I think I'd enjoy living in the city a lot more if people would drop the weird "urban solitude" thing where you're supposed to pretend you aren't aware of each other's existence.

It feels so weird to walk by someone on the street, say "good morning" and watch them stare directly forward and pretend they're alone on the sidewalk.

Humans are weird.

And to be absolutely clear, everyone I've "met" here has been great and the content is great too. I just think I want to focus on building my existing relationships and consuming more books and music instead of internet-people-thoughts.

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An interesting result having moved off of "traditional" social platforms and coming over here.

I'm not sure I even need to be a part of a social platform at all.

Maybe this was obvious to everyone but me. The mainstream stuff felt obligatory and I left it resenting it. Being on here without the obligation has let me really consider what value I'm getting. I might end up signing off but feeling grateful and liberated.

@mattcropp @rechelon I think I'm going to have to chew on that a while and come back to it. This passage sticks with me: "Patriarchy shoves young boys into a kind of brutal competition and the reward it promises at the end of the tunnel is the thing it takes away: empathy, connection, and kindness. We are told that if we can harden ourselves, learn to wall ourselves off further, we might one day stand on the top of a pile of corpses in some gladiatorial arena and be presented with love."

"...I've always lived cheaply. I live like a student, basically. And I like that, because it means that money is not telling me what to do. I can do what I think is important for me to do. It freed me to do what seemed worth doing. So make a real effort to avoid getting sucked into all the expensive lifestyle habits of typical Americans. Because if you do that, then people with the money will dictate what you do with your life. You won't be able to do what's really important to you."

Wow RMS

Update: last week only one other family was able to join us. Still meant some yummy food!

Today is the second swap and there are four of us!

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Social.coop membership policies 

Putting it here because I don't think the combined moderation/membership working group page is up yet, but…

I think we should change our front page a bit to explicitly welcome people who are new to the co-operative movement, like if they've never been in a co-op and would like to try it out.

Right now it's a bit like, HAVE YOU PROMISED YOUR FIRST-BORN CHILD TO THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT???? WE WILL CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION

Rather suddenly in the market for remote contract web development work. Located in Central Time, US. I'm full-stack, with a focus on the front-end. HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, Java, a little of everything. I'm a former scrummaster. I write a lot about web dev. I believe in empathy and compassion in tech.

I'm currently working on my own blog. Meanwhile, I have posts on tech at medium which get over 2k views per month.
medium.com/@uistephen/keyboard

Would appreciate boosts, thanks.

Unions have been trying to organize software engineers for decades, with little success. Here's a look at the organizing campaign that might turn things around. portside.org/2018-04-21/coding

There's great work being done around the world, but so much of it is bankrolled by really problematic neoliberal enterprises as a marketing exercise.

The difficulty with that isn't that money is being funnelled into good causes, but that those good causes are beholden (even if subconsciously) to those neoliberal enterprises.

How about big companies pay their taxes and citizens decide where money is spent, instead of rich white guys and their marketing departments deciding?

Starting a "meal share" with my local family. Everyone participating is preparing a large batch of something, and then we all trade portions. I'm really hoping folks like and it sticks around.

Hayley and I like to prep as much food over the weekend as possible to make eating well during the week easier. Making a bunch of one thing is a lot easier than making a smaller batch of several things.

In places I've used type systems like , , and , I was able to lean on the types for a refactor. ... doesn't feel that way.

> Oh you've updated that component? Here's a new puzzle to solve! - TypeScript

... sorry I'm grumpy this morning

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Today's a shout-at-TypeScript-unitl-it-gives-in kind of day... Anyone have tips for parsing more complex errors? Or perhaps just moving quickly during a refactor?

reddit, major bummer, masto optimism 

This was a really interesting interview. He mentions there's possibility for folks to come together and make things for themselves (at least that's how I read it) and I think the is a great model for that. And with federation, I don't know if there's the same need to scale and "compete" with things like FB.

Thanks to @kevboh for sharing in workslack

nymag.com/selectall/2018/04/da

and, in a way, the fediverse is a social justice action: it is a protest against corporate-owned capitalized social media platforms which condition humanity towards gamified outrage interactions for the sake of driving advertising revenue

the key point is that social justice requires *action*

being the change you want to see in the world, etc.
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Do folks have recommendations for "analytics" strategies for a personal site that won't contribute to tracking visitors across the larger web?

I don't want to feed the data machine more but I'd also like to know where folks are going on my site.

My first thought is something opt-in like a guestbook but that'd probably require me to build it 😕

Small Instances: might want pleroma -- it's got lower resource usage, so, savings.

Large Instances: probably mastodon -- it has better admin tools rn, which are likely to come up

Expanding Instances: umm.. I guess you intend to be large,, so mastodon,?, why are you asking this seperately..?

Galaxy Instances: wait what what does that even mean what's going on here

Meditating Universe Instances: I THOUGHT THIS WAS SOFTWARE RECS
ARE YOU IMPLYING COSMIC BEINGS OF PURE THOUGHT
USE ACTIVITYPUB

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