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Random #sff awesomeness --

In Jan 2021, we'll all be able to buy an anthology of W.E.B. duBois' spec fic.

Yes, *that* W.E.B. duBois. Some of his spec fic has been available for a while if you know where to looks. But lots of it has been lost or simply never got published.

Here's a link to the 'forthcoming' book on Amazon:

If you don't want to wait, duBois' sf short The Comet is available for free on Gutenberg:


It's the same sort of pervasive cultural money spunk that has largely gestated in retro, if anything I'm surprised it took this long to find an avenue into indie. Though there's plenty of previous wrt inaccessible artefacts being fetishized. Rohrer's tosh, games only available to a select few, limited time etc...

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Can't really raise much of a fuck over the yellow executive toy, tbh.

This podcast I'm listening to raised a good point as to why I might not be reading anything when I put it on my nightstand.

I need to put my #Books in a "reading spot" a place where I will pay attention to my books. My stack of 12 books just kind of gets ignored?

The funny thing is I do read in my bed. I need to think of a place I can put it where my dog won't mess with it.

Little construction bees deserve little construction hats (courtesy of Mim ^_^ )

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“In Scotland, we spit the word out – ‘property’. You can’t own the land, the land owns you. What I found in England is there’s such a lack of physical space, and it’s usually upper-class-controlled. England has never recovered from the Norman conquest. That deeply embedded class system is so divisive.”

Amazing story of how the hebridean island of Eigg fought back against their feudal lords and won, the island has belonged to its community for over 20 years now. Decisions are made by consensus and the cost of living is half of that of the average "affordable housing" in the highlands.

This coming Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

If you're lucky enough to find loads of free digital comics, you can keep them all safe in your own Libreture library.

Start any paid plan on and through the following week and get 50% off for 6 months!

Quick (possibly controversial) Reader Poll:

When recording your reading activity, would you use a status of 'Paused' to record the fact you had stopped reading a book while you read something else, with the intention of returning to it later?


"The benefit regime is so harsh. They say people don’t have targets on benefit sanctions but it’s all semantics – there is an expectation on staff to cut benefits."

@switchingsocial any advice for podcasting which isn't a surveillance capitalist sh*t show? Will pay if necessary. Grateful for your efforts :>

Anybody running a home #Mastodon instance or extremely low population instance? How you liking it? I'm considering it.

It's been a while since we've hosted a #readinggroup session.

Is anyone interested in reading and discussing "Everything for Everyone"?

Here's the loomio poll to see if/when folks would be keen:

"Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today? Confessions of Activists Who Try But Fail to Avoid Proprietary Software" by Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen Sandler (FOSDEM 2019 video)

Thought-provoking talk. I'm not sure if it gives me relief (that I'm not the only one who struggles with this) or despair (at the impossibility/absurdity of the whole struggle).

Since seeing this comic a long time ago it has really changed the way I interact with the world around me, I now say "Thank you" rather than "sorry".

I stopped apologising for existing and for taking up space as a result I have stopped minimising myself.

Today's Deal of the Day from DriveThru Fiction is Writing Creative Nonfiction by Gerard, Philip.

More than thirty essays examining every key element of the craft, from researching ideas and structuring the story, to reportage and personal reflection.

DRM-free and 50% off!

Libreture is an online e-book and digital comic storage service.

Kind of like if Dropbox and Goodreads had a DRM-free baby.

Yes, it's a centralised approach (for now), but I'd love for app and site developers to consider integrating with it through its existing feeds: RSS for activity and OPDS for books.

OPDS particularly for readers to provide a list of their books to other services they use, eg. for reading stats or syncing to e-readers.

Have at it!

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If you find human rights in tech an overwhelming topic/don’t know where to start, I really recommend David Meyer’s Connected Rights newsletter.

It’s easy to read, and David’s recent use of “positively homeopathic fine” made me spit coffee down myself.

Also very informative about what happens to your data when you sign up to the newsletter!


@dtluna @humanetech @aral I actually know that regulation does work. The way I know this is because getting food poisoning in a restaurant or with store-bought food is extremely unlikely.

That's not something "the market" solved. That's regulation.

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