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"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings."
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Hey frands, been a minute. How’s the discourse?

@solene @fyrfaras @tty I promised y'all my SSB profile hash, so here it is: @+aQL1YGSyeEIhPRMcw96/ztOy41RoKSGD7la7BUZVmA=.ed25519

If anybody needs help setting up their SSB, please let me know!

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"Every programmer occasionally, when nobody’s home, turns off the lights, pours a glass of scotch, puts on some light German electronica, and opens up a file on their computer."

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On decolonizing my Web use:

"…I am online… but my most recently piece of hardware is a ~6 year old smartphone.

"And it feels like every day, another part of the Web increases how much power it requires to use, and effectively says "either buy new tools or be excluded."

"The Internet, if it is a "space", is non-Euclidean… Your neighbor who uninstalled Instagram because it started draining their battery? The neighborhood... warps and wraps to bury and erase the existence of the neighbor, perfectly stitching over where it was with a neighborhood that is less than it was.

"This has implications in a society living under physical isolation, like we're now doing because of COVID, that horrify me.

"If the Web is our community, then our community has no space for people who are not Collaborators, because it is only Collaborators who can secure the technological privilege to participate.

"I think it's worth pausing here, to ruminate on a question: how much work would you, personally, have to do to form a friendship with someone who doesn't have Internet access, today, given COVID.

"Now, consider: it requires financial privilege to secure technological privilege (e.g. Internet access). In effect, we're saying that people need financial privilege in order to be able to socialize in a society living under physical isolation.

"That is, in a word, assimilation: it is using the threat of loneliness to coerce people...

"The effect of all this is that by using the Web, by continuing to socialize on the Web, through COVID, we are coercing people to become more active Collaborators with the contemporary kyriarchy, creating more Web users, coercing more people...

"Not to understate things, but: bummer!"

full essay at

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Mkay what d’y’all think of chicken pot pie

a New Zealand outrun station, limited time only:;

finally realized something about my obsession with cyberpunk:

in a way, if i can't romanticize the global capitalist shitshow, i get sad

this realization has also made me sad

Nobody told me about the Zuckerburg Triangle: time with kids, fit bod, or good with computers: pick two.

does anybody have a account? i am jonesing for an invite, cuz i want to reply to the mozilla thread

have i mentioned that i am a sucker for niche drama?

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Heard of a cool tech-bro-weeding interview technique the other day. A male and female engineer conduct the interview session together. If, when the female engineer asks the candidate a question, he directs his answer to the male engineer, then he's out. They said it happens a lot

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"The Great Lie is that this is civilization. It's not civilized. It has literally been the most blood-thirsty brutalizing system ever imposed upon this planet. This is not civilization, this is the Great Lie. or if it does represent civilization, and that is truly what civilization is, then the Great Lie is that civilization is good for us." - John Trudell

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