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The April 1st update from Wadjet Eye Games is brilliant. Maybe not obvious unless you're familiar with or . But still brilliant.

kickstarter.com/projects/75313

Enjoying this little manifesto about the need for cooperative technology. I feel like there is a big awakening in the population to the need for community control of our infrastructures and now is the time to create the hyperstitional frameworks for these things to fall into place.

:ancom_heart: cooperativetechnology.codeberg

Hat tip to @cidney

@be @sam @kawaiipunk @cidney They wanted to go too far, but the revolution had egos, power structures and lowest common denominators it could not violate. These all culminated in Ataturk and the Republican People's Party. When the party willingly gave up power in '46, for the rest of the century Turkey oscillated between unstable centrist and right wing govts. The reason being, IMHO, that the top down revolutions were never internalised by a lot.

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@be @sam @kawaiipunk @cidney I live in an example of this. Ataturk's Turkey was initially a tainted but huge success, a big leap forward. But even in his lifetime and leadership the cogs of the huge change chewed and spat out a lot of good things. E.g. great authors like Nazim Hikmet and Sabahattin Ali were persecuted because they dared to disagree. These people weren't fundamentalists, they were part of the communist intelligentsia. Big revolution was too fragile for their nuance.

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@be @sam @kawaiipunk @cidney Aight, so this is a new thread, let's go on from here.

> Maybe top-down/bottom-up is a false dichotomy

Indeed, maybe that's too limiting a view.

What I originally wanted to expresss was, my observation is big monolithic movements have had successes but could not keep up.

When change emanates from a smaller but more "natural" source, it looks like it's more transformative.

Maybe it's inevitable power dynamics that mess things up.

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fsf 

more details about how fsf became unionized. I knew rms would fire people on a whim, but I didn't know about the pay raises and bereavement leave stuff. hoooooly shit.

twitter.com/paulnivin/status/1

@cidney I think part in this is everyone has their own negative interactions with him, including all the cis het collaborators.

Personally I've had little interactions with him, pushing a couple patches to emacs and some mails on emacs-devel@ and emacs-tangents@, and while I was not abused, it was so painfully obvious how harmful to FOSS and how annoying he was.

So everyone had a say and as usual the most "agreeable" folks got the tallest platform out of which they spoke the loudest...

Honestly, does anyone else feel grossed out and depressed over the last few weeks?

It feels like it devolved into stanning/dogpiling rms personally, which reduces... the people who were sexually harassed or edged out of FOSS into NPCs and rhetorical talking points.

I don't want to judge or condemn anyone, and have complex personal feels. I just want being femme and a dev to suck less going forward.

It's coming up for midnight now and in less than 12 hours, NON-PLAYER CHARACTER is 66% funded and a Kickstarter Project We Love.

Can hardly believe the success today and know it would never have happened without all the kind and generous people sharing it around, backing it, and making a big fuss.

Thank you all so much!

Fingers-crossed it'll fund tomorrow!

kck.st/3mfO6lz

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Can we fund @vicorva 's Kickstarter for her new novel on the first day?

It truly doesn't seem impossible!

social.scribblers.club/@vicorv

My new novel, NON-PLAYER CHARACTER, is now live on Kickstarter!

Support a portal fantasy adventure with all-queer main characters where a TTRPG group of nerds in their 30s are transported to the world of their game.

Rewards include a playable TTRPG!

Boosts extremely welcome.

kck.st/3mfO6lz

#kickstarter #vkickstarter

@carcinopithecus I think most people don't consider that they could possibly have influence over what their technology does because they don't know how to code and they're used to a world where a company just makes something and says take it or leave it. If they do try to get a company to change something about tech, the response is usually a condescending "lol not our problem", "lol that's just how it is", or "because fuck you, that's why".

Trans - thoughts on FFS surgery, question, boosts OK 

Oh my god, I went to an FFS clinic website and the "after" faces are sooo soooo beautiful 🥺

And I'm like... wow, it's a radical change. Furthermore, I think I can reach the budget for that in a year!

But at the same time I don't know if I'm ready for it yet. Is it possible to ask for an androgynous look?

I just don't want to look like a GUY wearing female clothes, just as I don't want to look too girly when wearing guy clothes (at least... not yet 🥺👉👈).

Have you folks gone through this?

For context, I don't suffer severe dysphoria and I'm also anxious by the prospect of coming out to my family in the face of (no pun intended lol) a radical change of appearance - but I also love the thought of going to the street, looking like a girl (and a hot girl) and getting a lusty stare or two (preferedly by lesbians :heart_eyes_cat_lesb: )

In other words, I want to pass, but I'm scared of passing too quickly and having to face (there it is again lol) my family I'm not out to yet.

I need some guidance, guys? gals? enbyfolks?

:boost_rainbow:

"We propose the term "communal software" for this movement. By "communal software", we mean software that is constructed by and for the people whose lives are affected by its use. It is not sufficient to narrowly focus on the people who directly interact with the computers that the software runs on."

communalsoftware.codeberg.page

So far, I'm loving this.

25: Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome fossandcrafts.org/episodes/25-

What is governance? To what degree are leaders within a governing institution subject to its rules? We use this framework to discuss the unexpected announcement of RMS's re-appointment to the FSF board.

rms, meta, fanboys 

Good to know that we're still at the "but he didn't break any laws" phase of discussion of exclusivity in FLOSS.

(complex thoughts on rms, but yeah he never should be in any kind of public facing role, and this happening without the consent of members or affiliates, during LibrePlanet, is super slimy.)

fuck RMS: a personal anecdote 

this was while I was acting as a volunteer liaison between the FSF, SIPB, and MIT to provide on-campus event space for LibrePlanet free of charge, and I had a fun little moment of "why the fuck am I doing this, exactly?"

anyway, if you haven't already run across rms-open-letter.github.io/ , go check it out and add your signature

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fuck RMS: a personal anecdote 

tbt the time RMS made a shitty gay joke on csail-related@, and a couple people told him off

and he said that since only a couple people were offended, clearly everyone else was fine with it and it wasn't a problem

and then all of us told him exactly what we thought of that

and then some rando told us to stop dogpiling RMS

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