"When all can drop the moral posturing, all may be able to work together to find an outcome all can live with—which will not be good, bad, or uninteresting, but a nebulous combination of all three."
Recording an episode of my podcast today, this passage from the book struck me:
"For politics to be anything more than a quantitative showdown, both sides in a conflict must recognize the nebulosity of their interests. Not only are _those people_ not simply evil, and _us folks_ not simply holy: what they _want_ is not purely wrong, and what we want is not an unalloyed good."
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I've been playing with notetaking with logseq, an open-source git-syncing, Roam clone. It's one to watch, but I'm still happiest with Obsidian + Synchthing.
1. What we want most from meaning is guarantees. Religions, political ideologies, and other eternalist systems promise certainty; but they cannot deliver.
2. It’s deluded to think we mostly understand issues of meaning (ethics, purpose, value, politics). Ideologies create and sustain that illusion.
It's helpful to have an idea of the size of the network, the number of active users, the deployment of new versions, etc.
By doing so, you'll contribute to those dashboards: https://network.funkwhale.audio/dashboards/d/overview/funkwhale-network-overview?orgId=1
You can opt-out at any time, from your pod settings (older stats will be deleted as well if you do).
Holy shit y'all... I am #boardgaming... with people!?
Hello Terraforming Mars my old friend...
Look, while this article is mostly right, that Pipeline shutdown happened due to the fear of not making a profit, not the ransomware itself. Don’t forget that as bad as this whole situation is, the pipeline itself was actually functional, but they shut it down because their billing system was offline.
Dear battery technology claimant,
Thank you for your submission of proposed new revolutionary battery technology. Your new technology claims to be superior to existing lithium-ion technology and is just around the corner from taking over the world. Unfortunately your technology will likely fail, because:
[ ] it is impractical to manufacture at scale.
[ ] it will be too expensive for users.
[ ] it suffers from too few recharge cycles.
... link for more:
An interactive guide to beautiful animated spiral patterns.
New Mastodon moderation tool
Hello #fediblock and #mastoadmin! Please forgive me, I don't actually have an instance block recommendation in this post. However, if you're looking in either of these hashtags, I think you'll appreciate what I do have quite a bit.
I've developed a userscript that lets you perform moderation actions on remote instances extremely quickly and conveniently from the Mastodon frontend. Just highlight a domain, right click, and open a tab to a pre-filled New Domain Block form.
Unfortunately, this only works on Mastodon specifically (as well as its forks).
To install it, follow the instructions on the installation page. All you need to do is make sure you have Tampermonkey installed and then type your instance domain into a box. The page itself answers a few questions that I've anticipated receiving but feel free to ask me about it if you're interested.
I hope that people find this useful!
A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
Convention info: https://penguicon.org