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Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (June 2020)


Checking in for June for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This
is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.
  • Dropping expectations: I didn't really practice with this over the
    past month. I think it's a combination of not having the
    expectations and being more adept at relaxing the expectations. Need
    to notice this more.
  • Physical Health: Ho boy. I haven't really practiced with this at
    all. I need to give this more focus.
  • Writing more: I did more blogging, and have been working on the
    Pepper&Carrot RPG most days. I'm going to call this a win for now.
  • Programming more: I think I did more fretting about game programming
    than actual programming this past month. This gets a bit to dropping
    expectations, especially the expectation of doing some remarkable
    programming and not having the foggiest how to do it. Going to take
    this next month to just practice with Godot development and see
    where this lands.
  • Mindfulness: Some days I'm more mindful than others. Some days I've
    been able to refocus myself on the task at hand. Still more practice
    to do.
  • Decluttering: Made some more progress with this over the past month.
    I actually had periods where I did some serious decluttering and it
    felt great. Need to practice with this more, but pleased with the
    progress.
  • Deeper work: Some days are great, and some days aren't so great.
    Some days I'm totally in the flow and other days I'm barely able to
    keep up. I think my major challenge is figuring out how to best
    harness the days where I'm going to be able to go deeper and
    recognize the days where I'm going to have a tougher time and be
    gentle with my frustrations about not being able to go deeper.
  • Getting out of debt: Making better progress with this. Actually am
    working on not spending money on Kickstarter and allocating more
    money toward paying off credit cards. Still a slow process, but a
    necessary one.
June felt difficult for me, in part because of the dichotomy between the
fantasy that we were getting back to normal and the reality that we're
nowhere near normal. I think that's part of why I've been focusing more
on work, decluttering, and what's next. I definitely want to explore
more game design and game programming and have been mentally preparing
myself for this. More to come in future posts.

http://decafbad.net/2020/07/01/designing-a-well-lived-life-checking-in-june-2020/
#misc #Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 
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Remember that #Twitter doesn't actually represent public opinion. This is from the online #comic PVP.

#humour #humor #SocialMedia
 

Liz Phair shows us how to use Twitter's new voice Tweet feature | Apple Must

Twitter is testing a brand new feature that lets you share short voice recordings in your Tweets, and it looks like this will be a successful thing, positioning the social network well for the voice first future. And Liz Phair has shown us how it is done.
#technology #tech #SocialMedia #Twitter
 

Twitter adds ability to record audio in tweets | Axios

Twitter is already the go-to platform for breaking news in the U.S. and often around the world. Voice Tweets will add a new dimension to breaking news for the site, as users can record what's happening around them or record their thoughts and reflections immediately and post them as events unfold.
#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
 

And that’s really it for Google+ | TechCrunch

Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents, which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to meet its maker in April 2019. While Google+ was meant to be an all-purpose social network, the idea behind current is more akin to what Microsoft is doing with Yammer or Facebook with Workplace. It’s meant to give employees a forum for internal discussions and announcements.

To complicate matters, Google kept Google+ around, even after the launch of currents, but in an email to G Suite admins, it has now announced that Google+ for G Suite will close its doors on July 6, after which there will be no way to opt out of Currents or revert back to Google+.
"It ain't over 'til it's over".

#technology #tech #computing #SocialMedia
And that’s really it for Google+
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (May 2020)


Checking in for May for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This
is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.
  • Dropping expectations: This month was challenging for me. A lot of
    expectations that I had about my ability to work on things kept
    cropping up. I had several days where I felt guilty about not
    working on my projects, and several times when my desires to have
    things happen a certain way got in the way of what was actually
    happening. I need to focus on this more and let each day be its own
    thing.
  • Physical Health: About the only exercise I get is once a week when I
    push the lawn mower in the yard. I need to find more times to get up
    and move around, even if it's just going up and down the basement
    stairs more often or wandering around the basement. I'm starting to
    feel the downward movement of gravity on my body and it's not a
    pleasant feeling.
  • Writing more: This month I had periods where I did well and periods
    where I didn't do well at all. I've been struggling with my writing
    project, in part because it's getting to more of the design parts.
    The way to get around this is to just get the first draft out and
    then polish it some more. I'm wanting to shit out something perfect
    in one sitting and unless I'm a goose and I'm popping out golden
    eggs then that's not happening (and who knows if the goose was
    shitting out 24K Faberge eggs anyway. I'm thinking not).
  • Programming more: I did an exercise this month to just see how far I
    could get with Z80 programming in a week. It opened my eyes to some
    of my practicing and habits around practicing. Need to play with
    this some more. I was hoping to have some ideas on video games for
    June but I think June is going to be my play with some ideas month
    and see what falls out. Need to make this more of a conscious
    practice.
  • Mindfulness: This month was one for practicing Nowness, but I wasn't
    able to practice as much as I would like. Part of that was feeling
    pressured to do many different things at once. What I learned from
    this was to just slow down and work on one thing at a time. I need
    to get back to trusting my lists to feed my work day, and I need to
    think about my lists enough to have them support that thinking.
  • Decluttering: I cleared off some books from our bookshelves and
    cleaned out some drawers in our kitchen. Taking this slow, but
    making some headway with it. Also removed some albums that were
    duplicates from my collection.
  • Deeper work: One trick I've found is logging out of social media
    when I'm done with it. It's helped me to stay more focused. Also
    found that if I set a timer before a task I'm more focused on the
    task and less likely to try to bob to the surface to see what
    happened in the interim. It's not perfect, but it does help.
  • Getting out of debt: Still working on this, though I have a plan for
    a few of the credit cards that we have and goals to have them paid
    off. Am working with putting things on wishlists before spending the
    \$\$ on them in the moment, which works surprisingly well.
I have noticed myself resisting the weekly review each week, so I'm
going to try to do one today and notice where the discomfort is coming
from. Also going to play around with different programming topics to see
if I can get some clarity on what I want to work on for a deeper
project. More to come.

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Twitter finally lets you schedule tweets | iMore

Twitter now lets you schedule tweets on the web.
The service started testing out scheduling for a select group of users earlier this year.
Twitter's web-app has also been updated to include saving of drafted tweets and draft syncing to other instances of the web-app.
#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
 

Twitter is testing a new threaded conversation layout on iOS and the web | Engadget

Twitter has started testing a new threaded conversation layout that’s meant to make it more obvious who’s talking to whom. Based on the GIF posted by the Twitter Support account, the new layout makes use of lines and indentations to clearly indicate that a reply is meant for a specific tweet. As TechCrunch notes, it looks particularly useful for longer threads where participants go back-and-forth and where people post responses to several separate tweets.
#technology #tech #SocialMedia #Twitter
 

Reddit pulls back chat rooms after angering moderators | Engadget

Just one day after launching a new chat room feature, Reddit has reversed course and pulled it entirely following an outcry from the site’s moderators.
The company yanked “Start Chatting,” which aimed to create small, randomized chat rooms within the site’s subreddits, on Thursday, Reddit confirmed in a statement. The company said the move was in response to negative feedback from its users and moderators.
#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Reddit #chat
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (April 2020)


Checking in for April for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Dropping expectations: Had some success with this, but didn't really
    practice this as much.
  • Physical Health: Not much focus here. We have taken some walks but
    for the most part I haven't done as much exercise as I should.
  • Writing more: I've been writing every morning for most mornings, but
    the week up until Penguicon I felt pressure in my schedule so I
    didn't get to writing. I've been having a little trouble finding a
    routine for some reason, but I'm starting to find it.
  • Programming more: Making my presentations for MUG and Penguicon
    pretty much took over my programming time this month. Hoping to find
    the time this next month.
  • Mindfulness: Finding periods of mindfulness throughout the day, but
    not doing as much meditation this month.
  • Decluttering: Been decluttering some books off of my drives. Going
    to make more of a concerted decluttering effort in the coming month.
  • Deeper work: I had a really good period of deep work on the day of
    Penguicon finishing up my slides. It was amazing, and I'm looking
    forward to having more of them.
  • Getting out of debt: Making some progress here.
I did start reading "Start Finishing" and started making some of my
goals "SMART" goals.
Taking some of the goals out of my lists that weren't specific and
turned them into more specific goals. Also put a due date on them.
Hoping to make these areas of focus into goals and work more on them.

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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 

Reddit adds chat rooms for subreddits | Engadget

The "front page of the internet" is bringing back one of the web's oldest features: chat rooms. Reddit company is introducing a new chat tool, which allows Reddit users to start small group chats from within popular subreddits.
Called “Start Chatting,” it randomly matches small groups of up to seven users in a given subreddit who want to chat and creates a group thread where they can exchange messages, share posts or swap GIFs.
Any Redditors here?

#technology #tech #SocialMedia #Reddit
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (March 2020)


Checking in for March for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Dropping expectations: This one is more tricky than I thought. I can
    say "Yeah, I dropping expectations" but I still have expectations of
    how I would like things to be. I've noticed this when I put my
    expectations on other folks (why are they behaving the way they're
    behaving?) so clearly I'm not dropping them as much as I should.
    Rather than get into a philosophical debate about the expectation of
    dropping expectations (Hello, Oroborus! Rawr!) I'll just leave this
    as "needs improvement".
  • Physical Health: I thought that working from home already wouldn't
    have affected my step count throughout the day while being shut in.
    Boy, was I mistaken. Yesterday my step count was under 2,000 steps
    according to my Pebble Watch. I need to take advantage of more
    breaks throughout the day and do some more walking.
  • Writing more: I've been mostly consistent with writing for the
    Pepper&Carrot RPG, but there have been a few days where I've felt
    compressed in my schedule. Part of this is getting up late. Hoping
    to improve this.
  • Programming more: I've started looking more into a programming
    practice, but (funnily enough) whenever I make a declaration that
    I'm learning something it pretty much deflates me wanting to do
    that. Perhaps it's the declaration that tricks my mind into thinking
    that it's done? Perhaps it's because I haven't made the commitment
    strong enough. Playing with this notion. Right now I'm working on
    learning C coding, but the past few days I've had meetings and
    subsequent tasks that arose from those meetings. Hmm.
  • Mindfulness: I've not been very mindful lately. Just paused to
    realize why that is. Yeah, now I know. Because the more you think
    about what is going on in the... yeah. Wow. Need to work more on
    this.
  • Decluttering: Getting the itch to do more decluttering, in part
    because we're home more. Also am reading "It's All Too Much" by
    Peter Walsh (yes, yes, I know. Blame Merlin Mann's recommendations
    on Back to Work). Expect this to get more attention this month.
  • Deeper work: I'm doing Pomodoro sessions, but still feel fragmented.
    See "Mindfulness" above. I think I'm finding myself wanting
    distractions throughout the day.
  • Getting out of debt: Making some progress with this. You wouldn't
    believe what not going to restaurants can do for your budget (Learn
    this one simple trick...), though I have been trying to support
    publishers and creators that have been hit by this.
March feels like the prelude to more interesting times. Will keep these
in mind throughout the month of April.

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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 

'Kind Words' is the rare social network where everyone is nice | Engadget

The older I get, the less energy I have for social media. Twitter is too busy, Facebook is too stupid and dating apps are just... ugh. But I still have that need to connect with people in some way, something I can approach at my own pace and not feel any kind of obligation. Last year came Popcannibal's Kind Words, a non-game game that lets you reach out, but expects nothing from you in return except good vibes.
Time to put aside any cynicism, snark, or flippancy with this one. It seems ideal for children over ten and up to mid-teenage years, but some adults might find it a peaceful haven while socially isolating.

#internet #SocialMedia #feelgood
 
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Business magnate Justin Sun have tried to make a hostile takeover of the Steem blockchain - instead the community have worked hard these last weeks and yesterday the whole thing hardforked into a new network. Old Steem accounts are copied and the amount in the wallet is air-dropped into the new Hive-network - for some at least.

Good thing is that the network actually is more decentralised now and does not depend on the company that created it in the first place. It is actually an evolution in the right direction. So, for all the drama, it is still an interesting experiment - now it is just called Hive instead.

And... money can't buy everything it seems.

#Steem #hive #blockchain #socialmedia #business #community #capitalist
 

Photographer Finds Her Photos Have Been Stolen and Used Over 1,500 Times via PicsArt | PetaPixel

Photographer Rosie Hardy recently recently opened a pandora’s box of image theft and appropriation when she discovered that several of her images were being shared as “free to use” stickers through the PicsArt photo editing app. After a bit of digging, she found that her stolen photos had been used without permission, credit, or compensation over 1,500 times.
#photography #SocialMedia #PicsArt #theft
Photographer Finds Her Photos Have Been Stolen and Used Over 1,500 Times via PicsArt
 

Rethinking online presence: Goodreads


I've been rethinking some of the accounts that I have a presence on.
I've been thinking about where I've been putting my time and what value
I'm getting out of them. One of those accounts that I try to keep
updated is Goodreads. Goodreads is a site for
both managing books as well as reviewing them. It also has a social
component where people share what books they're reading and can comment
on books that you're reading. IT can be fun at times, but it also makes
reading into a performative act. It can make it where you feel like you
need to keep things moving. You can set a yearly goal where you can say
"I'm going to read X number of books this year" (which I keep setting to
"one" because having the quick win is nice).

Unfortunately it's also work. It's keeping up a list of books that I
want to read, keeping page numbers up to date on what I've read, and
feeling pressured to review a book when you finish it (even if it's just
a 1-5 star rating).

So, why have I kept it?

In some ways it's an avenue to keep up with what some folks have read.
Also it allows me to help authors I like by leaving reviews for their
books. There's a sense of community.

And why would I like to stop using it?

Frankly their interface is terrible. It's a pain to keep anything up to
date. Also there's a feeling of peer pressure and performance there. If
I want to read a RPG book for reference I feel pressured to put it up
there so I can get some form of credit. When I read a few pages I feel
like I need to update Goodreads. Also I feel like whenever I get a book
there's pressure to put it on the list and keep the "To Read" list
flowing.

Frankly it's costing more mental bandwidth than the benefit it brings.

So what happens now?

I think I'm going to let it go dormant for the time being. I've already
removed the "to read" list, and will keep the reviews I have up there
for the time being, but frankly I'm not sure what a few good or negative
reviews will help for the books I've read.

I'm also thinking that I'll post anything that I'm reviewing or reading
up here, not because I have to, but because I want to. No pressure, no
promises, and no posturing.

I'm going to think about some of he other accounts that I have a
presence on and determine if I'm getting any benefit at all from them,
or if they're more work to maintain.

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#Adayinthelife #SocialMedia #Goodreads
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (February 2020)


Checking in for February for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Dropping expectations: I'm not sure I had to consciously do this as
    much this month, but it could be that I've either dropped the
    expectations or that my expectations this month were low. I'll need
    to notice if this happens at all during next month.
  • Physical Health: I've been taking more breaks and getting up from
    the computer. One day I drank water instead of coffee for the
    afternoon. I haven't made a concerted plan for this yet. It keeps
    becoming "not as important" and I'm starting to feel that my
    let-it-ride philosophy of physical health is going to bite me in the
    ass soon.
  • Writing more: I've been writing for the Pepper&Carrot RPG and making
    good progress. I haven't done as much blogging as I would like but I
    did write more articles this past month. I have been trying a
    journaling habit where if I want to switch context while focusing
    that I journal instead about what I'm feeling in that moment. That
    might prompt more thoughts that I'll want to write about.
  • Programming more: Really feeling stuck on this one. All of my
    programming has been for work. I'm feeling a bit stagnant in this
    arena. Part of it is competing priorities (I'd like to learn Rust,
    and I feel I should take another stab at JavaScript) and part of it
    is wanting to go deeper into technologies that I think are
    interesting (I think there's something interesting I can create with
    Godot). But I feel rather numb to this at the moment. Also I
    realized that part of my issue is feeling like i need to know
    everything before I start, which is a common problem that I've dealt
    with. I'm going to need to work with the idea that I can jump into
    something and learn as I go. But then the question is "what would I
    like to create?". I think I need to just sit and play for a bit and
    get excited about programming again.
  • Mindfulness: I'm finding myself being more mindful, except when I'm
    not. ;) That's a cheeky way of saying that when I'm focused I'm
    being more mindful than when I'm scattering my attention all over
    the place with distractions and what-not.
  • Decluttering: I've made some progress with this. My parents are also
    decluttering, so I'm finding some intake from them as well. I have a
    daily repeating task to declutter in certain areas of the house for
    10 minutes that I think I need to take more seriously. The main
    thing is I'm not sure where to start in some of these areas, and I
    feel blocked because some of the things I want to donate, but it's
    hard to figure out a time to take these items over to donate.
    Perhaps I need to do them in small chunks rather than all at once.
  • Deeper work: I made some more progress with this. I've started the
    journaling habit whenever I get distracted from a task, so that has
    helped get me back on track. I did notice my propensity to just jump
    onto Youtube to watch something and then watch several related
    videos. I think I need to use youtube-dl more to keep my focus
    only on the video that I want to watch.
  • Getting out of debt: Making progress with this, but slower than I
    would like. I also found myself making RPG game purchases (I blame
    part of that on sales, and part of that on my newfound love of the
    BRP system, and rekindling my love of Fudge). I need to realize that
    I don't need to find "RPG Methadone" if I don't like a particular
    system, I can do without. That's a pattern that I've noticed in
    myself: "I don't like this one thing for this particular reason,
    let's find alternatives that are similar and fill that need better".
    I blame part of that on my use of Linux and needing to find
    alternatives for things that other platforms enjoy. It's not
    healthy, though it gives me short-term satisfaction.
I also worked on getting my book "The Mediocre Programmer" closer to
publication. I found a LaTeX template that looks really good for the
PDF. Hoping to make some more traction on that in the coming month.

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This whole "social media giants being able to just do what the fuck they want" when it comes to disinformation is getting way out of hand...

#socialmedia #disinformation
 

Bruce Schneier: Inrupt, Tim Berners-Lee's Solid, and Me


Schneier has signed on to TBL's "Solid" distributed self-host-capable social media platform company, Inrupt.
I have joined a company called Inrupt that is working to bring Tim Berners-Lee's distributed data ownership model that is Solid into the mainstream. (I think of Inrupt basically as the Red Hat of Solid.) I joined the Inrupt team last summer as its Chief of Security Architecture, and have been in stealth mode until now.

The idea behind Solid is both simple and extraordinarily powerful. Your data lives in a pod that is controlled by you. Data generated by your things -- your computer, your phone, your IoT whatever -- is written to your pod. You authorize granular access to that pod to whoever you want for whatever reason you want. Your data is no longer in a bazillion places on the Internet, controlled by you-have-no-idea-who. It's yours. If you want your insurance company to have access to your fitness data, you grant it through your pod. If you want your friends to have access to your vacation photos, you grant it through your pod. If you want your thermostat to share data with your air conditioner, you give both of them access through your pod.
This was one of the more interesting (though not yet ready for prime-time) options we looked at in the #Plexodus G+ shutdown migration.

HN discussion:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22395358

Reddit:
https://old.reddit.com/r/plexodus/duplicates/f88t2f/inrupt_tim_bernerslees_solid_and_me/

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/02/inrupt_tim_bern.html

#socialMedia #distributedNetworks #Federation #BruceSchneier #TimBernersLee #SolidProtocol #Inrupt
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (January 2020)


Checking in for January for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Dropping expectations: I'm finding that my expectations creep up way
    more than I thought. Expectations on what I want to accomplish,
    expectations for how well I would do with something; it's more
    pervasive than I would like. This is an area that I need more work,
    because I get so caught up in how I think things should be and not
    now they are. Worse, I start behaving as though I need to somehow
    protect or manage things so they meet those expectations.
  • Physical Health: I bought a drum pad and have been doing a slight
    bit more walking. I'll take whatever progress I can. Still need more
    work in this area.
  • Writing more: I've been writing at least 5 times a week for 10
    minutes at a time. I'll call that progress, but I would like to do
    more of this. Journaling in particular, because I got off that habit
    a while ago and I find it useful.
  • Programming more: I let this slide based on work requirements, but
    I'd like to get back to it. The downside is figuring out which I
    would like to focus on: Rust, JavaScript, or Godot. Each of them has
    their advantages, so I'm going to take this weekend to decide which
    I prefer to start with.
  • Mindfulness: Having middling success with this. Sometimes I find
    myself not being terribly mindful and other times I'm quite mindful.
    Still need to practice this.
  • Decluttering: Did better with this. Getting things out of the
    basement. Still need to work more on this.
  • Deeper work: Have been progressing with this. Allowing myself to
    work without the distractions is quite nice. The area that I need to
    work on is not grabbing hold of those distractions the moment I
    stop.
  • Getting out of debt: Slowly but surely. Trying to find the balance
    between paying off the bill and incurring more bills as a result.
    Also finding new things that interest me isn't helping. :)
More in the coming weeks.

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Reddit bans impersonation on its platform | The Verge

Today, Reddit updated its policies about impersonation to no longer allow impersonation of an individual or entity in a misleading or deceptive manner. That means the new policies won’t just affect things like misleadingly altered videos (like deepfakes), but could implicate simple lies made by people impersonating others online.
The good news is that Reddit can no longer keep pretending to be Reddit, and has to go back to being Google+ 😉

#technology #tech #internet #forums #SocialMedia #Reddit
 

Twitter will finally let you control who can reply to your tweets | TechRadar

At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.

Mashable's Karissa Bell tweeted from an event held by the company that this new feature will finally allow users to control who replies to their tweets by granting them the ability to limit replies to specific users, for example, followers or those mentioned in the tweet.

Don't want any replies at all? Apparently that option will be also be made available.
#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
 

Twitter will finally let you control who can reply to your tweets | TechRadar

At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.

Mashable's Karissa Bell tweeted from an event held by the company that this new feature will finally allow users to control who replies to their tweets by granting them the ability to limit replies to specific users, for example, followers or those mentioned in the tweet.

Don't want any replies at all? Apparently that option will be also be made available.
#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
 
"'The documents reveal a much clearer idea of what actually happened in the 2016 US presidential election, which has a huge bearing on what will happen in 2020. It’s the same people involved who we know are building on these same techniques', she said."

"'There’s evidence of really quite disturbing experiments on American voters, manipulating them with fear-based messaging, targeting the most vulnerable, that seems to be continuing. This is an entire global industry that’s out of controlbut what this does is lay out what was happening with this one company'."

#disinformation #propaganda #socialmedia #CambridgeAnalytica

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Oh look, I just published my retrospective of social media (and the internet) in the 2010s. It's a bit ranty, and a bit negative, but I needed to write that.

The 2010s and alternative Social Media: A decade full of work, hope, and disappointment
https://schub.wtf/blog/2020/01/01/2010s-alternative-social-media.html

(caution, ~3500 words)
#diaspora #privacy #socialmedia #standards and stuff
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (December 2019)


Checking in for December, and the end of 2019 for my "Designing a
Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the
year to make larger changes.
  • Administrative focus: Some slight progress here. I've gotten better
    about putting things into my phone and having them sync elsewhere,
    but for the most part I've been a bit rubbish about keeping my
    physical inboxes and computer inbox empty (not email though, which
    I'm better at keeping cleaned out once a day). I think I need to
    schedule more time for this each day.
  • Writing more: I've been progressing with editing on my book, and
    have published several blog posts over the year that weren't related
    to this challenge. Still some improvement to be had but overall
    calling this a success.
  • Design more: Going to tackle this in 2020. I really let this one
    slip more than I would have liked.
  • Programming more: I let my expectations get in the way of progress
    here. Most of my programming was for work with the occasional detour
    into Godot and Rust, but that was about it. Need to take my own
    advice and give myself 10 minutes each day to work on this.
  • Getting out of debt: Small steps here, but still progressing. I'm
    committing to making more of a dent in our finances and keeping on
    top of things for 2020.
  • Physical Health: Absolute rubbish here, but I'm going to be kind to
    myself and give myself more opportunities in 2020 to do exercise.
    I'm hitting that age where not exercising is going to cause serious
    issues and its high time that I stopped coasting.
  • Mindfulness: Calling this a success even though I had spates where I
    wasn't as mindful as I could be. My meditation was also sporadic,
    but have find myself pausing and being more mindful when stressed or
    frustrated.
  • Deeper work: Early on this year I wasn't good at this, but with a
    large project I've gotten much better at getting into deeper work. I
    still allow myself way more distractions than I should but overall
    I've improved a great deal with this.
For 2020 I'm looking to tackle the following:
  • Dropping expectations: I tend to make expectations about how things
    will proceed and how the day should be. This leads to
    disappointment, guilt, and anxiety. I want to work with dropping
    these as much as I can.
  • Physical Health: This desperately needs attention.
  • Writing more: I've been meaning to keep a journal of my thoughts, so
    perhaps I can work with that intention in mind. Would also help with
    my mindfulness.
  • Programming more: Ostensibly I should enjoy programming more, but I
    have expectations of how far I should be with this. I'm going to
    instead try to work with this as though I'm a beginner again with no
    expectations to find the joy in learning and being a programmer. I
    have joy in my work, now let's find it in my leisure programming.
  • Mindfulness: Continuing with being mindful in my day-to-day
    practice.
  • Decluttering: I've accumulated a lot of shit over the years, and I
    need to pare down the things that I have and the things that have
    stuck to me over the years. This also ties in to the administrative
    focus, but from a more runway perspective.
  • Deeper work: More focus is the order of the day.
  • Getting out of debt: This is going to be a constant refrain, and is
    part of the decluttering.
Happy new year!

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Oh look, I just published my retrospective of social media (and the internet) in the 2010s. It's a bit ranty, and a bit negative, but I needed to write that.

The 2010s and alternative Social Media: A decade full of work, hope, and disappointment
https://schub.wtf/blog/2020/01/01/2010s-alternative-social-media.html

(caution, ~3500 words)
#diaspora #privacy #socialmedia #standards and stuff
 
"Emails sent by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials expose how ICE used social media and information gleaned by for-profit data brokers to track down and arrest an immigrant in Southern California. In the emails, which were disclosed in federal court filings, officials discussed the relationship status of the person, noting that he was 'broken hearted', according to Facebook posts, and confirmed his identity through pictures posted at his father’s birthday party."

"ICE ultimately arrested the person after he 'checked in' to a Home Depot on Facebook."

"The emails are a rare glimpse into the ever-widening surveillance dragnet ICE uses to track down immigrants who are subject to possible deportation. In this case, ICE used Thomson Reuters’s controversial CLEAR database, part of a growing industry of commercial data brokers that contract with government agencies, essentially circumventing barriers that might prevent the government from collecting certain types of information."

#ICE #Gestapo #immigration #socialmedia #surveillance
 

Why the Global South should nationalise its data


Big Tech corporations are extracting data from users across the world without paying for it. It is time to change that.
Why the Global South should nationalise its data
#Science&Technology #Socialmedia #Data #Business&Economy
 

Why the Global South should nationalise its data


Big Tech corporations are extracting data from users across the world without paying for it. It is time to change that.
Why the Global South should nationalise its data
#Science&Technology #Socialmedia #Data #Business&Economy
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (November 2019)


Checking in for Nobember for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Administrative focus: My inbox is my nemesis at the moment. I have a
    lot of crap in there that hasn't been processed. I feel like I'm
    just accruing crap in there without managing to process it more.
    I've taken to digitizing them in the hopes that it'll manage to get
    me to look at it better, but all that seems to do is just get me a
    directory of files that I never look at. Also I've grown numb to my
    next actions lists so things are on there that are now celebrating
    birthdays. That's not great at all. I need to put some focus back
    into working my lists and working them more than "here's the
    recurring things that I need to do for today" levels, and literally
    spend some time each day addressing the items on those lists.
  • Writing more: I've been putting in 10 minutes each day (most days)
    to writing and editing two books (The Mediocre Programmer and the
    Pepper&Carrot RPG). Unfortunately I'm finding my attention is split
    between the two so I need to put my focus more toward one or the
    other. Perhaps I just need to spend a week working on the edits for
    The Mediocre Programmer so I can call it done for the year. I was
    hoping that I would have a playable version of The Pepper&Carrot RPG
    by year's end but that is turning out to be more aggressive than I
    realized.
  • Design more: See above re: The Pepper&Carrot RPG.
  • Programming more: Most of my programming has been work-related, so
    by the time I'm done with work I don't want to do any more
    programming. I've set a mini-goal for working through Eloquent
    JavaScript again, but I'm feeling major resistance there. When I'm
    at Coffee House Coders the last thing I want to do is program; most
    of the time I'm cleaning up email or reading RSS feeds. Not good.
  • Getting out of debt: Slow progress here, but still some progress.
  • Physical Health: I've managed to do even less exercise and walking
    than I normally do. That's in part because I've been glued to the
    computer for work.
  • Mindfulness: Had some good epiphanies related to mindfulness and
    working with mindfulness lately. Mostly I've been using it for focus
    and to help keep myself on task and recognizing the times when I'm
    not on task.
  • Deeper work: Middling success with this. I'm still
    distraction-prone, but I have had moments where time has disappeared
    and I've been "in the zone" with my work.
I also did some decluttering in the basement prior to Thanksgiving, so
I've been concentrating on getting the basement back into some semblance
of order. Also clearing out old books (digital and physical) that are no
longer relevant or are severely out of date.

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" After news broke that Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg had consumed a secret White House dinner with Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren characterised it as part of Facebook's 'charm offensive with Republican lawmakers' in response to her call to use antitrust law to break up Facebook, calling the move 'corruption, plain and simple...how the government keeps working for giant corporations and the wealthy and well-connected'."

#SocialMedia #surveillance #privacy
Elizabeth Warren calls Zuck and Thiel's secret Trump White House dinner "corrupt"
 

‘The Anti-Facebook’: #Wikipedia co-founder launches ad-free #social #media platform

Fed up with #Facebook and #Twitter? If so, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes you'll join WT:Social, a new social media platform that promises not to run advertisements or sell user data.

WT:Social features a Facebook-like feed on which users can share news or other content. But unlike Facebook, whose algorithms prioritize content that's sponsored or receiving a lot of engagement, WT:Social simply shows new content first.

About 160,000 people have signed up for WT:Social since it launched in October. The platform is free to join, but new users are put on a wait-list, which can be instantly bypassed if you donate money. WT:Social hopes to survive only on donations.
So why isn't he championing #Diaspora* / the #Federation? Hmmm...

#SocialMedia
 

Thousands flock to Wikipedia founder's 'Facebook rival' | BBC News

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, says his new social network, WT:Social, now has more than 160,000 members.
"Facebook rival"?!

#technology #internet #SocialMedia #WTSocial
 

Wikipedia's co-founder takes on Facebook with ad-free social network | TNW

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks he can create a better social network. Called WT:Social, the network has no financial association with Wikipedia, but operates on a similar business model: donations, not advertising.

WT:Social went live last month and is currently nearing 50,000 users. The company is rolling out access slowly; when I signed up, I was approximately number 28,000 on the waitlist. Alternatively, you can pay 13 bucks a month or 100 a year to get access right away.
#technology #SocialMedia #WTSocial
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (October 2019)


Checking in for October for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Administrative focus: Erm, this month wasn't great for that. Work
    has been pretty hot-and-heavy for me so anything else has been
    taking a back seat during this time. My lists are stale at best and
    I need to take some time to go through them and clean them up. This
    is one area that I'm feeling pretty out of whack.
  • Writing more: Started OK but haven't given this any time. I'm going
    to have to improve my focus on this more.
  • Design more: See above. Not much focus here, Not sure what I want to
    do to change that. Feeling rather over-extended at the moment.
  • Programming more: The only programming I've been doing at the moment
    is work-related programming. Not sure if this will get more focus in
    the coming weeks, but definitely feeling like I need to give this
    more attention.
  • Getting out of debt: Making small progress here, but mostly because
    I haven't been spending as much money. Need to get our budget back
    online. Oddly enough this was a focus area for one of the programs
    that I'm working through, but I've not given it any focus at all.
  • Physical Health: No change. Feeling like this needs some more focus
    in the coming month.
  • Mindfulness: Sporadic at best, though I have been practicing with my
    work.
  • Deeper work: Funnily enough this has gotten more attention because
    I've been allowing myself more focus while working. This has taken
    the form of shutting down social media, which has worked to a point
    (sadly I've also gotten to where I'll start binging on social media
    to compensate or feel like I'm catching up for lost time. Need to
    work on letting things be more ephemeral.
Hoping to give more focus to my writing and design in November, and to
give myself more chances to write in this blog about my progress. But
for now I'm not feeling that great about what I haven't worked on. That
said I am practicing with being more mindful about being kind to myself
when I feel like beating myself up over these things, and understanding
the groundlessness that even the best laid plans aren't necessarily how
things will work out.

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The Modern Flasher


Today's words is: "Coat." (yes, I am behind).

You can read about the Inktober challenge on this page: Inktober

#Inktober #inktober19 #coat #flasher #exhibitionist #facebook #socialmedia #mywork #Krita
 

MediaLab acquisition saves Kik messenger from shutdown | iMore

MediaLab has announced the acquisition of Kik Messenger from Kik Interactive, and the news that it plans to keep Kik Messenger running! Kik's parent company had previously announced plans to shut down the app to focus on cryptocurrency. Now it seems, Kik is here to stay.
Thousands of Kik users flooded over to MeWe when they heard the news. I hope MeWe didn't spend too much on new infrastructure, as they're possibly going to go back.

#technology #internet #social #SocialMedia #Kik
 
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