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I'm Brad, 33, he/him (mostly), in the US midwest, working on space science hardware (as far as I can get from the military-industrial complex)

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I want to:
- Live in community with friends
- Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism

Request for Suggestions (Please boost!):

Hi all! My reading group is looking for anarchist texts that get a little deeper into theory, praxis, and history of anarchist thought, but are still modern enough to be accessible. Kropotkin, et al, are great, but we're looking for something that's more like a modern summary/analysis of Kropotkin (if y'all get what I mean).

Happy to hear any suggestions you might have!

Sustainability isn't the better option, it's not the better choice.

It is the only thing to do that is not self-destruction. That is, by definition, what it is.

It's not a flavor to be added onto products like "spicy," "sour," "glittery," "country-pop," or something.

It is a criteria actions must meet to not be exploitative. If actions are not sustainable, they are hurting someone, either right now or in the near future.

in tech:

there are lots of lefty folks who start companies! lots of folks who have good ideas and are generally agreeable! lots of folks who, at face value, are trustworthy

but google started with "don't be evil" and now they're Google

the capitalist machine eats the best of our intentions and platitudes from trustworthy sources become weak points for exploitation. the good people aren't enough to stop corrosion – and insisting on safeguards isn't distrust

Re:, Github, Decentralized Code Collaboration 

extremely cursed idea: use some of these cheap thin mini-ITX boards and a pile of laptop drives to make an extremely smol ZFS NAS device. 36 TB of usable data in a 17 cm cube?

Got my @PINE64 PineTime today! Can't wait to noodle around with this lil' thing!

If science fiction/fantasy is not for you, it's not for you. But if you liked the idea but gave up on it because it was the province of straight white men, let me recommend you take another look: the Hugo and Nebula award candidates are full of amazing stuff like N. K. Jemisin's Stone Sky series, Yoon-Ha Lee's Machineries of Empire, Aliette de Bodard's The Tea Master and the Detective, and Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver.

This is basically the first time I've had to reinstall my main PC from scratch in.... 5 years?

My main budgeting app (YNAB4) and Dropbox have changed so much in that time, that getting everything set back up is a herculean task.

YNAB4 is out of support, so guess I'm gonna have to make something myself from scratch?

Work (+/-) 

If you want the Linux-circa-2004 experience back, just try Linux on ARM!

* everything compiles slowly
* distro-hopping to find better hardware support
* oops, you need proprietary drivers for that
* forum posts hold the authoritative documentation *and* code for your distro


I have a new desktop! Everything in my old one was between 5 and 10 years old, and now everything is completely new. It's so weird to have a smol case, and reasonable processing power and ram.

@Zuph It's never a good idea to anthropomorphize computers. They really hate that.

I apologize for what I said when I was big mad at computers last night

I keep in my room a chunk of monocrystalline silicon with googley eyes on it just to remind me of the folly of teaching rocks to think

How in the hell have we managed to build a world of computing on fragile standards, invented by committee, implemented by companies that consider their wrong interpretations of the standard "trade secret", running on software written by people who aren't paid and only barely give a shit?

Hell is a futile search for PCIe SATA controller ICs and finding nothing but proprietary bullshit

A weirdness I have noticed about coworkers 

A weirdness I have noticed about coworkers 

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