"seriously, the guy has a point"
Frankly this is good commentary on "Charging Bull" v. "Fearless Girl". It would be easy to position this as capitalism v. feminism, but that's very much not what it is.
oh, sure. NOW Mastadon is cool.
I think I might be spending too much time nudging servers and thinking about scaling hosting for projects. Hoping 2017 brings modern web hosting to campus…
Current RSS readers. What's the best out there? Feedly? Something else?
Any new upstart social network will have the feel of "improved quality of discussion" when it starts; it's largely selection bias. The technical capabilities of a platform certainly inform its social structure, but I tend to believe that the overwhelming majority of what causes social unrest is simply the people who use the platform.
booking tickets to Houston for ELI…
The Buckminster Fuller quote seems to fit here -
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller
referenced by @Downes http://www.downes.ca/presentation/467 Ian McGilchrist says this too.
Still can't put my finger on it. I don't think the solution is just an alt-twitter. It goes deeper and broader than that. More decentralized. More distributed. More idiosyncratic. People are messy. More monocultures won't make things better.
I think if there's one thing everyone can do to combat oppression, it's this:
Always ask why.
Even if you can't do it aloud, question silently.
Oppression thrives on people not questioning the status quo. It feeds on "that's just how things are", on appeals to authority, on ignorance.
Question everything, especially the norm. Encourage others to do the same if you can.
And above all, always question hate.
Half expecting to see Mike Tyson named as Attorney General. He knows law stuff, hugely.
I, for one, welcome our new corporate IT overlords.
Last month, campus IT pushed out a blanket ban on the Bittorrent protocol. This month, .zip compression. Banned. I wonder what gets banned in January?
Our annual conference is really shaping up nicely. You should come. http://www.ucalgary.ca/taylorinstitute/conference/2017
the local ski hill is closed because it's -32˚C at the base. but there is a LOT of snow there. can't wait for the cold snap to break!
Furnace is working again. Nothing like burning a stack of cash to keep the heat flowing.