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"To transform our situation is also to transform our minds.

To transform our minds is also to transform our situation, because the situation is mind, and mind is situation."


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Been trying to read a "book" on "paper back" for nearly the first time since switching hard to ebooks in the mid-10s somewhere and finding myself surprisingly annoyed with the experience. The print is too small. If you don't specifically exert force to keep the book open it closes. Dubious UX design

I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

If you're a GNOME Foundation member, we need six more people to register an objection to this proposed change to the Board of Directors in order to have it put to an actual vote:

You do have to be an existing GF member, but it's important. This is a resolution where the Board wants to modify itself, with the members not having a vote.

Without meeting the signature threshold, the board will just adopt a change to the rules governing itself. That's bad process. Period.

"There is just one significant flaw in the tragedy [of the commons] parable. It does not accurately describe a commons. Hardin's fictional scenario sets forth a system that has no boundaries around the pasture, no rules for managing it, no punishments for overuse and no distinct community of users. But that is not a commons. ... A commons requires that there be a community willing to act as a conscientious steward of a resource"

-- "Think like a Commoner"

«The European Commission has published the results of a study analysing the economic impact of Open Source Software and Hardware in the European economy. It is estimated that companies located in the EU invested around €1 billion in Open Source Software in 2018, which brought about a positive impact on the European economy of between €65 and €95 billion.»

When a person discussing a system design (a food web, a social medium, a government, etc) is focused on preventing "freeloaders" or "parasites" instead of maximal benefit for minimal effort it's time to step back and reframe.

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One challenge I think we face is to rebuild our relationships not only with each other but also with all the life, land, water, systems, and many non-human societies of Earth. We already live alongside so much other life, but as a species we have yet to learn how to do so with respect.

I think this can be described as an issue of the need for realization of interdependence, and interbeing.


Issues that I talk about in my work include how the idea of "progress" was built by colonialism on hierarchies of culture and race with white Europe at the top. This also applies to "intelligence" and "technology" and "civilization" and "culture" and ideas like "advanced vs. primitive" and distinctions between "nature vs. culture" and "object vs. subject" and "self vs. other" and so on. All of these ideas have a history.


If you weren't aware, astronomers don't have a great relationship with Musk. A big issue for us is the Starlink satellites, which due to their low altitude and high number, already regularly interfere with ground-based observations. #starlinked on Twitter has endless examples.

We get told it's the "price of progress" and that SpaceX will make space telescopes cheap anyway. But that's BS: development of advanced space tech is much more expensive than the launch.

The idea of "protestware" or that "software isn't supposed to have an opinion" or that open source is supposed to be somehow neutral, merely "getting the job done".

This was never true, even in the olden days. Even back then, there were protest aspects to software and things were written with an agenda. PGP had an agenda. p2p software in the 2000s had an agenda which even turned into a political party. Creative Commons had an agenda. Cryptocurrency definitely came with an agenda explicitly embedded in the code.

😒 ✋ coding education for children to turn out young, plentiful and cheap workforces for tech companies
😎 👉 continuing tech education & community support so people of all ages can take charge of their technology and not be exploited by tech companies & government

A thread on MuskSite about how gamification makes it hard for people to leave and makes them a bit disappointed when they try other sites. Please do share over there if interested, if you're still posting there to try and help people escape...

Attempting to become a #twitter convert. So an #introduction is due I suppose? I'm a scientist (astrophysics) who studies the atmospheres of planets around other stars. Passionate about communication science to the public, particularly when it comes to habitability of exoplanets! Follow me for science, cats, and crafts <3

Also this place by itself is not better than twitter. It's the communities taking care of each other and treating people like people.

With each growth this is a test whether the communities are resilient enough to take care of newcomers.

So be excellent to each other, stick to your CoCs and let's weed out attention seekers and capitalism.

thinking about how to add encrypted DM's to mastodon

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