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every conclusion every human draws is based, to one degree or another, on subjectivity and fallible heuristics, and if you want people to teach people correct beliefs you need to work with their humanity

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... tonight I was summoned to help with elections at probably the most dramatic meeting I've attended so far.

There were tears and harsh words. Grievances were aired. My poor friends... ๐Ÿ’”

I did my impartial duty, this time with Daughter in tow. Her first Pirate meeting!

So while my friends were being distraught and voting about difficult matters... I mostly just played with rubber ducks and was quietly happy and proud of my little girl who whispered and smiled the whole time.

Weirdly good.

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I have a weird (unofficial) role within the Icelandic Pirates.

My job is to never run for any office and not show up for most meetings. Thus remaining impartial, so when they need a techie who's not too involved, I'm available. Sometimes for hacking on code (the voting system or membership roster), but more often in an admin role.

This is how I find myself running a lot of the internal party elections.

FOSS meritocricy hot take 

@jacek I think the universe of software is particularly bad.

In part because people's asshole inhibitors seem to be weaker on the Internet.

But also because software scales like nothing else: a lone dev can, if he's lucky, reach millions of users.

The angry ones are more likely to be motivated to file bug reports. Dogpiling is almost inevitable.

FOSS meritocricy hot take 

Here's an interesting failure mode for FOSS/community software dev:

Over time, the most stubborn people who are good at ignoring criticism (e.g. by not listening at all), will end up running all the projects.

The folks who actually listen to their users get burned out by all the negativity...

The deciding fitness criteria over time is not skill or competence. It's obstinance. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

(I'm not talking about my users. I don't have enough users for this to be an issue yet. ๐Ÿ˜†)

The other day, I thought my laptop's hard drive was on the fritz, and started to make plans to replaced it. I had sort of settled on a 2TB hybrid (part spinning rust, part SSD) drive.

Plenty of space, plus a bit of a performance boost, without breaking the bank or completely losing touch with the universe of slow storage (programmers with fast computers write slow code).

Ah. Turns out the drive is fine!

A week later I still want the upgrade...


Also, lest anyone think I'm belittling efforts to fight current developments: that is not my intent.

This stuff needs to be fought. Even those of us outside the U.S. who don't consider it "our fight" would be wise to assist. The U.S. matters.

But it's not about Trump, really. Or gab. ๐Ÿ™„

Democrats are the lesser evil, so by all means get them elected. Deplatform assholes online. Etc.

These are useful steps. But, IMO, insufficient. America has to rethink her attitude in fundamental ways. ๐Ÿ˜”

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... I'm not really going anywhere with this, just thinking out loud.

Which is probably a bad idea, given the sensitive nature of this topic.

But it's been on my mind a bit lately. I consider myself very lucky to live in a tiny insignificant, safe and friendly country. Very, very lucky.

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The flip side of this, is the fact that I've felt this way for so long, gives me pause at the current state of panic people seem to be in.

Has anything changed? Really?

From where I'm standing, it's a matter of degree, not kind. Obama condoned torture, raining death from the skies, Guatanamo bay (a concentration camp, kids), persecuting whistleblowers...

He was just all charming and black while doing so. Still a fascist.

I dunno. Maybe the orange guy opened peoples' eyes? ๐Ÿคท

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I decided ages ago that I was never going to live in the U.S. I think Columbine plus the 9/11 aftermath solidified the Nope.

I had the option. I'm very employable, I have dual citizenship (for reasons).

But the U.S. is just scary.

Current U.S. events are sad and disturbing, but the writing was on the wall years ago. I hope America manages to get her act together, but this runs deep, it's been brewing for a long time.

(You think kids pledging allegiance to the flag was ever NOT fascist?)

A: dns record
AA: battery
AAA: battery
AAAA: dns record

I'm tired from maintenance and cleaning at my "spare" flat. I'm making it livable so I can rent it out for a few months to a friend who arrives... this evening!

It's tiring work. But the place looks so nice! He's gonna love it.

I thought I had a buyer for the place a few months back: he bailed. Then the real estate market went lame due to Wow Air and the 737 Max farce hurting .is tourism.

So I'm back to being landlord, I guess. Boring! But it means I get to spend more time with my flat...

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Me: Do you want to go with me to the pool? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ โค๏ธ

Daughter: No. I want to play here.

Me: OK, I'll just turn on some music and snooze on the sofa then (secretly relieved, OMG, tired).

Hah. Turns out my blood pressure isn't high after all. I was just stressed out by doctors.

I took my blood pressure again at my parents' place yesterday, with daughter asleep on my chest... as relaxing a setting as you can imagine. My systolic pressure measured a full 20 points lower.

I took it again just now, same result - similar values to what they recorded 20 years ago when I last gave blood.

And my resting pulse is down to 60, which I take as a sign that the swimming works.

I'm fine. ๐Ÿ˜„

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Such a simple thing... but I just *love* taking my daughter out for ice cream.


Ice cream is a big deal in Iceland. Ice cream parlours here are a bit like pubs are in the UK; a sort of default place to go hang out, have a chat and consume something nice.

We go all year 'round, not just in the summer.

So there it is. Taking my daughter out is conforming to a little fragment of culture, and since it's a custom that I'm fond of, it feels great: progress, belonging.

Social animals, we are.

mh (-) 

Nothing like a fight about codes of conduct to start my morning.

That plus the goddamned "if you're not with us, you're against us" bullshit in my Fedi last night...

I'm sitting here typing and retyping my frustration into this little form field, instead of getting my ass to the pool and clearing my head.

People are dumb.

Pacifists are always despised by people who are at war, or want war, or just feel war is necessary.

No matter which side they're on.

@suetanvil I cannot speak for FOSS in general, but my opinion is: the decision not to impose ones' morals and ethics on others, is itself a valid ethical stance.

We all have strongly held opinions, whether we're vegan or poor or pacifist or fundamental Christian or gay or nazi.

Agreeing to disagree, so we can together build useful things that benefit everyone, is one way to respect diversity of opinion and still make the world a better place.

That's my philosophical take.

(to be cont'd)

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