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one area of the museum was about appliances, but they had put them in living rooms and kitchens appropriate to the eras they came from, and typical of Norway. it was kind of strange to see what looked like places we've all lived in or visited, but as a museum exhibit. it sends home the message of the nature of industry and how it shapes all our lives, even if we think we're making individual choices.

the final exhibit at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology was about the future.

it opened with touch screen kiosks that used machine learning to predict your preferences and gave you an itinerary for the exhibits based on that.

in the middle of the room was a big screen with an animated talking 3D cat on it, that told the story of how democracy ultimately failed and then AI took over.

and the exhibit asked you to consider how good it had been at predicting what exhibits you enjoyed, and thus, how correct this prediction of the future was.

very much in touch with the Zeitgeist.

spent half a day at a museum of science and technology but only brought out the camera for one exhibit: this machine that automatically plays the violin, by literally putting a violin in there and having the machine play it, which is insane, yet also makes total sense.

just spent half a day at The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology with an old friend. then we sat out on the balcony and talked, since the weather was nice.

we don't see each too often since he had kids, but we chat a fair bit online, and occasionally, i manage to get him out of the house.

he works in IT, but his career is a mirror image of mine.

i focused on programming with free software, he focused on operations with Microsoft software.

but we're not so different, really.

(photos from GIS since i was too busy examining the exhibits to take my own)

just read a story in the news about a mother who did everything right for her kids except earn money.

she was on welfare and was struggling a bit mentally. this triggered a chain of events in which her anxieties and dismissive attitude toward the authorities kept making the authorities think she wasn't taking care of her kids.

this kept escalating, with child protection services applying more and more force, and her resisting it more and more to protect the kids, but the system crushed her and took her kids from her.

that sounds exactly like what happened to my sister. she wasn't neglecting or abusing her kids. but she was neglecting her "responsibilities" to the establishment, because she was taught to think independently, and you're "supposed" to be over that "phase" by the time you start having kids.

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The complement of solarpunk, permacomputing, and minimalist computing is the ‘great brickening’.

It is when it will not just be morally necessary to use low powered, old or long-lived computers.

It is when all these new bricked PCs will be unusable, and there will be no other way, except to use permacomputers.

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i think here's something i noticed.

people aren't really that concerned with each other.

they are, to *some* extent.

but they're mostly concerned with themselves.

me?

i'm concerned with people. people in general.

and when i notice that people are just concerned with themselves, i feel mad at them.

if you're always waiting for people to come to you, or reeling them in because you want something from them, you don't really care about people.

if you ask a stranger in your neighbourhood what they're up to, or take time to listen to a homeless person's story, *then* you care about people.

but people in all walks of life are depraved in all sorts of ways, so they don't know what compassion means. they're too busy feeling sorry for themselves.

i couldn't afford that luxury, so i had to reach out and talk.

and when you do that, people generally start thinking of you as useful to their material purposes.

it's very rare that i meet people who actually want to connect on some deeper level.

i've tried being brainy and i've tried using my gut, and both are telling me the same thing. most people only interact on a superficial level.

but there are cultural differences. immigrants seem less superficial and touch grass a bit more. they actually feel a bit more human to me. maybe it's because they couldn't take things for granted, so they had to learn to talk to people.

if i had a reality TV show in which i acted completely naturally and uninhibited, it would be called The Angry Therapist.

the problem with being so direct is that it's brutal.

and i know that.

so i control myself.

that's really what life is feeling like lately. as if it's a game of hide and seek, and i'm it. but the game i'm playing is seek and seek.

sometimes i'm tempted to just ask people flat out.

"excuse me? i've tried being friendly to you. i've tried being distant. i've tried leaving. i've tried entering. i've tried sitting. i've tried standing up. i've tried speaking. i've tried listening. i've tried eye contact. i've tried looking away. what is your problem? 😡"

a woman i ran into at a bar rejected the idea of seeking natural things.

"just because it was like that in the stone age doesn't mean it has to be like that now."

which isn't quite what i'm arguing for.

whatever piece of my inner puzzle it is i'm missing inside of me, it must be pretty rare to miss it, because there are very few people on this planet that have come close to completing it. i seem to have a lot in common with psychotherapists.

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Artists be like "I hate NFTs they're made by horrible people only concerned with money. My dream is to work at Nickelodeon"

one of the most genuine things i know is my cat. beyond that, things get hazier.

in a way, crypto is a scheme in the same way money is a scheme. it's just about the source of authority. the lack of central authority and the proliferation of coins causes certain issues. authority is ultimately about trust, and trust comes from reputation.

i was watching the police detaining a person today and noticed another guy doing the same thing. he seemed mindful. when he noticed me, he smiled, said "psychiatrists!" and left. i'm not a professional psychiatrist but i'm into mindful people watching now, which is similar to what a therapist does.

i think if the GPL was designed around the Norwegian law system instead of the American one, it would be a much shorter document.

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