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If life is a river:

- you can't push the current.
- we need our meanders.
- don't build on your mental flood plains.

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I guess I should introduce myself as well. I am a geek, free range philosopher and occasional coder who lives in the North West of the UK. I am not sure how to describe my interests, but it seems to involve thinking a lot, which is generally something I like to do. Sometimes I even like to talk to people, which is what I am doing here. ;-)

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"We have decoded the radiosignal we detected, from thirty lightyears away."
"Already? What does it say?"
"It says 'Our leaders are vain and corrupt'."
"Huh. Some things are universal, eh?"
"Originally sent from Earth sixty years ago."
"From here?"
"Amplified and reflected back."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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I've just had a bit of a revelation with how to cope with the ongoing mental distress that I struggle with. If I think 'this difficult mental state is really freaking me out, how will I cope with it and when will it ever end', then the whole thing escalates and I feel worse. If I think 'this is *only* the kind of difficult mental state I've experienced before, and I coped with them', then it's a lot easier. Part of the problem is 'psychophobia' - fear of your own mental and emotional processes.

A couple of related podcasts that people might find interesting.

Madness Radio, which has been running for years, asking 'what does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?'
madnessradio.net/

Also, I recently found this one from someone who used to work in the Italian city of Trieste where they have a very liberal mental health system with no single purpose mental hospitals, and has now come to the UK and is talking about his experiences.

spreaker.com/show/a-place-of-s

in other words a thing to be proud of, in my opinion.

Snowflake (n.) snōʹflāk : a person who is not afraid to feel their own emotions.

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An article about how Franz Fanon's ideas on decolonisation might give us ideas on how to free ourselves from the enslavement of digital media monopolies. The interesting bit to me is where it talks about how during the Algerian revolution the radio which had been a tool of oppression became a tool of liberation. By analogy, networks like Mastodon which have been designed with different priorities to the corporate networks, could be liberatory instead of exploitative.

versobooks.com/blogs/4370-fran

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My cyberpunk adventure game where a social worker for homeless robots tries to stop a conspiracy of post-human trillionaires to impoverish the 99%, destroy Earth's biosphere, and live in space-resorts.
Help me pay rent and have food!
Steam: store.steampowered.com/app/673
Itch: silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

An article about the film 55 steps, which puts a strong case against forcible treatment for mental health problems.
behindthelabel.co.uk/55-steps/

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"I became an Anarchist when I decided to drop the theories and stop seeking power. When I stopped concerning myself with those things I realised that true Anarchy is my nature. It is our nature. It is what we were doing before the theories arrived, it is what we were doing before we were encouraged to be in competition with each other."

- Benjamin Zephaniah, 'Why I Am an Anarchist'

dogsection.org/why-i-am-an-ana

#anarchism

Help, I think I am trapped in the wrong jigsaw puzzle. There isn't an Andy shaped piece in this puzzle. I don't fit in. Are there any other puzzles who are willing to accept refugees?

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So Gab has decided that their own code that they spent $5M of investor money developing is so unsalvageably bad that they're going to use Mastodon's code instead, with the added bonus of leeching off of our apps (with Gab apps being banned from app stores)

This is an early warning to fellow admins to be vigilant and domain-block them on sight, when/if they appear (unconfirmed whether they intend to federate), and to app devs to consider if blocking Gab's domains from their app is necessary.

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I've just found out that a foil lined Doritos packet works as a Faraday shield for my phone, but only for the mobile signal. The WiFi signal goes straight through. I asked a friend to message me in a few minutes, then put the phone inside the (cleaned) packet and tried to ring it from my landline. The call did not get through, but my friend's message was received a few minutes later via WiFi.

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