@xocekim Hi! New followers with no posts are often bots. Post something, so I know you're not a bot and can refrain from blocking you.
I wish there were very cheap mp3 players or other media consumption devices.
I have flash drives that cost $1 each, and I can put radio shows on them, but most people don't have a way to get the data from that flash drive in to their ears without an intermediary device they do not carry with them (such as a PC) or a dongle (that they do not carry with them) to connect to the intermediary device (phone) they do carry with them.
Bookstores serve three purposes today that I can think of:
- public space for readers to gather
- curated, browseable collection
- knowledgeable staff.
These are valuable things! Especially the fact that the collection is a subset of currently published books. (This is incredibly frustrating when you are looking for a title they do not have, but vital when you are not looking for a specific title.)
I think sometimes about the function of otherwise outdated spaces, and the things that let them continue to exist in the modern world.
Libraries, for example, are often dismissed as unnecessary relics, but serve lots of vital functions that don't (and really, can't) exist elsewhere, from education to research to archival to technology services.
But right now I'm thinking about book stores.
rambling and riffing at length (3000+ chars)
okay, so I ate and digested to try and give my brain some background processes to let some things coalesce, and they really haven't, but they're percolating in pleasant ways...
the anarchist in me says a Small Software Foundation looks like a thousand small Software Foundations, each slightly different and remarkably similar, like fidonet nodes...
where people build systems around microprocessors, or FPGAs, or old silicon, or new, addressing the needs of a tribe they find with similar desires, needs, and such...
where people are mashing up tech and remixing it in unpredictable ways, a chaotic distributed loose network of garages and community centers and libraries and basements and squats and tents filled with projects combining cheap tech with cutting edge comp sci research... Chris Webber's ocaps and gremlins and Jacky Alcine's indieweb work and Dino's mesh networks implemented in schemes and scratch and forths and hypercard stacks running under unixes and RTOSes and microkernels and baremetal on Vertigo's Kestrel hardware and Requiem's discrete logic mainframe and Technomancy's SBC decks and odroid gos and everything in between, all touching on each other across dozens of different transports using dozens of different models, each with tradeoffs that fit some group's perfect use case without compromising any other groups' needs in the process... (not tagging folk because they're just some of the examples but hi if you see this, your stuff rocks and I see you, and also all the hundreds of people I didn't just type the names and projects of who also rock and stuff rocks and I see all y'all too...crap, where was I...)
ever since I was a kid, I wanted to see the system of systems emerge, where all kinds of interesting effects could come into being and mutate as users from all over brought their spice to the pot and joined the jam session that never ends...it's part of why my focus always seems so scattered and breezy, because there are so many edges to The Thing...
I feel like we're closer to the alternate world, the one where Woz and Raskin were the ones who stayed on at Apple and the garages never got left behind, now than we've been, and I feel like a lot of the right ideas and directions are really building momentum On Here and elsewhere as a mass of subconscious discontent starts to get shrugged off and people start letting themselves play again and it feeds my soul the same way a great night jamming with a room full of musicians, new and old, loving each other and the night and the energies...
I just feel good, dig? Things are good in the world of small, community-oriented tech. People are growing healthy spaces at manageable sizes even while the world around them screams about global reach and scalability and all the things that dilute the power of the connections between people. It's heartening and gives me more hope for humanity than most things that are happening in the world.
Anyway, knowing you're the kind of cat who definitely made it all the way to this point, thanks for letting me, once again, ramble and preach to the choir. You're one of my tribe and always have been and I'm glad we've finally connected over these last few years because you inspire me and feed my fires even when I'm low on fuel.
Jam on, my friend, jam on.
@ajroach42 that's kinda what I'm hoping for, a good enough experience on my part to drive adoption amongst my fedifriends - we need our own platform Around This Place and well, this one might be just about right for a lot of fun experimental things
Anyone looking for something to read, and want to support the indy's, check CREEPER MAGAZINE.
"Weird crime, conspiracies, paranoia, folklore, the occult, modern myth, bizarre philosophy, fringe tech and genre-exploding fiction. CREEPER is the sort of magazine that could never exist in the mainstream, so we had to make it ourselves."
(Thank you to @lefarfadet for spotting that the original link from the magazine cover was broken...)
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