Much of the independent web relies on Patreon to organize financial support.
The good folks at @comradery are building an ethical alternative as a co-op.
One of their rules is "no bosses, no cops". It's not meant for businesses (even nonprofits like the one I work for) but for independent creators, workers, activists, and co-ops.
If that could be a good fit for anything you our your friends are doing, maybe give them a follow here to stay updated as they're building the platform!
Public Library Receipt Shows How Much Money You’ve Saved by Borrowing Books, Instead of Buying Them
More sanity from my home country: Māori tribal leaders & their advisers call for data sovereignty, to take back control of what is theirs. Cited is "an intergenerational approach to data, as a taonga (treasure)"
Self-hosting is included as a strategy, servers at home & on the marae (meeting house).
This initiative can be seen as a form of infrastructural de-colonisation, reclaiming what has been lost to the digital imperialism of AWS, Microsoft & other 'cloud' giants
These little comics are new to me. Quite a few make make it up on my wall. http://www.to-zo.com/notbut. Substitute “instrument” for “pen”, and this rings true for me:
I've lost count at how many I've used. Consumer, industrial, minicomputer, mainframe, high concept to complete toy. Pre-release, beta, half broken dev builds. I've cut my teeth on so many UNIXes and Linuxes they all look the same.
So, what's the best?
The one you have, and the one that feels like home.
There is no ultimate OS. Prefer to crack code on bog standard Windows? That's cool. MacOS? Sure, if that works for you. I don't care if you're on a mean and lean Arch build, a Haiku Alpha, or some patched monstrosity running in a VM on top of Qubes.
Your home isn't my home, and shouldn't be.
That's what makes it beautiful.
Wonderful to see Allen Strange's classic book, Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls, coming up for a long-overdue reprint, thanks to the Kickstarter campaign of Toronto Metropolitan University professor Jason Nolan.
Today I ran and as so often I had a discussion with myself meanwhile. It was about why I run. Here is the gist of it.
I don't run for the stats or numbers. Not to improve myself, become a better me or optimized. Neither to compare or be in competition. For sure not to have fun.
I run because I decided to.
And I deem this reading on agency important enough to share it. So often we do things because somebody or something sold us a story why we should do this or believe that. In a corporate world so much of our intent and agency is geared towards other ends and means then ourselves and our communities.
I run because I decided to.
On my tracks around the neighbourhood somebody planted a tomato-plant in an old tree-trunk. I love that.
Seattle native, perpetual remodeler, former professional technologist, tinkerer of electronics and ham radio, explorer of sounds.
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