for those wondering how to establish trade relations with crows:
- feed crows food A regularly
- when crows decide to bring you gifts, feed them food B
- when crows bring you different categories of gifts, feed them a food-per-category, ex: food C for jewelry, food D for paper money, etc
- crows will recognize these exchange patterns and opt to bring you things in order to acquire desired treats
good luck! 🐦
No one needs to starve. No one needs to freeze. No one needs to die. There is enough for everyone. More empty homes than all the people without them, more food than grocers can even sell. The labor and the materials to end scarcity exist now. It is not a far-off dream. We can end scarcity in this life.
the biggest section still missing from the essay is this: avoid software if you can, and instead invest time and knowledge and resources in the communities that sustain you. it’s well and good if you can afford to spend five years making a software platform with a novel protocol to do something slightly more efficiently, but if you can give your community the same outcome by strapping together physical trashware, i’d say go with trashware. we can’t all be sysadmins but there’s no architecture that doesn’t need them, so become if you can the sysadmin your community needs.
be the one who can say “need a seedbox? i can help you with that”
i drafted this essay because i often wonder about what i should be building or working on. i have severe mental issues that limit how much coherence i have available, and in strange times like this i feel like i need all of it just to survive. but sometimes i’ve got the energy to make a little difference, and i want to know where to make that difference. what to work on as a volunteer can be a daunting choice.
this essay is just the beginning of explaining and exploring architectural tradeoffs in distributed software. i’m not an expert, just an adamant hedge witch, but i’ve seen enough gilded towers gone up in smoke and built enough towers besides to have opinions. maybe they’re bad opinions — i’m always happy to be disabused of half-baked ideas — but nevertheless they’re opinions i forget. i want to remember what i think as counsel for what i do, but it’s hard when you only sometimes know what’s real.
anyway thanks for reading. i’ll post a final draft on my blog.
ok nerds here is a draft of this essay
> # Comparative Considerations Regarding Distributed Software Architectures
> Together we are strong. Knowing this, how can we write good software?
These are strange times. The earth shifts beneath us. Can you taste the ash in the air, or the plastic in the water? The police are outside. The police are inside. The misery in your money and the meager choices it affords arrive from one spirit, our foe whose name is the kyriarchy, and it mutters of a wretched future. We will face it together. Together we are strong.
Do not build a browser.
@prophet_goddess that proof destroyed the cult of pythagoras, who believed that the entire universe could be put into terms of integers and integer ratios. unfortunately it didnt destroy it hard enough because we still have idiots today that think numbers can describe all of reality
@garbados [scab colleague voice] hey it takes a variety of tactics for the left to win — sometimes the tactic is bootlicking, and other times it’s sucking the entire boot off the foot
demoware given life and also anxiety
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