Not sure if anyone is interested in tabletop RPGs around here, but I just released one. For certain values of tabletop, anyway: https://felix.plesoianu.ro/rpg/gng/
On a related note, it occurs to me that modern post-apocalyptic fiction basically says, "if we can't have civilization as we know it, then we can't have anything at all". Which amounts to the same.
On the one hand, time travel stories revolving around attempts to preserve history as we know it saves writers from having to make up believable counterfactuals, which is hard even for people who know their stuff.
On the other hand, it helped cement into the popular imagination the idea that we live in the best possible world.
When something goes wrong with software from some large corporation, users are likely to blame themselves and assume they have done something "wrong". When similar problems happen using small FLOSS projects, users are likely to curse the developers.
The success of commercial software has a lot to do with the power dynamics. The user has to conform to the conditions set by the all-powerful publisher. But with FLOSS things are more equal and assigning blame is messier.
Ours was now a country in which the cost of replacing a broken machine with a newer model was typically lower than the cost of having it fixed by an expert, which itself was typically lower than the cost of sourcing the parts and figuring out how to fix it yourself. This fact alone virtually guaranteed technological tyranny, which was perpetuated not by the technology itself but by the ignorance of everyone who used it daily and yet failed to understand it. To refuse to inform yourself about the basic operation and maintenance of the equipment you depended on was to passively accept that tyranny and agree to its terms: when your equipment works, you'll work, but when your equipment breaks down you'll break down, too. Your possessions would possess you.- Edward Snowden, Permanent Record
Adam Smith, David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill believed that there was a limit to economic growth. The myth of unlimited economic growth dates only from the 1950s.
Don't stick a fork in books yet, my latest article on Teleread: https://teleread.org/2021/08/24/dont-stick-a-fork-in-books-yet/
Great to see "How to Fork a Book: The Radical Transformation of Publishing" by Mark Marino and Sarah Ciston - about their fork of Aesthetic Programming by me and Winnie Soon! https://markcmarino.medium.com/how-to-fork-a-book-the-radical-transformation-of-publishing-3e1f4a39a66c
Saying people should sacrifice themselves for the #community is like saying bricks should break themselves to keep the house standing. A house is *made* of bricks. Break enough of them, the house crumbles.
I want books with minority characters, disabled characters, LGBTQ characters, who have adventures like anyone else and being [whatever] is not ALL of their identity. Representation is a good thing but it shouldn't be the WHOLE of the appeal of the work.
Just a lonely orange cat watching the moon from the windowsill on a starry night.
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