I'm travelling and will be mostly offline for the next few weeks, maybe month.

See y'all again in June! Don't break the internet while I'm gone. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ––

@stephenthomas0 @sybren

I don't think the hypothetical unifying platform would/should come from Google. I doubt it'd be as free and open as it should be.

So nice to see more people using free and open source tools to produce creative work... and distribute it, too! There's a good article by Roxanne Ritzke over on Opensource.com about her process: red.ht/2pwhQPP

@xor "If you're not paying for it, you're the product (unless it's FOSS)." does not exclude the possibility "Sometimes when you're pay for it, you're still the product."

It just says that if you aren't paying for it, it's more likely that you're the product.

@sybren @stephenthomas0 Especially since Signal can also serve as an SMS app. So for those people who don't use Signal, you can use it to send SMS, and for the ones who do have Signal, you can send encrypted Signal messages.

Please mark in your calendars: Next conference is 27-28-29 October in Amsterdam. More information follows in May. #b3d

@bkurdali I suspect that it must be true for a significant portion of the voters who elected the current US president.

For a multi-billionaire to be able to dupe people into thinking he is a "political outsider" who will "stand up for the little guy" there has to have been some serious brainwashing with neoliberal ideology going on, and for decades.

@bkurdali Oh, I certainly don't expect any progress let alone leadership on this front from the US any time soon.

Even seeing the US catch up to basic western European social standards seems unrealistic now.

As John Steinbeck put it: "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."


And market forces themselves come from a system that institutionalises human traits like greed and behaviours like exploitation and domination.

We've managed to erect institutions to reign in human traits like raging violence and murder to a significant extent. We've made naturally occurring behaviour like rape socially unacceptable (although there's still much work to be done).

But we haven't even begun to reign in greed - instead we've exacerbated them.

@bkurdali Of course - always.

Technology is merely an extension/multiplier of human traits.

The question is always: Which traits do we reign in and which to we reinforce?


"It's as if the goal of computer interfaces is to eliminate all human to human interaction."

Oh, absolutely. Not just interfaces but much of today's tech is proactively de-humanising in my view.

Very relevant article: theatlantic.com/technology/arc

I wish we were solving more pressing problems than how to automate all life away for maximum consumer zombie convenience.

WALL-E had the right idea.


I think you have a bit of a straw man argument going here.

To me it's quite apparent that by "the industry", most people colloquially mean "the AAA games and big-budget VFX industry".

Which in fact *is* relatively homogenous in the pipelines they use.

Indeed, "nobody uses Blender" is incorrect even then.

But claims like "The Blender Institute itself is in 'the industry'." is stretching it, imo.

I've waited sooo long for this! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ 's has finally been restored - and it looks better than I've ever seen it.

Can't wait to be able to see it in its full glory. <3


@zuggamasta Considering how the only time I ever use the German internet is the occasional visit to /r/de, I think I better stick to English. ๐Ÿ™‚
It's certainly more inclusive.

@bernhard Keine Ahnung was Ello ist, ansonsten stimme ich zu. ;)

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