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anyone have good reading materials re xmpp (history, pros & cons, etc)?

preparing a batch of cold brew green tea for when the heat hits us tomorrow

* 1L ice cold water
* 10g green tea, pref a blend of a couple

combine & let steep 5-6 hours in the fridge

If you want to know more about why we bought a ruin in Puglia, southern Italy, and what we hope to make out of it (a retreat, or stopping place, for creative waifs, strays and outsiders), you can read what a friend of ours has written on her GoFundMe appeal for us.

gofund.me/f7d45aaf

minimal computing is perhaps best understood as a heuristic comprising four questions to determine what is, in fact, necessary and sufficient when developing a digital humanities project under constraint: 1) “what do we need?”; 2) “what do we have”; 3) “what must we prioritize?”; and 4) “what are we willing to give up?”

digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/

@cblgh It is a kind of "I obviously agree with the header so I'm going to keep putting off the actual reading until having forgot" situation :thisisfine: . Thanks for reminding it exists. I'm getting through the archive of their podcast daily, but the longer forms tend to elude my brain.

I'm trying to make sure that our @domingoclub project is viable, that we can carry it for a long time and make it work. We have always had a lot of energy for design and sharing, but very little for the business side, although it is very necessary. What we have never done is market research... and so that's what I'm trying to do now.

Do you have any tips, references, tools, advice, anything that could help me in my quest?

Why I find autonomy more important than interdependence: because every authentic form of autonomy is inevitably interdependent, while not every form of interdependence is necessarily autonomous.

Seafaring as an extended meditational retreat:

In late 2018, overwhelmed by a desire to be on her own, Emma Ringqvist set sail from the Baltic Sea towards Brazil. She would eventually cover 15,000 sea miles across the North and South Atlantic, 164 days in all, of which 67 were spent offshore, alone, without an engine, on her non-stop return voyage.

A well-crafted, moving film, directed by Mattias Olsson.

youtube.com/watch?v=227oV4zLRh

¡hola madrid! a partir de ahora estaremos por aquí creando y compartiendo. estará genial encontrarnos y colaborar :)

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we are now based in madrid! it will be great to find each other and collaborate now in the e.u.!

It's interesting that many people are willing to be critical of apple and google et. al. but they are reluctant to consider the idea that the design of the smart phone might be anything other than an inevitable step in a kind of natural technological evolution.

It's almost as if the conventions of the category "smart phone" have effectively shut down the imagination for any alternative ways of using a computer.

I don't think there has ever been anything so effective at inducing compliance on a global level. And I think, deep down, it bothers a lot of people, not just smart-phone refuseniks but also apple/google fans. But it is so overwhelming and personal in this sense of fait accompli that nobody wants to discuss it because it feels like living in a strange consumerist dictatorship of pseudo-convenience.

The number of posts today about deleting menstrual tracking data from startup apps is a very good reminder that you should never trust data you don't store yourself is safe.

Whether it's a scrappy startup, a big megacorp, or a FOSS dude with a server: if someone extracts money to store your data they will, at some point, prioritize their gain over your privacy

“We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is.”
― Stanisław Lem, Solaris

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