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I love my ebook reader case. It was a bit of cardboard I found in the bin to use as a hitchhiking sign, then I folded it around the ebook reader and held it together with an elastic band.

It's lasted at least 2 years now, happily absorbs a light sprinkling of rain, and only needed one elastic band replacement.

I think the 26 is from the N26 in France. If that's a road!

Today we had the first meeting of a small group of neighbours here who are up for greening the lane behind the houses. Adding benches, planters, and some art perhaps.

It's an expensive middle class neighbourhood where my dad lives and I'm staying for now and trying to get active.

I was quite pleased they were into reusing materials we already might have or can find, optimising for low quality soil, not seeking permission, being mindful of more isolated neighbours, and non managerial vibe.

Talk to your neighbors. Talk to your friends. Form a tenants group. Start a community playgroup or babysitting coop. Start a buying club.
Plant radical ideas at the center. At the start.

Create an accompanying study group. Enshrine a space for radical self-critique.

Care for one another. Good food, manageable speed, human scale.

Protect each other and what you've built -- from cops, from liberals, from the state, from private capital, from non-profits.

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Almost all new alt-tech projects are worthless and a waste of attention. This should be obvious if you look back at the hundreds, thousands of dead projects. Yet people keep building them, i know they look shiny and sound new - but they are actually almost all dull and are copies with no linking back to the dozen of the same projects that failed from the same issues.

We HAVE to stop adding to this shit.

shoutout to all the people who thought they were chill but are discovering they're just bad at asserting boundaries

Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.


We had lovely sun here today, and it seemed a good day for taking plant photos. Here are four I liked from my set.

It is fairly obvious to me that the narratives about free software aren't keeping up with the times. Someone wrote recently that installing an old proprietary game was relatively manageable in terms of privacy, whereas a supposedly free software browser comes with many problems, such as telemetry, DRM and advertising. This is illustrative of how the software industry has changed over time. Corporations have been able to successfully assimilate free software without becoming any more ethical in their treatment of users. Control over software remains largely concentrated within a few companies.

The browser and app stores became the twin points of control, so far as the average user is concerned. Can those things be liberated?

Liberating the app store means having control over what gets shipped on phones by default, or in some other way changing how apps get delivered to phones, so that the bottleneck is bypassed (PWA perhaps?).

Liberating the browser means changing the web platform. It likely involves a radical re-imagination of what the web can be, and defining new protocols with a standards body which isn't a corporate consortium and includes a much wider scope of interests. The protocols of the web need to be simple enough that a small team could implement a browser from scratch in a tractable amount of time.

Also what gets shipped by default on any device defines the era. At present free software doesn't have much of a footprint in the β€œshipped by default” category.

I just published a short blog post adding my voice to the chorus of people speaking out against Richard Stallman's return to the @fsf's board of directors.

It's short so I'll include the full text in a thread below.

Boost this if you want to be part of an explicitly anticapitalist technology liberation movement.

A. A. Milne, B. B. King, ..., E. E. Cummings, ..., J. J. Cale, ...

I'm missing a few... Can you help!

Good write up by @sjvn. You take a look at that open letter calling for RMSs removal and the board who voted for him back in. It includes people who have worked with him and the organisation for years.
RT @JFrusci
Return of Stallman to FSF sparks outrage among open-source and free software leaders…

Karrot started to let you co-ordinate Pickups at Stores. Very specific for this one case.

Then Stores became Places to make it more general.

Then Pickups became Activities which could be one of Pickups, Distributions, Meetings, or Events.

And just now I deployed the next step: fully customizable activities, so you can create your own with custom icons and colours, and even edit the default types too.

I'm really happy to bring in more features that let groups adapt Karrot to fit their needs.

The narrative that we most be progressing is quite persistent. Even when faced with mental health crisis it must be because we've done so well as a society, we're just uncovering new problems!?!?! Right????

This is where I want therapy to be more embedded in politics, activism, and spirituality.

3/3 😊

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Then I thought that non-western cultures and civilizations have spent plenty of time with topics of self actualisation and spirituality.

I think the claimed increased in mental complications is more to do with our screwed up separated way of being.


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I heard an otherwise wise and insightful sounding therapist saying on a podcast that we have more mental complications arising now as we have advanced as a society and so have to deal with issues higher up Maslow's hierarchy of needs when previously we were dealing with the necessities but now we deal with topics like self actualisation.

It sounded plausible for a moment, but something bothered me.


Sorry, deleted my last toot about warmshowers, I shared a link that I think was not intended to be public quite yet...

food picture (vegetarian) 

... oh, and tomato and beetroot roasted too!

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food picture (vegetarian) 

Mmm, I got a lot of satisfaction from this meal, aesthetically, taste, and probably nutritionally.

It's one of my "default" kind of meals.

Roast anything in sight, in this case swede, peppers, mushrooms, red onion, fennel, and some other root veg I don't know...

Eat with some lentils/beans/grains, in this case a red lentil daal with peas.

Topped with extra flavour, in this case toasted sunflower/pumpkin seeds. And some leftover sour cream laced with garlic and herbs.

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