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They’re not embracing it fully. The blog posts on Medium stay completely silo’d. So I don’t think offering an instance to writer is enough to extend and extinguish, but we’ll see!


well, it’s a fun list of 8 times strangers misread the author’s gender. the author looks very masculine / androgynous, which has led to hilarious situations that are a nice relief from basic transphobia because they’re like. creative transphobia!



I’m pretty biased indeed. I’m lucky that I have a well-paid, full time job, and often get annoyed at “antagonistic” activists who share the same beliefs as I do, but insist more on instability in their lives and on not being able to rely on stable and sufficient income. I tend to find them aggressive and have a hard time fighting for them, even though we have the same end goal. This is definitely something I’ve been working on but need to work on a lot more!



Here are my notes on the video. Formatting may be a bit broken so you can also find it on my website.

Foundational concepts of a library economy

Advantges of a library economy are:

  • Less production
  • No wasted things in storage
  • No point for excess and planned obsolescence

Usufruct

Based on Murray Bookchin’s The Economy of Freedom.

Usufruct is the freedom of individual or groups to access and use (but not destroy) common resources to supply their needs - as opposed to limitation of access based on exclusive ownership.

Imagine this applied to: libraries of decor, libraries of furniture, libraries of tools. You could borrow cushion, designs, paintings, then switch things out; you could borrow a shovel for a weekend or while you need it.

_A note from Alex:
__My hometown has an art library that belongs to the city library network. They have loads of paintings, and you can borrow 3 paintings for 3 months at a time, for free, with the only obligation being that you need your home to be insured.
Bibliothèques de Grenoble
_

Irreducible minimum

Guaranteed minimum resources to sustain life, that everyone should have access to regardless of their individual contribution to the community.

Libraries provide free access to knowledge (note from Alex: and fun!), but that’s just one component.

Libraries of consumables (food, drugs, toiletries…) might be difficult to imagine. A library economy needs dispensaries of necessities: a cooking collective, with common farming, could work to provide everyone with enough food.

An emphasis on slow fashion by diverse retailers would ensure clothing that lasts, in the style we like. For this we’d need a vast reorientation of all our priorities.

Complementarity

People must choose themselves how they labour and how they leisure. Nothing should be defined by, or limited to, what they contribute themselves. They should always get satisfaction and joy from what they do.

For the things that no one enjoys, find ways to rotate, gamify or transform these tasks.

Imagining a library economy

Based on 5 laws of library science, first conceived by S.R. Ranganathan in 1931.

  1. Books are for use: things are meant to be used, not hoarded. Make them accessible: location, hours of operation, comfort & quality of service.
  2. Every person has their book.
  3. Every book has its reader. Applied more broadly: develop a collection that’s as broad as possible to serve all needs and wants, no matter how niche, because that’s what creates an abundant life.
  4. Try to save the time of the user. Libraries require a lot of effort to maintain. We need systems, services, etc. to manage the resources as efficiently as possible.
  5. A library is a growing organism. A library economy should always be growing and evolving, the project is never complete.

A few common concerns

  • Will this system make us dependent on others? We already depend on others.
  • How would we provide for everyone? We definitely have the technological capacity to do it, we just don’t distribute it fairly as of now.
  • I like owning things, I don’t have to borrow things I use all the time! Nothing says you’re not allowed to own stuff! Keep everything as long as you need, but also, if you really love something and use it enough to justify owning it, get your own!
  • What about scarcity? The community should organize to distribute things efficiently: booking times, wait lists…
  • Who administers this system? We must all administer it and have a say in the decisions. Popular assemblies will allow for that. We can have a few people full-time for administration etc.

Visualize pockets of library economies that connect with one another and end up spreading worldwide!


This is pretty! The bottom sidebar looks a lot like the OSX one and that’s my least favourite thing about the apple environment, so it’s not for me, but I could see it making transition from a MacBook simpler for people used to that ecosystem!


[00:00](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkI0Maj1W-8&t=0s) Media is STILL disappearing today [01:15](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkI0Maj1W-8&t=75s) How art gets lost over time [04:46](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkI0Maj1W-8&t=286s) Can digitally preserved work disappear too? [07:52](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkI0Maj1W-8&t=472s) When the kill switch gets pulled... [11:50](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkI0Maj1W-8&t=710s) The future of vanishing media

I have nothing against it, as long as the Fedi remains open source and we can still operate instances that don’t cater to their will.



Here’s my answer:

At some point before or during reading, I copy the table of contents of the book so that it’s easy to search for. It’s often enough for internal links, too.

While reading, I usually take a picture of the page and insert it (then, when I’ll process them, I’ll write the actually relevant part in my own words, so I don’t bother transcribing). I can also write comments under the photo if needed. This is my usual way to go, especially for books from the library since I won’t be able to quickly check them if I’m unsure of something.

Sometimes I’ll also just write the page number, which effectively forces me to go back and read the entire page and figure out what was so interesting in there. It’s super efficient to keep things simple and make sure I don’t confuse something that strikes me and something that’s actually worth remembering!

In both cases though you need a processing step (personally, I do that in Obsidian). I think we should always have one, but it’s something to keep in mind :)


How do you take notes on physical books?
Saw this question on Reddit and I'm curious to know Lemmy's answers!

Quick summary: this is a post for instance owners who don’t want to get sued under US law for what members of their instance have posted. It mostly covers copyright infringements, but also a few other topics like sexual imagery of children.


My favourite quote: > The Gothic re-emerges in moments of economic upheaval, but more importantly, it re-emerges when we know the old world is rotten but the new one hasn’t appeared just yet. I also really loved *Catherine House*, a novel mentioned in this article.

Un blog qui parle de genre, à travers des lieux visités en France et des expériences positives - et positives uniquement ! Ouvert à toutes contributions, si vous voulez parler de vos lectures ou expériences positives. ([C'est rémunéré.](https://ungenreasoi.com/finances-du-blog/))

Music video & lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcByPr_mxC4

I love my Mastodon plugin, but wish I could have a Lemmy plugin to easily share stuff. It would be much more constructive than sharing on Mastodon too, as the format for sharing content that is made by someone else is more suited to Lemmy in my opinion.


That’s the most enticing one-line summary of Mastodon I’ve read to date


yeah, I’ve got Mastodon figured out, been there for a couple of years :) for peertube and Lemmy I’m struggling though!






From the GitHub page:

The pages crawled are determined by a central server at api.crawler.mwmbl.org. They are restricted to a curated set of domains (currently determined by analysing Hacker News votes) and pages linked from those domains.

The URLs to crawl are returned in batches from the central server. The browser extension then crawls each URL in turn. We currently use a single thread as we want to make use of minimal CPU and bandwidth of our supporters.

For each URL, it first checks if downloading is allowed by robots.txt. If it is, it then downloads the URL and attempts to extract the title and the beginning of the body text. An attempt is made to exclude boilerplate, but this is not 100% effective. The results are batched up and the completed batch is then sent to the central server.

The batches are stored in long term storage (currently Backblaze) for later indexing. Currently indexing is a manual process, so you won’t necessarily see pages you’ve crawled in search results any time soon.



I love walking (either hiking in nature or walking around and discovering new parts of my city), have recently gotten into running (I’m terrible at it, but oh, the dopamine!!), and read a lot of books!


A critical mass of users. Also, good discovery: going through directories of communities and accounts etc. is sometimes exhausting and has high noise-to-signal ratio, and I wish we were more active in sharing recommendations for cool accounts or communities of the Fediverse!


Sorry, once again my notes are in French :) > On dit souvent que sans profit, il n'y a pas de motivation à innover. Pourtant, on a beaucoup de solutions décentralisées et hors du marché ; plein de gens créent des choses sans attendre de gain financier en retour. OBS est open-source et gratuit, et largement meilleur que la quasi-totalité des solutions propriétaires de streaming vidéo. > [[Darwin]] écrivait que la [[coopération]] est tout aussi importante que la mutation / l'adaptation quand on évolue. Plus un environnement est sophistiqué, plus la coopération y est naturelle. > Des industries comme le software sont très innovantes… quand il s'agit de trouver des nouvelles façons de faire payer les consommateur·ices, comme les [[DLC]], le [[pay to win]], les [[DRM]], etc. > L'innovation est bien là, et elle est bien amenée par le capitalisme. Mais elle bénéficie aux entreprises et pas aux personnes qui utilisent leurs produits et services.

A short essay on the activists' tendency to "reinvent the wheel" from one generation to the next, because we feel like since we protested, then something must have changed and we just move on instead of making actual change happen.

I enjoyed this essay on online activism and avoiding being too chronically online as someone with strong political values. For any French speakers out there, here's my TL;DR: > "Touch grass" est une insulte pour les gens trop chroniquement en ligne, dont le discours politique est improductif parce que trop déconnecté de la réalité du terrain. C'est vrai qu'il est important de faire de l'activisme concret, mais le slacktivisme a aussi son intérêt dans certains contextes.