Have been a musician for most of my life and a computer tinkerer for all of it. I'm currently rediscovering my long-neglected love of all kinds of technology alongside my desire to live with less.
Great to be here, and super excited to see all the inspiration here in town 🙏
May I present to you:
Actually usable scroll bars.
Real-world use cases:
1. Scrolling up/down.
2. Scrolling left/right.
3. At-a-glance indication of position.
4. At-a-glance indication of size of current working area in proportion to the total working area.
It's funny how liberating making something for yourself only can be. And it's equally painful to realize that pretty much everything you create tends to be done in comparison with similar works, even subconsciously, and marketed towards whomever you're imagining will enjoy it, even if it's free.
It's not just about being accepted or praised by your peers. Capitalism fucks up everything, including the sincere relationship you're supposed to be having with your own creativity.
Being on the other side of conversations like these initially feel the same to me. I feel sad because I want people I care about to be happy and my actions may not be helping that. But after that initial discomfort, the difference seems to be a request versus a threat.
The first feels like bringing both sides to work together in helping the person meet their needs, and is open for actual discussion. While the latter feels like an expectation that must be met, and discussion is either not happening or immediately confrontational.
What is the core difference between these two:
- "When you do W, I feel X. I have a need to feel Y. In the future, can you help me by doing Z?"
- "Stop doing W, I don't like it."
Browsing the web, 2021
Something that gets obscured in the ongoing nft debates is the question of a culture of commodification. If we put all else aside (i.e. ecological impact etc) there's still a question of furthering/accelerating an economic culture of commodification, transactionalism, etc.
If part of art is shaping culture, which I believe it is, then what culture are we shaping? What systems do we participate in, reject, change, and create? It doesn't have to be either/or, if can be both.
But think about which systems you engage in because "we live in a society" and which ones you are actively working to produce and maintain. These things don't just exist by some divine right, they are made and need to be continually produced.
Where are you putting your active effort? What systems, institutions, and cultures does that aim to actively produce? Versus where you put your passive or necessary effort, for instance to earn enough to pay rent.
This goes back to the same conversation I'm always having: We must liberate the media.
Our culture, our stories and songs and myths and legends, can't belong to corporations.
The music industry has committed itself to this death spiral. Slowly starving itself in the name of increased value for shareholders, until such a time as modern culture has left the aging industry behind.
They will lose, in the long term.
We can expedite that loss, the DMCA can be our weapon.
@thomasorus youd probably dig this one: https://www.baldurbjarnason.com/2021/single-page-app-morality-play/
Revel in the marvels of the universe. We are a collective of forward-thinking individuals who strive to better ourselves and our surroundings through constant creation. We express ourselves through music, art, games, and writing. We also put great value in play. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.