Listened: A blast in Manhattan
Read: Doughnut Economics
Gone, gone beyond!
All gone to the other shore
If you have to go
Yesterday I woke up with back pain in a new place, mid-back; it got a bit worse in the evening after attending the beautiful event of AG presenting. It didn't get in the way of enjoyment but I need to keep an eye on it/take care and try to rest and recover.
...Having said that, I cleaned the bathroom and Lady Burup's toilet and my back got a bit worse :) But I feel it still gave me energy.
Then I worked a bit more, after oncall handoff, and I got several things "out of the way" in a relatively short time. It felt great.
Read: Doughnut Economics
Reflecting back and seeing them published on my website, I realise my work notes each day are a little mundane.
Watched: Isle of Dogs
Reading: Doughnut Economics
Listened: Hotel Bar Sessions: Late Capitalism
Today at work I:
Today at work I:
Today at work I:
When I'm working, I don't log a lot in the journal, I noticed.
We had another play of Space Cats Fight Fascism today.
We spend a not insignificant chunk of our lives just on the upkeep of our household.
Been enjoying Superstore of late.
We played the Rise Up board game tonight.
Been enjoying the Working Class Voices series from GND Media. Good reflections on how the environmental movement involves the working class (and also how alienates it). Main point being - it has to, one way or another, as the working class is the largest class.
Digging Until Here for Years by Proem right now.
Listened: Hotel Bar Sessions: The Stories We Tell
Fun, busy Repair Cafe tonight.
Enjoying the This Machine Kills podcast.
Having another attempt at getting RSS feed publishing working for commonplace. This time without trying to use a tempdir, caused too many problems last time.
Listened: Kill the Ecomodernist in Your Head
Listened: No King But Ludd (ft. Brian Merchant)
org-roam on the mobile with Termux is going well. Using it regularly.
Going to start posting my daily journal/log in the stream as well. So it's a bit more discoverable/subscribeable.
Hugo Blanco passed away.
Watching Captain Fantastic. A lot of fun. Points out the problems of American (Western) society. Is what they have in the woods any better though?
It's quiet in the Agora right now. But I'm sure peeps will be back.
I basically never write code anymore for work purposes. I guess I'm OK with that right now. But I feel one day soon the pendulum will swing back from lead to coder again.
I'm perhaps less interested in code for code's sake these days, and more interested in the design of systems.
Starting having a go at an Iterative Enquiry diagram for digital ecosocialism. Definite work in progress.
Finished listening to What Is To Be Done? with Breht O'Shea and Alyson Escalante.
Why bother with org-roam and Termux on my phone? Why not just stick with orgzly for fleeting notes and then process them at the laptop?
Got org-roam working with Doom Emacs in Termux. To a certain degree. Few niggly issues but decent start. Setting up Doom Emacs in termux on Android
Don't sync org-roam.db between machines.
Getting into org-roam on Termux. Useful extra tool in addition to orgzly for taking fleeting notes on my phone. Actually, Termux is more the processing of fleeting notes into actual notes.
Enjoying the Upstream interview with Breht and Alyson from Rev Left / Red Menace. They seem a bit more tempered here on another show - left to their own devices can sometimes come across tankie. Lots of good discussion of the need for an ecology of organisation here. What Is To Be Done? with Breht O'Shea and Alyson Escalante.
Watching Coraline. It's fun. I feel a bit seen by the Dad character…
This bit of text committed from my phone… will it work?
Problem with Kobo Clara HD battery. It is draining really fast.
Started reading Kate Soper's Post-Growth Living. It'll be about how a move away from consumerism will actually bring about a more enjoyable life.
The planetary boundaries framework defines nine boundaries for the planet, and as of 2023 six of them have been overshot.
Ecosocialism is a political philosophy that brings together socialist politics and environmental politics. Social and environmental issues are interconnected and inseparable.
I am an ecosocialist. To be a 21st century socialist is to be an ecosocialist.
Alternatives to Big Tech that aren't part of a political strategy are just more tech exceptionalism.
I guess much has already been said about the relatively rareness of being offline nowadays; I am old enough to remember a time before being online at all was possible; then a time in which being online was rare; then the transition to always-on home internet and then mobile internet. I welcomed each increment of extra connectivity, and I still love how far we've gotten in this respect; but I can also appreciate the focus that being fully offline for a bit seems to bring. If nothing else it announces that the same focus is always available -- behind the impulse to catch up with messages, or check feeds, or read about Baku and the Caspian Sea on Wikipedia (which is surely what I would be doing right now instead of writing these words were I not truly offline.)
I'm thinking a bit of Agora development during these holidays; it might or might not happen, based on all the sightseeing and experiencing we'll be doing out there in the analog world :) But I thought it would still be nice to think of which things I could improve in the Agora if I have some time available.
I might write some executable subnode or other, if nothing else because they are fun and self-contained.
I think I will try to do one or two quick iterations on the Agora Server UI, maybe finishing the move to zippies as base widget as I've already done for nodes, stoas and most sections really. If I am able to move all sections under the search button/field to zippies the UI will probably look a lot more streamlined/be easier to understand, less confusing (this I'm guessing based on earlier feedback). Also it's not hard to do and it is apparent, so it sounds fun.
Moving on to larger things, mycoverse/fediverse integration is something I would love to get done in this Q4 2023 so getting started on it would make a lot of sense. I would love to understand what is the minimum that Agora Server would need to do to be able to expose user accounts as Fediverse feeds. Then new/updated nodes could generate something close to new posts/notes? Unsure.
Listened: Jason Hickel
Occurs to me that technology-focused ideas around alternatives to Big Tech, that are not explicitly tied to a broader political programme, are themselves a form of tech exceptionalism. Hence I think digital ecosocialism is important.
Yesterday was Repair Day and it went great. Biggest number of events we've ever listed - pulled in events from quite a few different networks, in particular the Journées Nationales de la Réparation in France brought in a huge amount.
We launched the UK Repair and Reuse Declaration. Asking UK policymakers to introduce repair-friendly legislation.
Listened: Voices of Fixfest UK 2023
Today is 14 October 2023 and I am glad you are here with me.
It has been ages since I've in Flancia, sometimes it feels, even as time is varying.
Here is what I call a poem: trees.
This weekend I intend to advance what I call open letters: documents addressed to groups, openly published even as they are being written.
As of 21:45 CET I did some 'day job' stuff (having chosen it) and started a proposal (open letter, as per the above) that I had on my todo list.
Today we bought the tickets to and from Sri Lanka, happy about it!
This is a book for people who want to destroy Big Tech. It’s not a book for people who want to tame Big Tech. There’s no fixing Big Tech. It’s not a book for people who want to get rid of technology itself. Technology isn’t the problem. Stop thinking about what technology does and start thinking about who technology does it to and who it does it for. This is a book about the thing Big Tech fears the most: technology operated by and for the people who use it.
Read: 'Capitalism is dead. Now we have something much worse': Yanis Varoufakis on extremism, Starmer, and the tyranny of big tech.
Listened: What Does Class Mean Now?
Discussed divorce with L, we've been separated for around 1.4 years. Things are going well and I wish us both happiness!
A veces extraño el español como idioma.
Let us pray, dice Luca Prodan :)
Here I would like to take the opportunity to say that the HedgeDoc Stoa, although it could be much improved, is already useful.
I think I'm going to start using it more often. And maybe enable logins? It seems to have oauth integration...
Read: The Double Objective of Democratic Ecosocialism. By Jason Hickel. Great. First I've seen him explicitly mention degrowth and ecosocialism together (quite likely he has before, given his outlook, just first time I've noticed it). The prefix of 'Democratic' is interesting though. Deliberate positioning with democratic socialism I presume, as opposed to say degrowth communism.
I'd like to do this: org mode - Org-publish: Ignore errors when publishing and report them later
Now Im writing from Doom Emacs installed in termux on Android! Not got org-roam set up yet though, so cant create links properly. Bit of a downside of org-mode/org-roam to be honest, for digital gardens, that you cant just use straight wikilinks.
What is ecosocialism? The combination of socialist politics and environmental politics. It advocates for policies and programmes that promote planetary stability, social equity and agency and democracy.
The Nature of Technology. Mentioned in the podcast with W. Brian Arthur on complexity economics. Its a book of his. The combination of elements thing sounds not dissimilar to what Gordon Brander talks about in recent posts. (Concept design, Fragments: vertebrate technology)
Reading about system dynamics and the differences between the qualitative and quantitative approaches to it.
I'm using the RSS feed of changes to my digital garden (via Agora) as a very simple gardening tool (that is, something for improving the notes in my garden).
Wheee I'm currently editing my journal from vim in termux on my phone. Synced here via syncthing. Not sure how much I'll need to be doing this but good to know that I can.
De quién son las jaras?
Están las de Maitreya, las de Tara, las de Avalokiteshvara!
i also use avidemux for simple video editing. 20:22 Samuel Klein Samuel Klein says:love your naming scheme! Samuel Klein says:this diagram also suggests scale-free design [which is compelling; not privileging zoomed-in or zoomed-out parts of the whole] Samuel Klein says:++ 20:36 PK Peter Kaminski Peter Kaminski says:Flask is a lightweight web application framework for Python Peter Kaminski says: https://flask.palletsprojects.com/
20:41 JM Jerry Michalski Jerry Michalski says:is that like agreeing on a hashtag? 20:47 Samuel Klein Samuel Klein says:One thing I'd like to see more easily is the list of repositories in your agora, and which ones have a node for a given wikilink Samuel Klein says:I have to run! This was great to see, worth tuning to a 15-min pitch Samuel Klein says:❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 21:01 avatar Samuel Klein Samuel Klein says:oho my next meeting was moved back I have 15 min 😃 21:02 JM Jerry Michalski Jerry Michalski says:yay! Jerry Michalski says:it's a hypertext catfish! 21:05 Aram Zucker-Scharff Aram Zucker-Scharff says:I found this very useful! I have to drop 21:07 JM Jerry Michalski Jerry Michalski says:see you! 21:07 PK Peter Kaminski Peter Kaminski says: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glock_switch
21:09 avatar Samuel Klein Samuel Klein says:there's probably room a tool like "full auto-linker" that could look through your doc + its context, check your agora for entities that exist across the conjoined namespace, and autolinking concepts the first time they appear in your doc
Listened: Kohei Saito on Degrowth Communism
Some good right to repair news lately. What with the Californian repair bill passing state legislature. And the EU ecodesign requirements on smartphones and tablets.
Not all good though: Google won’t repair cracked Pixel Watch screens
I'll use the busyness of life of late to shift the reclaim roundups to the end of the month that's in their name, rather than the start. So - I've got until end of September for Reclaiming the stacks: September 2023 roundup.
Maybe eventually I'll just stop making it a monthly thing. I like the format of Gordon Brander's Substack, which doesn't seem to have a defined schedule. He just seems to build on previous ideas each time, not in any necessarily structured way, but it's always fascinating.
I think for me it makes sense to have some structure and defined rhythm while I'm finding my feet. But as it matures maybe I'll improvise a bit more.
Datasette might be a good thing for documenting the initiatives in reclaiming the stacks. I'd heard about it before but never really understood what it does until reading The Magic of Small Databases. What I quite like about Anytype though is not needing to explicitly build a DB.
The qualitative system dynamics model used in A leverage points analysis of a qualitative system dynamics model for climate change adaptation in agriculture was built using a triangulation process from individual models. I'll read more about that, seems kind of what I'm trying to do in Reclaim the stacks.
And I haven't come across anything from Noosphere that suggests it has any politics of any kind. The beta announcement is signed off with "Let’s 10x humanity’s collective intelligence", which, absent of any political direction, is kind of problematic to me.
Swinging back to blogs and RSS feeds over Mastodon. The stream of info on microblogging sites is too much for me, and the signal-to-noise ratio is too weak.
A qualitative system dynamics model focuses on the structure of a system and the qualitative relation between system components.
Undoubtedly a major figure in systems thinking, but Robert Biel relates that Meadows had somewhat dubious / liberal-minded political views on some things, to which she applied systems thinking.
As I sit here with my laptop (with vim) and no internet connection, I realize that I don't write here longform as much as I could. I guess the availability of the internet does make it easier for me to get distracted, which granted I see sometimes as a positive (it motivates a form of exploration), but might not be conducive to practicing the skill of writing coherently and consistently for more than a few bullet points in each journal.
The thought of writing in my blog again (meaning https://flancia.org/mine) has come up a few times recently. I'm unsure; I like the process of writing in my garden, and how everything I write in it automatically shows up in the Agora moments later (at least when I have an internet connection). So maybe what I want is to embrace this space as a blog, and just try to write longer form alongside with my mainly outline-style notes, like other Agora users already do so beautifully.
For the technically inclined, we're using the comic panel ID instead of chapter number over at the mobile-friendly version of the webcomic on Webtoon↩
WARNING - BREACHING NET FUCKED BY 2050: MAY CONTAIN BLOODY SPOILERS, READ AT OWN RISK! Trying to hide some emotional baggage because of this.
Per wiki, V's status is still unknown after lift's cables snap as more chaos ensured. The reason is "presumed (legally) dead, but no evidence of on-screen death". [^2]: Torture were also involved, especially some robotic head decapitation (we're not talking about [this], but instead of Aunt Nina killing Rocky for telling the truth about his and Freckle's activities, ).↩
I'm getting more comfortable using Foam alongside Obsidian, especially inside a Gitpod workspace.
Note to self: Update this later this morning.
Listened: Trip 35: The Internet
(org-roam-db-auto-sync-enable) to my startup file seems to have fixed both my problem with completion at point of org-roam, and having to run org-roam-db-sync regularly. So that's good!
Nothing happened here other than some pain
Previously on 2023-08-08, note that time and date are in Philippine Standard Time as I write this, although you do you use UTC for simplicity.
OSS work at recaptime.dev or whatever
Personal side projects
Across the interwebs
git diffin the multiverse
"However, he seems to have a sadistic side that he cannot control. If Freckle is given a weapon, he becomes wild and manically laughs like his cousin Rocky. He seems to be very skilled with guns, most likely due to him wanting to become a police officer, though this behavior caused him to be rejected from the police academy." (from the wiki)
Listened: Microdose: Californian Capitalism
Listened: Microdose: Californian Capitalism
Bookmarked: Class Warfare in the Information Age
Reclaim Roundup: August 2023
One of the particularities of writing about Flancia is that it seems to require a certain commitment, a belief in the feasibility of facts in possible futures.
Bloody hell why I forgot writing this.
Updating date on here
Got onto housing wait-list I was hoping for
I have therapy today
I'm trying to get a case manager at tpi
Took my computer out of storage. Now I have something to work on in the cafes and maybe I won't be so bored during the day.
Going for a bit more of a slow life in some ways. Reading a weekly magazine on news roundup, rather than obsessing over the news each day. Switching (back) more to RSS feeds and long form articles than social media feeds.
I like Bill Seitz's page on designing good page names: http://webseitz.fluxent.com/wiki/DesigningGoodPageNames
I installed cool retro term today and it was immediately more fun than I thought it would be. There is something weirdly satisfactory about typing and seeing a blazing trail preceding your words.
I wonder how hard would it be to make it so that anagora.org renders text in this style -- optionally, of course :)
As mentioned in 2023-07-08, a few org-roam things broke after upgrading spacemacs.
Started having a play around with Anytype.
Finished writing and sent Reclaim roundup July 2023.
It was that time of the year, your birthday, when you finally got to Flancia and were able to stay for good, stay in it in a definite sense, being free from suffering.
I wasn't planning on seeing Nils Frahm live, nor did I know he was playing in Athens until the very same day it happened; I heard the sound test coming from the Odeon of Herodes Atticus while I was climbing down the southern slope of the Acropolis and I decided to get a ticket just in time. I'm happy I did so, it was a memorable experience for sure to see him live under the moon and stars in this ~2000 year old amphitheatre.
Running out of steam reading The Entropy of Capitalism. It's pretty dense and academic, lacking much in the way of narrative or prose to get you through some of the thornier bits.
[3*n*(n+1)+1 for n in range(1000)]
For now, I've moved my org-publish stuff (both the publishing to my website and to the Agora) on to my own server. But I've had to remove the caching, because that kept failing (Problems with org-publish cache). So I probably haven't gained much. Except that the html publish pipeline was timing out on Gitlab, so at least my site will be regularly updating again now.
Yesterday I submitted my final output for YXM830!
Reading Capital is Dead (again, didn't finish last time) and loving it. I really like McKenzie Wark's writing style in this. I'm finding the argument about there now being an information-based Vectoralism - something even worse than capitalism - quite compelling, though I know many disagree.
Used the borrowed orbital sander to sand down garden table and chairs that are a bit weather beaten.
I started reading the intro of Governing the Commons last night. It was actually very readable - for some reason I thought it would be really academic.
Jackson Rising Redux arrived, after lots of delays to the publication date.
Sun Thinking is nice
Ecosocialism 2023 conference
Oddly Influenced podcast looks fun.
Writing up thoughts on Internet for the People.
Two recent learnings about the Greater London Council of the 1980s that I really liked:
So. This stuff about technological determinism is very interesting in the Fuchs book. Makes me think about how all the types of tech that I'm interested in come firmly with leftist social relations attached to them. e.g. libre software. Community broadband. Data commons. Without the modifiers, they're just technologies. I think this is important.
I feel that perhaps ICT4S has been quite deterministic in general. Divorcing the technology from the social relations? Perhaps not. Definitely worth exploring.
Governable stacks. Another one. I wonder if you could subsume all of the modifiers into simply 'ecosocialist'. Intersting. Hmm yes, very interesting. They all kind of amount to the same thing.
Agency, social justice, climate justice. Actually they're all missing that last one. They in fact tend to refer more to that first one - agency.
So my research is about a merging of those strands perhaps, so in a sense you could potentially just use ecosocialist as the modifier. Maybe not in practice as it might not be as snappy. But in theory, yes.
Federated social media. Kind of about agency, at the nub of it. Platform socialism. Platform coops etc.
So I'm interested in those things where there is at least one of the 3 aspects (agency, planetary boundaries, social equity) and evaluating and filling in the other section. I'm looking at both socialist ICT and green/sustainable ICT and finding the gaps in both of them.
In theory the modifier of 'ecosocialist' is simply ramping up of the 'sustainable development' modifier, as SD purports to be about both social and environmental issues. But in reality it's more than that.
Reading: Internet for the People.
Listened: Robin Hahnel on Parecon (Part 1)
Listened: Trebor Scholz on Platform Cooperativism
Annoyed: UK energy strategy is rubbish.
Annoyed: Jeremy Corbyn banned from Labour Party.
Bookmark: The Carbon Emissions of Big Tech
Listening: Green Socialist Notes: Decentralization 101
Wondering: What is the ITU doing on sustainability?
Restart=always, you need to also pass
After an update to one of the IndieWeb wordpress plugins (probably Syndication Links) it looks like the name of the Bridgy Mastodon syndication target changed (from mastodon-bridgy to webmention-mastodon-bridgy). So I had to run
mp-refresh-syndication-targets in Emacs.
Finished: The Care Manifesto