Pinned toot

As my computer use continues to evolve, it's less and less likely I'll be posting meaningful things here. :(

The current alternative is that I'll be sending out an email broadcast - once public, once for paid subscribers, talking about the various sorta stuff I talk about.

For now, I'll be using Substack, a proprietary service, since they provide the necessarily payment processing without unreasonable overhead.

emsenn.substack.com/p/coming-s

Since y'all have gotten access to all my rambling without any sort of gate so far, anyone who wants a paid subscription, just DM me your email and I'll hook you up.

making myself available for "office hours" for a local mutual aid group so I can answer questions.

Not entirely sure why except someone asked me to. :\

A lot of you use your conversations with me, quite explicitly, as research - sometimes as part of a for-profit venture! (I'm including state-run universities in this, sorrynotsorry.)

Here's some advice on how to do better at that, because I've simply had to stop responding to a fair number of you, as your "research" is essentially just asking me to validate your assumptions about Indigenous ontologies (as tho such a conglomerate is even valid outside a colonial paradigm!)

nature.com/articles/d41586-021

pdx pol, organizing, meta-ish 

Seeing "April 1st rent strike" graffiti in my neighborhood.

If you're going to strike, please act in groups. If you act alone, you isolate yourself, and too many of us are too frail to withstand the fully focused attention of the kyriarchy.

The system is fragile, and the administration is tepid.

We know what we want.

Rent.
Debt.
Labour.

We can break the isolation without spreading the pandemic.

Hope is possible.

commonslibrary.org/how-to-guid

#resist

A lot of you use your conversations with me, quite explicitly, as research - sometimes as part of a for-profit venture! (I'm including state-run universities in this, sorrynotsorry.)

Here's some advice on how to do better at that, because I've simply had to stop responding to a fair number of you, as your "research" is essentially just asking me to validate your assumptions about Indigenous ontologies (as tho such a conglomerate is even valid outside a colonial paradigm!)

nature.com/articles/d41586-021

Update: I moved a bunch of stuff around which really messed up the cross-linking between my daily records and my ordinary records, so it'll probably be like, next Wednesday before I update my Website.

There's... actually not that much new content that folk probably would immediately care about, mostly I've just been filling in the "basics," basically building up my personal dictionary for the terms that I use to discuss how I see the world.

(E.g. there are now entries for "material thing," "matter," "liquid," "volume," and stuff like that. This might seem really superfluous or overkill, but

1) My understanding of these things isn't synced with whatever the contemporary dictionary definition of these things is, so having my "locally scoped" definition is handy. (Nerd perspective: imagine if you read a novel that was enclosed in a giant (let ...) statement that provided a definition for nearly every noun and verb used in the text.)

2) Within the communities I'm a part of, parents are starting to express an interest in having me involve myself in teaching their kids about certain things, and being able to pull up notes on electrical resistance alongside my notes about about the effects of rainfall on soil.

3) Honestly? A lot of this stuff /isn't/ written down in a clear way on the Web, that connects between itself in a clear manner, that isn't explicitly beholden to another purpose than "teaching." E.g. Wikipedia has to prioritize its editing process, clickfarms have to prioritize their profits.

4) It inspires introspection of my own beliefs and conceptions. If I define "surface" as related to geometry, why am I using it to discuss hierarchy in this post? That's not the right language, I'm using metaphors habituated by a culture that centers domination and hierarchy, so I change it.

5) Who am I to judge that my concept of "youth pedagogy" is more important to my perspective on the world than my concept of "liquid," unless I explore both concepts?

It's pop history but the book 7 Myths About the Spanish Conquest does a good job of explaining that conquistadors (and others) were just venture capitalists operating out of floating office buildings.

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Cool video today I watched about the role of piracy during the Bronze Age Collapse

(I think pirates are generally underappreciated in historical narratives, and in fact see a closer line between pirates like Blackbeard and modern landlords than I do between feudal lords and modern landlords.)

youtube.com/watch?v=EJ4AagRoIM

The more I use Org-roam and stuff to take my notes, the more I really think that it might be a great tool for you, @alcinnz

I see the weave of topics between your posts, and I feel like you'd also love developing kind of a personal encyclopedia/bibliography

(Part of this is because I want to weave that into my own tapestry, and I'm not fast enough to capture all the threads I find across the Web myself >_<)

@alcinnz you might like this in part cause it's from a maori/new zealander place

nature.com/articles/d41586-021

Sad to hear that there wasn't much change in Maori representation in NZ universities between 2008 and 2018; I bet that's going to surprise the feeling a lot of folk have, given the very different tone and awareness in general people seem to have.

Nice interview with Common Knowledge about what it's like to start and run a worker coop (tech coop in this case)

generalintellectunit.net/e/068

Sorry for the rubbish source but if you quit your job in the US because it was unsafe during COVID, you now may qualify for unemployment insurance

foxbusiness.com/politics/biden

weird brag 

I've hung out with Vermin Supreme multiple times at this point. My main commentary is that I have never seen anyone more adept at not hitting their hat on doorframes. Homie knows how to wear a boot on the head.

Update: I moved a bunch of stuff around which really messed up the cross-linking between my daily records and my ordinary records, so it'll probably be like, next Wednesday before I update my Website.

There's... actually not that much new content that folk probably would immediately care about, mostly I've just been filling in the "basics," basically building up my personal dictionary for the terms that I use to discuss how I see the world.

(E.g. there are now entries for "material thing," "matter," "liquid," "volume," and stuff like that. This might seem really superfluous or overkill, but

1) My understanding of these things isn't synced with whatever the contemporary dictionary definition of these things is, so having my "locally scoped" definition is handy. (Nerd perspective: imagine if you read a novel that was enclosed in a giant (let ...) statement that provided a definition for nearly every noun and verb used in the text.)

2) Within the communities I'm a part of, parents are starting to express an interest in having me involve myself in teaching their kids about certain things, and being able to pull up notes on electrical resistance alongside my notes about about the effects of rainfall on soil.

3) Honestly? A lot of this stuff /isn't/ written down in a clear way on the Web, that connects between itself in a clear manner, that isn't explicitly beholden to another purpose than "teaching." E.g. Wikipedia has to prioritize its editing process, clickfarms have to prioritize their profits.

4) It inspires introspection of my own beliefs and conceptions. If I define "surface" as related to geometry, why am I using it to discuss hierarchy in this post? That's not the right language, I'm using metaphors habituated by a culture that centers domination and hierarchy, so I change it.

5) Who am I to judge that my concept of "youth pedagogy" is more important to my perspective on the world than my concept of "liquid," unless I explore both concepts?

Subtoot: Western home gardeners are not who "led the way with organic varieties," it was Indigenous people who had their seeds stolen from them by ethnobotanists and then commercialized.

The open-source seed movement, despite its intentions and goals, largely serves as a mechanism of expropriating Indigenous seed varieties under a morality derived from Western property rights.

I like saving seeds and sharing them, sure, but see the open-source seed initiative to be about as toothless as the copyleft movement.

I really thought I'd get more pushback on taking notes that bother to define things like "time" and "thing" for myself but weirdly everyone who engages seems to get it, without me ever explicitly addressing it.

Which is interesting to me.

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bodily trauma 

@starkatt "degloving" sounds really scary until you see the words "explosive fracture" a few lines under it and referring to your own spine :D

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bodily trauma 

@starkatt fun fact about me but i've had my right patella and left tibia degloved.

Sorry for the rubbish source but if you quit your job in the US because it was unsafe during COVID, you now may qualify for unemployment insurance

foxbusiness.com/politics/biden

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All land is native land is Turtle Island === Decolonize Turtle Island

Decolonize food. Decolonize medicine. Decolonize housing. Decolonize from European place names, words, languages, statues, and accounting systems that DO NOT BELONG on Turtle Island, and are killing the whole planet. Decolonize education. Decolonize from corrupt social media sites Facebook and Twitter. Decolonize from their colonial cash apps, and the cancer that is C.H.A.R.L.O.T.T.E. #LivingWalls, not border walls.