grey_jedi

grey_jedi wrote

I've got one of those ~50 gallon compost tumblers. Thanks to Black Solider Fly larvae, the compost have been incredibly nutrient dense and ready ~2-3x faster than without them.

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grey_jedi wrote (edited )

As you pointed out: a negative profit is a cost, so I wouldn't use profit in your argument.

Based on how you're using the word profit in your further explanations, I think your argument would be more clear if you change all the instances of the word 'profit' to 'benefit'.

In which case I would say, "well yeah there's a reason it's called 'Mutual Aid' and not 'One Way Aid'" lol

Aside from that, the only thing I would critique is the part about relationships being a benefit of mutual aid work, when its something that can happen in any social function where mutual interests align (concerts, workshops, conventions, schools, etc)

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grey_jedi wrote (edited )

If I do some bartering i.e. fix someones door and they give me food I have profited from fixing their door.

That's not necessarily profiting, though. What if your labor is worth more than the food they give you?

Since profit specifically means getting more of something than you put in, how are you measuring when a social benefit becomes profitable if it's value is obscured? Do you take into account the opportunity cost of participating in mutual aid vs other social functions?

Ignore that last question, I realized it's really not relevant to the critique .

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grey_jedi wrote

I don't get equating benefits to profits. Can you expand on that?

I know this is true for me, I am far more likely to be friends with or date someone who does mutual aid.

Now, is that not a clear profit? Often times in relationships people will help each other cleaning, moving, making food and other such things. I gain those benefits from that person largely in part from my mutual aid efforts.

Surely, like any participation in any social function, that's simply a benefit of circumstance? If I meet someone at a comic book convention and start a romantic relationship, I'm gaining the same perks of partnership as I would meeting someone at a Food Not Bombs event.

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grey_jedi OP wrote

Thanks for the insight!

One of the reasons I have been thinking about going to school again is because of getting past the thing I see in most job applications:

Required qualifications:

Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related field

Now I'm starting to realize that it's silly to waste years working towards a formal degree just to get past the Hiring Manager. Maybe I'll refresh my C and Python knowledge so that I can start making some projects for a portfolio or something

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grey_jedi wrote

Reddit is getting ready for IPO. I'm hoping that they make many more aggressive anti-user changes so that the platform starts to fail.

I'd like to not need to go on that site anymore for online communities about niche hobbies or interests.

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grey_jedi wrote

Assuming that you don't need the local DNS server to access devices/services on the businesses internal network, just change your computers DNS server to something else. Chances are, they haven't blocked Cloudflare's IPv4 1.1.1.1 DNS server or Googles 8.8.8.8

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grey_jedi OP wrote

Thank you for your analysis!

I think you're dead-on with my trouble of reconciling anarchist analysis with my own conception of my position in the world.

Do you know of any media (books, blogs, podcasts, etc) that covers letting go of expectations or anxiety of the future, whether it's from an anarchist perspective or not?

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grey_jedi OP wrote

I'm here one time only. I've got the privilege of seeing the inequities and having the ability to act upon the worlds. I'm not gonna save the world on my own, though I intend on enjoying myself in any endeavour I choose.

I'm trying to adopt this mentality, though I find it difficult often. I suspect that my current media consumption is mostly (unintentional) outrage porn, which I'll need to filter out.

Oh, as a suggestion, perhaps try being smug. It won't win you popularity, but friends and relatives hate that shit in a way that's hard to ignore ;)

Haha, I should try that. I'm usually on the receiving end of smugness. It would be gratifying to flip that on them

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