Tech pessimism 

The basic history of the internet goes like:

An open platform without the expensive and difficult barriers of building things in physical spaces allow for a big diversity of innovators that overturn some existing market or system. There are usually people claiming that openness and decentralization are the future while this is going on.

Then with the old incumbents disrupted, someone big and funded is able to use that same lack of barriers to build up a huge, centralized monopolistic service faster than any competitor can keep up with. The open tech that cleared the path doesn’t die, but it becomes small and niche.

The World Wide Web births centralized services like Facebook. P2P clears away the old media delivery and creates space for closed streaming services. Linux becomes the OS that runs the closed software that harvests your data, etc.

There’s a fundamental libertarian streak to online. And like libertarianism will always do, it cedes all power to monopolists.

As we watch events in Texas unfold, bear in mind that Texas "seceded" from the US national electrical grid in order to avoid federal regulation. They privatized their grid into the hands of a few wealthy people. As a result there are only two limited interconnects making it impossible for surrounding states to share power to keep Texas afloat in terms of electric power.

All this suffering in Texas should not be happening. The grid in Texas is intact, they just don't have generation capacity. If Texas had remained part of the US grid, power from as far away as California, Washington, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, could be routed to Texas. Looking at the real-time data here, the US grid is running at more than 200 GW below capacity. There's enough power to hold up two states of Texas even if Texas had no generation at all. But we can't send them power.

Keep this in mind when rich people trick the public and politicians about privatization, and spout garbage like "going it alone, in keeping with the pioneering spirit of the USA". No. Organized cooperation is power. Going it alone is weakness.

Don't believe in cooperation? Study how the Roman army was organized. It was all about very tightly organized cooperation, starting with an individual soldier and those to his immediate left and right. This is how 8,000 Romans could take on 80,000 and methodically slaughter the 80,000 with zero losses.


...and the first five minutes of the defense's presentation already contains several misleading statements and outright lies.

Of course, this will be perfectly acceptable, because the Red Team knows they can't push their regressive agenda without ratfucking and violence.

If you're in the US, you should seriously consider an exit strategy.

uspol, media 

Expired: Journalism must be as fair and balanced as possible!

Tired: These satirists are the only ones doing Real Journalism™!

Wired: John Oliver should wear Spider Jerusalem glasses!

So, making cyberdecks is a thing (FINALLY) and ClockworkPi is launching DevTerm. Which is a great form factor - and they're even making noise about developing a core, which would be so :mwah:

Deeply considering spinning up some kind of instance. Part of me wants to do a site to start publishing music, part of me wants to do a one to onboard people I know and like into the fediverse. Maybe both. And more.

Instance moderators - what have your experiences been like? How can I join your party?

synth stuff 

So I picked up a couple of 4x4 passive matrix mixer boards to make an 8x4, sending all my Volcas out to a handful of pedals. Cool.

Also set up an RK-006 sync box to make them all play nice with sync and MIDI signals. Boffo.

The RK-006 on USB power makes a nasty ground hum on the matrix mixer.

::sighs, begins searching for ground loop isolators::

X Files would be a real different show now. “Rogue FBI agent who believes in every conspiracy theory” is a pretty different character in 2021.

Seriously, if you aren't watching then you're messing up.

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