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Il 24 novembre esce "Entreprecariat", il mio libro su imprenditorialità precaria e precariato imprenditoriale, con prefazione di Geert Lovink e postfazione di Raffaele Alberto Ventura. Preorder:

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every time i say 'for instance' i think of mastadon

"The misalignment between individual expectations and material reality [...] widens the gap between cooperation and competition. What prevents the precariat from turning into a cohesive movement, are its internal struggles fomented by professional competition, social atomization and artificial subdivision into castes and subclasses. The main problem of the precariat, namely that of constituting an 'us', clashes with the overbearing entrepreneurial imperative of producing, affirming and managing an 'I'." (translating bits of )

@entreprecariat laughing it up with online friends, and helping other people have a good time (usually by making tools that prevent them from having a bad time)

is there something online that gives you gratification?

posting something on social media to feel like i achieved something today

is it correct to define the Global North "affluent"?

from a behavioral perspective of design, the form of a thing is its posture

using my 4k monitor to play a dos game with 800x600 resolution, hell yeah

I just got an email from Have I Been Pwned (#HIBP) saying that one of my email addresses was part of a recently revealed data breach.

"The unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991."
"There are 21,222,975 unique passwords."

The article doesn't give many details about the breach itself, just how to use their products to protect yourself. I dislike that but this is still important to share in case someone is seriously affected by this breach.

(please boost)

I always forget that I'm allowed to take sick days. I've worked fast food for too long.... and I even get paid for sick time now, so that's nice.

I've been taking some notes on the relationship between design and the conduct of life, aka self-design. In the first of these notes I propose a behavioral definition of design.

«Siamo abituati a considerare una caratteristica specifica del professionista moderno il fatto che "non abbia tempo" e […] misuriamo il grado dello sviluppo capitalistico dal fatto che gli orologi battano i quarti. […] Ma non vogliamo dimenticare che il primo uomo che (nel Medioevo) vivesse con un tempo suddiviso era il monaco, e che le campane dovevano dapprima soddisfare il suo bisogno di una suddivisione del tempo.» Max Weber, 1905


After three years of (semi) regular existence, it is now high-time that the Pervasive Labour Union zine takes a very close look at the universe of the alternatives to corporate social networks.

What do these alternatives look like? What are the requirements of a 'true' alternative?
The Pervasive Labour Union zine already broached some of these topics on its Special Issue with the Homebrew Server Club on . To follow the HBSC’s strategy, a premium should be put on alternative approaches, not on any specific alternative apps.
We need social networking solutions based on open standards that are able to communicate among themselves, regardless of the platform being used.

Which protocols can and are being developed to achieve interoperability between the different alternatives? How do scale and trust influence the field? What are the forces at play within this realm and how to engage with them?
With this issue, we propose not only to collect a field guide of sorts, but also to open up the discussion on the alternatives and how to tackle the challenges posed by network effects, scalability and financial viability.

DEADLINE: February 5th

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