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THE PARA-REAL: FINDING THE FUTURE IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

A livestream series about hidden economies, communities building livelihoods and support in defiance of platform exploitation and atomisation.

Streaming WEEKLY from Sunday, May 23
12PM PDT/3PM EDT/9PM CEST

FULL ANNOUNCEMENT πŸ‘‰πŸ½ ndc.substack.com/p/the-para-re

TRAILER πŸ‘‰πŸ½ youtube.com/watch?v=b-JQ5Bo4Jn

STREAMING SITE & PROGRAMME πŸ‘‰πŸ½ stream.undersco.re

PUBLIC CALENDAR LINK: webcal://cloud.undersco.re/remote.php/dav/public-calendars/9FzomgAfidHWCQcx/?export

@shibacomputer oh i didn't know this one, but the spirit seems to be the same as Foobar2000, which is so cutomisable that, yeah, you could almost call it a "music player engine" ;)

Another good example of how powerful interface complexity can be is with MusicBee, a free music app for Windows. On the surface it looks similar to any other music player, but it embraces the messiness of music, cataloguing and user preference with respect to their music. Fully skinnable, automation management, multi-format encoding/transcoding, Discogs/Musicbeans support, streaming support, soundcloud support, extensive keyboard support, syncs with portable music players and phones etc etc. A negotiated balance between the expression of art inherent in music, and the user's individual relationships to music. An incredibly liberating tool.

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With no disrespect intended to the merveilles.town crowd (and similar spaces), I'm more excited by the power of embraced complexity inherent in systems borrowed from games and simulations than I am by
the aesthetics and interfaces derived from simplicity, command lines, minimalism and degrowth.

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Masterplan, for example, remains one of the most striking personal project management tools I've ever encountered. If you've never seen it before, you owe it to yourself to see how it works, and how its designer, Solarlune, perceives the relationships between interface, animation and input: solarlune.itch.io/masterplan

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I've been playing on and off with Godot, an open source 2d/3d game engine. I increasingly think that game engines offer the most exciting examples of new or more supportive/powerful desktop paradigms, particularly for personal software.

medium.com/swlh/what-makes-god

Hilarious that a bunch of people liked this post. Thank u for enjoying my generally awful mood and impatience I guess?? πŸ˜…

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Not finished yet, but making progress.

More than anything, I'm really happy with our integration work and aesthetics with this Underscore project. πŸ’œπŸ’œ

THE PARA-REAL: Finding the Future in Unexpected Places

EPISODE 2
We Are Here Because of Those Who Were Not: Claiming the Para-Real with Black trans artist and archivist Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley

*The Para-Real mirrors real world politics into digital spaces, amplified by hardware costs, supply chain injustices and connectivity access. Though celebrated as a refuge for the weird, the 1990s digital culture overwhelmingly favoured a demographic with the material means and luxury of time to immerse themselves in it. The result of this lack of access is a homogenous digital culture with narrow definitions of identity and aesthetics. Through reflection on her trailblazing work and experiences as an artist, Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley details the shortfalls of today's digital identity systems, the missing voices from early digital culture, and the unexpected outcomes when game engines, creative tools and hardware are liberated from class barriers and become universally accessible.*

Streaming in 40 minutes πŸ‘‰ stream.undersco.re

Also we're having a viewing party, you can join via the stream or on Discord discord.com/invite/Xu9D3qVana

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if you look in the mirror and say 'systems of power' three times adam curtis will magically appear

Looking for a freelance Java developer to quote me for a small open source job extending a feature in an existing Java applet. This is for a cooperatively owned infrastructure project. Bonus if you’ve ever worked with Keycloak. DM me for additional details. Thank you!

If you missed Episode 1, the stream archive is available on demand now! thanks to Undersco.re for the stream and archive infrastructure β™₯

"It's Weird, Okay!? I Get It's Weird!": Finding the Self in the Para-Real with VR Documentarian Joe Hunting ✨✨✨
tv.undersco.re/videos/watch/80

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