What would you like to see in our solarpunk future?
It's so easy to talk about what you don't want in the future, but harder to pin down what you do want. So my idea is simply to capture and share your ideas the kind of things you want to see in a solarpunk future.
You can read my post, which describes this in a bit more detail: https://cafe.sunbeam.city/~/GwenfarsGarden/what-does-a-solarpunk-future-look-like
Then feel free to start submitting your ideas, which I'll collate them and create a new post to inspire and share.
This is just bloody awesome, and I love the physical seed library they have made: http://www.connectedseeds.org/visit
“The Connected Seeds Library lives at Spitalfields City Farm in east London. A seed library works a bit like a regular book lending library. In order to borrow seeds from the library you will need to become a member. Members can take seeds home to grow, and are encouraged to return some of the seeds to the library at the end of the season, in order to maintain the stock of available seeds.”
Living in Hawaii, a lot of the English-speaking fediverse is sleeping by the time the sun sets. Hungry for stuff to read in the evening, I've been enjoying "visiting" the local timelines of different instances, and I love how some have distinct personalities and themes (often by design). Any cool instances I should check out? #mastodon #fediverse
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If you suspect someone of being an undercover cop or informant you keep that shit to yourself until you know more or you do the research needed to confirm or deny your suspicions.
You never create a whisper train of rumors, silently drop someone out of your social circle or isolate someone based on a hunch.
Imagine if someone did that to you. That shit destroys communities and creates paranoia. It’s long term impact is almost as bad as an undercover cop around. Do not do it.
Today I have been going through the Access Control System parts list and making a detailed Bill of Materials. I looked up what sort of economies of scale there are. It's not too bad.
A single ACS will cost nearly £110. But making 10 costs only £75 each. Savings then tail off rapidly.
So it's perfectly economical to make ACS units in lots of 10 or 20 and only cost £2-3 more than making 160 of them. But also £35 cheaper than making them one by one. This is very useful data.
I realized that core message of #Solarpunk regarding non-western cultures should be to stop treating them as exotic.
We should totally ban the word "exotic" and the mindset of something being appealing only because the culture is different than ours.
Other cultures have their own problems and ways of dealing with them, but we're all people. Let's stop fetishizing this cultural distance, even in aesthetics.
@thegibson if you're approached by police, turn your phone off. Even with biometrics enabled it'll demand your password on boot.
Reading Neuromancer for once and thinking about how it recontextualises noir for a new displacement; noir is a mode and a genre simultaneously, but it’s predicated on postwar masculine anxiety. Case is a voyeur and a cowboy of the next plane, but in our world, he’s a neutered burnout trying to die.
Not done but. Classic Cyberpunk protagonists take from that displacement, the lost archetypes of masculinity seeking some kind of place in the new paradigm, and they never really seem to find it.
Scavenger, tinkerer, some more to be decided
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