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in the future we won't take photos we'll just write down a prompt "family christmas Unreal engine 4k trending on Artstation" we'll say

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"Maybe like the response to the industrial level food industry and farming industry, we will have a slow food or slow tech movement. Maybe we will find than an organic, slow, localized kind of connectivity, that doesn't demand a 24/7 type of connectivity, and drive an addictive quality of life might be more enjoyable. We have no idea what's possible and plausible, but I think it's incumbent upon us to try to try to imagine, try to dream about the kinds of lives and societies and communities we want to live in. That's what I enjoy thinking about and try to offer into the conversation."

- Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression and co-founder of the Center for Critical Internet Studies at UCLA, on the topic of Social Media and Tech Abolition

Duration: 31:33 | Recorded on November 10, 2020

"Teachers are as trapped by having to command as students are trapped by having to obey.

The masters are enslaved by their power.

Teachers need to move away from the front of the classroom and even consider the question: does the classroom have to have a front?"

"The Other Ways Project", Alan Kaprow and Herbert Kohl

Zero Inbox policies are a plot of drug companies to sell anxiolytics.

This flower, Anemona Alpina, is the Nina Hagen of flowers.

"If yesterday’s information scientists claimed that their models ranked authors by “productivity” and libraries by “effectiveness,” today’s “AI experts” claim that their algorithms rank “personalized” search results by “relevance.” These claims are never innocent descriptions of how things simply are. Rather, these are interpretive, normative, politically consequential prescriptions of what information should be considered relevant or irrelevant. 

These prescriptions, disguised as descriptions, serve to reproduce an unjust status quo. Just as print publications should not be deemed obsolete and discarded from library collections on the basis of citation counts, online information should not be deemed irrelevant and ranked low in search results on the basis of “click-through rates” and ad revenues. The innovative experiments by Cuban information scientists remind us that we can design alternative models and algorithms in order to disrupt, rather than perpetuate, patterns of inequality and oppression" - Rodrigo Ochigame

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We're happy to announce that we just started to work on three new interdependent online resources: the Damaged Earth Catalog, the Permacomputing wiki, and the permacomputing workshop series!


Damaged Earth Catalog

A growing online catalog of the different terms in circulation, used by communities of practice, in relation to computing and network infrastructure informed by ecological ethics, degrowth, resilience, repair, and minimalism. Currently developed by @l03s as part of her PhD research.


Permacomputing wiki

A new wiki about permacomputing that aims to expose its principles, present and discuss the concepts and jargon required to engage with permacomputing, and maintain a repository of related projects. Currently facilitated by @viznut and @320x200 open for contributors!


Permacomputing in the Arts

A workshop series that will be developed throughout end-2022 and 2023 as an onboarding course for permacomputing practices in art an design. The workshops will be made available as an Open Educational Resource. Developed by @320x200 as part of a postdoc research on the topic.

I have been looking into some habit-tracking apps as of late to help me with tracking food and meds due to health complications. One of the apps I tested contained this amazing piece of navel-gazing UI.

Not exactly nudging folk into pro-social behaviours.

Had a lovely day at the end of semester presentations of third year students at DAT ArtEZ, Arnhem.

I really do not like "soft launches", they always fail at being soft and are somewhat flaccid instead. But people don't like calling them "flaccid launches". "My teddy bear is soft but this product launch is flaccid". I never make new friends at soft launches.

Watched this last night. Left a wonderful aftertaste well into this morning.

All data are imperfect or incomplete, often times both.

Practicing image captioning in the Fediverse as suggested by @pixouls. Feedback much appreciated.

Is this how tweets get to the birdsite?

I've been thinking a lot about the lyrics of this aria in Sun & Sea by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė & Lina Lapelytė.

- My mother left a 3D printer turned on. And the machine began to print me out.

When my body dies, I will remain, In an empty planet without birds, animals and corals.

Yet with the press of a single button I will remake this world again:
- 3D corals never fade away!
- 3D animals never lose their horns!
- 3D food doesn't have a price!
- 3D me lives forever!

I will print you out, mother, when I need you, my sister too, I will print you out, when I miss you dearly.

All of us together will print out some meat, and shrimp as well. When we want something savoury to eat. And we will print out the bees, so that at least some sweetness is left.

The Linux desktop experience needs more buttons in modal dialogs saying "Fine" or "Obviously" that emphasize pointless reassurance.

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