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 encouraging news I've read all year: Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change.
The next FLOSS philosophy
If I could restart the FLOSS philosophy from first principles, and re-derive everything, I would start by separating the existing concept of "user", which currently means both "one afforded the means of software development" and "one without the means of software development", and rethink the rights that fall out.
For instance, the existing pillar of "freedom to modify" is no longer equitable.
I have no answers now, but identifying the problem is a good step, I think.
The RMS resignation was inevitable and right, but at the same time very sad.
Things can be right and sad at the same time. We can feel empathy while knowing this was necessary.
For people celebrating, we understand why. For those feeling sad about it, it's okay to feel sad too, but we all knew it had to happen.
"When C is your hammer, everything looks like a thumb"
Banned C standard library functions in Git source code:
Kind Words is a "game" where people send very short anonymous requests for letters, and anonymously reply to them. There's no scoring, no reward beyond a mention of thanks and a small collection of stickers. There's no possibility of fame or going viral, and it seems to bring out the best in people. The vibe reminds me of Mastodon's better moments.
It's only 5$ on Steam, no charge on the Humble Trove. http://popcannibal.com/kindwords/
"The concept of what constitutes our lives has changed profoundly. It is no longer the people around us, or even the landscape, our lives now are made up of people who are not here (and landscapes in travel brochures and nature documentaries). That is quite something."
Cantos aspires to be an experimental community of crafts, arts, and games. We believe in nurturing a small intimate group connected to and inspired by global society.