Monthly Archive: January 2018

Freedom: This is what we all strive for. We …

Freedom: This is what we all strive for. We want to be big strong independent basement dwellers who still live in their parents’ home. Achieving total freedom in one’s use of technology is the greatest accomplishment a Man can attain. There are rumours that when this happens, golden light starts to emanate from your computer screen and Richard Stallman materializes in your room. He has written the GPL to help you reach this state of nirvana. “Freedom”, according to the installGentoo wiki (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Burning Man is to the tech world what the …

Burning Man is to the tech world what the nineteenth-century Protestant church was to the factory. […] At Burning Man, what you’re rehearsing is project-based collaborative labor. Engineers flowing in from the Valley are literally acting out the social structures on which Valley engineering depends. But they can do something at Burning Man that they can’t do in the Valley: they can own the project. They can experience total “flow” with a team of their own choosing. In the desert, in weirdly perfect conditions, they can do what the firm promises them but can’t quite deliver. Logic Magazine 03: Don’t...

A brief primer on the [US] counterculture: there were …

A brief primer on the [US] counterculture: there were actually two countercultures. One, the New Left, did politics to change politics. It was very much focused on institutions, and not really afraid of hierarchy. The other—and this is where the tech world gets its mojo—is what I’ve called the New Communalists. Between 1966 and 1973, we had the largest wave of commune building in American history. These people were involved in turning away from politics, away from bureaucracy, and toward a world in which they could change their consciousness. They believed small-scale technologies would help them do that. They wanted...