Parents and Social Media

 Copperopolis, California,  
I just read an interesting article written from the vantage-point of a 14yr old whose mother had been posting photos and comments about here since she was born.

I’m 14, and I quit social media after discovering what was posted about me

The article makes some great points about parents randomly posting their childrens' lives on Facebook.

One particularly disturbing sentence, that was not related to the theme of the article, was this:

Every October my school gave a series of presentations about our digital footprints and online safety. The presenters from an organization called OK2SAY, which educates and helps teenagers about being safe online, emphasized that we shouldn’t ever post anything negative about anyone or post unapproved inappropriate pictures, because it could very deeply affect our school lives and our future job opportunities.

I get the part about being careful of not posting inappropriate photos, but I do not get the part about not saying anything negative. This seems like a stifling, free-speech-killing kind of idea more than a being-careful idea.
we don't have to publish anything negative to show that we live in a golden world ...
ahi ahi
I post negative stuff. I used to be worse :) i slip up. The important issues to consider, in my opinion :

1) why post the criticism. What's the point?
2) there's no winning. It's not a winnable debate.

However, on the other hand... all it takes is one piece of information to open someone's eyes up to the fucked up shit that's going on in the world, to get them to realize that maybe they were wrong or not informed, or didn't realize they should even care. It takes one sentence to convince someone to research and find truth.

We never know what that sentence might be!
In a school context, I would guess they are trying to discourage bullying and peer conflicts. It only kills free speech if there's an enforceable policy.
H.B. Dude ;)

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Zap or Osada

 Copperopolis, California,  
It looks like Osada can still connect to various platforms, while Zap is closed (?) and more private/secure.
Has anyone tried both? I dont think any of my contacts are outside of the Hubzilla network. Will Zap still connect with hubzillians? or would I need to use Osada for that?
Yes, Zap speaks Zot6 only, Osada speaks ActivityPub with a bridge to Zot6, Hubzilla 3.8.x speaks Zot, Hubzilla 4.x will speak Zot6. Mike has stopped his work on protocol federation.
GoGo Penguins

 Copperopolis, California,  
This past year I have been exploring more jazz piano and trios.  One band that I keep going back to is GoGo Penguin. They think outside the box, so to speak:

GoGo Penguin: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert


Sept. 14, 2018 | Colin Marshall -- During his setup, GoGo Penguin's pianist Chris Illingworth asked if he could remove our piano cover to "access the inside"...
I finally got around to listening to The Bad Plus.  They were a little too "rockin" for my taste. Does that mean I am getting old?
Does that mean I am getting old?

@Adam Robertson hm, don't think so. I think you just know what you like ;-)
I think getting older often accompanies figuring out what one likes
Joey Alexander

 Copperopolis, California,  last edited: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:16:01 -0800  
One of my new favorite Jazz Pianists: Joey Alexander.

Joey Alexander: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert


Nov. 30, 2018 | Lauren Onkey -- When a baby grand piano rolls into the office for a Tiny Desk concert, you expect something special. But none of us could hav...

@Music   #jazz
In the Town All Year 'Round

 Copperopolis, California,  last edited: Sun, 23 Dec 2018 10:37:52 -0800  
I bought this book a few months ago for my 1yr old daughter.  It has quickly become her favorite book and she makes me "read" it to her every night before bed.
I have also enjoyed it, as there is always some new small detail to find when looking through the pages. It is not the typical story book, but rather a series of images of life in a small town (which is clearly not a town in the U.S.)

@Children's World

In the Town All Year 'Round


Big, colorful illustrations and minimal text set the stage for a delightful cast of characters as they go about their day-to-day adventur...
I loved these kind of books as a child (my mon told me, no remembrence from my side). You can talk again and again about the different situations or search for some specific items.

 Copperopolis, California,  
We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites


Personal websites and email can replace most of what people like about Facebook—namely the urge to post about their lives online.
Oh yeah, facebook took that business away.
Is this guy like the kid who thought it would be a cool idea to broadcast television over the air like wifi? Instead of having to use the internet to watch tv.
..and more rain

 Copperopolis, California,  
We have had a very dry Autumn here in California, complete with a deadly fire wiping out a nearby town.  Now the rains are coming. It poured so hard today that our tiny creek flooded and nearly took our chickens

That's a bit close for comfort. Our donkey shed was completely demolished by stupidly high winds a couple of weeks ago. Won't get repaired until after we've finished harvesting though. Looks like they're going to get a new house for Christmas.
That looks quite close! Hope you and your chicken are ok!
Fortunately, I have recently switched to a movable chicken-tractor style coop (you might notice the handles sticking out at either end of the coop).  Two people can move the chicken-coop to various places on the property.

But the flooding happened in just a few was lucky that the coop was not a little further down
It is raining..

 Copperopolis, California,  
finally, the rains are coming. This autumn was quite dry. We were outside this morning playing in the water.

OMG you need to get to home depot and pick up some Finnish migrant rakers.

Are those ears on the hood? Cute.
Fires and an unexpected shift

 Copperopolis, California,  
Many of you have probably heard about the many fires we have been having in California.  Apparently, our power company (Pacific Electric and Gas) has been at fault for the majority of the fires, and may have to file for bankruptcy.
This has the potential to cause all of our monthly power fees to sky-rocket, since PGE will have to pass their losses on to the consumer.

It sounds like this is a good time to switch to Solar Power...or to be in the Solar Power Business.!
Zachary Struyk, the city's spokesman for the program, said San Jose is able to provide electricity at a lower cost because SJCE is a nonprofit, meaning all profits are reinvested into the program.

He added that senior executives for the city are paid less than those at PG&E, and the renewable options are now the most inexpensive on the market.

San Jose to Switch Residents to Locally Owned Electricity Provider
San Jose will switch its residents to a city-owned electricity provider by March 2019 in a push toward 100 percent renewable energy over the next decade. Residents will begin receiving postcards announcing the switch to San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) later this month with an option to opt out back to regular PG&E service. SJCE will become the city's ...
Honestly, in my neck of the woods we have two hydroelectric dams and a huge field of solar panels. I feel like between those we would be able to provide quite a  bit of power for our small community
Thought Police?

 Copperopolis, California,  last edited: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:18:23 -0800  
Is it just me, or does this case seem to set a dangerous precedent?

As far as I can make out, the couple has not done any harm (so far) other than spreading their gospel of white-supremecy.
it's been years - i'd have to look it up, but i recall the author of the anarchist cookbook was pissed about the types of people it attracted, and according to him it was totally misinterpreted.
oh, it was different i suppose,
"After writing the book as a teenager, Powell converted to Anglicanism in 1976, and later attempted to have the book removed from circulation..."
I think the wife has a copy of Anarchist Cookbook, but she probably thought it was an actual cook book with food recipes. I used to have "TM 31-210 Improvised Munitions" but somebody apparently nicked it. This was a publication of the US Printing Office, who used to provide a range of US government publications and documents for free to anybody who asked. I used to send for free books and catalogs all the time back in the 60s and they were one of the best sources of free knowledge. We didn't have an internet and the libraries were full of 80 year old books and this is how you learned about the world around you.
Rock-walled dog house

 Copperopolis, California,  
We recently created a fenced section of our property to keep the dogs in when we are not around. I wanted a dry place for them that stays cool in the summer (it can get up to 44 degrees here)

I started working on a kennel with rock-walls for thermal-mass. It is sort of an experiment.
I am curious how you other hot-climate people keep your dogs cool during summer.


I even did a tiled floor to add to the cooling

Our house is on a platform so the dogs go under there (and squabble with the chickens about the best places). We obviously don't have aircon, but do have a 50W tower fan that they like to lie in front of.
 Copperopolis, California,  
has anyone seen @Andrew Manning around?   ..or am I just disconnected?
looks like his server is down
the last post is 12 hs ago

 Copperopolis, California,  last edited: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:57:00 -0700  
I just switched from Gnome to KDE Plasma. I have to say I am enjoying it so far.  It took me a while to firgure out how to tweak things but I have it just how I like it.

Gnome was starting to feel a tad on the unintuitive side.

I just left unity a few weeks ago and switched to Gnome 3 which feels quite good so far. Years ago I was using KDE and left it as it felt overengineered and too complex to be stable.
  last edited: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:28:32 -0700  
Years ago I was using KDE and left it as it felt overengineered and too complex to be stable.

That was exactly my experience. i remember it being a bit over-complicated, which was fun but after a while I did not have the time to play around with it.

I just found a screenshot of my old KDE desktop from 2006:
and Elementary OS from 2011:
Exortion Email

 Copperopolis, California,  
I receieved a funny email today. In the email, there was a threat that I was recorded with my own webcam while watching porn videos.
They also said they hacked my computer and have all of my facebook contacts and they would post the video to all of my Facebook friends if I did not pay them $3000 in bitcoin.

My wife got this email recently, with her Apple ID password.
yikes. i actually got one that said my password is () ... but i always use (.) or (v) or (|)
yikes. i actually got one that said my password is () ... but i always use (.) or (v) or (|)

Yes , thats the weird part! I always use ( ) ... with a blankspace. o_O
Camping Photos

 Copperopolis, California,  
Just went on a camping trip North of Yosemite National Park. There is a large fire burning in Yosemite and you can see the clouds on the horizon that is the smoke


Some more camping photos:

the dog and the fire

@Mike Macgirvin    I know that area well, and have done much camping/hiking around there. I worked at a lodge called Evergreen Lodge for two summers and had plenty of exploring time.

I quickly learned when off-season times were so we could enjoy spots without crowds.
@Waitman Gobble     I take bears seriously when camping very close to Yosemite.   When far enough away from the main park, they are shy and  mostly leave us alone.  I did have to yell at a young one one time when I was cooking breakfast and it came charging in like a...well, like a hungry bear.
Evergreen Lodge

My uncle played jazz there on weekends back in the early 50s. But yeah, Hetch-Hetchy is in a different universe from Yosemite, even though there's only a ridge physically separating them. Probably a bit more crowded now, but back in the 80s you could still pull off the side of the road most anywhere and pitch a tent - even on Memorial Day weekend.
Safest place in the world’ to be online

 Copperopolis, California,  
Funniest article I have read all week.

UK government plans new legislation to tame internet's 'wild west'


New laws will make Britain ‘safest place in the world’ to be online, culture secretary says
its odd they don't already have laws against exploiting children there. who are "the wider children". the fatter ones?
for sure i'm against all the nasty things mentioned but i've raised kids with the internet in existence. its a parents job to keep them safe. this article sounds like bullshit politicians exploiting fear
My favorite article (funny and interesting) this week is this one :

How our beds are dirtier than chimpanzee nests (2018, theguardian)

A new study has revealed that a third of the bacteria in our beds is from our own bodies and may be causing health problems – while chimps’ nests are almost spotless
sounds like bullshit politicians exploiting fear

If there are politicians involved, I think we can safely say that is the case.

 Copperopolis, California,  
In 2012 I built a playhouse out of cob (basically mud and straw) and old scrap-wood. My son played in it for a few years, but for the last year it has only been used by dogs, cats and chickens as a place to get out of the rain.

This past week my daughter found her way to it, so I did some cleaning and painting. She loves it!


Snails and grass. Yum. That would go perfectly with the imaginary blue tea my daughter used to serve in her cubby.
Oh, the cuteness
Funny Competition

 Copperopolis, California,  
These people want to replace Facebook...


We are looking to fund seven purpose-driven teams that want to build a billion-user social network to replace Facebook -- while protecting consumer privacy. We want to invest in replacements that don’t manipulate people and that protect our democracy from bad actors looking to spread misinformation. Join the mailing list to receive regular update...
yeah but if they build something centralised and walled-garden-ish and it gets anything like the number of users facebook has its likely that it would end up having a lot of the same problems.

decentralised and federated is better, it lets people choose

users can more freely move between providers

that would help to  "keep the bastards honest"
(a famous aussie political phrase that was used in an election campaign decades ago - though in this case its not about politicians or political parties)  
Oh brother, now he's resorting to props...
Present and future..