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_refugee_  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

They took out my grandmother's tumor and now she doesn't have cancer anymore. To compensate, my mom totaled her car (now bringing the number of my immediate family members who have totaled 2+ cars up to 3) and my one cousin who's my age and has had a serious on and off heroin problem since before I started smoking pot has been disappeared for two months. Don't worry, cops are on it.

I mean, if I'm going to go to a funeral that's not my grandmothers, I can admit one for the long-time heroin addict with a criminal record who used to rob her family for drug money because she knew they wouldn't call the cops on her is, well...at least a predictable option.

PM sent. Btw, anyone else interested enough to seriously inquire - right now my goal is simply "make backstock to sell," which also means that I have nothing to stop me from dedicating efforts to commission projects or, in other words, any sure sale.

Thanks! Future goals include re-booting the Etsy store but I need to create a lot more paper first. Backstock, natch?

Awesome prospects on the papermaking front, though - I found this place in BMore that offers studio time to rent, and the group's primary artistic focus revolves around paper crafting - book making, paper making, printing presses, etc, etc etc - it's only a 2 hour drive from me! This Wednesday I'll be going to a workshop there. I'm excited, I think it's time to see what other techniques and advice I can start to pick up from people who've moved on from being amateurs.

_refugee_  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are your favorite movies?

I have interesting taste but:

The House of Yes - Parker Posey, a young Tori Spelling, basically a great small cast doing a movie of a play (well-done movies of plays are a favorite)

From Dusk Til Dawn c'mon right this movie is awesome

House on Haunted Hill - 1999 remake

The Big Lebowski - Always a classic of course

Security - not even. Moderation? Si. Barriers to participation? Si. Enforced distance? Siiiiii

I actually don't know mine, but it's not because I use some fancy password manager. One time I got drunk and changed it to a string of random letters and numbers I don't know.

For what it's worth, same deal with my Facebook.

But hey! Can't hurt to make those reqs any bit more stringent, could it? Another barrier to entry for new users, why not? Hubski doesn't force log outs ever so no one existing would be impacted.

So I could just buy/spawn/recruit/sock puppet a billion accounts and immediately activate them, as long as I'm in possession or control of a hoarded-badge account?

Jw, what're the current password requirements? In all honesty this loophole is probably too nefarious and Machiavellian to see much use, but I'll point it out there.

1) Does it truly create an echo chamber? Based on my experience, I'm not inclined to believe that if we closed the population of Hubski today, I'd be surrounded by individuals who generally agree with me and shore up my pre-existing opinions -

2) If it does create an echo chamber, can an argument be made that echo chambers have their time and space? In other words, to argue all echo chambers are bad is to argue that we should never surround ourselves with those we agree with, but only constantly (exhaustingly) challenge ourselves with the company of those who hold firmly vastly different views;

3) What is the positivity you are hoping to bring to "the situation" aka I guess Hubski which is absent in a closed community? What are the benefits of new users?

4) Great. Now let's compare the benefits to the cons. Does an open community really bring significantly more net positive to Hubski than a closed one, considering the hefty drawbacks?

5) ultimately, I think the answer to this sort of questioning, and where mk will find his decision, is to ask (yet another question): What is the intent of Hubski? If the intent of Hubski is to foster intelligent discussion among a group of people who have casually grown to know each other and could, in a closed community and given interest and time, become very tight-knit indeed, then close it. If the intent of Hubski is to provide artists and original content creators a place to showcase their work, well, closing the community's really going to fuck that goal apart. Previously, Hubski expressed an interest in the latter, obviously through features like DVH, less obviously in a sort of expressed ethos of the founding team. However, I'm not convinced that in the great previously, the founding team had necessarily an articulated, deliberate, basically planned and conscious role which they wanted to play - I think more that they got together, threw shit together, thought of things they thought would be cool, and loaded them all in there. Over time that did cause the website to develop in a certain direction but that doesn't mean that's how it should've developed, how the website may be best used or appreciated, etc, etc, etc.

If Hubski is a place to hang out and talk with friends, an internet "3rd space," then I quite see the rationale and support closing it down to at least some extent.

If Hubski is trying to build its share of the internet (an approach I do not support), they should keep 'em wide-wide open.

If Hubski's trying to create a digital community of artists, there needs to be a middle ground at least, maybe where you can see pages if you are not logged in but you cannot interact, or etc.

ON THE OTHER HAND, ABOUT THAT ARTISTIC ANGLE: Closing the community does relieve some pressure of sharing unpublished/draft/in progress or similar works with Hubski - I can't submit anything for publication basically anywhere if a version of it exists and is publicly accessible on the internet. It's a thing that's prevented me from sharing OC before. If Hubski closes borders, ironically, it could open up people's willingness to share their creations. Less chance of someone else trying to steal your work if only known, trusted users can see it, too.

Just some thots yo just some thots

Legal language is very precise. I kind of love its precision. In this context it makes perfect sense for meaning to hinge on a comma. - I have to deal with, recognize, and interpret similar subtle distinctions in language frequently (enough) as part of my Real Job.

_refugee_  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 15, 2017

1) I'm working on a 3rd & final Bookbinding, Yo! Post to go up between now and the 18th. Why the 18th? That'll be the 1-year anniversary of my original post.

2) My grandmother's having surgery to remove the tumor in her colon tomorrow morning. Send me - her - me & mine - whatever vibes, prayers, energies, burnt offerings, or other supplemental dietal powers you wish, and/or subscribe to.


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