"If we shift our focus away from thinking about ‘options’ or ‘alternatives’, and consider instead the opportunities for moulding our self-image in the course of resisting oppressive forces, we might be able to promote real freedom. That way, we can help people use instances of restraint or repression as moments of self-creation, by preparing people in advance of threats to their liberty."

More than having options, freedom is being true to yourself | Aeon Essays


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Die nachhaltige Gestaltung der #Digitalisierung ist ein sehr vielschichtiges und wichtiges Thema. Ich habe mir das Buch zur Bits & Bäume Konferenz schon mal vorbestellt... oekom-crowd.de/projekte/was-bi #Nachhaltigkeit

Can't wait to see the presentation of @mcpaccard (from @commonfutures) tonight about "Design for desirable futures"!

"Climate change, resource depletion, political mutations, how can we change the way we design to tackle the challenges coming ahead? Marie-Cécile and Thomas founded Common Future(s), an open group dedicated to supporting designers through the mutation of our practices."


I have the impression that notebooks are surprisingly toothless with games. I remember trying some emulators that worked fine on my desktop (which only had a builtin graphics card) on a laptop and it was hopeless.

Language is fun.

English: I am thirsty

Fr/Sp: I have thirst

Gaelic (h/t @kiki_d): Thirst is on me

Hindi: To me, thirst is coming

It's Follow Friday! #ff #followFriday

@ansuz - Creator of @cryptpad, an awesome open source encrypted alternative to Google Docs!

@tom79 - Fedilab developer who is adding first class pixelfed support to the mobile app!

@Curator - Curator/Admin of mastodon.art, a great instance for artists of the fediverse!

@switchingsocial - An amazing collection of ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives

Interesting. In "New Dark Age", James Bridle is also referring to the datafied "cloud" as a hyperobject (if memory serves me).

The analogy between privacy and environmental protection is also really interesting and has been made a few times. Someone should really pick up on that and think in detail how it works and how it doesn't because current privacy and datafication issues are something new.

> In this way, the concept of digital privacy shares similarities with weighty crises like climate change. Both are what the theorist Timothy Morton calls “hyperobjects,” a concept so all-encompassing that it is impossible to adequately describe [...] which invite skepticism because their scale is so vast and sometimes abstract.
> At its heart, privacy is about how that data is used to take away our control.



Since it's Easter, I'm wondering whether there's a tradition in academia of hiding Easter eggs (hidden jokes) in papers and books. Have you come across any? Better yet, have you included any in your writings?

"obscurity is one reason we feel safe bonding with others over our shared vulnerabilities, our mutual hopes, dreams and fears". Not a new idea, but important. We can live without this feeling, but do we want to?

RT @omertene@twitter.com

NYT @PrivacyProject@twitter.com gets better, much better, with a piece by @hartzog@twitter.com and @EvanSelinger@twitter.com about how tech spells the end of obscurity in public spaces. nytimes.com/2019/04/17/opinion

🐦🔗: twitter.com/omertene/status/11

Sounds familiar. What I've noticed is that "really interesting stuff to read" is contextual. What feels really important at point A in time may not seem that important at point B. My dad's advice was read it immediately or don't read it, but I find that hard advice to follow...

"So yes, it's important for us to teach kids about Linux and open-source software. But it's not enough for us to teach them about the technical parts of things. We also need to inform them of the societal parts of their work, and the huge influence and power that today's programmers have."

The importance of this cannot be overstated. Enough with the "take it or leave it" mentality, enough with BDFL figures.


"Break things, move fast" is the IT industry.

"Move fast, break things" is the furniture removal industry.

To be honest I commented based on the website. I haven't tried the software yet. I've tried RQDA for a while and it was promising but a bit clunky. I'll give this a spin when I get to my work computer tomorrow.

Wow, this looks really nice. I'm always on the lookout for free libre qualitative analysis software.

I sang in a choir some years ago and we performed that in an Orthodox church. Can confirm, beautiful music regardless of your religious views.

Ok #fediverse, I need you help finding a free/libre open source (#floss) tool that works on #Windows + #Ubuntu (or can be installed on a server) that does the following:

* Hand written notes
* Typed notes
* Import & handwrite over images
* Import & highlight & handwrite over PDFs/text docs

I want basically a FLOSS equivalent of Microsoft OneNote for when I start grad school in the fall.

@remram44 and I have been looking, to no avail...

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