Turns out I like making games. Occasionally, I finish them and share them. Even more occasionally, people seem to like them.
I'm going to keep trying to make them in the hope that it could be some sort of small indie business that I could run and provide support for my family.
Somewhere surrounded by trees and flowers and birds and bees.
➕ trying to live in the world on my terms, off grid, railing against The Man, games, spaceships, twin peaks
➖ big technology abusing society and privacy
Though Surveillance Capitalism is a global phenomenon and a universal term, it is interpreted differently by people from different regions.
Americans see this mostly as a monopoly/anti-trust problem.
Europeans are calling it digital feudalism.
The once-colonized global south sees it as digital colonialism.
All of these interpretations are not only simultaneously true but also demonstrate that this issue is multi-faceted.
If you want to help spread the word about the Fediverse, try politely asking your favourite sites, organisations or projects what their Fediverse/Mastodon/PixelFed etc address is.
Obviously not everyone has the time or the spoons to maintain social media accounts, but just casually asking for an address will indirectly let them know the Fediverse exists.
The more people that ask them, the more likely they are to find out more about the Fediverse and join 👍
I just boosted a post about this year's comedy wildlife photography awards but then I noticed it was a link to an aggregation blog. Here's a direct link to the finalist gallery -- https://www.comedywildlifephoto.com/gallery/finalists/2021_finalists.php -- there are indeed some funny ones this year!
If you were going to try and emulate the look of Max Headroom (the faux-digital avatar) on a budget, with modern (free) software, as simply as possible, how would you approach the problem?
I'm thinking that I can film against a green screen, crush the color depth. It's probably pretty easy to generate the background patterns although I'm not sure how exactly I'd go about it.
I could probably find suitable background videos to speed things up.
I guess it would probably be pretty simple?
New study finds that seafood may disappear by 2048 due to accelerating loss of ocean biodiversity, and 29% of the seafood species humans consume have already crashed. Sustainable harvests won't be possible within 30 years.
Saturday listening: In Focus: Aphex Twin on NTS
@ljwrites Well, yes, but academic writing really makes no monetary sense.
I write articles for journals for free (some journals of course even charge to publish), reviewers and academic editors review and edit for free.
The (paid) journal copy-editors provide negative labour (they introduce errors and produce worse typeset versions).
The journals then turn around and charge the same institutes that provided free writing, reviewing, and editing (and usually also most of the non-error-introducing copy-editing) for the privilege of accessing the journal.
Of course, the authors, editors, and reviewers get paid in "academic prestige" and that prestige can be indirectly leveraged into actual money vi positions, promotions &c.
But the kicker is: while the academics have provided the free labour, the *public* bears, in a sneakily indirect way, the actual monetary costs. And of course if a member of the public wants to access one of the articles (that they've already paid for via federal taxes, distributed to both public and private institutes as federal grants; and possibly via state taxes, which cover a small amount of the costs of state universities), then the publisher will extend to them the privilege of paying $30 or $70 per article to do so.
Academic copyright should really be illegal.
I just recently realised, that proprietary social networks are not social networks but entertainment networks. That's why at least my friends have a hard time switching to mastodon or pixelfed. People expect to be highly entertained the first second they enter the network and kept that way all the time. Being confronted with a network that is stripped from all these addictive tools is a massive cultural clash.
but I can't think of a reason why not.
what i want to do is dump my partner, ostracise my kids, buy a dog and go and live on a boat.
what i should not do is any of the above.
I get rewarded when other people are nice to me or that I successfully help somebody else. it's. so. draining. i have nothing left. nothing else to give.
Having a bad time with my MH. Living through other people. EVERYTHING'S GREY IN THIS WORLD etc... can't get started on anything as it's insurmountable. fucking shit load of self esteem issues. the whole gamut. small steps, walks by the river, hiding myself away in things I don't care about. not speaking to anybody if I can help it. eating ALL THE THINGS. 4+ years of therapy and it still fucks me.