) and has a similar political slant.

membership.thenib.com/

Very slowly making my way through A Pattern Language by Alexander et al. (1977), I suspect many younger folks who identify with and eco-socialism would find a lot of valuable inspiration there -- from the wisdom of entrusting local communities with stewardship of ecological commons, to the importance of enabling living spaces to be shaped by their users.

Will aim to finish in 2019 and post some more reflections then.

Over the holidays I read Adam Rutherford's "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes" (2016).

Hard to see how a book could deliver on such a bombastic title, and unfortunately, the book tends to fall into a stream-of-consciousness style I find off-putting, though it had enough interesting (new to me) science to get me to finish it. Here's a quick review:

lib.reviews/review/15d64564-fc

I quite enjoyed Broken Age, a point and click adventure game sometimes overshadowed by the Kickstarter drama that surrounded its development. Here's a quick review from my playthrough shortly before the holidays:

lib.reviews/review/81c765ec-10

Pixelfed federates now! 🎉

Merry Christmas fediverse. #pixelfed

Another review for the holidays:

"Liberalism: A Counter-History" by Domenico Losurdo (Verso Books, 2011), which sheds light on the ideological relationship between "classical liberalism" and slavery, colonialism, and genocide -- and how the cause and rhetoric of "freedom" for one group has often been linked to the increasing dis-emancipation or even extermination of another.

Overall an insightful book, with some qualifiers -- full review:

lib.reviews/review/61429eaf-40

If you enjoy classic video games & pixel art, you may get a kick out of the "Fictional Bad Games" videos. Per an older BoingBoing story, these are laboriously created frame-by-frame in PhotoShop:

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTv

Latest review: Jackson Rising, about Cooperation Jackson and the efforts to build a solidarity economy in the Deep South of the US. (Sorry , I put this one on the backburner for a while!)

Lots of repetition in the assorted essays, but interesting snapshots of a movement with a radical and ambitious vision. I especially appreciated the history of African-American co-op efforts. A bit more:

lib.reviews/review/c885f143-67

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Earlier this year, Instagram finally got its own export feature:

techcrunch.com/2018/04/24/inst

And it looks like @pixelfed -- which is open source and uses the same principles as Mastodon -- will support importing that data format soon:

mastodon.social/@dansup/101170

@dansup

I support you on Patreon and am not let down in the slightest. Keep up the great work, looking forward to our bright federated future. ;)

✔️ federation
✔️ renewable energy
✔️ cooperatives

Sounds good to me.. anyone know more about ii?

"REScoop.eu is the European federation of renewable energy cooperatives. We are a growing network of 1,250 European energy cooperatives and their 1.000.000 citizens who are active in the energy transition."

rescoop.eu/

If you want to see how industry lobbying works... a before lobbying and after lobbying side-by-side on proposed EC environmental measures to make home appliances more repairable and longer lasting.

eeb.org/publications/80/produc

@z428

I, too, would prefer a web that doesn't have tracking, but I don't think that it's in Brave's selfish business interest to fully deliver this reality, nor do I think that even if they delivered it, the negative tradeoffs of conferring massive market power upon yet another $40M -funded San Francisco startup in exchange for such perceived liberation are negligible.

Facebook, too, partially works on problems "worth solving"; this is never by itself sufficient.

@z428 @bjoern

The best things I can say about Brave is that it's well-marketed and has good usability.

The anti-tracking/anti-ads functionality appears well-replicable within Firefox using built-in anti-tracking tools & uBlock origin -- albeit with worse usability.

BAT is uninteresting to me as it seems like a conventional token play (conflating currency with speculative asset in unhelpful ways), though the problem it attempts to solve is worth solving.

@z428 @bjoern

Because corporate forces will always strive to make the web more closed (more DRM, more obfuscation, more tracking, more monetization); if de facto standardization (through the implementation) has to happen in a space that is dominated by corporate players like Google and Microsoft, their interests will always prevail, even if the implementation is nominally open source.

Mozilla/Firefox is a deeply imperfect alternative - but the best one we have.

"If one product like #Chromium has enough market share, then it becomes easier for web developers and businesses to decide not to worry if their services and sites work with anything other than Chromium. That’s what happened when #Microsoft had a monopoly on browsers in the early 2000s before #Firefox was released. And it could happen again.

If you care about what’s happening with online life today, take another look at Firefox." blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/12/ #edge

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social.coop

social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]