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"Your disability is the direct result of society's failure to accommodate the entire spectrum of human existence, NOT a flaw within you."
I have new work in this amazing SFPC exhibition at Westbeth Gallery in NYC https://sfpc.io/sevenyears/
I'm showing letterpress prints and a short video piece based on this project https://github.com/aparrish/word-gan-book-generator (mastodon friends have seen a lot of WIP posts about these pieces)
the gallery is open tomorrow and thursday (jan 22nd & 23rd), please go visit if you're in the area and have the time! I should've promoted this before the opening but I'm really bad at remembering to do things like that!
So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.
I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool https://gath.io
The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.
Check out more at my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/organizing-on-32729070
ROMAN SOLDIER: halt, strange person! where are you from?
TIME TRAVELER: i come from the future. what are your names?
ROMAN SOLDIER: my name is QUINTUS, as i am the fifth child in my family. my comrade is SEXTUS, for he was the sixth child in his family. what is your name?
TIME TRAVELER: my name's LIV
ROMAN SOLDIER: [starts counting on his fingers as his eyes open in fear]
Here it is: Manyverse for iOS! Now available on the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/app/manyverse/id1492321617
are you an internet user? do you feel like a giant noob in terms of security habits, practices and software? would you like to make your communications a bit more difficult to barge into, perhaps protect some files specially well?
i'm offering free practical infosec guides for newbies, not very technical stuff that can be used day-to-day along with an assesment of what you might need.
I'm desperately looking to help out, so seriously, hit me up if you're interested.
* no TSA/security theater
* no ID checks or mandatory gendering
* free wifi
* quiet car (the conductor cheerfully described it as "a library-like atmosphere")
* not overbooked (i have both seats to myself at the moment)
* normal atmospheric pressure and air circulation
* get to watch the landscape zip by
* traveling slowly eases jet lag and locale disorientation
filmmaker, photographer, traveller, storyteller
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here