recently found myself at a leftist organizing meeting for an event and dishes came up 😑
An example of the worthwhile take-down of steven pinker:
"[Pinker] purports to be presenting hard science, but often his sources are works of popular advocacy, rather than original scientific studies. Over ten percent of the notes to his chapter on the environment cite Stewart Brand's 'Whole Earth Discipline', a polemical work by a highly successful entrepreneur and business consultant — and is not Pinker's only source of this kind"
Just finished reading:
Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis | by Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky
I found it to be individualistic to a fault.
I'd recommend 'Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization' instead.
*IF* you are curious of what a neo-liberal take on the climate crisis would look like, it's a quick read.
I *WOULD* recommend the "Afterword" for a good demonstration of what a dishonest hack Steven Pinker is.
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This was a difficult read, especially for me personally at this time, but at the end of it I was glad I read it
Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves | Jesse Bering
Heard about it on this episode of the "This is Hell!" Radio show: https://thisishell.com/interviews/1034-jesse-bering
My new catechism
No One Belongs Here More Than You | by Miranda July
❝What is the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to you?
Did it involve a car? Was it on a boat? Did an animal do it? If
you answered yes to any of these questions, then I am not
surprised. Cars crash, boats sink, and animals are just
scary. Why not do yourself a favor and stay away from these
every year spotify tries to make my "year in music" seem magical and upbeat, but they always end of reminding me how bad the year was
My "favorite artist" in 2018 was Snow Tha Product...because I listened to "waste of time" non-stop on repeat (i guess for 15 hours) after my repeatedly lying and cheating partner and I separated
I'm very high, so when I got this advert in the mail it took me a good 20 minutes to figure out the scam and see through the (dark) design patterns that went into this
fyi: the "confirmation code" is redacted because i assume if you call a robot will say "confirm your address is [address this was mailed to]"...which is noneya business!
If you want to feel more freaked out than usual by #capitalism try this:
1. get high
2. watch 'neo yokio: pink christmas' on netflix
3. immediately after watch 'the american meme' on netflix
From Love is Not Enough | by Frances Gregory
I am not
will never be
have never been
I love you
but my fist is a muscle
the size of my heart
and both beat strong
while neither can yield harm.
My stories are mine,
laced and woven into
and I have enough tears now
to water your garden
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man | by Thomas Page McBee
Just finished this and cannot recommend more
In this book, the author, a trans man, examines "becoming a man" and "masculinity" in a mindful, observant, and intentional way that cis men never do (because they are dumb teenagers when they absorb these concepts, and then almost never revisit them after becoming adults)
Overlooked No More: Voltairine de Cleyre, America’s ‘Greatest Woman Anarchist’ | via the New York Times
That previous toot was triggered by reading, "You cannot escape jet lag, only embrace it" by Vincent Bevins
Ever since I read 24/7 by Jonathan Crary I find myself wanting to recommend it after so many conversations with friends, or thinking about it after reading a wide array of articles on apparently unrelated topics.
It is short (128p) and I highly recommend it
Bad TV | by Andrea Long Chu
"The warm togetherness of the average American family gathered around a little box in their living room was a lie fabricated to keep people off the streets where politics might happen."
Really like this quote even if the rest of the essay refutes it ("refutes" might not be the right word, since it is more a describing of a paradigm shift in the definition of politics that comes with TV)
I still basically never read books on an e-reader, but reading internet articles and blog posts on an e-reader has been a game changer
I also use e-readers for technical books that will go out of date quickly.
For example, if I had bought physical books when learning Android development I would have a bunch of useless Android 2.0 books taking up space on my shelf.
solo mastodon instance
a private mastadon instance to experiment with