An article about how Franz Fanon's ideas on decolonisation might give us ideas on how to free ourselves from the enslavement of digital media monopolies. The interesting bit to me is where it talks about how during the Algerian revolution the radio which had been a tool of oppression became a tool of liberation. By analogy, networks like Mastodon which have been designed with different priorities to the corporate networks, could be liberatory instead of exploitative.
"Heritage Foundation met and came up with a wish list of “pro-free market” solutions to Katrina. We can be sure that exactly the same kinds of meetings will happen now— in fact, the person who chaired the Katrina group was Mike Pence."
Disaster capitalism is how private industries spring up to directly profit from a crisis. The article doesn’t really give much examples here, but a couple we’ve seen already are the attempt to profit from vaccine patents, and medical equipment manufacturers hiding behind patents to keep schematics closed.
Finally watched Hyperland, the documentary by Douglas Adams about hypermedia.
And... it's every bit as fantastic as you would expect.
They interview Ted Nelson, discuss Vannevar Bush, Doug Engelbart, Xanadu, Kurt Vonnegut, Guernica + the Spanish Civil War, the shape of stories and non-linearity... and lots more. It feels a bit like it was directed by Terry Gilliam.
And oh yeah - Tom Baker plays Douglas Adams' hypermedia software agent.
A bit like CloudTunes maybe, but embedded in a webpage
If you're missing live music right now, here's 5 days worth of livecoding on the way: http://equinox.eulerroom.com/
Is there some kind of web player or protocol or similar that you can put a link to a track, and if the person has some legit access to it, it'll play for them?
So like I link a few tracks. One is on archive.org, so that's fine for everyone. One is under copyright. If the viewer has it in their library on their machine somewhere, they can play it. If they've bought it on bandcamp, they can play it. If they have a Spotify account, they can play it.
As Kick’s wrote (https://www.kickscondor.com/stenos/we've-got-blog/):
"h0p3 has a home page entry point that is carefully curated and groomed, but which is several layers up from a complete chaos of link dumps, raw drafts and random introspections […] These layers run a spectrum of accessibility—there is always a learning curve before you hit the bottom. You start with a doorway before entering a maze."
I’ve been doing a bit of wiki gardening. Using org-roam, and reading a little about zettelkasten and building a second brain, is getting me a bit further along the path.
The front page is a bit less messy. Everything else is still all a bit overgrown and unkempt, but I’m fine with that. Parts of it always will be.
" An ultra-affordable and faithful homage to the iconic synthesizer that spawned house music, plus an all-new Distortion circuit, the TD-3-SR lets you conjure up virtually any sound with incredible finesse and ease."
Finished Dune off the other night. It was a bit Shakespearian, duelling families, noble characters, sweeping arcs of history and all that. Soliloquies. I did enjoy it and finished it off quickly. But on reflection I can’t say I really actually *liked* any of the characters very much. Interesting yes, do I care what happens to them, not so much.
On the plus side I can watch the David Lynch film now.