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12 Oct
It's really weird to me that the most enduring trope of cyberpunk stories is the one we have absolutely no evidence for being worth talking about: interfacing with technology compromising your humanity in some fundamental way and that actually mattering to you or anyone.
The march of neoliberal privatization slowly turning every cultural problem to a market solution? Nah, who cares. Not a relevant genre marker.

Man being as interchangeable and replaceable as machines in the eyes of corporations and the State? Nope, irrelevant.
But dudes with sweet robot legs being real sad they can walk again because something something technology bad? Oh yeah we can groove on this, baby.

Weird queers getting gene splicing tech or cool nanoparts or whatever? Ooh, scary. Decadent. Weimar Germany yada yada.
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19 Jun
Reminder that science and engineering require resources, and therefore under capitalist hegemony will always be somewhat ideologically captured and corrupted by profit motive.
This tweet brought to you by hearing someone uncritically repeat the idea that Moore's "Law" has been somewhat disproven by unforeseen engineering limitations. As though the slow to incremental growth in consumer technologies wasn't completely intentional.
Slowly grinding out tiny steps in technology rather than making astronomical leaps is a STRATEGY. And as capitalism asserts its hegemony globally, public funds aren't what they used to be as corporate vultures cannibalize our governments for parts.
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19 Jun
I think all the time about how we probably could have completely nipped the pandemic last April if we had ever managed a consistent 75-80% lockdown for even just a month.
No real support for that was ever on the table with the people in power. It wouldn't have been hard, it wouldn't even have interrupted profits all that much. Instead we turned the whole globe to a charnel house so some fucking millionaire could keep making safes or whatever.
But, honestly, I don't think it's all on the people in charge. We were far too complacent to their demands, on balance. The auto plants in Detroit were shut down by wildcat strikes. We should have seen a whole lot more of that energy last year.
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17 Jun
Hokay y'all. Bout to make a serious pivot here. Until now the plan to save money for our move this Fall involved gig delivery. Gig work is hell on my ADHD, autistic brain tho. So, I've changed the plan. I will be returning to an old seasonal job and make the money that way.
However, that means I need to make a little miniature move to get there. It's not a long drive, but it's long enough I will need more gas money than I have in order to get there. I also need some funds for living expenses to make that first payday. So, I am going to ask for help.
Just need a little bit to get thru that first part, and then you better believe I am going to pay that newfound financial stability forward. If you want to lend us the hand we need, as always you can send donations thru ko-fi.com/Firekeepers

Thanks for all your help, everyone.
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