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@aynish We have a wiki on gemini (here's a portal view: portal.mozz.us/gemini/gemini.s) with loads of free info and we're adding to it as much as time allows. The library is an excellent place to start - a few of my fave books:
- Teaming with Microbes
- The New Organic Grower
- The One-Straw Revolution

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@neauoire I’m still waiting for “Falsehoods programmers believe about peoples’ accessibility to technology.”

Turns out it’s pretty hard to do two-factor authentication when you’re trying to pay a utility bill from a public library computer.

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Hi! We're excited to announce Banchan Art, a new platform for art commissions!

It's a co-operative owned by workers and artists that raises the bar on how art commissions are done. Today, we're opening signups for the closed beta.

Sign up here: banchan.art/beta

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Oh no some of #gitlab's own dependencies have a 1 year gap in their commit history

The first I found is seed-fu.

Don't worry gitlab, the project is hosted on github, so you won't nuke your own dep. lol

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[alt: gremlin-looking kitten walking around a table looking for food and making a whiny screaming sound]

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I've been subsisting on freelance illustration for over a decade. In the past six weeks I've had one family member refer to a warehouse job that I had for a couple months as a "real job", and another family member refer to a teaching job that I'll be starting in the fall as a "grown-up job".

What a supportive and empowering culture we have for artists. :|

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support queer+trans ppl in Kenya 

Trans & Queer Fund supports LGBTQIA+ life in Kenya - organizers, refugees, artists, people. Their extended community on the ground is going through an especially tough time right now. One (1) euro or u.s. dollar is worth about 120 Kenyan shillings, so for a lot of you reading this your money can make a serious difference. Please support via M-Pesa (predominant Kenyan money transfer service), PayPal, or by sharing with someone who can.

If you have questions or need more details than what's included in the attached image, here are 3 ways to get in touch:

Twitter - @TransqueerKe
Instagram - trans.queer.fund.ke
Email - mkanyogo@gmail.com

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POV: you're minding your own business trying to survive under capitalism when you feel whiskers on your ankle

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"My mother feels little connection to her job now. My mother's is the kind of job that some people think robots should take over, that should be optimized and automated. After all, she would supposedly get more free time and fulfillment in life. The irony is, she stopped feeling fulfilled when her workplace became optimized, her work stripped of meaning, turned into mere labor.

Examining the relationship between work and life under automation is not new. In a 1972 article in "The Black Scholar", the activist James Boggs argued for the importance of thinking one level deeper about work itself. The problem facing jobs and work isn't merely "automation and cybernation," as he put it. Instead, the real challenge is "to create a new human meaning for 'Work as Working for others rather than for oneself; working for people' rather than for things." Transforming work into abstract, quantifiable, optimized labor erases "any of the human and social purposes or the creative satisfactions that Work has always had in other societies."[11] It is easy to automate work using AI once you've made work devoid of meaning.

Like so many AI projects, ET Agricultural Brain naively assumes that the work of a farmer is to simply produce food for people in cities, and to make the food cheap and available. In this closed system, feeding humans is no different from feeding swaths of pigs on large farms. The project neglects the real work of smallholder farmers throughout the world. For thousands of years, the work of these farmers has been stewarding and maintaining the earth, rather than optimizing agricultural production. They use practices that yield nutrient-dense food, laying a foundation for healthy soils and rich ecology in an uncertain future. Their work is born out of commitment and responsibility: to their communities, to local ecology, to the land. Unlike machines, these farmers accept the responsibility of their actions with the land. They commit to the path of uncertainty.

After all, life is defined not by uncertainty itself but by a commitment to living despite it. In a time of economic and technological anxiety, the questions we ask cannot center on the inevitability of a closed system built by AI, and how to simply make those closed systems more rational or "fair." What we face are the more difficult questions about the meaning of work, and the ways we commit, communicate, and exist in relation to each other. Answering these questions means looking beyond the rhetoric sold to us by tech companies. What we stand to gain is nothing short of true pleasure, a recognition that we are not isolated individuals, floating in a closed world."

-- "Blockchain Chicken Farm", page 94

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Open source is about the amazing opportunities created by digital abundance. Fantasies of digital scarcity (in whatever form) are inherently opposed to what we're building.

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