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There used to be a lot of talk about how "addictive" Facebook is, but really, the company's "addictiveness" primarily springs from its ability to defend its walled garden and keep you hostage, by making the price of leaving severing contact with all the customers, communities and friends who stay behind.


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As much as I love Gibson's later work, I think this has remained my favorite of his novels; it is, perhaps, his most poetic.

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“Are you—are you sad?”


“But your—your songs are sad.”

—My songs are of time and distance. The sadness is in you. Watch my arms. There is only the dance. These things you treasure are shells.

“I—I knew that. Once.”

-- William Gibson, Count Zero

"The explorer who will not come back or send back his ships to tell his tale is not an explorer, only an adventurer."

-- Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

"Mystery and clarity arrive together."

-- Rachel Eliza Griffith

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Imagine #libraries don't exist, but there's this person who thought of them and is trying to convince everyone else about them.

-Borrow books for free? People are going to steal them!
-You can just come in to use a computer? Well that's just going to be abused by freeloaders.
-Staff? Who is going to pay them? Why should my taxes be wasted subsidising access to books for people who haven't saved and bought their own?

How many amazing things do we dismiss? What is our society missing out on?

I could of sworn I saw a way to automatically push posts from a self-hosted WordPress blog to Mastodon (maybe it was shared by @feditips) but now I can't find it. Does anyone know the best way to do this?

"The written letter is is the memory of motion."

-- Graphic designer and educator Inge Druckrey

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"The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you."

-- Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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I wish more lefties would internalize that hypocrisy is not a meaningful accusation to the right. Of course they're being hypocrites. That you are bound - by rules, standards, logic, human decency, some sort of fundamental moral consistency, anything at all - and they are not? That's their conception of what power is, and why they seek it. So they can exercise power, without constraint, and you cannot. That's the whole point.

Hypocrisy is the virtue-signaling of fascism.

Finding the title for a poem is almost never a problem for me but I'm really stuck coming up with one for he piece I'm working on now. I'm pretty sure that's all I still need to finish it.

What do you do when the right title just isn't making itself known to you?

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My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it. - Ursula K. Le Guin

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@atomicpoet @MrsMouse they kinda need the rage to keep on going. Twitter is like a ponxi scheme but you need to keep feeding it rage or the algorith collapses

"A poem can sometimes feel like something hidden behind a door: the door opens and you are invited into something strange—maybe something confounding, disturbing—in some way that is felt, beyond intellect."

-- Dana Levin

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When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them – and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves with it.

~Thomas Merton

Contemplating my late father's love of gardening brought about two (so far) poems. As of this morning, both have been accepted and will be out in the world in the not too distant future.

The interesting part of this, for me at least, is that gardening is one of my least favorite activities.

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