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I wonder if, here on Micro.blog, there are people who would like to share their Spotify playlists? 🤔

I could make a @til account, save the playlists, and then link to that page as a directory of sorts. Then, maybe the page could be shared on TIL, Micro.blog, Twitter, etc. 🎶

Today I am grateful for the powers of recovery to which I owe my body more thanks than I can possibly give. Sometimes a short rest and some healthy food is all you need.

I’m looking forward to making big steps with @til and major house-tidying chores.

Working on @til makes me happy. Missed my own deadline (for returning to full activity) but still excited about the various things I’m lining up for imminent release.

This always makes me feel better. So very grateful to have found Micro.blog and everybody therein. 😊

The Social Media Morass – Frosted Echoes

I can’t pick a quote. Just read the whole thing because it is all entirely accurate.

Whilst online debate of real issues may be a source of positivity for some people the fact remains that it contributes nothing to the world.

Face masks play a very important role in places like hospitals, but there is very little evidence of widespread benefit for members of the public.

The NHS

More than past time for a formal introduction; good people of Micro.blog, my wonderful wife recently joined us: @clairewoods. Apparently my never-ending rambling about the platform had an effect. 😋

Limiting the Web in My Life

The literal cost of using the modern web slapped me in the face just now. It got me thinking…

This is one of those things that inspires me to think about what life would be like if I gave up being as involved with the web as I currently am.

I could save the desktop for mostly offline work, with limited access to the web saved purely for uploading/sharing stuff, and then rely mostly on mobile computing. This could fit in with spending more time outside, taking my new main computer with me, and generally avoid the muck of tracking-based platforms of services.

IDK… maybe becoming “anti-connected” to some degree. Essentially reverse my general trend of the past decade and switch much more of my focus to the people near me. I wouldn’t be anywhere near as involved with the web because I simply wouldn’t have the time or other resources, as part of an intentional decision to free myself of the misery that is the modern web.

However! I could still work on TIL. I mean, the beauty of Micro.blog is that I don’t have to sell my soul to really understand it, test things out, etc.

A lot of these thoughts have become possible thanks to moving to Firefox. Between the Containers feature and lack of focus on the Google silo, it really has helped me to think about what I am doing on the web through a lens of pragmatism and with a greater degree of transparency.

It’s time for me to think about this in a real way, to make changes that are practical. I actually think it will help a lot with TIL, since it lines up nicely with the philosophies upon which Micro.blog was built. In particular it’s the idea of a “good web”, in which we have the ability to control our online presence and not have to accept a life lived as little more than value-based data, a faceless thing there to be used for the efforts of other people to increase their ill-gotten gains.

This is a lot of meta-style talk, which I didn’t want to spend so much time on in public posts. However, it is a significant process for me on a number of levels and I would like to have a public record of my thinking as I go through the process of making the aforementioned changes over the next few months.