Attention restoration theory
suggests that mental fatigue and concentration can be improved by time spent in, or looking at nature.
fedi meta, admin notice
oh cool found a fucking thing that just spins up pleroma instances for free.
and it allows people to bring their own domains so blocking all of them automatically will be nigh impossible, although it seems be hosting most "non-domain name" ones at <subdomain>.fedi.live so you could block fedi.live and it'll propagate up through all subdomains
To the point of, specifically, "hack the planet," I will be less skeptical of the notion of "hacking" the planet when it's being said by people who respect life beside human life.
resource exploitation is a pretty big "hack" of the planet already, oil extraction lets us use like 500x more energy each year than Earth's ecology accrues.
Show me how your philosophy fatally inhibits such ways of life, and /maaaybe/ I'll entertain "hacking" the planet as a viable way forward.
But honestly? Let's think like hackers: you get a new toy, do you tear into it and try and hack it by soldering random points together on the circuit board, or do you start by reading the manual, looking on the forum, forming relationships with the circuit board and information around it?
Y'all talking about hacking the planet but can't see see the megaopolis of worms and mushrooms under your feet, or the geopolitics of corvids, and wonder why I don't trust you... eesh.
So, I'm not sure a polite way to say this but:
If you didn't know that the far-right was going to storm the Capitol on the 6th, prior to it occurring, you really need to mix up your news sources and who you talk about the news with.
I can't even remember where I first heard about it, but folk I chat with have been talking about the 6th since a bit before Christmas.
But a lot of y'all, who consume and post a /lot/ of news, seem... still unaware that this was an event that was publicly planned? And that seems like, to be blunt, a personal failing, if you're consuming that much news, that like, "Far right militias publicly organize for violence in DC on January 6th" wasn't a headline you ran across, multiple times.
I see folk criticizing the FBI for investigating antifa and BLM and not white supremacists, and... okay but... the FBI are cops and ACAB? Of course they're researching the wrong people.
So what are /you/ doing to make up the difference?
Not about the politics:
I used to live in DC, while homeless, and there were frequent curfews due to political unrest.
This often led to homeless people who had nothing to do with the situation getting detained and harassed. This group is probably going to be doing a lot of work for the DC homeless community.
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Help to combat the anti-vax movement by understanding how it operates and reading up on what you can do to counter it. CCDH have a report, information and guidance here:
I used an amp from 62 with a turntable from 75, an 80s cassette deck, a bluetooth receiver, and various pairs of speakers from various decades for something like 8 years.
All interoperable, all reasonably repairable, all comprehensible.
Heck, the amp had a schematic inside the case.
@ifixcoinops @calcifer @ajroach42 'convivial technology', is the term used by Ivan Illych in his 1973 book 'Tools for Conviviality.' His intent is to center the needs of people rather than corporations. His work influenced early open source pioneers and should be more widely read by designers, builders, programmers and engineers today. Convivial here means happy or cheerful, but also includes the older sense of 'life together.' https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tools_for_Conviviality
Uhhh, fascist Alex Jones is on mastodon.
Guessing fediverse admins may want to block that instance (it calls itself "The pro-liberty social network" which is fash speak)
Just a heads up to anyone who isn't a fascist lol
I've got a lot of Opinions about amazon and their monopolistic business practices which I'll spare you because you've heard them all before, but my big problem with the kindle specifically is that it's just a really poor ereader. The kindle app for your phone, likewise, a really poor ereading app.
Ereaders are still new enough that the first time you try one, even if it's a mediocre one as ereaders go, it's a revolutionary experience.
Having to give employment references for people in my work reporting line is a good reminder of how utterly invasive and dehumanising the entire residential rental system is.
How much are they paid? How would I describe them as a worker? What are their duties?
None of your fucking business, actually.
That Zoom shut down accounts and calls where people were talking about Tiananmen Square is bad enough. But you need to understand the subtext: Zoom says that their calls are encrypted and private, and yet they can monitor them.
Those two things are mutually exclusive. This entire video chat system is built on a foundation of lies and backdoors.
I’ve been thinking a lot about various creative reactions to the absurdity that we all carry supercomputers in our pocket but have to keep upgrading even to retain functionality because software gets worse and surveillance gets more pervasive
Things like low-power computing (Rpi and friends, microcomputers, retro computing, etc), some of the solarpunk stuff, the “smolnet” (Gopher and Gemini and the like), and so on seem to be interesting ways of highlighting that things could be other than they are
Is there an umbrella term for this? Is someone collecting projects that relate to “computing designed to work well even with low-performance/low-power gear”?
@schrodingers_cat they believe in some things, yes, but they'll never be open about them. They'll say they believe in a healthy populace when, but what they mean is murdering disabled people. They'll say they believe in technological progress, but what they mean is they want more tools of oppression.
Fascists will never argue in good faith. They'll go on and on about some red herring or another nonsense idea, not in order to convince you of their point - but to manipulate you into acting a certain way.
Here lies something that might have been a pigeon in an alternate dimension.
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