I hereby consent to anyone pointing me to the right channel for things
I'm thinking of starting a writing project which is me sharing what I've learned from a book (so I actually learn it).
I learnt that The Black Panthers had a free breakfast for children program.
Obviously a lot of effort, but working for the change you want by just doing it, well, that is why we are building secure-scuttlebutt.
Another great example is the Flying University (a secret, underground university in Warsaw when it was illegal to teach polish history and women could not attend university)
@Rich I just read this, throughly enjoyed it. It gave me insight into differences I mightn't have considered, and drew my attention to the role of peace + trauma, which I hadn't placed in this space.
I presume you're backing up master copies with git. If you want to go fully decentralised, git-ssb gives you turn-key git on ssb. Let me know if you're interested.
p.s. I'm writing in a nice proprietary macOS app called Ulysses: draft in Markdown, export to html, pdf, epub, and Medium.
nicely observed @Dominic. I've been really enjoying trying to notice obvious things recently. Progression goes something like :
Shifting into being curious and exploring a thing together (if possible) is really nice. I'm lucky enough to be able to make that shift with many of the people I care about and /or work with.
@Rich a bunch of this feels like advanced level interpersonal skills. I've often found it hard trying to incorporate new ideas - I have to move into the idea and wear it around, which is scary if you think the idea might not be a healthy one, or might not be value aligned. Also coming up with your own interpretation can mean not listening to others to consolidate yourself and think critically with less outside influence. Getting stuck not listening can be a risk.
It's hard to be yourself, and be other people enough to hear them. I think you need a good map of yourself (to find your way back), and to know how to read your own feelings, and to have a mastery of good boundaries, and of patient communication. And then maybe if you're humble enough you're ready to hear someone elses truths.
I know a few people working on building these compliments of skills:
I recently went to an iteration of Teddy's Theatre of Change workshop - which is a really fascinating exercise in listening to and observing a theatrical scence, then delighting at the variety in the ways the audience has parsed and processed the same thing.
Sarrah works to teach developers a lot of simple applicable everyday tools which range from "ways to know what's going on for you" to "how to listen better" and "supporting people around you to be kind to themselves" ... all sorts. I'm super passionate about that.
I think what I'm trying to articulate is that I don't know what's to the left of that continuum, but I think there are practices which seem to heal and build. I think I'd love to talk about what different people are doing in that space.
Interesting ideas! I agree that verbalizing things can actually be a big deal. To the left of that, I think is subtext and subverbal communication.
Much of my experience here is doing open source, i.e. many coded-male activities, but I think this is actually quite a fertile ground for communication training, on the one hand because there are so many potential arguments you can get into (from code style to preferred programming language) and when you do agree sufficiently to actually work together on something there are myriad ways to do that, but you need to figure out something that you all want. But also, everything is a little bit milder, the stakes are lower. Preferred programming language feels like a religious war but no one will die or be forced out of their ancestral homelands.
One thing that really annoys me, is when people directly solicit open source contributions, because like, if I was really excited about that project I would just do it, but now, because you asked me directly I have to say no I'm just not into it. This is a case like you mention @richdecibels were just asking is already enough to make someone uncomfertable.
It's hard to write about techniques of sub-verbal communication, but another one I use, you might call "prede-escalation". Escalation is when the situation becomes more intense, de-escalation is reducing the intensity of the situation, prede-escalation is avoiding escalation before it happens. So, basically you sense that they are starting to become annoyed, and then you might use a phrasing that is more open to their perspective, or acknowledge some of their points. Often, the sign of tension building shows you how your context differs, I'll describe this next.
I think many or most arguments come from the other party acting in a way that would not make sense in your context.
"Context" is what they are trying to do, what kind of background they come from, how they usually do things, and all the things that are true for them and they take for granted without realizing.
Before when you don't understand their context, they just seem progressively more insane, and but you realize what their context is and it's like a sudden release, you thought they where a transdimential alien come to eat your children's brains but then you realize they are just a normal person like you who had never experienced some thing that is normal for you. You don't need to experience their whole life to understand their context, that would be impossible, anyway, you just need to understand the bit that causes this difference, the hard part is just figuring out what that is.
This is tricky because no one really knows what their context is! context is the thing that is just there, but when tension starts building it often comes with clues about how context differs, and asking the right questions may reveal that.
I just wrote this. Dunno where to put it.
If I could reduce the complexity of violence down to a linear continuum, it might look something like: assault → murder → genocide → ecocide.
I’ve been wondering about what the spectrum of violence looks like further to the left, before assault, before harassment, before intimidation. What are some small acts of violence that we can detect well before there is physical contact between bodies? Maybe by noticing and changing these small injustices, I’ll be better-positioned to address the big ones.
In many radical communities, “consent” is a focal point for governing the interaction of bodies, especially sexual interactions. Before you touch my body, check what I’m up for and respect my answer. Consent is the antidote to assault.
What happens if we pay attention to consent in situations that have nothing to do with people touching? Could you seek consent before your sound system fills my airspace?
Can we push consent beyond the bounds of human interactions? What would a cow say if I asked for consent to barbecue her?
There are many cases where even the request for consent is harassment. An unwanted sexual advance can severely limit my freedom to participate in a group, especially if the advancing party has more physical or social power than me.
If consent governs physical interactions, what mechanisms can regulate other less intense interactions? When I speak: how can I express myself in a way that respects your subjectivity? What is my posture saying? How can I listen? What can I read from your body language?
How can I own my subjectivity and celebrate yours?
Are there little micro-behaviours, expressions we can practice?
“You should.” → “You could.”
“You’re attractive.” → “I’m attracted to you.”
“Life is like…” → “My experience is like…”
What happens if we extend consent to include many people simultaneously? What can we all agree on? How might we grow that island of agreement to fit more people? Can we make a map of the islands? Can we build bridges between them?
When I was a good patriarchal young man, I always tried to inflict my subjectivity on others. You might have seen the feminist placard, “Objectivity Is Male Subjectivity”.
The collective decision-making process I participated in during the Occupy Movement was a training ground where I learned how to be much more careful about owning my experience without invalidating others. Rather than saying, “People are like…” I learned to say, “My experience is like…”
In many political spaces, we attempt to argue on objective terms: here are the facts, these are the definitions, let me persuade you of their rightness. This is an excellent method for wasting hours of talk with no tangible outcome. But what happens when we stop trying to float above our messy subjectivity and embrace it?
What gets me so excited about collective decision-making is when the process shifts the participants from a purely objective/analytic mode into an affective/relational mode. Instead of competing with facts, we inquire with feelings. Of course facts are important, but it’s much easier for me to hear them when you pay attention to my feelings. When each of us owns our subjectivity without trying to collapse others’, then I can see my place in the spectrum of perspectives. My understanding has grown, without you having had to persuade me of anything.
Everything I'm writing is falling flat. I write it, then delete it, then start at the top. Starting at the top, writing and revising freely.
That's why I can't wait for the 'append' part of this append only log to come into being. Maybe there's a desire for an edit button even if it's just a chimera.
Because what, once done, is ever editable?
I'm playing with fiction. The characters are funny and quirky and weird. Not that that would surprise anybody. But here's where edits come in. What if instead of drinking ice water out of a mason jar the character is drinking milk straight out the bottle. I guess the power to edit a message and show when the edit happened a la living git is one of those if I want it bad enough I'm going to have to be the one to build it.
Medium is the message: content addressable storage
I share images here, but I do my best to resize them first. I'm generally less worried about privacy than I am about using up people's data plans.
The original photos are usually between 7 and 13 MB in jpeg form.
I drag everything into a folder,
cd into that folder, and:
mkdir smol && for i in *.JPG;do convert $i -resize 25% smol/$i; echo $i; done
There are conversations I prefer to keep private, but for the most part I use apps from outside the ssb ecosystem, which usually depends on the other person's preferences. The input device makes a lot of difference to me. I type really quickly on a keyboard, but I'm really slow on a phone. Some friends only chat via whatsapp, which AFAIK doesn't work on desktops.
I appreciate the way ssb private messages protect metadata about recipients, but it's still not something I use very often. The immutable nature of an ssb log definitely makes me more careful about what I write. Most of the time that just means I check my spelling before publishing a message, but I suppose it does make me more careful about what I intend to say, as well. Generally I think that's probably a good thing.
the “message” of any medium or technology is the change of scale or pace or pattern that it introduces into human affairs.
Just before an airplane breaks the sound barrier, sound waves become visible on the wings of the plane. The sudden visibility of sound just as sound ends is an apt instance of that great pattern of being that reveals new and opposite forms just as the earlier forms reach their peak performance.
... any medium has the power of imposing its own assumption on the unwary. Prediction and control consist in avoiding this subliminal state of Narcissus trance.
For the man in a literate and homogenized society ceases to be sensitive to the diverse and discontinuous life of forms . He acquires the illusion of the third dimension and the “private point of view ” as part of his Narcissus fixation, and is quite shut off from Blake’s awareness or that of the Psalmist, that we become what we behold.
Print created individualism and nationalism in the sixteenth century. Program and “content” analysis offer no clues to the magic of these media or to their subliminal charge.
Game Design The Medium is the Message
this is not a new idea, but it's an incredibly powerful one. I think it's time for the p2p corrolary (if it doesn't already exist.
I'm gong for a walk and will be stewing on what need to be said. If anyone has thoughts on compelling illustrations of this in our cypher-context, I'd love to hear
sry I have a medical condition the precludes my being serious about anything
My first blog post of 2017: sharing my week-long experiment to not use emoticons, and the underlying social fears they represented for me.
Happy new years y'all!
@marina The snow has been melting a bit lately, but it will likely come back. The temperature has been fluctuating a lot this winter.
further - my battery usage is at an all time low. Have to wait to see if it's number of tabs, or browser. certainly opening just google inbox in firefox added like ~3W :D
can you share any pics of what your area looks like now? (is it snowy?)
sigh ... now I gotta add vim bindings to patch so that *my universe is complete
Thanks for the comments, y'all!
There's someting with the .config where it throws a message unkown command " on startup.
Ah, I see: vimb's config uses
# instead of
" for comments. Strange they strayed from vim in this respect. I've corrected the article -- thanks!
omg @noffle it's beautiful. I've just been getting into i3 and this works like a dream (it's a tiling window manager which basically fulfills the tab part of the functionality you might want)
Another useful command I thought it was worth knowing :
zo zoom in / out
There's someting with the .config where it throws a message
unkown command " on startup. Haven't looked into that yet. The config you provided was a really nice primer
Good introduction, thanks!
I knew uzbl and similar browsers, but this comes even closer to a vim-like experience. And it's soo fast..
Good evening scuttleverse. I write to you from my homeland: the snowy tundra of southern Ontario, Canada.
I've been working hard to get myself back into the habit of writing, and so I submit to y'all kind folks my latest piece on an exceedingly rad piece of UNIXy software I've been enjoying for the last few months:
@cel Thank you! And thanks for catching the broken link -- fixed. It was supposed to point to here: https://github.com/noffle/common-readme/blob/master/api_formatting.md
Great writeup. I will try out common-readme. The link to
api_formatting.md is broken.
Made it to the finish line!
After months of on-and-off struggle and procrastinating, I think I finally have a revision of the article I'm pretty darn happy with. Feel free to read at your leisure on your platform of your choice:
static html blog: http://blog.eight45.net/2016/10/01/art-of-readme.html
This little project began back in May in Berlin at squatconf, where I was digging into how Perl monks wrote their documentation, and also lamented the state of my READMEs in the Node ecosystem. It spurred me to create common-readme. The "README Tips" section overflowed with tips though, which I decided could be usefully collected into an article about writing READMEs. Thus, Art of README was born!
I know many of the scuttlers here are developers, so please do share your thoughts and comments here, or send a PR to the github repo. Thanks y'all!