Hello! I am a scientist and parent looking to chat with folks about the future — the scary parts and also the hopeful parts. I'm interested in #permacomputing, the small internet, and doing more with less. I've been writing at http://degrowther.smol.pub/ and more recently sharing stuff at http://retrace.club/~mycorrhiza/. #introductions
anarchism 101 stuff
All systems of minority rule are illegitimate. https://degrowther.smol.pub/20220704_minority_rule
E.g.: I have this whole zine I wrote on the motivating ideology of conservatism (because I think most people get it wrong), and I go through and edit it whenever US Republicans pull off another evil plot (i.e., often). In its current form, it’s an incoherent rant. Will I ever actually edit it into something to share? It doesn’t matter — putting my thoughts into “the zine” has been so much better for me than Posting, and that’s enough. SOFA!
I have become obsessed with Gingery’s “Build Your Own Metal Working Shop from Scrap” books ever since I saw a post about them by @wren. Definitely worth tracking them down if you want to daydream about building your own lathe. http://retrace.club/~mycorrhiza/posts/20220702_diy_metal_shop/
snarky and unhelpful, github
It’s amazing how many people claim they can’t leave GitHub because of various integrated services that they absolutely rely on to do their work. My dude… you… program computers? This is the ultimate “build your own workshop” vocation! #GiveUpGithub
And this is kind of Taoist but one way to conceptualize work and leisure is... not conceptualize work and leisure. Abandoning the duality of doing/not doing and understanding how it is all a part of *being.* Work isn't this holy endeavor set apart from mere leisure, it's just a process and function of life like growing, eating, shitting or dying. There is no lazy because not doing what we currently call work is just a part of being, too. A rather crucial part, in fact.
I’m still new to using Mastodon regularly. In general, I think the differences between Twitter and here are more cultural than technical. That said, I’ve become convinced that not implementing “quote toots” was the absolute right move, and after digging a little bit deeper I’m gladdened to see that this was intentional: https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/309#issuecomment-469260847
there's a series of books called "build your own metal working shop from scrap" by david gingery - it's about what you expect from the title: going from a backyard foundry up to actual working machine tools, fully (or near enough as makes little difference) bootstrapping yourself along the way
they're on libgen
I've put together a survey about the Small Internet (#gopher, #gemini, individual webpages, small community sites) and I would love your input. If you are a small internet user, please spend a few minutes and fill in your thoughts. I'm especially interested in the open response questions. This will help inform an upcoming conference talk I'll be giving at https://mch2022.org
Also, please boost this on fedi as much as possible and feel free to re-share on other social networks and in other communities. The more responses the better.
Okay, something nice (and not irrelevant in the current moment). I really like this post from @tinyrabbit, one of my favorite geminauts. Human Made Internet Content Hidden in Plain Sight: https://warmedal.se/~bjorn/posts/2022-06-24-human-made-internet-content-hidden-in-plain-sight.html
My (large) employer is considering a move to the cloud, and I’ve become quite skeptical that the centralization of IT infrastructure saves any energy. Sure, if we were talking about code running on bare metal, putting all the servers together would probably represent some energy savings. But that’s not what we’re doing of course — we’re running (incredibly inefficient) code, in containers, on virtual machines, just to support this “centralization”.
It’s not lost on me that there’s a parallel to the State here. Think of all the wasted energy that goes into supporting a huge bureaucracy... just so some hack in DC can make decisions that will affect my life much more than they’ll affect theirs. What’s the carbon cost of a Supreme Court?
I can’t ignore what’s going on but I made a commitment to myself to not write about US political shit too much on the Fediverse. It’s not productive for me, personally, to vent online, so I stopped doing it.
But I feel a need to acknowledge this moment, and recognize that a lot of people are reasonably Freaked Out. My advice? Sit with it for a bit. Your anger is justified. When you’re ready to do something about it I’m here to help you.
Anarcho-dad, working scientist, wobbly
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