@disquiet to continue the pattern the pendulum would need to swing the other way. OKEY DOKEY

@paul I'm curious to hear more about what is "gesture sequencing"?

@disquiet that story made me want to immediately go assemble a model airplane

Shades Gathering Souls

An edit of a photo of Rodin's sculpture The Three Shades, processed with ML

#OtD 1 May 1886, 300,000-500,000 workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay." This strike would lead to the Chicago Haymarket Affair and the start of May Day itself https://libcom.org/history/1886-haymarket-martyrs-mayday

Today, May 1, is International Workers' Day! It commemorates the sentencing to death of eight anarchist workers in Chicago who were framed for throwing a bomb at police who attacked a strike demonstration in May 1886 https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/products/the-incomplete-true-authentic-and-wonderful-history-of-may-day-peter-linebaugh

@acousticmirror @disquiet it makes sense that I would need a Bookwyrm account in order to post there, but I didn't realize I would need the account in order to follow others. I guess I'll have to try it and see what's what. 🙂

@acousticmirror @disquiet are they not both activitypub underneath? so i should be able to follow a bookwyrm or pixelfed (etc) account from mastodon?

Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed (https://pixelfed.org) is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube (https://joinpeertube.org) is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm (https://joinbookwyrm.com) is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...


An post:
Hi I’m Ryan, I’m a dad of four.
I work at a non-FAANG tech company as a project manager in the support department.
I have anxiety.
I play and run several D&D games.
I make lots of weird sounds with synthesizers and spend a lot of time thinking about doing that.
I do musical theatre at a tiny local community theater and I’m terrible.

finally a simple explanation of Stiegler's three retentions:

- primary retention: memorizing a melody while listening to it
- secondary retention: recalling the melody afterwards
- tertiary retention: externalizing the memory of the melody to a music score, a vinyl, etc.

(found in Yuk Hui's Cosmotechnics)

Disquiet Junto Project 0539: Control Breath
The Assignment: Let your slow breathing guide a piece of music.

Step 1: You’re going to record a piece of music in which not just the pace but the shape of your breathing will provide the foundation. Plan to do so with slow breathing.

Step 2: Spend some time just breathing, and paying attention to the breath. Locate a pace that is comfortable to you

Step 3: Best you can, record yourself breathing. It might take time to get the sound right. Record at least a few minutes.

Step 4: Listen back to the breathing you recorded in Step 3.

Step 5: Make a piece of music using the recording from Step 3. Retain the recording in your new piece of music. The sound of you breathing doesn’t need to be prominent, but it should both provide the shape and pace of your work, and at least occasionally be audible.

Details: disquiet.com/0539

Deadline: This project’s deadline is the end of the day Monday, May 2, 2022, at 11:59pm (that is, just before midnight) wherever you are. It was posted on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

“It’s not a problem of getting people to express themselves but of providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people from expressing themselves but rather force them to express themselves. What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and ever rarer, thing that might be worth saying.”

- Gilles Deleuze

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

You came here to leave behind algorithmic feeds, advertisement and annoying overruling billionaires. But, probably, you won't immediately delete all your corporate social media accounts. It's not easy, I get it.

The good news is that being active in different social media could mean experimenting with different social media behaviors. If corporate social media are spammy and attention-grabbing, why not using them only for the spammy and attention-grabbing posts, for the relentless self-promotion that many of us are sort of required to do for work?

Let's leave the eyeball-accumulation mindset to birdsite (that's what we call Twitter here), facebook and instagram. Free from that burden, we can make this a space of authentic exchange, not one where everyone shouts at one another while nobody is listening.

Hmm, an . I'm a farmer at birdsongorchards.com. We grow 200 varieties of fruit and we have a you-pick rose field. Come on by if you find yourself in the Monterey Bay area!

I also , most recently for sage.com.

I'm a longtime member of the lines/monome community and I'm a huge fan of the Disquiet Junto weekly provocations (though the results of any inspiration I might find are often kept private).

Trying to get better at . Trying to get better at . Trying to get better at making the computer do these things too, sometimes with the help of some machine learning.

I'm trying to get better at being comfortable with ambiguity. Many things are neither good, bad, nor neutral. Stuff can be complex and multifaceted, containing multitudes.

@rozina my first encounter with Linux was watching my freshman dorm neighbors debugging and recompiling HID drivers in order to get all the keys on their (standard) keyboard to work. It was ‘93 and you had to be willing to build the plane if you wanted to fly it. So, yeah, I get nostalgic about simpler times. But I also appreciate not having to worry about making my keyboard functional!

One of the most important roles for artists and creators of software today is to imagine and promote forms of cultural practice outside of corporate enclosure.


We are an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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