Social kneejerk

Words bounce around my head,
balls in a pinball hyper maze.
Memes fly past in a broken haze.
Social displays.
Always on stage.


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@fribbledom the thing I am most proud of is a 3D printed reed instrument I'm working on. It's not quite in tune yet but it is playable and makes a nice sound.

@ralpharama the fairphone battery life is pretty good - 2 or 3 days from informal testing. The Fairphone 1 I've had since 2014 had good battery life to start with too, although it is now down to about a day.

@ralpharama I guess it depends what you are thinking of doing with it. I don't tend to use very processor intensive apps, so I think it should last me a while. Also, if it does start to run slowly in a few years then hopefully I can upgrade the main board (although I am not sure whether that is something that is possible).

This is an essay I wrote back in 2003, a few years after I had a mental breakdown, about my ideas on the ways in which the medical model of mental health care fails to do justice to the experiences of those considered 'mad' or 'mentally ill'. I have just re-read it and I am actually surprised at how well I was able to express myself at that time. I still hold to a lot of the same ideas but tend to feel more inhibited in putting them forward in this kind of way.

@strypey plus random inspirational quotes and people selling you stuff, if you're on Facebook.

It's not that I don't want to get to somewhere better in my life, but sometimes I need to know that its okay not to be okay, and to be able to just rest and take care of myself without feeling under pressure to make myself into someone who can survive in the world of work, and also that the process of recovery is something that I can engage in at least to some extent on my own terms when I am able to do so.


This article on how to set boundaries at work by going on a 'mind strike' is interesting. Sometimes I want to go on a 'mental health recovery strike' by asking myself what are the pressures on my life (such as the assessment I just had for personal independence payment) that make me feel I have to try so hard to 'get over my problems', often at the expense of my own emotional integrity, and how I might be able to resist those pressures.


Giving each instance responsibility for the behaviour of its users on the network also seems to me a reasonable compromise between free speech and protecting people from online abuse. If you feel that the moderation guidelines on your instance are too restrictive, you are free to move to another one. However if a given instance is consistently publishing abusive content, then other servers can block it from contacting their users. see:

To which I would add that with a decentralised network, if you are not happy with the way your instance (independent server on the network) is operating, for example because you have found out they are selling user data, you have the option of moving to another server on the network without losing touch with all your contacts, as you would if you moved from one centralised network to another. This makes the network as a whole more resilient to bad actors.

@ralpharama I have now bought a Fairphone 2, although not yet set it up with a SIM and mobile number. Mostly I am happy with it - I like that it is modular and repairable / upgradeable. Also finally having an Android 7 phone is good because of the better control over device permissions. My only criticism is that it is a bit clunkier than I am used to (though not really more than some other large format phones). Also the plastic they have used for the case feels a bit tacky somehow.

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Today, when I found out the person who planned the mosque shooting had planned to do it in #Ōtepoti (#Dunedin), I thought of the Syrian men who carted away all our unwanted furniture when we left town, sharing it with other families, who had also fled the violence engulfing their home and made a new one in #Aotearoa, #New Zealand. I thought of the scarves my wife gave them, for their wives and daughters. I remembered how much they smiled, as they struggled with their new English to thank us.

@ascannerburkely actually, our solar system only has one star in it - the Sun! ;-) (but the milky way galaxy has lots of star)

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No matter which social network you're on, following a diverse group of people helps you taking a peek at the other side of your personal filter bubble.

You don't have to agree with everything and everyone, but please, at least try to listen to people and their opinions.

It will help you appreciate your own life, and may just make you a little wiser.

@ralpharama to me, upgradeability of phones is a good idea from the point of view of the environment and also hackability, so I am thinking I might get one just to support that.

@ralpharama bear in mind that the Fairphone 2 has a modular design, so some parts should be upgradeable in the future. They posted on their blog a while ago saying that a new camera module with better specs had been released.

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