Just finished the local PBS station’s documentary on the Minneapolis Co-Op wars, telling the story of how the booming co-op grocery scene in the 1970s was almost torn apart by a fight between organic food idealists and communist organizers. Really fun and informative: https://www.tpt.org/co-op-wars/
Looking for an #XMPP replacement to replace Google Voice, because I really really don't want to give people my actual cell, but I want them to call me and text me and have it go to all my phones. Can any of y'all help? I'm low income.
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This is an interesting idea and a (partial) explanation of why we see so many doomy conspiracy theories recently, apparently without any calls to action.
I don't think it's the only explanation though. I say this because I've seen and lived the conspiracy milieu before, decades ago.
@ox It's not all post-apocalyptic, but the issue of Uncanny with disabled authors destroying science fiction as it has been (specifically, not mentioning disability) is pretty good. https://uncannymagazine.com/issues/uncanny-magazine-issue-twenty-four/
“How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell … I went in for something laidback and maybe even parodical but the book opened with a full frontal assault on what the author calls the attention economy and it gripped me in a way that no book has in years now. The book speaks about our present notions of productivity and its place in our life as well as the quantification of all of our waking moments, including our leisure.”
I'm here for like two weeks. It feels much better than constantly being on Facebook. I'm calmer and more present.
But I really miss my #yarn and #handspinning tribe. I have noone to really share this passion with in real life, and there seems to be like I'm the only mastodon user in this niche.
Maybe I should not care and just create. It just feels a bit lonely like this.
Or maybe I'm just too stupid to navigate the #fediverse. But I'm really not that geeky Person...
I wonder how many people read physical books compare to eBooks (whether on eReaders or tablets/phones)?
I used to be dedicated to physical books, until a trip to Oz in 2012 helped me see the benefit of eBooks for travelling. For a few years I used both, but eventually moved to eBooks only, as eyesight & cognitive dysfunction meant being able to adjust the font to a larger & more readable size made reading much easier.
Am curious about what others use to read, so poll!
Super amused that my article about how academic investigations into how the ancient Phoenicians really viewed THEMSELVES is doing such good numbers that it's now my most popular history post of all time.
Today I got Audible books converted to DRM free mp3's and working on a brand new Walkman. I used the program Open Audible (open source, but for pay) on Linux to do the conversion. It has a nice GUI interface. Sure, there are command line scripts you can run for free, but I wanted Spouse to be able to do this easily on her own. The Walkman is to replace the Sandisc mp3 players that keep dying. The Sandisc's fully support Audible books , but their batteries keep crapping out.
#books I was listening to the radio (KMOJ Minneapolis) while I was cooking and the radio talent was interviewing Christina Poenza-Coles about her book, 'American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World.' It was a fantastic interview and the radio talent was super hyped, like the book was expanding her mind and she just had to share! The author used the phrase, 'the treason of the confederacy.' And OMG, we need to use this language! https://www.worldcat.org/title/american-founders-how-people-of-african-descent-established-freedom-in-the-new-world/oclc/1057731389&referer=brief_results
re: uspol, alternate history, racism-adjacent
@erosdiscordia This isn’t to say that all alternate histories are necessarily bad, but that alternate history has historically been a critical tool in the fascist belief toolbelt— hence why so many alternate history books are fucky.
uspol, alternate history, racism-adjacent
I know books have been written about alternate histories where the South won the Civil War.
I wonder if there is an alternate timeline where the South, having got its ass beat in the war, actually did the work of ridding itself of the legacy of slavery.
Like, an alternate history where the lesson was learned and put to good use, and over about a century, the South became a really great place. Where things like the music, some of the social customs, the food, etc. were still "southern", but there was an *extra* focus on equality, education, and tolerance, too.
Kinda like how Germany has tried to do in the past 75 years.
To where the idea of "Southern heritage" warranted actual pride, and not the awful racist thing it means now.
@plants I'm starting to think that maybe there's a fairy or a magical creature of the dumpster that wants me to save every plant ever, because I think it's almost impossible to find two orchids in the same bin in three days. And yet here we are, second orchid in a row. It's going to join her sister in quarantine.
#FlowerDiving #RootsRescued #florespondence
I just learned of the existence of Roman Law Moot Court, an activity where teams of students argue about fictional legal disputes set during the reign of Emperor Justinian
The 2018 competition scenario is a 2,000 word saga about pig ownership https://www.irlm.law.cam.ac.uk/files/libellus-2018.pdf
Life is hard and unpredictable and things are scary and out of my control but you know what, if I see a cool rock, I am going to take a moment to really enjoy the experience of seeing that cool rock out in the world and carry that with me for the rest of the day
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