Good morning to you my squad, my compatriots, my allies and pals and friends, to you total strangers and intimate comrades, to the readers of posts and the fediverse at large. It is Saturday the 18th of January and today, let us ALL get this bread.

You know what I'd really like to see on fedi? The visibility restrictions from Google+, i.e. circles. Because there are times when I'd like to post stuff that's only visible to a subset of my followers. And creating a mass DM isn't the right way because you can't add or remove people retroactively.

"[Apple] has managed the seemingly impossible trick of getting its customers to feel like an oppressed minority over their decision to spend money on products made by one of the most profitable companies on Earth. Those products, and the company’s suite of services, treat these customers as adversaries, using a mix of code and law to ensure that they arrange their affairs to Apple shareholders’ benefit."

slate.com/technology/2020/01/a

someday you will run out of opinions. you will go to the opinion barrel and find it dry and empty. then you will come to me and beg, "opinion haver, please, give me your opinion" and i will look down and say "cw uspol, mh -"

An essentialist examines their life not only to clear out the non-essential obligations and clutter and bad habits and so forth in an attempt to simplify and focus. That's all good, certainly. But the ultimate goal is to orient your life such that when opportunities arise which are squarely in your sights for the lifestyle you most desire, you are in the perfect position to give an emphatic YES. In other words, dreams don't come true just by happenstance. You've got to prepare the way.

So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.

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Let us make this clear to them chuds in the back, shall we?

Human rights, for anyone, especially for minorities, are not political issues; they're moral issues.

Statements supporting human rights, for anyone, especially for minorities, are not political statements; they're moral statements.

People who oppose statements for human rights, for any reason, are not apolitical; they're amoral.

It's time we stop dancing to their tunes. It's time we stop entertaining their dogwhistles. Let's make this message loud and clear:

Human rights are human rights. Human rights are moral issues. If you're against human rights, you're amoral. If you're amoral, eventually you'll be judged.

This Signal kills Fascists. Repeat the Signal.

Oh, and BOTI might be better than BOTY:

== Best of the Interval

Where interval == day, week, month, quarter, year, decade, century, millennium, etc.

Folk punk top five! Tell me yours!

1. Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of Your First (Ramshackle Glory)

2. Fuck It (Days N Daze)

3. To Risk To Live (Days N Daze)

4. New Mexico Song (Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains)

5. like 5 different Mischief Brew songs I can’t choose between. Every Town Will Celebrate? Thanks Bastards? Roll Me Through The Gates of Hell? Dirty Pennies? Old Tyme Mem’ry? For an Old Kentucky Anarchist?

If someone made a cross platform app that used org mode (or something like it) that wasn't clunky and allowed collaboration and they did it well I think they would change the world.

I guess the problem is every other similar system has the operational burden of needing to make money and that fundamentally hamstrings how transformative they can be.

I'm just stuck staring at this thing. Every highway junction is getting replaced. It's decided.

Just listened to the "Philosophize This" episode on Hannah Arendt, a critique on being just an economic actor, and describing yourself in terms of your job, possessions or consumption. This was followed by the Epitaphs episode of "The Allusionist", and the challenge of reducing a life to a short sentence.

It's made me examine why I always resist writing a meaningful Bio in this and other social media sites.

@tsturm Yes! Muting is also good thing. (I do wish Mastodon had timers for mutes like they do for filters.)

The Open in Terminal and .localrc bits deserves some explanation: I have bash configured with a custom shell function that runs from .bashrc. It looks at the current directory for a file named `.localrc` when bash is first loaded and if found imports it, then recursively climbs the directory tree doing the same until it reaches $HOME.

Since I use `~/Projects/$ORG/$PROJECT as my directory layout`, this gives me per-project custom shell environments.

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