Who am I? I am a translator, webcartoonist and once and future musician/songwriter. Married to an American artist/scholar/teacher who is a mass shooting survivor. Old as dirt, feeling twice as old again. Two stepkids, two dogs, one cat. Politics generally left, philosophically an anarchist. Non-religious, history of undiagnosed depression. Like beer, need coffee. Has a sociopath's palate. Love things that go Zworp.
Those gaps are where you expect them to be: people and organizations with little long-term entanglement with FB; Barbara was a very late adopter of the platform and Numero have communication channels that work better for them (Instagram, Spotify playlists).
Nazis, terrorism, Austin Bomber kulturkritik Show more
Thread on birbsite about 'Radicalization by the void' and the early-2000s online culture that probably underpinned the Austin Bomber's thoughts and motivation.
Yep, there are gaps beginning to form in my Facebook experience, with cartoonist and longtime friend Barbara Stok and the Numero Group record label calling it quits.
Words have meanings (Austin bomber, general large scale violence, uspol) Show more
So here we have the two "types" of large scale violence enacted on civilians:
For non-white people, foreign, or foreign "feeling" terrorism, we have "Terror" -- which describes the emotions of the victims of violence.
For white, domestic or domestic "feeling" terrorism, "Hate" -- which describes the motivation of the actors of violence.
These are not accidental colloquialisms. This is state manipulation through words.
Rona managed to tune up the zither (not perfectly - that will take some time as it settles down after its first tune-up in literally decades) and is going a bit crazy about it. She's looking for insertable sheet music of songs she knows, as opposed to the German folk melodies we have, and has suggested starting a Drunk Zithering group.
If the Drunk Zithering group happens, I'm in. Drunk music making has helped me a lot in the past with my personal musical growth.
Politics - Read this Thread, it is bloody important Show more
Look, religious folks have always been erasing science:
@Gargron This is awesome, and I'll be sharing it widely. But, I also think now is the time to start talking about how we stop the likes of #CambridgeAnalytica / #Palantir from abusing the Fediverse's model, too. I work for scrapinghub.com - I can see how easy it would be to map and monitor the entire fediverse right now. From there to hyper-targeted fake profiles is a small enough step. How do we harden ourselves against #Twitter / #Facebook-style manipulation without damaging the social fabric?
Just asked my main social chat group if they were willing to switch from WhatsApp to Signal...
Health stuff Show more
I'm mostly recovered from the flu although my lungs aren't back up to 100% functionality just yet, and that's going to take a few more days. Took dogs on a 3K walk this morning.
I have lost 3 kilograms since the start of the flu and this weight loss is accelerating, because my appetite remains suppressed while I become more physically active again. Not sure what tho think about that.
For professional reasons, I cannot delete Facebook. However, I'm wondering if account deletion is really that much more effective as a gesture than doing what I've done with Twitter: keeping the account but going silent.
I am willing to take other precautions so that 'going silent' means actual silence or something close to it, but fundamentally I'm thinking of non-engagement outside of my professional interactions.
Remember when everyone left MySpace to go to Facebook because they were dissatisfied with MySpace's protection of their privacy and felt Facebook would do a better job?
Hugo nominations closed over the weekend, and I can confirm that neither the Sad nor the Rabid Puppies put up a slate or indeed anything at all. So hey, nominations should be a happy thing when they come.
austin terrorism, uspol, racism Show more
so people are using the term “bombings” or “explosions” when discussing the austin terror attacks. this is not a series of random explosions or bombings. this is a targeted white supremacist terror campaign.
media is NOT calling this terrorism, it’s barely even discussing it at all.
white terrorism is always “mental illness”
brown terrorism is never “mental illness”
this language from media shields white supremacists from consequences.
Digging into Mark Boyle's other work in the series, I find this, which is a load of ableist crap and is probably the reason no-tech has stopped speaking to me: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/21/healthier-life-free-modernity-doctors-technology-exercise-herbs
Here's a hoopoe. Hoopoes are pretty cool.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/19/a-year-without-tech-debt-gadgets-reconnect-nature I enjoyed reading this, but I don't think it's for me. It's interesting that 'no-tech' has stopped speaking to me; instead I favor 'old-tech' - the repair-preserve-and-reuse-oriented culture that people like Andrew Roach talk about.
Of course there is still the issue of me being all thumbs and I really should do something about that.