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'm also wondering how you could make the receiving end as inert as possible.

In other words, you send a request, and get back the requested data. How could you device display that data with minimal energy use?

In other, other words, to display a web page, a monitor has to constantly consume energy. How could you rig a system that uses energy to write to a rewrite-able surface so that the data stays displayed without that constant energy use? Like an Etch-a-Sketch screen.

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.

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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.

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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.

@emsenn @lrhodes I have explored the paper storage idea a bit, and ultimately decided that the mechanism required to find and scan the paper on demand would be error prone and consume more energy than it saved in many cases, but I'm interested in the topic in general.

@lrhodes @emsenn As for social media and e-ink, this is what I do now:

- 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.

@emsenn @lrhodes I don't yet have a good method for marking favorites or replies, but it will come eventually.

@68km @lrhodes @emsenn My plan is to start adding footnotes to each piece that have the URL of the original, so if there is something I need to respond to I can scan the QR code with my phone to get there.

I haven't done that yet, though.

@lrhodes I think they are indeed, and that's why it's great starting point to rethink social media within certain constraints!

While it doesn't answer your question/daydream, reading your toot made me think of Jon Kyle Mohr's Hardly Everything hardlyeverything.com/about

@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

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