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I am making a collection of short non-fiction again and calling it Littered Thoughts Vol. 2 and putting all of it in Notion.so for the time being. I plan on it being something like 25 pages (perhaps more) and I will design, edit, make everything nice before I get it up on Gumroad. Quite proud of Littered Thoughts (now Vol. 1) and these things get written anyway, so I may as well make little e-books out of them :)

Was a lazy Saturday, for sure. I wrote the article about socialism earlier, but that was more of a response to a video I watched and felt like writing about the subject (which turned into a 45 minute editing session). No complaints.

Editing. I edit most of everything I write (though, not always). I kinda keep things on track as I go so I do not have to do a whole lot at the end. The clarity in my writing helps that I am saying exactly what I want to say, and little else. This helps with the entire process. I can be very technical, which I am OK with.

Would I make a good editor?

I don't know. I certainly wouldn't want to fact-check and fix typos all day long. I would rather just work at a publishing house (or what have you) where the writers there were capable of doing their own research, fixing their own typos. That sounds crude, but honestly from everything I read/heard about authors and independent publishing houses (and in particular, the FIRST TIME authors) it tends to be the job of the author to fix any errors, typos, rambling sentences, etc. and to basically be their own editor. It is their body of work, after all.

I am not in that biz (yet), so I may be completely off base.

Namely, really interesting articles that I want to read again. I am also making boards on there for each section (higher education, making (tech products), etc.). Allegedly these boards are shareable, but I would probably have to create a Premium account to do so. Whatever.

It is few and far between that I find something worth saving (or even reading) in the press, and to be honest, they are not typically the highly-promoted stories that everyone has read. Just things I find interesting.

I watched an interview with Gar Alperovitz just now (historian, PhD Cambridge, influential political economist) and it got me to write a little (300-ish word) thing on Notion.so, and I want to make it into to legible article, but I am going to have to have more direction in what I am saying. More consistency in the wording. And more clarity in my words.

Working on this now ........................................................

According to Gar Alperovitz (historian, influential political economist, PhD Cambridge), the terminology for socialism has changed immensely over the past 150+ years in the America. The purest form for socialism that the United States has seen to date was in the form of the Worker Party in the late-Nineteenth Century with the rise of the Industrial Revolution. This was the movement that encouraged worker-owned business (large businesses, (smaller businesses are easier to be worker-owned)) to be the new norm given the increased power, utility, and scale of manufacturing in the United States. To have a unionized workforce that distributed earned wealth amongst the people who actually WORKED to bring the business to profitability. That, in a nutshell, would be a standard socialist model in terms of work.

Modern-day socialism in the United States tends to take on an entirely different meaning due to right-wing word-twisting and sound byte culture (that is my own term for common media, shallow reporting, and news that has no substance whatsoever). In fact, worker-centric approaches to socialism are all but lost in the media of America today. Instead, people hear socialism and think of a welfare state, government control, (further) concentration of power by those in office, etc. But this definition is unfounded, incorrect, and made marketable by politicians who are capitalizing on the sound byte culture, and EXPECTING the general public to not read deeper into what the term socialism actually means.

There are numerous things to be said about this issue and its terminology, but what I am encouraging is this (because it is the biggest component of change): be a better informed citizen. Don't take what is said in the common media as gospel and run with it. Do research. Teach yourself. Be discerning with even well-sourced materials. Make a difference.

The sun is out. It will get warm later (I hope). And I have the weekend to myself. I will try to keep myself as busy as possible.

That's about all for now

I can't use them. Nothing works on that service on mobile (incl iPad), and when I load up the first page and start to type in text, it overheats the processor of my RPi 4 because

A) it has a video auto-playing in the corner upon launch B) it insists on having moving info graphics to the right-hand side of the screen when all I wanna do is compose my text on the left-hand side of the screen C) everything is a bubbly, Tumblr-esque interface that chews through battery and RAM because apparently it is still 2012

The only good thing that came from that experience (after I turned off the Pi for four minutes and let the thing cool off) was that I got the idea that maybe a very LOW-fi, minimalist, easy-to-use survey building app is just what the world needs? Of course this would probably involve me needing to learn Rust or Ruby On Rails or some shit, so I am not going to bother with it for right now, but, the idea is there.

Maybe I will enjoy this playlist a little more now since it is playing on my headphones and there is no environmental noise, unlike before when I was playing it on the Google Home Mini and the sound waves were competing with the noise my neighbors were making in the apartment above me.

Been writing a great deal in my Notion.so journal. Earlier (about a half hour ago) I wrote (at length) about the pros/cons of this concentration vs that concentration for the AA degree. The gist of what the writing was about was; what are the most marketable skills to have after graduation from college? When I say marketable, I mean JOB market. I gotta say, I spent a good 5 minutes thinking aloud on what job I could possibly even apply for should I decide to make philosophy my concentration. Though, that is a concentration I am looking at. More realistically, I am looking at:

  • literature
  • (advanced) writing
  • cultural anthropology
  • research

I broke it down like this employers (in America, in 2019) are essentially looking for these traits in an employee:

  • disciplined
  • detail-oriented
  • intelligent
  • dedicated
  • can persevere

Suffice it to say, to go into a field like law, medicine, psychotherapy, chemical engineering, etc. then I would DEFINITELY have to graduate in one of those fields in order to even consider an occupation in that field. But I am not going to apply to one of those jobs.

So, there are a few (more than a few) types of positions that are applicable to the concentrations I mentioned in the first list, but they are VERY broad. I wouldn't even look into specific detail until later.

Might I say, LinkedIn can k.i.s.s. m.y. a.s.s. They rely on FAR too much personal information in order to only spam your inbox with offers from employers who haven't even bothered to look at your credentials. Another thing (and this is just me) is that every time I create a LinkedIn profile, something bad happens to me. Strange thing. Besides, I am more than capable of finding a GOOD job without some social network spoon-feeding me recruiters in order to link up and get a dead end corporate job where all the co-workers don't give a fuck about one another. Think small, I say ;)

Also, the coffee is delicious, the Classic Punk playlist is a total jam, and I am wide awake now.

Yay!

To get to a point where I never read the news again. That isn't to say I won't HEAR the news about what is happening in the world from other people in the world, but I am not gong to read the news proactively any longer. Likewise, the AA (Associates of Arts) degree I am seeking at STLCC is no longer going to have a concentration is Mass Communications (good thing I am making this decision now). Instead, I do not know what the concentration will be, per se. I cannot see myself 5, 10, 15+ years down the line writing about the fucking news and playing any role whatsoever in the sensationalized , disgusting media culture that has somehow sprung up in America. A writing-related concentration sure. One that focuses on literature or even the new (very small) category of Library Information Studies (LIB) even better. But not anything that is media-related.

Too much

(on Notion.so)

https://www.notion.so/olearyxyz/Private-Creation-As-A-Form-Of-Self-Fulfillment-11ef270dfb1240289fc13bec66403c85

And I am a little proud of it. Maybe it was because I was listening to great music while writing it. Maybe it is because I am both well-rested and wired on caffeine but I definitely took joy in creating this little piece of text.

(also Notion.so is pretty cool)

Now that I am used to the RPi being a presence in my living room, and being able to hop on the FULL-Desktop-World-Wide-Web, I feel liberated without having to be slouched over my phone for X amount of hours per day. The phone just...sits there. Not even tethered. Not even signed into my WiFi. It reminds me of the end-goal (in terms of technology use) that I want to have a feature phone, and not bother with smartphones anymore, and stick to the desktop enviro for everything that I do. And, as mentioned in the blog title, I am very hyper/wired at the moment. I had a large soda, then a coffee, then dinner, and now another soda :) While I was consuming all these (probably unhealthy) things I decided to set up my Google Home Mini, finally. I got it for free for paying for a month of Spotify and I am not terribly proud that I own one because everybody (in the information security world) just refers to home assistants as wiretaps, which is essentially what they are. It isn't the gov't. wiretapping your home, it is the mega corps of Silicon Valley. And Google makes no effort to respect anyone's privacy, either, because if they did it would be abundantly obvious the way that Apple markets their privacy-centric approach to technology. Apple is kinda safe, I suppose but I still take everything with a big grain of salt. Both are better (much better) than Amazon, in my opinion. I cancelled my Amazon account close to a year ago, and I couldn't be happier that I did so because it milked my money away from me faster than any other service ever has before. Plus the majority of what they sell is trashy, knock-off garbage. But the company, itself, gives not one fuck about its end user's privacy. Having an Echo or Dot or whatever shit they call their speakers is unheard of for my residence.

So, back to feature phones I want one. A Nokia 3310 because that is the classic feature phone that everyone knew and loved back in the day. The new one is much better, more advanced, of course. And I have mentioned this on my blog before (as well as to people IRL) that I do not use my phone in public, or around people. If I am oot and aboot, or if there are people I can socialize with I am doing just that. Aside from a quick check of an e-mail or something (at odd times, randomly), then the phone stays in my pocket. And being in the desktop-only environment on a daily basis is very appealing to me. I love it, in fact!

Anyway, this blog post has gone on long enough. Be back in a bit!

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