If this is your first moot
You _have_ to toot.
I used to be a lot weirder. I'm a middle-aged geek, father to two boys, and I bang out code at #Google. I live near Boston now, but I grew up in central Mississippi.
I play a bunch of #music instruments, but none well enough to perform. I've been playing around with a DAW.
I started the cantos.social instance, trying to be a part of the small-scale Internet.
I try to be as kind as I can.
This is the most beautiful object on the entire planet right now. (from https://twitter.com/NanoRaptor/status/1263100709051883520)
Zoom acquired Keybase today.
Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.
Beware the Keybase formula:
1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded
Bye, bye #keybase account.
You read that right! Now to find the list of all people who were badgering me to set-up a Keybase account...
RT from twitter
Tweet from @Pinboard
@Pinboard: If the pandemic convinces you of one thing, I hope that it's that there's no chance whatsoever of coordinating an effective political response to global warming, and the path forward will involve some combination of denial, mitigation, and trying to get stratovolcanoes to erupt
"A person is smart, people are dumb panicky animals and you know it" - some fictional character telling us what we want to hear.
I hate this narrative because it's not actually borne out by reality but the people around me always seem to be in love with it.
I really need to talk with someone in #WalthamMA's school system about accessibility. There are way too many links to Google Docs and MS Office files, and I doubt they receive any pushback at all.
My island's name is MaLiliPona and it cheers me every time I see it.
The covenant of my little New England UU church:
Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law; this is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another. James Vila Blake, 1894
It practically breathes Thelemic aspirations.
The law of Thelema is misunderstood, almost entirely because Crowley couldn't get away from domination narratives.
Love is the Law, Love under Will.
Love underlies the Will, it is foundational to the Will. The Will doesn't exist without it. From what does our True Will spring? Only by that which we love.
By this light, the Unitarian Universalist church is the inheritor of the Thelema and not the O.T.O.
Interestingly positive: "Why did god create atheists?"
Spotted elsewhere without captioning, a Facebook posting from religiousragings:
"There is a famous story told in Chasidic literature that address this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
One clever student asks "What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?"
The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all - the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right."
"This means," the Master continued, "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say 'I pray that God will help you.' Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no god who can help, and say, 'I will help you.'"
(credited to "Tales of Hasidim vol. 2 by Mar")
As an atheist, it pleases me to read such understanding. 👌
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