@mala we had a next cube in college, in the basement of the student union where the IT dept was relegated. it was always off and we weren’t allowed to touch it.
one day i snuck in and booted it up to discover it was running BeOS.
"Possibly the Internet will allow us to outgrow the nation-state. Although the Global Village McLuhan dreamed of is at present a City of Night, a monstrous force for cultural reductionism and internationally institutionalized greed, who knows? Perhaps we shall soar electronically to some arrangement that works better than capitalism."
- Le Guin
folks in germany, AI/ethics researcher Joanna Bryson is giving a talk this summer in Hamburg: https://www.inf.uni-hamburg.de/en/inst/ab/eit/taming-the-machines/summer20/joanna-bryson.html
@mala i've dubbed your idea "danny's stack attack" and have some notes for a conversation but wanna let it percolate a bit first.
@technomancy ever see the logitech netplay keyboards with the molded backs that are meant to sit in your lap?
this morning i signed an offer letter to join eff's ops team as help desk lead, capping off ten years of wandering the desert as a freelance geek.
i've been grateful for all the flexibility of self-employment during kiddo's first handful of years, but he's off to kindergarten soon and it was time for me to join a team and organization i'd be proud to tell him about. i'm excited.
Half thought through musing on culture and tech attitude
@eqe when i think of "meritocracy" in tech i think more in terms of a gatekeeping mechanism. a conduit where entrenched institutions get to transfer their power into a newly carved-out space where they otherwise wouldn't have any purchase.
learned a brilliant magic spell:
obtain an old-school muni token and keep it in your pocket. if asked to provide proof of payment on your ride, produce the token and say "i just got on and have been unable to negotiate my way to the front to pay this in"
seen the same old-timer pull that trick 3 times now, and that's enough to know that it's the word "negotiate" that it all hinges on. you can see the context switching happen in realtime in the cop's face and body language. amazing.
well, i survived reading a book on anarcho-primitivism.
i'm still not anti-tech or anti-civ and it's uncomfortable for me because i think it means i'm more of an optimist than whatever foundational identity facet of mine is still holding on to cynicism.
i haven't formally defined "foundational identity facets" yet, but it's something i've been thinking about a lot lately and is kinda self-explanatory anyway.
maybe another time.
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