For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”
We need more media platforms like that.
New year, new journal. Starting to doubt the usefulness of the format I've chosen, though. It's evolved from the Bullet Journal system. I use it mostly for:
📗 Calendaring upcoming events
📘 Journaling daily life
📙 Miscellaneous notes from my reading
Feel free to throw me any links you have to other systems you think are worth trying/incorporating.
How Itch.io facilitated and shaped "the one-dollar game" as a product category and emergent form of cultural expression.
A newly surveyed site in a sandstone quarry near Cairo, New York is evidence that forests developed 2 to 3 million years earlier than previously thought.
In stopped clock news, the Trump admin is reportedly working on beefing up the open access mandate, which would make more federally funded research freely available to the public. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1061836761
The principle reasons the predicted ebook revolution in publishing never got off the ground are likely cultural and sociological, but the sustained wrangle over how to price ebooks surely didn't help. https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/12/23/20991659/ebook-amazon-kindle-ereader-department-of-justice-publishing-lawsuit-apple-ipad
Video playground of the unreleased Mega Drive adaptation of Akira (via Akira2019@twitter.com): https://youtu.be/QbHcqrAFseQ
"The world is simultaneously underwater and on fire, and people want to know what they can do about it. Let's share resources, services, products and ideas you can use to stop kicking the planet in the face."
D&D lets you live out all kinds of fantasies, such as:
-Having everyone call you by your preferred name and gender
-Having a big group of friends who do everything together
-Making a reasonable wage as a freelancer
-Being able to murder the terrible leadership of your country
-Getting 8 hours of sleep
"Indigenous technology gets cast as primitive, like it may have been useful in the past but no longer has any relevance. But that's not true. Assembling communal life is in itself a technology." https://logicmag.io/nature/water-is-life-nick-estes-on-indigenous-technologies/
history, USpol, guns, sectarian conflict
A lecture (by a US Court of Appeals Judge) on the origins of the Second Amendment in "a right created in no small part to allow Protestant Englishmen to oppress their Catholic countrymen."
Like that Bill Hader video that was going around a few months back? About 80% of what made that freakishly convincing was just the fact that Bill Hader has REEEALY good impressions of Tom Cruise and Seth Rogan. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/bill-hader-tom-cruise-seth-rogen-deepfake-871154/
One conclusion I've drawn from the handful of prominent deepfakes I've seen is that a lot of the heavy lifting is done in the planning phase, namely in matching the face to someone who already looks, sounds and moves like the person being faked.
This article on the symbols and rituals of the Calabrian mafia is utterly fascinating. "Of all the mafias, the 'Ndrangheta is the richest in codes and symbols, the meanings of which often remain obscure even to the affiliates themselves." https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/12/19/mafia-meaning-mayhem/
quote from me in the news about twitter decentralization
I was quoted in this newsletter about yesterday's Twitter news, saying, "Realistically I don't think this is going to go anywhere; most of these kinds of projects fail. What I'm worried about is that it is going to be a big distraction. It's going to attract resources from the ecosystem that is already out there."
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