Thinking (somewhat abstractly) about the logistics of creating a printed server — an internet-connected set-up that writes to inert physical media (possibly paper), with a "reader" mechanism that only powers up when it receives a request and powers back down again once it's served the requested file.
I believe that we're on the verge of passing the window of opportunity where the sort of broad structural changes that could prepare us for fundamental changes in the environment can still be made voluntarily. Not everything in our technological culture is going to be feasible once we reach the other side, and the parts that can be saved are those that we have the foresight to reconfigure for the likeliest forms of scarcity.
Now I'm daydreaming about how to optimize social media for e-ink, and wondering if that even makes sense. Maybe the underlying ideological assumptions of social media and low-impact technology are simply inimical to one another.
@lrhodes I think about this one pretty often. It may stem from the fragility of the image of capitalism. I’m not sure why long term technology can’t at least be a parallel development track, but the problem is that at a base level it requires and acknowledgement of the need for such things.
Is is unfortunate.
yesterday I saw a post from someone who would like a Tinder-like client for the Fediverse, where the direction you swipe into controls liking, boosting, replying and ignoring. I feel like such an interface could work for an #eInk device too, since it'd not be that dissimilar to just reading pages of an e-book.
- most fediverse software lets you subscribe to public posts via rss, so I do that for some people
- I also automatically scrape a few phlogs, blogs, and emails from one inbox.
- the feeds get parsed in to markdown files, some of which get converted to epub and dropped on my ebook reader, some of which get queued for printing.
- this allows me to consume social media offline first.
@lrhodes bitlbee is a nice interface to twitter that renders it as text, which is antithetical to all the ads and ‘in case you missed it’ etc
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.