Good thoughts from Tumblr (not by me):
"If courage isn’t the absence of fear but doing the right thing regardless of it, maybe confidence isn’t the absence of insecurity but knowing you have real worth despite it"
"By this same token, maybe goodness isn’t the absence of bad thoughts or impulses, but the conscious choice to behave according to your moral ideals in spite of them."
Corporate tech conf malaise
The way that all the directional signage are all in employees' hands or on their backs, rather than posted on walls or stands, seems just so casually dehumanizing.
Is it really someone's job to stand in the midday sun, on a sidewalk in the thermally reflective valley that is 11th Ave in Chelsea, just to carry a flag on their back?
Corporate tech conf malaise
Wowowow, I agreed to go to a local tech conf (you know the kind: everything is centered around using a particular product made by the company sponsoring it) and the regret is just now setting in.
I have a workshop that I was informed last night consists of "lightly competitive games in random teams" and I wanna know how best to tell my teammates that I'd rather be drawing cats and anthropomorphic cacti.
tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism
urls often contain tracking information added to the end of them. when you are linking articles, stuff like the "utm_source" and "fbclid" sections allow people to track where you got the link from and how you are spreading it. this allows cops & corps to map out social groups.
while you can remove that stuff by hand, there's a firefox/chrome addon called "neat URL" that comes with an existing blocklist that automatically cleans off a lot of that stuff.
I think the #nonbinary for auntie and uncle should be entie because I want to be old, huge, full of wisdom, and calm and dignified (i.e. slow as hell).
police arrest own commissioner for "disruptive" criticism. uspol. detroit.
Detroit police arrest a police commissioner who criticizes them/"disrupts" a meeting... no surprises he's a black man. And on a tech note, he was objecting to uses of facial recognition technology.
... the thing is -- the the police are not a redeemable entity. Getting into roles of some influence, advocating for your community while playing along by being part of it... it's gonna end like this
I like the fact that over the past few years, the internet just organically decided to shift their stance on bees from "ordinary cute bug" to "good and pure nature friend who's got our back, and we got theirs, always."
Anyway I know they aren't talking about me, but whenever I see a bee appreciation post, I pretend they are for half a beat. 🐝
The last bit of software I made was a Firefox extension to bypass Twitter's t-dot-co click wrapper. https://www.toomanybees.com/fuck-t-co
It is extremely not useful and it took me a while to figure out why I bothered to make it (let alone publish it so it could be installed).
I desperately want to be a part of the exodus from for-profit social media, but I know that I don't have the initiative or confidence to work in a cooperative. So I decided to be a lone saboteur instead. 💣