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from Order of Nine Angles

ONA's Perspective on Women

As is evident in our Rounwytha principle, the Order of Nine Angles puts great emphasis on women. We’ve always had more women than men, at least pre-internet, and still do within our traditional nexions following the Sinister Seven-Fold Way.

Partly because of a knowing of and respect for the natural abilities of certain women, their character; partly because of the Rounwytha ethos that is central to the ONA, past, present, and future, and also because our way demands a genuine, sharing, empathic, and equal partnership between men and women, and because of our acceptance that Sapphism is natural and, to an extent, esoterically important.

One of the manifest errors–distortions–of the Left-Hand Path (LHP) and the Satanic, Magian Occultism so prevalent in the West, in the past, as still now, is its patriarchal nature and its de-evolutionary attempts at a dominating doctrine of so-called ''might is right'' and thus being dominated by and infested with male specimens of Homo Hubris who have no sense of honor, no culture, no empathy, no arete, little or no self-honesty, little or no manners, but who instead, possess a bloated ego and a very high opinion of themselves.

With some justification, one might say that the domination of our societies mirrors this domination and infestation in the Occult world by such specimens.

The view of women by many, if not the majority, of these male specimens of Homo Hubris, is lamentable, dishonorable, uncultured, prejudiced–and typical of the Magian ethos and the Judeo-Nazarene tradition.

For many of these male specimens, women exist for their pleasure; to satiate one's lust; to bear children, look after children, and often look after the man to care for the man if the man allows them. Such male creatures view women as merely practical and occasionally necessary, such as certain sexual instincts and appetites mandate. But they do not consider women complementary to men; indeed, such so-called men do not consider women an essential, needed, complimentary, equal, and necessary partner.

Most of these male specimens of Homo Hubris do not think about women as close personal friends, of wanting a woman as a best friend, or women as their best friends–for they have their “pals” for that. For most such male specimens, the very thought of such a thing as having women as best friends makes them uncomfortable.

For these specimens of Homo Hubris, physical prowess and manly competition are essential. Physical prowess, masculine competition, and having pals or being aggressive define how they measure self-identity and manliness. Thus, such specimens are still primitive. They are barbarians, still prone to shameful blood lust and uncontrollable rage, adhering mostly unconsciously to the doctrine of so-called ''might is right”.

Many women are naturally gifted with qualities that many men still lack, and these qualities are necessary for men to develop to achieve balance, both esoterically and exoterically. The human species must create this balance if it is to survive, and these are qualities certainly required for someone to become an Internal Adept of our tradition and then pass into and beyond The Abyss. We need such attributes to bring forth an entirely new and more developed species of human beings.

These are qualities hitherto most often associated with the female of our species and not associated with most men. They are female abilities, such as natural empathy, among other attributes.

Natural empathy is one of the most important–meaning having or developing a sensitivity to other people–to their feelings, thoughts, and having or developing a sensitivity to a different life, especially nature.

Natural empathy being the genesis of our esoteric empathy, and such esoteric empathy is thus a refinement and development of natural empathy. Intuition is not only a foreseeing, an intimation, but also an interior self-reflexion.

To develop these qualities, we must first understand our potential, part of which understanding is of ourselves, of a man and a woman having both a sinister and numinous character within them and sinister and numinous abilities.

In a simplified, inexact way and to an extent in an unconscious archetypal way, we might speak of these female qualities as natural expressions or intimations of the numinous; and the male blood lust, rage, and competitiveness as expressions or intimations of the sinister.

So development means developing and expressing what is missing or lacking, from what is there or already said, and then melding what is so developed and using this meld, this amalgam, as the genesis of a new human being. It is in this new being, this new type of life, that our potential becomes manifest.

Our Dark Artss are an effective way to do this, to develop certain qualities and abilities and then this alchemical, living amalgam. These Black Arts of ours include Grade Rituals such as Internal Adept and the traditional Rite of the Abyss and Arts such as The Star Game and Esoteric Chant.

Esoteric Chant, a Dark Arts means of self-development, provides an intimate self and acausal discovery, a means of preventing specific acausal energies.

For example, Esoteric Chant aids self-reflexion as it can assist and develop an awareness of the numinous. Also, when, for instance, used in certain esoteric ceremonies, it can provide an understanding of the sinister.

To learn and become proficient in Esoteric Chant takes time and effort, many months, often a year, to become skilled, train the voice, and gain the experience of singing with others. In effect, it is rather like an extended Grade Ritual but one undertaken with others of similar interest and a similar ethos, and with some or many of these necessary others being women. At the very least, it requires the help of one's partner in sorcery. However, it is preferable, more effective, to both learn and perform Esoteric Chant with at least three other individuals.

There thus develops, or there should develop, harmony and sympathy with others, and hence an appreciation of such Chant as a manifold nexion. As not only one particular type of nexion–an act or acts of sorcery involving necessary others–but also as a nexion within one's self.

Therefore, practical learning of the connexions that esoteric empathy makes us aware of and a self-reflexion, a self-discovery, and a self-learning.

Expressed, to learn and become proficient in Esoteric Chant–to experience just what this art is and does–you require the aid, the help of others, interacting with and performing with them in specific ways. If you don't do this, the Chant won't work.

Again, expressed, working, learning, living, in this way in pursuit of such an esoteric goal for a year or more moves a man far away from the brutal practice of ''might is right''–especially as the same Chant itself is pretty compelling; that is, numinous, quite cultured—intimations of a more sophisticated, a more refined realm of human existence.

The Esoteric Chant can be sinister when used as part of a specific ceremonial Rite. But performing such a ceremonial Rite of necessity means belonging to an organized traditional nexion following the initiatory Seven-Fold Sinister Way. So such an experience is not that common today among those who use our methods or are inspired by our ethos.

We're talking about what lies beyond and before such abstracted illusive opposites as men becoming effeminate and women becoming masculine. Our potential, and our innate human nature, hidden and distorted for so long by religions, by urbanized ways of life, by the domination of barbarians, then by notions of imperialism, conquest, and personal destiny. Then by -isms and -ologies. Now by the State. And so on.

In effect, we're talking about nurturing, developing, entirely new types of human beings, far removed from Western stereotypes. Types of human beings for whom the societies of modern nation-States are not a natural or even comfortable home but may provide them with opportunities, resources, and so on. Since honor and the developed senses and skills that esoteric-empathy and acausal-thinking provide manifest their different way of life, and thus how they interact with and react to other human beings.

One excellent illustration is women of our kind, living by honor–those who are ready, willing, and able to defend themselves and rely on themselves and thus who possess an attitude and skill enough, or carry weapons enabling them to defeat a strong man or men intent on attacking or subduing them.

For instance, there is one of our kind who is a female police officer with many years of experience in the United States. She is tough, street-wise, has used her firearm a few times in the line of duty, is skilled, and experienced enough in self-defense and physical restraint techniques to take down a man much larger than her.

Yet, she has empathy, can be exceedingly charming, is well-read, and very feminine, her femininity quite noticeable when she is off-duty and enjoying herself with friends and which femininity would make the causal observer unaware of her inner character, her skills, her toughness, and her experience.

Another example from one of our kind is someone who once learned, in his youth, a specific Martial Art, and on one of his subsequent travels as a young man, he made the acquaintance of and for a short while trained with a certain lady of Asian origin. Though slim of stature and relatively slight of frame, this young lady could easily defeat him and several muscular men.

And yet she was also full of grace; elegant, cultured, well-mannered-not a woman trying to be masculine in a macho Homo Hubris type of way, just someone who had–according to a tradition, a living culture she was part of–developed her potential and specific skills while retaining and enhancing what she was doing and this is what made her feminine.

In short, she had gained a natural inward balance and skills, and this balance differed significantly from most other women around her. However, to the causal observer, she did not outwardly appear that different.

This is the type of woman who could put a specimen of Western Homo Hubris in his place. The kind our societies need. A new female archetype, if you will, different from the harshly competitive, materialistic, career-type women, and the ladette type, and the man-dependant, man-needing, lover/wife/mother type that Magian political correctness and capitalism seek to encourage, and also different from the men-imitating rather strident style that an increasingly trendy, Magian-derived, so-called feminism aims to foster.

Instead, our type of women is the type for whom personal honor is the key to living and dying, and who possesses attitude and skill enough to take care of and defend themselves, and take revenge, without relying on the law or others, and who does not, unconsciously or otherwise, need a man to make her happy or fulfilled.

This is someone who is not a slave to their desires, their feelings, their needs. Whose happiness, whose fulfillment, is her own, deriving from a consciously made and a consciously understood choice and who, having understood natural desires and feelings, is in control of them but who can enjoy and indulge herself as she pleases; and choose her direction, her goals, and even her sexual orientation. And also someone who has developed empathy, heightened intuition, and an awareness of and a feeling for the numinous.

In brief, an enhanced woman. A unique individual. Beyond predator and prey. Beyond wife, lover, and mother. Someone tough, skilled, and of inner strength, but still feminine.

The masculine archetype is undoubtedly not a pacifist either. The male archetype is equally someone whom personal honor is the key to both living and dying, and who–like the women of our type, our new breed–has attitude and skill enough to take care of and defend themselves, and take revenge, without relying on the so-called law or others. And someone who has empathy, intuition, and an awareness of and a feeling for the numinous. In brief, an enhanced, more complete man and a unique individual.

Beyond Old Aeon masculinity with its primitive doctrine of so-called ''might is right” and beyond the role of predator and prey. While challenging, someone who prefers combat to war because combat is a choice founded on honor, whereas war is the choice, the method, of some supra-personal entity, such as some State, some government, or some leader who expects subservience and obedience without question.

The masculine archetype is someone who naturally compliments and resonates with the new enhanced woman and prefers such tough yet still feminine women to the women of the species Homo Hubris. A partnership of respectful equals of man and woman, woman and woman, man and man, or woman-woman and man. Already a few such associations exist, aided and nurtured by such individuals having followed our Sevenfold Way or having lived and chosen the life of what we now term a Niner or Drecc.

These are the people–the men and women–who learn from personal experience, from pathei-mathos, and who willingly endure such experiences, and thus who develop a very individual personal judgment and a very individual personal character.

Adepts who have liberated themselves from causal abstractions and their effects, psychological and psychic, manifest as new archetypes arising from the wreckage of manufactured Magian causal abstractions.

We are not talking about pacifism, non-violence, or particular moralities here–only self-control and aims of presencing new ways of living. We are not talking about the cessation of desires or what-not. Instead, we are talking about managing, mastering, developing our instincts, and using them in a directed way to achieve some specific aim or goal, esoteric or exoteric.

We are talking most emphatically of choice, about individuals making conscious choices as individuals. We are also talking about acquiring and developing new skills, new arts of living, so that we become–we appear to be, to mundanes, to Homo Hubris – as the presencings of a hideous nexion.

That is a new species – orible dragones, baeldracas – emerging from the pit that leads to acausal Hell and thence to a Paradise at first here on terra firma and then on new worlds among the stars of our galaxy, and beyond. A Hell and a Paradise that have lain dormant within us for centuries.

A Hell and a Paradise that we can discover and experience by becoming unique sinister-numinous emanations, and becoming such emanations by living and by striving according to our Code of Kindred Honor, by individual exoteric and esoteric pathei-mathos and undertaking such esoteric striving as is waymarked by The Sevenfold Way.

 
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from Order of Nine Angles

Rounwytha Tradition

The muliebral tradition or principle forms the basis for the inner (esoteric) Way of the ONA and which thus is one of the core principles of ONA. In practical terms, and exoterically, this principle means:

  1. A recognition of the need to extend one's faculties by cultivating, developing, and using esoteric empathy (Dark-Empathy).
  2. The understanding that our Sinister Code applies without fear or favor – equally, without distinction – to men and women of our kind, and that our kind judges solely by their deeds and by how well they uphold kindred honor, and not by gender, sexual preference, or by any other Old Aeon categorization or prejudice.

Thus, this principle means, for instance, that the Vindex of ONA tradition can be a male or a female warrior. Esoterically, this tradition/principle expresses in the archetype of The Lady Master and the acausal form (the acausal entity) Baphomet, The Dark Goddess of ONA esoteric tradition to whom we offer sacrifices.

The Rounwytha tradition is the basis for our new sinister feminine archetype, for the new ways of living for women of our kind, and which methods of living involve:

  1. Women of our kind living by our Code of Kindred Honor who are ready, willing, and able (trained enough) to defend themselves and rely on themselves and therefore who possess the attitude and skill enough, or carry weapons enabling them to defeat a strong man or men intent on attacking or subduing them.
  2. Women of our kind place this personal code of honor before all laws made by some State, thus replacing the supra-personal authority of some State or institution with their own self-assured and individual sovereignty.
  3. Women of our kind rely on their judgment, a judgment developed and enhanced by pathei-mathos, by learning from direct practical experience, from tough challenges, and one's mistakes.
  4. Women of our kind are developing and using their natural, latent, empathic, and muliebral abilities, qualities, and skills, such as empathy and intuition.

The traditional Rounwytha, pre-ONA, and manifest in many traditional ONA nexions, can and should be the inspiration for new esoteric and thus archetypal forms.

Rounwytha is a guide and inspiration for women who desire to or who have liberated themselves from the restrictions of Magian abstractions, Magian-Nasrany made archetypes, and which abstractions include political feminism, since such feminists, for example, almost always act within the law as created by the State and often demand more State-made laws to ensure their so-called rights (political, social, economic, religious) and which notion of 'rights is itself an abstraction.

These express the unique, living, sinisterly numinous ethos of our unique living adversarial, defiant, and anti-State, kulture.

 
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from Order of Nine Angles

Muliebral

By the term muliebral, we mean: of, concerning, or relating to the ethos, nature (physis), the natural abilities of women—from the Latin muliebris.

Among muliebral abilities, qualities, and skills are:

  1. Empathy
  2. Intuition, as a foreseeing – praesignification/intimation – and as interior self-reflection.
  3. Charm
  4. Subtlety/Cunning/Shape-shifting
  5. Veiled Strength

These abilities, qualities, and skills are those of a Rounwytha, and they or some of them were clear, for example, and in varying degrees, in the Oracle at Delphi, in the Vestals of Rome; in the wise, the cunning, women of British folklore and legend; in myths about Morgan Le Fey, Mistress Mab, and Ἀμαζόνες; and in historical figures such as Cleopatra, Lucrezia Borgia, and Boudicca.

It is such skills, abilities, and qualities, and the women who embody them, that the Magian ethos (and its abstractions) and religions such as Nasrany, Islam, Judaism, and the patriarchal nation-State, have suppressed, repressed, and sought to destroy, control, and replace.

It is these skills, abilities, and qualities, and the women who embody them, that the distorted, Magian-influenced and Magian-dominated, Homo Hubris infested, Occultism and Satanism of the modern West – with their doctrines such as the patriarchal ''might is right'' or the vapid ''harming none'' of modern Wicca – have also suppressed, repressed, and sought to destroy, control, and replace.

 
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from City Cave Zen

by Dogo

At last week’s meeting, the Dharma talk/discussion was about how, contrary to popular belief, Buddhism is based not upon the Four Noble Truths, but rather the Three Marks of Existence (no self, or not self, impermanence, suffering). Tomorrow, (Sunday, August 1), we’ll discuss the Buddha’s declaration: “I teach only two things: suffering, and the end of suffering.”

#zen #buddhism #ScottishZen #DogoBarryGraham

 
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from Van Voorbijgaande Aards kleine Oorblog

Ost & Kjex – Son of a goat

Ik zocht op Youtube naar dit nummer. Op de Y tube krijg ik dan allemaal belachelijke video's die ik volgens de kenner kijkers graag zou willen bekijken. Stukken Koran, allerhande recepten, filmpjes met beestjes, videos van Boney M, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias of Dire Straits en zelfs onzin over wagens, vliegtuigen en andere nukkige vieze machines. Bij Youtube lezen ze mij ook al niet. Wat je ook krijgt zijn relax en inslaap muziek afspeelijsten volgens de teksten word je daar snel ontspannen van. Dit kan niet kloppen want die lijsten duren vele uren als je er zo lang over doet voor je in slaap valt hoef je niet eens naar bed te gaan.   Ik luister liever naar Ost & Kjex, ik word daar echt heel blij van. Geen idee waarom, maar daarom wel een klein eerbetoon met link naar een twee uur durende voordracht uit de Koran in het Chinees, maar niet heus.

Verwoording, omzetting en vertaling van : Ost & Kjex – Son of a goat (Feat. Haakon Kornstad)

Van & Vort – Zoon van een geit (Met Zuid Hornstad)

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https://youtu.be/7kAbuh2rr4w

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from The Psalms

Mastodon for iOS

Indeed, it is here. Essentially, Mastodon Commander-in-Chief Eugen Rochko and his team developed a whole, exceptional iOS app in the span of time it took me to write the third-party Mastodon iOS app showcase just before this item in The Psalms’ feed. If you’re new to this conversation, perhaps it’d be best to start in February of this year, with Eugen’s announcement of the “official” Mastodon app’s development on the official Mastodon blog. “We need an official Mastodon app that is free to download and that is specialized in helping new users get started on the platform,” argues Eugen, in response to feedback indicating “the lack of an app that carries [Mastodon’s] name in the app stores trips up newcomers.” My first thought regarding the idea of an app Specialized in onboarding cynically jumped to the assumption that such a design choice would result in a less-than-ideal experience for those of us who already call Mastodon our home. However, as a Patreon supporter of the Mastodon Project, I’ve had the privilege of testing the final result for the past five weeks, and I can tell ya… It is so much more than that.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=bD8GQvNrE7E

Onboarding

I’d like to offer the demo video embedded above as an unusually succinct (from me) demonstration of the delightfully well-considered onboarding process. I would go so far as to declare it the best all-around social network onboarding process currently available. Having very recently slugged through the official Twitter app’s equivalent, the frames greeting new Mastodon users within this app are unbelievably exceptional.

Onboarding in Mastodon for iOS

First, we’re presented with a list of Mastodon instances (servers,) organized by category. Those friends of mine to whom I’ve failed to “sell” Mastodon have cited server selection as a major obstacle of confusion and I can’t imagine a better means of addressing it than the tool offered by this app. It’s beautiful and fast in a way previous utilities – like instances.social – cannot be, especially for those most lacking in attention. Once we’ve chosen a server, we are immediately presented up front with a clearly readable document containing the “ground rules” set by its administrators. In my experience, these rules tend to be notably easy-to-understand and not open to interpretation, as if they were written primarily in the interest of community wellness rather than to construct a defense from legal action.

After we’ve agreed to the relevant terms of the server we’ve chosen, it’s on to account creation, which offers the options to which citizens of the social web have become accustomed – profile picture, username, email address, and password – but notably without the inexplicable errors exhibited for years in Big Social’s equivalent functions. Immediately following this frame, we are prompted to check our inboxes for a confirmation link. The explanation for my dramatic exclamation in the demo video comes down to Mastodon for iOS’ implementation of the operating system's intra-app linking function (with the syntax mastodon://,) which (in my experience) is hardly ever utilized correctly. The result is that I was able to click the incoming confirmation link within Outlook for iOS and then proceed within the Mastodon app instead of being bounced off to a web browser. This integration should not be remarkable, but – in the context of iOS development as it stands in 2021 – it most certainly is.

After confirmation, we are offered the option to explore the app’s “Find people to follow” function, which is informed by “a mix of most followed accounts and most-engaged-with accounts from recent times that post primarily in your language,” as Eugen explained in response to an earlier draft of this post. Indeed, the remarkably relevant results offered to me in the demo were not actually remarkable at all: I just know a lot of folks on mastodon.online – especially those who post the most. That's the whole bit! If you need “proof,” here is the finished result, but obviously, I would advise you download the app and try yourself. (It's a cliché, yes, but seriously... What do you have to lose?)

Advantages

One of the distinctly missing functions among the breadth of third-party offerings has been the ability to edit one's profile information from within the app. Mastodon for iOS addresses this in a particularly visually impressive way (see image embedded above.) Some also have yet to be updated with support for Polls, which the new app encompasses in a manner that puts Big Social's equivalents to shame. The ability to vertically drag individual options in the compose interface, for instance, reflects insight only gained by actually using these features. The result is definitively the best means of crafting a Mastodon poll, for what that's worth.

Polling in Mastodon for iOS

Shortcuts

As of this writing, Mastodon for iOS also includes Siri Shortcut support by way of a single action, entitled “Post on Mastodon.” Mostly in the interest of demonstration, I have created and published two Shortcuts around this action on RoutineHub:

  1. Mastodon Share” – a text-only Shortcut meant for the Share Sheet.
  2. Mastgur” – a more complicated Shortcut utilizing Imgur actions to get around the current Mastodon for iOS action's lack of multimedia support.

Siri Shortcuts for Mastodon for iOS

Mastodon friend Emma's customization of the latter is a great example of how quickly one can tailor these (and all other) Siri Shortcuts to their own particular use.

Challenges

As of this writing, coverage of the app’s release amounted only to a single news item from The Verge’s Adi Robinson, which notes the omission of local/federated “firehose” timeline views out of a desire to “reduce the potential for conflict with Apple.” (see: the Inc.’s blatantly inconsistent enforcement of its store policies in the past few months.) As a Mastodon user who does occasionally engage with my local and federated timelines, I find this decision reasonable considering the wellspring of third-party apps on iOS which do support said views and the app’s explicit focus on brand new, fragile users. My personal experience disagrees with Eugen’s description of these timelines as a suboptimal means of capital-D Discovery, however, considering I’ve found ~70-80% of the 600+ accounts I follow, there. (Though it should be noted that I do not represent any majority in my social media-specific preferences or behavior.)

Though the onboarding process’ people to follow finder is pretty darn stellar, I worry that our hypothetical new user has a high chance of landing on a more-or-less empty timeline. (For many, I’m sure this would be a welcome relief, at least initially.) A well-limited Local timeline view, at least, might prove a valuable upcoming addition. Regardless, I am 100% positive these omissions from the initial release version of this iOS app do not constitute some new ideological opposition to the greater concept of Federation.

Composition Details in Mastodon for iOS

Naturally, a recurring complaint about the app is already surfacing in hashtag iOS on the Fediverse: no multiple account support?! Perhaps you’ve already written me off as a mindless devotee, but – especially after exploring the whole breadth of Mastodon apps available on iOS (all of which support multiple accounts) – the significance of this omission as a target for gripes seems laughably minuscule. Considering I have yet to delete any of the 20 apps I tested, I personally feel pretty well covered when it comes to checking my (embarrassingly numerous) alt accounts. It’d be one thing if longtime users/powerusers were left wanting for available apps designed for us, but we have a more diverse, quality palette to choose from than any other social media protocol. To decry this app – which was explicitly designed from the very beginning for new users – for skipping a function offered by more than a dozen alternatives is patently absurd. If you’ve got multiple accounts you feel the need to check regularly, order them by frequency, authenticate all but number one in the free, dependable Amaroq, and save Mastodon’s new app for your main.

Delights

The “relentless originality” I spoke of in my third-party showcase is no less exemplified in this first-party Mastodon app. Its color palette is a welcome departure from Tootsuite’s (the mother web application,) while still remaining definitively recognizable. The artwork dispersed throughout the app is adorable, as you’ve seen, and its bespoke audio player is without a doubt my favorite of such devices.

Mastodon for iOS Audio Player

Custom audio notifications especially stood out among those third-party apps, so the project-sourced app’s inclusion of the iconic Mastodon “boop” is yet another small inclusion that adds a surprising amount of substance to the whole experience.

Though quite specific to myself and the few other iPhone users who regularly command our handsets with physical keyboards, the Mastodon app’s inclusion of Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts provoked a moment of true euphoria when I first discovered them. As per my ‘iPhone and the Bluetooth Keyboard project, I have bestowed upon Mastodon for iPhone semi-officially “our” Universal Clacker Award for its consideration of us “full keyboard-strapped cellular phone users.” (As of this writing, the award is just a “trophy.”)

Mastodon for iPhone - Universal Clacker Award

Mastodon for iOS Keyboard Shortcuts

Action Key
Open Compose Window ⌘ + N
Send Toot ⌘ + Return
Home Timeline/Refresh Timeline ⌘ + 1
Explore Tab ⌘ + 2
Notifications ⌘ + 3
Favorites ⌘ + F
Settings ⌘ + ,

An important consideration to inform the perspective through which we analyze such an app, I’d argue, is that this app could have been very bad. Those who bewilderingly measure the success of social networking services/protocols by their profit growth viability, alone, may well suggest it should have been bad. Had it been just mediocre, half-assed, and/or full of bugs, I’m sure I would still have paused everything to write and publish this review. The reality, though, is nothing less than exceptional. Unlike some of the third-party examples I discussed, I would argue Mastodon for iPhone to be an “objectively” excellent piece of software in that I cannot imagine any one sort of iPhone user not finding it refreshing in some way.

https://twitter.com/neoyokel/status/1421466191781052423

I would sincerely worry for the person who feels nothing at all from the artwork, the bespoke UI, or the general care exhibited in its craftsmanship, but they wouldn’t have exhausted reasons to use it. From the very first beta release I installed to the first release version pushed to the App Store just yesterday, the app has never crashed, and the single bug I encountered was documented and fixed before I had time to begin a feedback report. While Twitter’s official iOS app does include a few Siri Shortcuts actions, they are all made immediately useless by a universal command to open the app, itself. Remove the obsessive insistence that any/all functions only be performed with your app in focus – even when it surely makes no difference to your ad tech mechanism – and you have Mastodon’s single action, “Show When Run” toggle included.

I’m not sure what I expected from an “official” Mastodon app upon first reading that winter blog post, but what I’ve been delivered is quite a gem. Regardless of how its specific feature omissions may strike your ideological organ(s,) you cannot deny that great time and energy was invested in this app.

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from ugichapla

I have been writing on micro blogging sites like Twitter and LinkedIn since past few years.

Being there and writing consistently is something that is important when it comes to writing online and gain attention.

Writing on social media feels essential in instances of that attention one seeks. And it is all a fair game. The most common secret that every expert and proven player on social media talks about blockbuster content is 'finding a niché'.

There are two ways to find a niche largely. One is you can keep doing something, keep talking in front of camera and see what catches eyeballs. Then check for the stats and iterate what works. The other way is you find your calling and that majestically matches with audience's attention.

That is most lucky and equally rare case. Most creators—writers, video creators, podcast creators etc., go through the first route and that takes consistent efforts and time.

In my case I feel like I'm in most initial phase of that struggle and that too for like three years now. Keeping an open slate to learn new things and constantly searching for hooks to work things out that's what it takes.

What is your checkpoint on that road?!!

#ugichapla #niche

 
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from Jake LaCaze's blog

photo of notebookPhoto by Yannick Pulver on Unsplash.com

I entered college knowing only that I wanted to write for a living.

I had accepted that I wasn't going to support myself on the paperback royalties of novels I would never write. Technical writing sounded unimaginative, and I'm not sure my university offered such a program anyway. Therefore, journalism seemed my only option, so I stepped onto campus as a journalism major. By the end of my first quarter, I had switched to Undecided, as I then had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but journalism was not part of those future plans. Fast forward to 2021, and I doubt anyone would say with a straight face that I made the wrong decision. But I can say with the straightest of faces that I made the right decision for the wrong reasons.

I don't remember much of my time in Journalism 101 other than I got an A for the course. In terms of writing, the most practical takeaway was to lead with a hard-hitting point and then follow with the details and backstory. I didn't immediately realize how this method could also apply to fiction, the best example I can think of being the opening of Choke by Chuck Palahniuk:

If you're going to read this, don't bother.

After a couple of pages, you won't want to be here. So forget it. Go away. Get out while you're still in one piece.

Save yourself.

There has to be something better on television . . .

Those opening lines may not have given me many concrete details about the story that followed, but they gave me enough to get the feel. And I was immediately hooked.

In my journalism course, I quickly discovered I did not want to engage in strictly fact-based writing with no obvious way to inject at least a part of myself into my writing. (I never claimed to be a selfless writer.) I had not yet discovered the likes of Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, or Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, though I doubt these discoveries would have made much difference, because I also left journalism for more practical reasons.

As I've already stated, I don't remember much of the lectures from Journalism 101, but I do remember something I never experienced in any other entry-level course, which highlights one of the failings of higher education.

Every couple weeks or so, Dr. Blick welcome journalists to share with the class their experiences in the field. The topics ranged from the humorous, as in the case of a now fellow alum whose typo in the school paper made its way to Jay Leno's Headlines segment (She referred to a play version of Lean On Me as Leon On Me), to groundbreaking, as in the case of Leesha Faulkner, who uncovered the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a state agency dedicated to derailing the Civil Rights movement.

Despite the diversity in perspective and experience, I heard the same things repeated:

You work really hard. You have no security. You never see your family. You make no money. But it's great.

I didn't need to take on student loans just to be broke. After accepting I had no clues what I wanted to do, I tried my hand in computer science, only to crash and burn and then settle on a marketing degree.

In the name of being a real adult, I mostly abandoned writing, save for a handful of short-lived blogs here and there over the years. Within the last three years, I've started focusing on writing again, starting with dipping my toes back into fiction. I've studied the craft as I never had before, with a more open mind.

I've now read books on screenwriting and have marveled at how much a screenwriter must convey with so few words. Previously, I didn't realize how much the writer directs certain details, holding everyone's hand in the process.

Studying copywriting is another study in communicating efficiently. The best slogans are simple. They require no explanation. They're like jokes: If they require explanation, then they're not effective. You remember effective slogans because they slide off the tongue and have a certain rhythm. These are some of the reasons the most nonsensical song lyrics can lodge themselves into our brains.

From studying technical writing, I've learned the values of knowing when to holds readers' hands and when to squeeze tightly. I now see that a career of explaining complex issues in oil and gas title has taught much of the same. And I've also learned that most people who say they don't have the time to hold someone else's hand through an issue most likely lack the knowledge and awareness of how to do so and also have no desire to learn how.

I've been asking myself recently what is the strand that ties all writing together. What is the one similarity? The unifier, other than a need to communicate?

And, as we speak, my answer is: persuasion.

The angle of persuasion is obvious for some fields, such as legal writing, in which briefs are intended to persuade a judge to rule in a client's favor. Sales copy aims to persuade you to make a certain purchase. Business emails persuade recipients to act—or maybe they persuade that no action is needed. Even research papers should aim to persuade, as we don't have to look too hard around us to see that facts alone are not enough. If nothing else, I have to persuade you that my facts are more accurate than your facts.

But what about fiction? Where's the persuasion there?

In fiction, authors are trying to persuade readers that this fake world with these fake people in these fake scenarios contains some sort of truth worth their time. Authors want to convince readers that this person in this situation would act or feel a certain way.

And sometimes the persuasion takes a different angle, such as in the case of some of the best tellers of tall tales, the ones who stretch the truth—or, in some cases, discard the truth completely—and leave us doubled over, hoarse from laughing through the tears. Sometimes writers persuade us not to care about reality so much.

I know I have few—if any—original ideas, but I recently realized that the point of this post isn't original even in regard only to my thinking, as I shared the picture below in a previous edition of Emergency Coffee, my monthly writing newsletter:

quote from Anthony Doerr

In the past, I abandoned writing because I failed to see the similarities among the separate disciplines. I also failed to see that there is no down side to being a better writer. Even if you never make a penny directly from your writing, the thought and effort required to improve as a writer likely benefit you in less obvious ways.

Now, if I read something as mundane as the back of a shampoo bottle, I no longer brush it off as an irrelevant form of writing. Instead, I wonder why certain things were done certain ways and then ask if or how my own projects could benefit from those methods. This way of thinking makes me a more open-minded writer than I was when I set foot on that university campus all those years ago.

 
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from Wu Wei Wyrd

Equanimity

Pleasant feelings don't go away because of doing something sinister or because of doing or not doing anything at all. Pleasantness passes like everything else because everything passes, as is the nature of change.

Everything causal rises to a sense of existence, and it then passes onward: all feelings, thoughts, species, places, things, conditions, health, creatures, fears, stars, events, pains, hopes, time, beasts, pleasures, planets, concepts, and all sensations, etc. Every-thing.

Following a chain of causality from no-thing-ness to some-thing-ness and then to the void again, all things appear and disappear. Anything can always happen at any time to any thing, as this is the nature of every thing.

Remembering this in the face of adversity is to Presence equanimity. It is inception to the perception of the bornless and silent One (s) who speak, the nameless species: (The) Being (s).

 
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from Fullstack Thaumaturge

If your computer fits in your pocket it's not a real computer.

If you can't install GNU/Linux, BSD, or any other operating system of your choice it's not a real computer.

If you have to opt out of having your location tracked, it's not a real computer.

If you need more than a screwdriver and a steady hand to upgrade it, it's not a real computer.

If it doesn't have at least four USB ports, an Ethernet jack, and a 3.5mm audio jack, it's not a real computer.

If you can't compile your own software on it, it's not a real computer.

If it doesn't provide a command-line interface, it's not a real computer.

If you need somebody else's permission to use it, it's not a real computer.

TL;DR: general purpose computing without DRM or GTFO!

 
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from Fullstack Thaumaturge

I've decided to start turning my phone off when I'm at home and not working. I don't feel obligated to be “available” to anybody who wants to call me, and if I want to dick around on the internet it's probably better for my eyes and hands to do so on a real computer—and it's easier to block ads on a desktop machine.

Besides, the only calls I get lately are robocalls. Even my mother has finally learned not to call me, though it would be nice if she learned to treat me as an adult and show the same respect for my wife that my late father insisted I show for his.

 
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from The New Oil

Once, I saw a Reddit post where someone asked something along the lines of “I’m moving into a new apartment soon, how can I check for hidden cameras?” While hidden cameras and sextortion are a real thing to be worried about, the nature of this particular concern raised a red flag in my head and I thought this might be a good topic for a sanity check. For those who are new, “sanity check” is a term coined by Michael Bazzell that basically means “step back, take a deep breath, and make sure you aren’t going too far overboard and negatively impacting yourself.

Why Do People Spy?

In a world where your washing machine wants to know your contacts and your TV wants to know your neighbor's WiFi SSID, it’s easy to fall into the idea of thinking that everyone is out to collect every single piece of information about you just because, but the fact is that these stories are the exception rather than the norm. News, by definition, is news because it’s unusual. We don’t print stories about the hundreds, thousands, or millions of commuters who made it home each night on their way home from work, only about the ones who didn’t (and honestly traffic collisions after work have become so common those don’t even really make it to print anymore).

That’s not to say that data collection itself is unusual. Just a quick look through the privacy labels on the top apps for Apple’s App Store show that excessive data collection is quite the norm. What I am saying is that none of these apps are collecting all that data “just because.” They have a reason. In some cases, the reason is justified: it’s to know what features are popular or detect and fix crashes. In most cases, the reasons are not: it’s to know more about you to serve you ads. But the point is that these apps aren’t sucking up every piece of information about you just because they have the technical ability, they’re doing it to because they plan to use that data in some form or fashion.

Deep Dive: Examining the Redditor’s Question

This brings us to the apartment question. “How can I check my new apartment for hidden cameras?” The Original Poster (OP) made no indication that they had any reason to suspect hidden cameras – they didn’t cite any sort of clause in the lease or any odd behavior out of the landlord. They simply took it as a given that because they were moving into a new apartment that there was a risk of hidden cameras. Now, as I said, there is certainly a risk here just as I risk getting struck by a car every time I go near a road, but the fallacy here is that OP was making the assertion that the risk existed simply because the capability was there. “I did not have access to this space prior, and everybody is spying all the time just because, therefore there might be cameras here.” The question OP failed to address was why there might be hidden cameras.

Let’s start by examining a common myth: most hidden cameras don’t transmit data unless they’re specially designed and relatively pricier. The key word here is “relatively.” A quick search on Amazon (I plan to shower after this post simply for even looking there) for “cloud cam” shows nanny cams that look like smoke detectors, external hard drives, or even ones that are the size of your fingernail and meant to be concealed that all can connect to your phone in real time or transmit data to a cloud server for review later and range in price from $40 to $200 USD. This is not terribly expensive. However, another search for “hidden camera SD card” shows the most expensive option at $40, and most of these are designed to be completely invisible and hidden inside something like an existing fire alarm or air vent. As a busy and underpaid housekeeping staff at a hotel, it would be faster and cheaper for me to buy one of these $20 cameras and stick it in a hidden place, then in between guest stays I can simply dump the footage and put it back, ready to record the next guest. Plus since most camera services wouldn’t be self-hosted or zero-knowledge, that means by using a cloud-based camera you run the risk of getting in trouble if the company sees your content – or more likely, having your data deleted because of violation of the Terms of Service. If you get caught and reported, the company could have copies of the evidence.

More important even than the cost is the scale. At a hotel, I can expect to see a new guest at a frequency ranging from every night to every week (on average), and I have dozens if not hundreds of rooms to pick from. I’m CERTAIN to get footage of an attractive, naked woman who checked in under her real name who I can then blackmail for money, which is almost always what these particular scams are about. And with dozens or even hundreds of hotel employees, even if you report the incident that’s a lot of time and resources spent trying to pin down exactly which employee planted the camera and took the footage. I don’t mean to inject my personal political opinions here but point blank: the cops don’t care and neither does the hotel. The cops don’t have the resources to investigate one rando’s grainy nudes and the hotel will simply fire the person they suspect – who can quickly move onto another job because of the high turnover of entry-level positions – and issue a stern warning to everyone else. Ultimately, the risk is worth it to some.

Now here’s the most important part, the question OP didn’t ask: “why would I find hidden cameras?” All that scale of a hotel scam falls apart when we’re talking about renting an apartment. Even putting aside the price of hidden cameras, you have one “room” with one (or a small few number of) guest(s) who stay for months or possibly years at a time. Not to mention you have a very limited number of people who have access to the space: the office staff and a couple maintenance guys if we’re talking about a corporate property. If we’re talking a private landlord, they’re probably the only person with consistent access. This means you’ve got one person (or a very small number of people) who can be easily blamed and reasonably sued and the odds of renting to that one person who’s worth blackmailing is almost nonexistent. You might get a dude (male nudes aren't typically highly sought after) or someone considered unattractive by conventional standards. Even if they are attractive, part of the effectiveness of the scam comes from the idea that I'll publish this footage attached to your real name, and if you're traveling you're likely a professional who doesn't want that showing up on a Google search. Renting a home to randos, your odds of finding that professional are also less common. If any landlord actually tried this scam, I’d laugh hysterically reading the article about their trial.

I’m not saying it doesn’t happen. I’ve read the Florida Man stories. Epic stupidity certainly exists. I’m just saying that we’ve now gone from the likelihood of “I might get hit by a car every time I get near a road” to “I might get attacked by a shark while visiting the aquarium.” The answer to the question “why would I find cameras” is “you probably wouldn’t.” You might argue that the landlord might place cameras to prove property damage, and sure that’s possible, but the risk just doesn’t seem worth it. They already have a lease saying you’re responsible for anything that happens to the property between the date you move in and the date you move out, there’s no need for cameras. Again, people don’t spy just because they can. That’s just time and money wasted on buying a camera, placing it, making the paperwork legal (or risking a lawsuit if they don’t), recovering and managing the data, etc. It’s easier just to take you to court and go “here’s the lease with their signature.”

The Larger Picture

Let me be clear: I don’t think OP was stupid to ask that question. I’m glad that they think outside the box and consider the possibilities and ask when they’re not sure. But the bigger idea I wanted to share with this story – and what I hope OP learned that day – was the title of this post: people don’t spy just because. There’s always a reason. Again, often that reason is invasive, but the moral I wanted to impart here is that next time you find yourself thinking some extreme threat model thoughts – like “what if a hacker takes over my car while it’s on the highway?” for example – take a moment to ask yourself “why would they go through all the trouble?” Sometimes the answer is “because there’s money to be made and it’s easy.” But sometimes, the risk and the work just isn’t worth it. Again, surveillance is real and common and ubiquitous and far too overreaching. But when it comes to the high-level stuff, remember: people don’t spy just because.

 
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