#Introduction career activist and professional volunteer from Aotearoa (NZ). Co-founder of numerous community projects, including a community newspaper, #CoWorking space, #MicroRadio station, #SocialCentre, the Aotearoa sections of #Indymedia and #CreativeCommons, and the Aotearoa Permaculture Network. These days, I publish long-form blogs at #Disintermedia. I'd love to hear from you about common interests, my contact info and more about my project history is here:
The beginning of the end for the telegram of the late 20th century:
Xerophobia: fear of #fax machines ;P
A modern fairytale about the consequences of letting the tools we use be controlled by their manufacturers:
One of the coolest creative communities I've ever lived in was an old farmhouse nestled in Hamilton East, which is now facing demolition:
"What we are looking at [in Asian economies in the 1990s] is not so much the social consequences of economic reforms, but the economic consequences of social reforms. The market economy flourishes on the foundations of such social development. As India has been lately recognizing, lack of social development can quite severely hold up the reach of economic development."
- #AmartyaSen, 'Development as Freedom'
Maybe this could be something groups like #Pine64 could develop in the future?
#ShowerThoughts looking at digital TVs and wondering how hard it would be to convert them into simple libre #VideoGame systems. Thinking about a single-board gaming consoles that could be hooked up directly to the hardware inside the TV, replacing the default OS, with games on SDcard or USB 3.0 storage. Then thinking about a standard mount that could be added to the back, to accommodate and connect the console board, allowing it to be easily upgraded for as long as the TV hardware is working.
Curiously, according to websitecarbon.com, the #HonorPay homepage is estimated to emit only 0.11g of carbon per page load:
... while other pages are more like 0.63g:
... and probably a lot more with the embedded YT videos running.
In an #InterSchool social network, all connections could be 2-way, and access to other users could be an earned privilege not an instant right of all users. Initially students only have access to their teachers, other students in their class, and anyone they can exchange #QRcodes with in person (ie their friends). With good behaviour (as judged by their network with teach oversight), they could be granted access to friend request anyone in their school, then the whole inter-school federation.
#ShowerThoughts I'm envisioning an invite-only federation of educational #SocialNetwork instances, one per school, with connections between schools built up by a #WebOfTrust among the school staff who admin each instance. When students reach 18, their accounts would be portable to any other social network that allows account imports using an open standard (ideally including any #fediverse instance).
On a recent edition of the #ActOut #podcast,
#EleanorGoldfield did an intriguing interview with
Chairman #OmaliYeshitela of the African People's Socialist Party:
"Communism then is already here. The question is how to further democratize it. Capitalism, in turn, is just one possible way of managing communism — and, it has become increasingly clear, rather a disastrous one. Clearly we need to be thinking about a better one: preferably, one that does not quite so systematically set us all at each others’ throats."
"Whenever a genuinely democratic movement begins to emerge — particularly, one based on principles of civil disobedience and direct action — the reaction is the same; the government makes immediate concessions (fine, you can have voting rights; no nukes), then starts ratcheting up military tensions abroad. The movement is then forced to transform itself into an anti-war movement; which, pretty much invariably, is far less democratically organized."
I remember noticing exactly this in the 2000s.
"Hopelessness isn’t natural. It needs to be produced. If we really want to understand this situation, we have to begin by understanding that the last thirty years have seen the construction of a vast bureaucratic apparatus for the creation and maintenance of hopelessness, a kind of giant machine that is designed, first and foremost, to destroy any sense of possible alternative futures."