One of the very last events I attended before the lockdown was a thing in Silicon Valley attended by many old friends, but the best moment of all was the chance to hang out with Kim Stanley Robinson, a friend and inspiration.

That's when Stan told me he had just finished a book that might be his last-ever novel, The Ministry For the Future, and that his future work would be nonfiction, starting with his long-planned book about the Sierras.


Today's conundrum

Why does the Node-Sass package (so I believe platform independent) get all complainy when I run it on my arm64 linux? Why does it care as long as it can do what it needs to do?

There doesn't seem to be a "shut up and try running anyway option".

The promise: cloud services will make your computer faster by offloading work and storage.

The reality: 6000 daemons constantly syncing using 1000% CPU and filling up your disk with cache.

'Read' and 'Lead' rhyme. And 'Read' and 'Lead' rhyme. But 'Read' and 'Lead' don't rhyme. And neither do 'Read' and 'Lead'.

This was funny the first time, 10 years ago

Now it's just sad

Wonderful interview with Brian Eno and the late David Graeber

Longplayer Conversation 2014: David Graeber and Brian Eno

I decided to stay off FB and teh twitehs funtil the end of November.

I'm at the end of the first week

Seem to get a lot more done, and haven't had an argument with people who should know better

"Me love the capitalisms even though me ignore the coming ecocide and fascist take over and am unable to think of anything differents or betters."

It's exhausting.

It was beginning to affect my mental calm and sleep patterns

As usual we have a word in German that perfectly describes what we witnessed tonight.

It's called "Fremdschämen" and it's the vicarious embarrassment you get when you see something so deeply mortifying, you feel embarrassed just watching it.


You won't wear a mask?

To protect others?

It doesn't matter about the veracity of the need to wear a mask, or the conspiracy you think is there.

You are unwilling to protect other people by doing something really trivial.

"I! I! I! - Me! Me! Me!"

Listen to yourself.

But no, gunning for Big Tech does NOT mean that we're not gunning for Big Content and Big Telco, too.

Bust 'em all!

The idea that these monopolized industries are somehow keeping each other in check - rather than colluding to screw the rest of us - is wrong. Google did an anti-Net Neutrality deal with Verizon. And all the tech and content companies illegally fixed wages between 'em.


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“One of the weird side effects of committing yourself to indignation-as-praxis is that the mere idea of experiencing a moment of peaceful neutrality feels like giving up, as if somehow your feelings of tension and anger were productive. They’re not! They’re simply feelings, which may or may not push you to useful action..”

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