@voltur The short of it is that the “I just want to code” developer mindset is ripe for exploitation by businesses who are incentivized by shareholder and venture capital obligations to predate on and abuse the general public through the production of technology in the form of apps and websites.
Software and other knowledge workers have an obligation to become aware of the political, social, and ethical dimensions of their work and to think about the systems of power they reinforce.
I like how in the new firefox update, in windows, even if you select "follow system theme", it no longer respects the system theme colors for active vs. inactive windows, but instead all the titlebars are just gray, so it's a million times harder to figure out which window is focused. what a great UX direction to go in.
online discourse in general
There's this specific type of online discourse that makes you feel bad for not doing enough, while simultaneously making you feel bad/childish for trying to do anything 🤷♀️ So the only option left--if you're embedded in that discourse--is to be extremely ironic and hostile about everything.
And it's weird because this seems like a particularly online thing. I haven't met people IRL who behave like this.
But I think it's good for artist's sense of purpose and sense of self, and for the quality and worth of their art, and for art as a general practice, to be mindful of those motivations, and to think about where the line between "I need the money because I want to make this" and "I need to make this because I want the money" is.
Capitalism and commodification will eat up everything artists can produce and bend it to rich people's ends. It's hard to escape, but possible to resist.
The fundamental core of art as commodity is that its value is in its scarcity and not in its content.
There is a secondary consideration, of making art under capitalism, where artists are motivated to sell art work to pay for food and shelter and the free time to continue making art, and that can't be easily dismissed. Art having a perceived value that justifies paying for it is a problem of this capitalist context. But that should not be conflated with art's value being in its salability.
i've tagged out 600+ open source, experimental and tiny tools by their qualities and built a new website for sorting through them!
these are all tools towards joyful digital creation, with the goal of enabling working entirely outside of proprietary systems- moving instead from one hand-made software to another.
(the list takes submissions if it is missing yours >:))
personally I feel like if we're supposed to believe cops are so bad at telling the difference between the grips, weight, firing mechanisms, and location on their person of two significantly different weapons they carry as part of their highly-paid and -societally-esteemed job that they just can't _help_ accidentally murdering people they only meant to tase, that's a really good argument for taking away their guns?
I did not get it down to 30 minutes — my brother and wanted to synchronize, since he's in New Orleans and usually runs in the afternoon, and I normally run in the morning, so we went at 14:30 central/15:30 eastern, and it turns out I run better in the mornings — but I'm still pretty satisfied with 33:05 for my first official 5K.
Now I'm going to take at least a week off of running.
it's race week! practiced my 5K route again this morning, again finished in 33 minutes, going to try to get it down to 30 for the actual thing on Friday.
the plan is to coordinate with my brother, who also registered for the same virtual 5K, so we start at the same time, and then afterward we'll have skype beers.
this is also the longest distance I've ever run.
I'm not very interesting.
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