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Blog post about Snowdrift.coop being at upcoming


Links to talks, mentions the update that we'll have a table @SeaGL for the first time!

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Several team members from Snowdrift.coop will be speaking at @SeaGL in November

More details on our event posting at our forum: community.snowdrift.coop/t/sea

I appreciated this as a way to hopefully wake up people about invasive tracking: stealingurfeelin.gs/

(it's a public awareness video that does live tracking to demonstrate it to you)

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What's a healthy and effective way to describe feeling pleased with one's work without pride?

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If you say "I'll measure all the things, then look for patterns" I promise that you'll find them. But it doesn't mean they mean anything. In a big enough data set, some patterns will exist from random chance, no matter how unlikely.

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That's a common outcome of organizing against something. Organizing *for* a thing can be intellectually engaging and has a better life expectancy

Also don't judge the working class for the education capitalism gave them or by the standards a privileged education may have given you. Everyone is capable of and deserving of self realization. You don't know what people are actually like until they've had that opportunity

I say that because I have a recurring experience where if I *only* say: this social justice activist, I agree with them completely. Period. People assume I also am in lockstep with a certain social-justice groupthink echo-chamber.

And if I say I disagree with the "woke" groupthink echo-chamber, people assume I agree with the opposite side that defends patriarchy and capitalism.

The black-and-white / us-vs-them / polarized perspectives are dead-ends, and I'm not going to take those paths.

Just listened to early episode teamhuman.fm/episodes/ep-13-ky

Dr. Kyra Gaunt; wonderful discussion; & I agree with *everything* she says.

Incidentally, I disagree with a lot of the tactics and philosophy of much of the "woke" aspects of activists who otherwise join me in agreement with Dr. Gaunt.

There *is* a reasonable place for *agreeing* with all the anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchy views while disagreeing with misguided tactics (a topic too complex for this toot).

Google and Facebook are *advertising* businesses.

Apple is not *as* bad because they have a different business model: planned-obsolescence.

My argument against false dichtomies / us-vs-them / black-and-white thinking:

**There are many, many *different* ways to be wrong.**

(and thus, you probably are misjudging *why* and in *which ways* others get things wrong, even though chances are good that they are indeed wrong)

I saw a toot from someone being trite, insulting, and dismissive of someone else. I happen to disagree with much or most of what the object of the insult has to say and feel that they are overrated by those who like them, and I don't appreciate their style of rhetoric. Still, the insult was unfair.

I don't feel comfortable pushing back on the unfair insult because of the common pattern where any such push-back is seen as a signal of being on the "side" of the person being criticized.

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#Javascript is the motorcar of the web. It enabled many things to be done in a web browser that couldn't be done with just HTML/CSS (although some like media embedding now can). But like cars, it came with a whole bunch of negative externalities. Too often URLs now point to 'scriptsites', not websites, where even text and static images can't be browsed with JS turned off.

Today's idea I won't get to actually creating:

comedy sketches based on huge quantities of novel absurd stereotypes (like inventing arbitrary stuff "you know how group X does Y all the time? wink-wink", but mad-libs style) to mock the use of stereotypes otherwise and to pollute that space in hopes of getting people to recognize the stupidity of stereotypes, especially in comedy

Really appreciated Nora Bateson's interview / conversation on Team Human teamhuman.fm/episodes/ep-106-n

The call to recognize complexity in interrelationships everywhere seems to me the best antidote to all the simplistic black-and-white political rhetoric we see everywhere (especially in online social media) these days.

It's strange to think 25 years ago that our basic system of waste management can't possibly work, and then go years and years feeling baffled wondering how the heck it seems to be still working. Of course, I was right all along, I just live on the wrong time-scale.


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While I'm on a rant, it annoys me that I might have to retire my laptop in a year or two, even though the hardware is still working fine and dandy, just because even #FreeCode software seems to require more and more hardware power over time to do basically the same tasks. When I bought this laptop in 2010, it could run perfectly good voice and video calls over Skype on Windows XP! We must stop treating complex electronics as disposables.

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