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I've been thinking slogans for my startup. "Move fast and break capitalism" "We interpret capitalism as damage and route around it"

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I'll record this here. My estimate is that the pandemic lasts 3-5 years. Starting from either first case in China (Nov. 17 2019) or when WHO declared pandemic (Mar 11 2020). Meaning wnd would be between November 2022 and March 11 2025.

Nähtävästi Italialaiset pitivät Euroviisuja liian viihdyttävinä ja päättivät kopioida olympialaisista niiden tuskastuttavimman osuuden.

"Made in Finland" -sarjan englanninkielinen dialogi kuulostaa ainakin mainoksen perusteella tosi nololta. Valitettavasti 15 vuoden kokemuksella voin sanoa, että se kuulostaa myös tosi realistiselta.

The following is quoted from someone I don't know on Facebook, Dan Eliot Barker, back in 2019. It perfectly captures my frustration with contemporary art. At times it is powerful, but often it's an excuse for lazy trolling.


Recently, there was a dust-up over “The Comedian,” a piece in which Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to the wall of a gallery and sold it for $120,000. A gallery patron made additional news by pulling the banana off the wall and eating it. Interviews made it clear that everyone involved was trolling. The saga was catnip to people who believe that conceptual art is full of shit.

Maurizio Cattelan is clearly full of shit, but his work begs the question: could an artist ever walk into a gallery with some snacks, say “this may look like something I picked up at the bodega on the way here, but it is in fact my Art, behold my Art,” and NOT be full of shit?

In my opinion, the answer is yes.

My opinion is heavily informed by this 1991 piece by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) is a pile of free candy. Visitors are invited to take one piece of candy. Frivolous, right? The piece may be staged in any gallery that follows a few simple rules. The most important rule is that the pile should weigh 175 pounds.

175 pounds was the healthy weight of Gonzalez-Torres’ partner Ross Laycock, who died of AIDS.

González-Torres had a Roman Catholic background, and taking the candy is meant to be an act of communion. The patron partakes in the “sweetness” of Ross while participating in his diminishment and torturous death.

The decision to use candy has political significance. In 1991, public funding for the arts and public funding for AIDS research were both the hottest of hot-button issues. HIV positive gay male artists were being targeted for censorship. González-Torres was desperate to be heard, and part of the logic of “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) was that you can’t censor free candy without looking ridiculous. The replicability of the piece makes it indestructible; González-Torres had an intuitive, ahead-of-its-time understanding of virality that came from dealing with an actual virus rather than the internet.

I’ve never seen this piece staged, but I think about it all the time. The artist, sadly, is no longer with us. But we will always have the most brilliant, heartbreaking free candy to ever be heaped in a corner. The key to conceptual art is storytelling - how well can you tell a story without words OR a “proper” picture? The banana on the wall sucks because it doesn’t tell a story about anything but attention-seeking and greed. I can’t stand Banana Guy or the media coverage surrounding him because stunts like that make people close their minds to unconventional art and storytelling, which can be just as sophisticated and moving as conventional art and storytelling.

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I have two regrets with this speech. The first is that I'm not in her district. The second is that she didn't have a microphone to drop at the end of this.

This is how you deal with hate speech.

Once again 1000 levels in Candy Crush Friends, but now with evidence.

I can't help but chuckle when I remember the phrase "maglev trains are gaining traction." 😁

Me, like 20 years ago: Haha, the Polish surname Pasternak sounds just like the Swedish "palsternacka" for "parsnip".

Me today, finally looking it up: That's ... what it means, actually.

I want to start internet wanking service for unwanked and underwanked.
'Karl Schroeder, giving a different spin to Arthur C. Clarke’s “Three Laws,” argued that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from nature.”

'Indigenous peoples did not have some ineffable, mystical, spiritual connection with nature. What they had was agricultural science SO MINDBLOWINGLY ADVANCED that when Europeans saw it they could not even recognize it as science.'

:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me.

You can see some of their work here

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.

Just saying, that if you hate ur job, my worker co-opertive @autonomic have basically helped build some projects that make it much easier to start your own tech worker co-op providing libre tech services @serverscoop @coopcloud

Tell ur bosses they suck and go start ur own thing with your friends.

It's always surreal when people bring up economy as a counter argument to addressing the climate crisis

2) MAY 1st, THE MUNICIPALIST MOMENT (a panel via zoom webinar) with Kali Akuno.

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What are the big problems?
What scares you spitless?
What gives you hope?
What have you changed your mind on?
What are you certain of though you cannot prove it?

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#Questions #BigProblems #Hope #Fear #ChangeMyMind #Certainty #AvailableForChildrensBirthdaysAndBarMitzvahs

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Before I was going to make this joke picture myself, I realised it must have been done before. h/t…

Here’s another German word I hope will become a source of optimism and progress: #Zeitenwende. A radical shift away from what was to what should be.

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