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I drew some flowers! 🌷🌻🌹

As I wander around the city, I particularly like looking at the little flowers that grow in the toughest places, like poking out a small crack in a stone wall. Resilient and beautiful!

I allowed creative freedom whilst drawing though, any likeness to real flowers is co-incidental...

What wellness is marketed as:
-Body lotions
-Fancy juices

What wellness ACTUALLY looks like:
-Health care coverage
-Access to therapy
-Walkable cities
-Green spaces
-Living wages
-Paid time off
-Physical activity
-Close knit communities

Everyone who works with computers intently are really confused as to why other people want to put computers in everything

"Broad coalitions are problematic in that groups are brought together in the name of noble ideals, but shared values and relationships between them are not concrete enough to flesh out the coalition's goals" said scott crow, sounds wise, I thought.

(From Black Flags and Windmills)

In this "culture war" regarding FSF/RMS most of the commentary I see about the bad things done/said.

I wonder about borrowing a model from the relationship context: the cycle of harmony -> disharmony -> repair.

The most important bit isn't the disharmony, that is inevitable at some point, but the repair.

And this is where I think FSF/RMS really went wrong.

When people bring up a huge range of issues over a long period of time it deserves some serious reflection, healing, and change.

My little babies! Mostly broad beans. And 2 from the neighbour which apparently are courgettes, but they don't look like courgettes to me, hmm.

@freakazoid That's why I think we need a new term. I'm using "cooperative technology": cooperativetechnology.codeberg

The idea is to find out which to nurture more, or what to ask from ones that are lacking in something.

I'm not used to the practise of asking for things that I am missing, and hopefully this can help me label those things.

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I like life as an ecosystem of people and projects - aligning more or less with each of them over time, not just binary in/out.

I listed 6 or 7 such projects that are on my radar right now, and wondered how to evaluate them, I'm trying this system of 3 questions, each scored 0-10 plus a comment:

a) how enjoyable is the experience of participating?
b) how much does it support my needs? (economic, social, material, emotional, etc)
c) how well does it align with my values?

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!

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