"Working towards a future where communities can assemble their own social networks like lego blocks, to cultivate safe and private spaces while being interconnected with the rest of the "fediverse" and the internet at wide on their own terms."
-- we've just updated our new bonfire homepage :)
Today I learned that “rivals,” originally, just meant two people who lived on the banks of the same river.
But, since people who live on the same river usually fight over water rights, the word “rivals” came to mean anybody in an “unfriendly competition.”
From Richard Trench’s ON THE STUDY OF WORDS, 1878
that is to say, people being selfish in a system that rewards them for being selfish is not evidence that people are fundamentally selfish
"This would entail a shift away from the short-term stream-centred approach of mainstream social media, where users experience content as isolated posts with little relation to what has come before them or what will follow them."
Very wiki / garden / agora adjacent to me.
"Memory/narrative. Given the importance of strategy and grand strategy in anarchist cybernetics, functionality in an alternative digital platform to support long-term planning, for example through facilitating a narrative- or memory-focused layer to communication and organising, would be essential." -- Anarchist Cybernetics
"Here too local minorities can and do control their own means of production and expression in free and equal intercourse with their neighbours. If we must identify biological and political systems our own brains would seem to illustrate the capacity and limitations of an anarcho-syndicalist community." Grey Walter
"In comparing social with cerebral organisations one important feature of the brain should be kept in mind; we find no boss in the brain, no oligarchic ganglion or glandular Big Brother. Within our heads our very lives depend on equality of opportunity, on specialisation with versatility, on free communication and just restraint, a freedom without interference." Grey Walter
The Biden administration teased a sweeping antimonopoly executive order last week, including a Right to Repair provision aimed at agricultural equipment - a direct assault on the corporate power of repair archnemesis John Deere. It
But it turns out that the executive order goes far beyond tractors and other agricultural equipment - it also applies to consumer electronics, including mobile phones, and this is a *huge fucking deal*.
I am looking for a #podcast or #youtube channel that has content focused on personal growth. Like motivational stuff and dealing with yourself and others, dealing with emotions etc?
It is important that it is made by people with a leftist mindset, I don't want them to pretend money or women are the solution to my problems.
Maybe a podcast with interviews with inspiring leftists could work, they should have had similar problems as me.
Does any of this exist?
adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy is "inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change".
God is Change! I feel like I should read this soon.
Solarpunk and Storytelling the Present and Future. Nice wee podcast on some solarpunk stuff.
I realised I was subscribed to pretty much zero podcasts that aren’t presented from a wholly Western perspective. This one is good and isn’t: https://thefirethisti.me/
Any other suggestions?
I'm currently in the market for a one-person tent, if we have any resident experts in the Fediverse?
I'm 6'1" and looking to spend around £100 but can go slightly more for a particularly good one.
I cheekily wild camp in places I'm not really supposed to, so want one that will blend in a bit. Also, bonus points for it packing light and small.