Replied to Vendor Lock In Through Your Domain Name by Ton Zijlstra

This is a somewhat worrying development: the entire .org registry of domain names has been sold to a private equity investor. That basically spells out just one way forward, extraction and rent-seeking. As this step immediately follows from ICANN lifting price increase caps in place earlier this yea…

It is a pernicious system of rent extraction, the domain registration system. I feel like after 16.5 years you should be entitled to true ownership, not subject to the whims of the entities that were privy to the original land grab.

Our non-profit has an org domain name, so we’ll have to evaluate the options. As you say, we have to decide whether we can let it go, even if we wanted to, as someone else might pick it up and leech off our reputation.

Replied to Inoreader introduceert Sort by Magic en Article Popularity Indicators – Inoreader blog by an author

Inoreader is een online leesapp voor je favoriete websites. Klinkt toch een stuk beter dan RSS-reader niet? Ik ben een fan van de app en betaal er jaarlijks graag voor. Vandaag komen ze met een nieuwe manier om je artikelen te sorteren voor je gaat lezen, Sort by Magic.
De sorteermethode is een comb…

That’s very interesting. I have been thinking recently about personal curation algorithms. The ‘purely chronological’ paradigm is overhyped I think, as a reaction to the big silos’ abuse of curation algorithms. If you control the algorithms, and have choice whether you use them or not, they’re a net positive I think. Sounds like inoreader gives you some flexibility, which is good. (Although calling it sort by ‘magic’ is a bad call I think. Algorithms should be transparent).
Sometimes feel powerless from the other side of the world. But solidarity is always needed for those in struggle.

‘On his way to exile, he wrote that he is “very grateful to the solidarity of the people, brothers from Bolivia and the world who reach out with recommendations, suggestions and expressions of recognition that give us encouragement, strength and energy. They moved me to tears. They never abandoned me; I will never abandon them.”’

tribunemag.co.uk/2019/11/bolivias-far-right-coup/

Liked It’s back! by Jonas VossJonas Voss

At IWC in Dusseldorf in May, I managed to break my old website. I broke it, while I was trying to fix it, so that I could export all my old posts, and import them into Known that runs this site. Turns out updating a site with code written in 2003-6 from PHP 5.x to 7.2 can result in a number of thi…

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That looked very intriguing – I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it.

Using speculative fiction as a means for exploring alternative economies, and then engaging economists with it as a reality check, would make for some great conversations.

I enjoyed Four Futures by Peter Frase as something that looked at the overlap of sci-fi and possible economic futures.

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Really enjoyed this episode, thanks both.  Loads of great talking points.
"For we knew only too well:
Even the hatred of squalor
Makes the brow grow stern.
Even anger against injustice
Makes the voice grow harsh. Alas, we
Who wished to lay the foundations of kindness
Could not ourselves be kind."

To Posterity, Bertolt Brecht

Replied to 17 Years of Blogging by Ton Zijlstra

Today 17 years ago, at 14:07, I published my first blog post, and some 2000 followed since then. Previously I kept a website that archive.org traces back to early 1998, which was the second incarnation of a static website from 1997 (Demon Internet, my first ISP other than my university, entered the …

Happy bloggiversary 🎉

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog the past 6 months and have learned a lot from it. Here’s to the next twelve!

This article postulates that the solidarity economy is not helpful, because it isn’t revolutionary:

The Real Movement: Against The Solidarity Economy

It was triggered by this article suggesting a change to Marxist theory to incorporate the solidarity economy: regenerationmag.org/marxism-and-the-solidarity-economy/ (only scanned this but seems a bit.. bold. Marx misunderstood his own system, ima fixit)

Smash capitalism or erode it? Not exactly a new point of ideological contention.. interesting though to see solidarity economy explicitly critiqued.

Really interesting article. It reiterates nicely one of the huge possibilities of social media: allowing previously silenced voices to be made public, and surfacing injustices previously hidden. I think it strangely ignores the centralisation of social media though, which essentially means it is mediated again. I think open web technologies can be a counter to that.

theintercept.com/2017/11/25/information-warfare-social-media-book-review-gaza/

Replied to Indieweb Thoughts Post State of the Word by David ShanskeDavid Shanske

It has been a while since I wrote out some thoughts on where the Indieweb is on WordPress. Sitting here, after hearing Matt Mullenweg gave the State of the Word at WordCamp US, and after I assisting Tantek Çelik in his talk on Taking Back the Web, which was one of the contributing factors to my bei…

Thanks for all your work, David.

The WordPress IndieWeb ecosystem has enabled me to be a fully-fledged citizen of the IndieWeb. Everyone who has gotten it to where it is now is awesome! 🎉