Today, I'd like to ask a question.
Why is it that, when you imagine the European middle ages, you think of mud-covered illiterates who don't know what cats look like? Why are the middle ages a period of violence, ignorance, and poverty, a "dark ages" where little of note took place, and the periods that follow aren't?
Now playing: Omake Side A, by Konpeito
I’ve been sick since Thursday this week. It’s not very often that I’m stricken down with the Common Cold but it’s happened this year and has knocked me for six. So Lisabet drove us around some gorgeous scenery to get my nature fix https://www.iancylkowski.com/blog/2020/1/12/a-car-drive-around-the-dales
This was taken on the tiny pentax DA 40mm XS, which I threw in my pocket just in case. I'm always amazed by how good a lens it is despite being unbelievably tiny. This was at f/11 and minimum iso...
I think Mastodon’s core dynamic, uncritically adopted from Twitter, of time-sorted posts, is anti-design. I’d prefer to see an RSS-reader-style view of toots where there’d be accounts on the left with # of unread posts shown, and only when you click on one are you shown the toots & responses.
But it took this article to remind me of the warm friendships unexpectedly made here, and the hope this place continues. The lack of advertising & our admin‘s hard work did that. (Thank you @CobaltVelvet!)
KONPEITO is quarterly Lo-fi hip hop & chill bootleg mixtape, distributed exclusively through the Gemini protocol. Each tape is a half-hour mix, clean on side A and repeated on side B with an added ambient background noise layer for atmosphere. Tapes are generally released in the first week of each meteorological season.
OMAKE TAPES are additional tapes, added whenever finished, that don't fit with the main theme and don't necessarily follow the same "clean side/atmospheric side" format as the main KONPEITO tapes.
Point your gemini browser at gemini://konpeito.media
This piece, ostensibly about helping heroin addicts, does a great job of showing what kind of data you can get by placing Google ads when you get a little creative with it. It's scary. It's eye-opening.
"[A]n individual's location on the wealth spectrum correlates to some extent with [cleverness and industriousness], but the overall shape of that spectrum can be explained to better than 0.33 percent by a statistical model that completely ignores them. Luck plays a much more important role than it is usually accorded, so that the virtue commonly attributed to wealth in modern society—and, likewise, the stigma attributed to poverty—is completely unjustified."
A ton of great praxis can come from just taking a step back and realizing the economy is fake. Everyone has stuff they don't need, and often the people who need that stuff are right next door. And there's always work to be done and people who need work to do. Those things just don't ever connect because they don't have enough green paper to give each other
Timebanking, bartering, community-controlled currency, sharing spaces, or even something as simple as encouraging neighbors to *talk* to each other about what they need and what they can offer, can all dramatically change the quality of life in poor communities - not just after a crash, but at any time
New Hampshire native, early millennial acupuncturist.
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