2019: New Year's Resolutions Show more
Happy New Year everyone!
Fair-Trade Coffee Doesn't Work? Show more
"Fair-trade coffee ranked second to last, ahead of only providing laptop computers to school children in poor countries (another intervention that has been rigorously studied and found to lack positive impacts on intended beneficiaries)"
A Conference for Digitalization and Sustainability
It would be cool if there was a machine-readable way to represent various Mastodon server rules.
Then they could not only be filtered by such rules on directories like instances.social, but apps could display summaries when displaying a sign up screen.
I imagine it might work a bit like rubocop rule names (e.g. "Style/FrozenStringLiteralComment") but I don't know how practical this idea is. Don't take this as me planning to do it, just sharing thoughts.
account of religious brainwashing Show more
It's eerily similar New Age inspired pop-psychology (reminiscent of practices like Landmark) - whatever you think is wrong if it doesn't agree with the program - but it's a muscular Christianity program, of course - misogynistic, anti-science, personality cult-building, that destroys the very capacity of critical thinking in its adherents...
The evangelical right and all its fellow travelers are a cancer eating away at our society and body politic.
account of religious brainwashing Show more
My wife got a sleek QR-code-enabled "welcome to the neighborhood" mailer from a non-denominational church, and while looking it up I stumbled into a story of Matt Taibi infiltrating the eponymous church ran by the Christian Zionist John Hagee ...
Market Economies? Show more
Is there any good concise summaries of economics on measuring and adjusting for the abuses of market economies, such as externalities, power differentials, and limited or inaccurate information? I want to read more on these subjects. :/
Brendan Eich's 'Brave' seems to have just walked into a world of hurt due to its habit of soliciting donations in the name of people who have NOT given permission for it to do so (using their photograph without consent, even)
Charles Pierce's scathing indictment of the NYT podcast episode headlined "The Rise of Right-Wing Extremism, and How We Missed It", which "got dragged like Hector's corpse" on Twitter: "'We' Did Not Miss the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism. You Did." https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25574930/new-york-times-rightwing-extremism-white-supremacist/
🌎 Happy solstice 🌏
- New CPUs
- Taiga 4.0
- New features in Disapp (android)
- Nextcloud14 update
We are an ethical alternative to Instagram.
The project is still young, but we are getting close to a polished v1.0 release with federation support!
We can't wait to join the fediverse. ❤️ #pixelfed
#jacobin just reshared their article from October on the worrying fate of #Rojava given uncertain US backing. Of even urgent relevance since #Trump just announced without consultation that the US is withdrawing from #Syria (causing his defense secretary to resign in disgust).
We should view protocols as the digital means of production, more so than platforms. And that ‘protocol cooperatives’ will do more to break down capitalism than platform coops will. think the main argument being that platform coops are inherently centralised, and that as far as challenging capital goes, we should be striving for decentralised architectures.
My goal for the next 2 weeks besides releasing federation support:
- Finish Docs
- Finish Instance picker
- Updated pixelfed.org
- Finish APIs (for mobile apps)
- Real-time updates (via ws)
- UI improvements
- New privacy features
- Finish IG Import
- Launch pixelfed-debug.com
- Finish account export
- Finish account deletion
Working for big tech might make you seem privileged... unless you're part of the contingent worker underclass. Proud of what #facebook FTEs did in advocating for better treatment of our contractor brethrens
Stay focused, plant a tree
This article lists a few... maybe one fulfills your requirements.
On the occasion of Thanksgiving, I finished David Stannard's "American Holocaust", a seminal work about the genocides of the Americas, and wrote up my thoughts.
In short, I highly recommend the book -- it was published in 1992, but remains a remarkable work of historical scholarship that draws from countless sources to present a comprehensive picture of what happened, and why it happened. Here's my review:
A biodiesel backfire
Heavy article on the extensive deforestation of forests and burning of peatlands for the sake of palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Ouch.
Codes for big tech by day, open source and co-ops in my spare time. Avid reader, wannabe foodie. See firstname.lastname@example.org for more general toots.
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]