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it might be one of those days where I put on pants and go to the 7/11 😰

I broke my terminal font somehow and now it's mocking me like spongebob

I wrote a thing about VPNs. It's not very technical (or very good, lol), but I have a lot of opinions about them ... so now this messy essay exists:

At Daggers Drawn With the VPN:
Its Defenders and Its False Critics

going to try using searx for a while instead of duckduckgo. it's a self hosted meta search engine (combines results from other search engines) and has good privacy practices and some neat features.

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I really enjoyed this video. It's in Polish, but the english captioning is about the best I've ever seen. It's an indepth anarchist look into the USSR and the history of worker's rebellion under ML state capitalism with emphasis on Poland.

COMMUNIST STATES - WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? Listen About Anarchism (PL/EN subs): Polish People's Republic, USSR, China... what went wrong?

I like refurbishing old well built tech too. I agree there is no need to buy new e-waste. However, "vintage thinkpads" is ridiculous. It's reclaimed trash. That's cool in itself. It doesn't need to be an aged wine.

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May Day 

🎆 Happy May Day 🎆

In the past I have written about the historic origins of May Day, but this year I feel like that doesn't matter. While a common thread of liberation stretches from the 1800s to today, the oppressed don't need to hear of Haymarket Affair to know the love and liberation burning in their own hearts. The past year has shown us that there are millions in this struggle out there we have solidarity with. Today, we need only continue finding each other.

'Twas the night before May Day, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The gasmasks were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Kropotkin soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of revolution danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
marked off the targets on our direct action map.

uspol / SA adjacent 

Poked in on birdsite for a second. Liberals are talking about how great Al Franken is ...



When I went to the speaking event with Slavoj Žižek they did not offer free snacks. So, you can imaging how that went. 🙁

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one thing I miss from pre-pandemic life is going to speaking events and getting free snacks. when I was in college I wrote a program that scraped all college events for mentions of free food and automatically generated a calendar of where to get free food on any given day.

"Why yes, I am here to ... *checks calendar* ... learn about the theological interpretations of kayaking"

This new industry of "sleep books", "sleep podcasts", "sleep netflix show", apps tracking sleep, etc is a capitalist encroachment in one of the last escapes we have from that

voting / portland / multnomah county / drugs 

It's also hilarious to me that I've smoked weed with one of the candidates 😆

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voting / portland / multnomah county 

Oregon makes voting easy where I just get the ballot in the mail, fill it out, and then mail it back (they even cover postage). So, there is not much of a downside to voting out the racist incumbent landlords on the local school board and replacing them with community organizers. It's still effed that I'm voting on the school board and not the kids in the school though.

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voting / portland / multnomah county 

*Reads candidate bio*

"Occupation: Retired/Landlord"

🤣 . no.

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