Sexual harassment was wrong in the 50s. It was wrong in the 80s. It is wrong today.
There is no statute of limitations on social interactions.
The Internet is helping people come together to claim their power and hold those *in* power accountable.
I hope that this is only the beginning.
And I hope that racism gets the same treatment.
Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.
I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.
Boosts gratefully appreciated.
Stallman, FSF, MIT, Epstein, Minsky
#Stallman and to some extent the structural constitution of the #GNU project and the #FSF that solely revolves around #rms' vision of the world and society—with absolutely no room for other opinions—has always been problematic. It's indeed not new at all. It has overshadowed and prevented the development of free software to be more culturally diverse and a more politicised effort. Similarly, his dogmatic attitude has created throughout the years a situation where free software communities are having a hard time to be self critical and are effectively unable to evaluate the nature of their discourse. Ultimately, there has been increasing cognitive dissonance between the values they believe sharing and their actions, with sometimes quite aggressive response to even the slightest form of criticism and critique of anything related to software/user freedom. At best, criticism is deflected by tweaking the terminology and the language used, and if needed new definitions of words are created to defuse problematic statements. Hopefully these kind of exposures and open discussions will help move forward work on software and cultural freedom, in general, and not lead to complete implosion.
It is such an individualistic approach to learning. The belief that we can learn without interacting with other people directly. That deliberating with people, debating, sharing knowledge, and being asked questions you never would have thought have can be supplemented by a screen is depressing as hell and shows how we devalue educators
“the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will leave the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on October 17, ending 144 years of U.S. involvement”
tl;dr if you’re not a giant corporation, sendings stuff internationally will get prohibitively expensive and small businesses will falter
Today, since I'm going to an #IWW meeting, I'm wearing my favorite shirt I've ever designed! I made it for Wobblies who were involved at Occupy.
It's a cutesy sabo-tabby (the IWW cat), next to an acrostic of #ACAB, which spells out "All Cats Are Beautiful."
Those in the know might know that's not what ACAB always means - sometimes it means All Cops Are Bad.
A cool nuance toward this other spelling-out is that a cat is a worker who's damn good at their work and likes it. So yea, ACAB!
I wrote about how we, F/LOSS lovers, need to drop toxic 'heroes' and need to either reform or move on from organizations that WON'T help https://v2.jacky.wtf/post/intersection-poc-floss
Mastodon & SeizeMeans.com
Since the middle of last year I've had a Mastodon instance at SeizeMeans.com. I didn't feel I should make it open to anyone else until I put together a Code of Conduct, but today I finally pieced one together. SeizeMeans.com is a Mastodon instance open to communists, socialists, anarchists and fellow travelers.
Vintage Computer Festival this weekend
Mentioning it here because it's timely: the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest is happening this weekend, and if I wait until the normal day I would post this - Sunday in Lazy Reading - it will be too late. Go if you are anywhere near. (Credit goes to joshua stein on the ChiBUG mailing list - don't forget their meeting next Tuesday.)
Passing thought: nobody ever says “look at this thing Facebooker Susan Smith posted” or “check out what Twitterer Skinky Dumpawps posted”, but I constantly see “look at Redditor Throwaway477864’s insightful discussion” or “watch what Youtuber Spafford Spiderton has to say”. What makes a site wrap up it’s users’ identities that way, and is it a thing that should be generally cultivated or avoided?
“The phrase ‘robots are taking our jobs’ gives technology agency it doesn’t (yet?) possess, whereas ‘capitalists are making targeted investments in robots designed to weaken and replace human workers so they can get even richer’ is less catchy but more accurate.” This is a good read.
I don't know what to say here yet except: I love video gaming, computers, free software/open culture, movies and anime. Follow if you like the above!
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko