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  1. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    This is probably my biggest take away from 7+ years of grad school.

    This is probably my biggest take away from 7+ years of grad school.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on write freely (a federated blogging platform ) releases version 0.13.0 in ~comp

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    Writefreely does Gopher now? That’s awesome!

    Writefreely does Gopher now? That’s awesome!

  3. Comment on What are some best anti-capitalist books? in ~books

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    I think Grapes of Wrath is worth mentioning. Has probably my all-time favorite ending to a novel. Plus, there’s the bonus songs Woody Guthrie wrote about it, The Ballad of Tom Joad, parts 1 and 2

    I think Grapes of Wrath is worth mentioning. Has probably my all-time favorite ending to a novel. Plus, there’s the bonus songs Woody Guthrie wrote about it, The Ballad of Tom Joad, parts 1 and 2

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Just read Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild without really knowing anything about her stuff, and my goodness was that fun!

    Just read Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild without really knowing anything about her stuff, and my goodness was that fun!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I always loved this part :)

    I always loved this part :)

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Chick Corea, jazz fusion pioneer, has died of cancer at 79 in ~music

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    Oh no, that’s too bad. I didn’t realize he was that old. We saw him with Herbie in Seoul a few years back and he seemed like a 50 year-old young man. Before they started Herbie came to the mic and...

    Oh no, that’s too bad. I didn’t realize he was that old. We saw him with Herbie in Seoul a few years back and he seemed like a 50 year-old young man. Before they started Herbie came to the mic and said, “You know what we’re gonna do tonight?” The crowd just kind of murmured, then he goes “Neither do we!” And they just jammed for 90 minutes, and they got reeeeeally weird with it, plucking piano strings, playing wacky synth noises. Then they had the crowd rehearse a couple melodies and jammed some more. They signaled the crowd to sing their parts, and before anyone could realize what was happening we were all singing harmonies over a really abstract variation of Spain :) I was so moved I started crying! Haha It’s hard to describe the dynamics, but it was a very intense moment. Gonna miss you Chick~

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Homeserver, hosted server, domains and stuff. What do you do, what should I do? in ~tech

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    Namecheap supports dynamic dns. If your registrar does not, there is Hurricane Electric, which does DNS, IPv6, and more.

    Namecheap supports dynamic dns. If your registrar does not, there is Hurricane Electric, which does DNS, IPv6, and more.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    Funny to see this come up here haha I've also started wondering how to make aerc more thread-friendly because of this.

    which is useful when you're subscribed to the Gemini mailing list and the discussion of internationalization comes up again

    Funny to see this come up here haha I've also started wondering how to make aerc more thread-friendly because of this.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on The presence prison in ~tech

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    Please tell that to my advisor. In the past few months I've had to sit through several awkward rants by my professor about how morally depraved I am for refusing to be on-call all the time (I'm a...

    If they don’t, it’s not because they’re ignoring you — it’s because they’re busy. Respect that! Assume people are focused on their own work.

    Please tell that to my advisor. In the past few months I've had to sit through several awkward rants by my professor about how morally depraved I am for refusing to be on-call all the time (I'm a PhD candidate, not a first responder, christ!). I'm not exaggerating either. Korea struggles with this big time. =\

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

  11. Comment on The Skeleton Lake - Genetic analysis of human remains found in the Himalayas has raised baffling questions about who these people were and why they were there in ~humanities

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    That was a fun read. It's got me day dreaming about the mysteries of human life and all the ways we have lived. These kinds of stories terrified and intrigued me a lot when I was a kid. I spent a...

    That was a fun read. It's got me day dreaming about the mysteries of human life and all the ways we have lived. These kinds of stories terrified and intrigued me a lot when I was a kid. I spent a fair amount of time in remote, desolate areas growing up, and for some reason the tale of these bones makes me feel weirdly close to home...a kind of surreal nostalgia, in a way.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Google Photos will no longer have unlimited free storage after June 1 in ~tech

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    There is Lychee for a Google Photos-like experience. But also Nextcloud is pretty convenient for photo backups and sharing.

    There is Lychee for a Google Photos-like experience. But also Nextcloud is pretty convenient for photo backups and sharing.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Why writing philosophy is hard (and why every historical philosopher focuses on the wrong things) in ~humanities

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    Sorry I never got back to you, I’m sure you’ve forgotten by now! Anyway, I’m writing about learning as “inhabitation.” It’s the idea that learning is the art of adapting and adapting to one’s...

    Sorry I never got back to you, I’m sure you’ve forgotten by now! Anyway, I’m writing about learning as “inhabitation.” It’s the idea that learning is the art of adapting and adapting to one’s habitat—world or “way” making. Kind of an ecological critique of what “sustainable” and humane lifeways look like on the horizons of the 21st century.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Privacy is a lonely bastion. Anyone know how to meet friends online these days? in ~talk

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    Join a tilde/pubnix? The communities I’ve encountered have been very positive and open-minded. That’s where I now spend 90% of my time online. Some people have recommended matrix rooms on topics...

    Join a tilde/pubnix? The communities I’ve encountered have been very positive and open-minded. That’s where I now spend 90% of my time online.

    Some people have recommended matrix rooms on topics of interest to you, but this hasn’t really been a meaningful way yo connect with people in my experience. Chats are a pretty low commitment form of communication, and very impulsive. But the fact that they are real-time provides a certain intimacy that posting on forums might be missing sometimes. I think rather than joining rooms based on topic, you’re better off joining chats that are watering holes for some sort of informal community (like a tilde for example). The atmosphere is a lot different in my opinion.

    Also, even though it might be sparse in comparison to IRC, there are good communities on XMPP if you go looking for them :) The relative “quiet” in those kinds of places makes it more suitable for meaningful conversations in my opinion.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Why writing philosophy is hard (and why every historical philosopher focuses on the wrong things) in ~humanities

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    I am currently writing a dissertation in philosophy, and I’ve struggled with this a lot. It gets to a point where you can’t philosophize without also meta-philosophizing. It also explains why so...
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    I am currently writing a dissertation in philosophy, and I’ve struggled with this a lot. It gets to a point where you can’t philosophize without also meta-philosophizing. It also explains why so much work in the academic field of philosophy is not really philosophizing, but general research about philosophy and philosophers (philosophology as Robert Pirsig calls it). Over the past 100 years or so, the modern university has committed itself more and more to a quasi-scientific model of scholarship. This is awkward for anyone try to actually do philosophy for the reasons the author mentioned. Philosophy doesn’t prove things in the way science does (maybe with the exception of logical proofs, which are only a subset of what goes by the name philosophy). It is not even necessarily concerned with objectivity at all. If philosophy is really concerned with wisdom, how can it be reasonably articulate in a medium that is not?

    Also, the issue of audience is almost suffocating. I had a preliminary defense in the spring, and I was amazed by how the committee perceived my writing. With the exception of one professor, comments were directed almost entirely to form. It was like they were unconcerned with the ideas themselves and what they meant, and more interested in their presentation. As a plankton of a grad student who just sort of arrived on the scene, I was surprised by how much other philosophers expected me to unpack and rehearse the same arguments that have been handled ad nauseum for centuries. It is like you can’t have an original idea about (A) without first addressing everything else that has ever been said about (A). It made me realize too, though, that I had become an expert on my topic. Which felt nice, but it made me also feel a little insulated. We go so far down our own rabbit holes that even other professionals in our field have trouble tracing our steps. This is a problem academic writing won’t fix for itself. I think it is more a symptom of how limited of an activity professional scholarship is, and really, how insufficient it is for communication—especially concerning something like wisdom.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Let's talk about taking notes in ~talk

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    This is an interesting variation of the Cornell method. I like that you have designated doodle space.

    This is an interesting variation of the Cornell method. I like that you have designated doodle space.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes are being shut down in ~tech

  18. Comment on What's the deal with gemini? in ~comp

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    This is too accurate, sadly. We always talk about how the internet connects everyone, but we just stay in our bubbles anyway, consuming our feeds...

    The internet was a hidden forest with monsters and creatures you could run free with. Now its a well trimmed garden with guards at the gates and a fancy chain café with the only toilet.

    This is too accurate, sadly. We always talk about how the internet connects everyone, but we just stay in our bubbles anyway, consuming our feeds...

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What's the deal with gemini? in ~comp

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    One thing to consider is that a lot of the people active on Gemini and Gopher interact by other means :) Many users are active on tildes and pubnixes for example. Another thing to consider is that...

    I'm seeing lots of homepages and blogs, but not really any connection between folks

    One thing to consider is that a lot of the people active on Gemini and Gopher interact by other means :) Many users are active on tildes and pubnixes for example. Another thing to consider is that the absence of things that make the web seem more connected and alive (like buttons, retweets, comment chains etc.) is part of the appeal for some people. Gemini is simple by design, and implementing those quirks of the web involves working within the limits of the protocol. It has been done though! There are wikis and gemlogs with comment functionality :)

    Edit: Also, personally, I like having to browse around and visit people’s pages rather than just having it all served up in a feed. That’s something I really missed about the web in recent years. Even MySpace was still kind of like that when it started...it was...your space. We are in the habit of passively scrolling and reacting, which we are finding, is incredibly damaging to society and to democracy.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Mozilla: The greatest tech company left behind in ~tech

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    That’s been my experience here in Korea. I paid $0.50 the other day taking my son to the doctor. In and out in 10 minutes.

    That’s been my experience here in Korea. I paid $0.50 the other day taking my son to the doctor. In and out in 10 minutes.

    1 vote