loukanikos

loukanikos wrote

Maybe I'm being too even handed about this but it feels clear to me there is no "right answer" on this issue so it seems really disingenuous to censure you under the implication that there is.

Kudos for standing your ground. These days a lot of left politics feels opportunistic; in this moment, I think we definitely need the kind of resolve you demonstrated here.

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loukanikos wrote

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I have been trying to make Spring Equinox a thing for two years now. This year I made a little poster and sent invites to people. I also made my partner wake up at 5am to watch groundhog day live. Completely artificial holidays though -- I haven't gone that far (yet).

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loukanikos wrote

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Very nice... Now it might be time to package it into a flask application and deploy it to heroku? Or something like that. Forget the taxes.

It is not enough to read about rolling of dice. One wants to roll the die and feel the thrill!

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loukanikos wrote

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This type of approach works a surprisingly high portion of time. I can think of a few instances where I've done this. Most recently to order a coffee device with a $9 discount. At first the discount was applied randomly, then it disappeared after my credit card was rejected (what can I say) but when I went back I was able to get the credit back again by adding URL parameters. I try to do this stuff all the time when frustrated tho so it's probably still only like a 5% success rate for me.

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loukanikos wrote

Is it me or did the coherence and rationality of this piece sort of wane as it went on?

Overall, I think he has several good points. However I just feel that maybe this needed to be teased out into several good pieces.

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loukanikos wrote (edited )

Well if you can afford a cabin in the woods, you might start looking at real estate but assuming you cannot... Maybe you could start with camping for a while. Not sure where you are but in the US there might be state land not too far away that you could camp on. You'd have to move camp every few days/weeks tho to not get corralled by a ranger (cop) so double check the regulations in the area.

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You could also check out WWOOFing which is where you sign up for farm work on other people's organic farms. Beware exploitative offers though.

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loukanikos wrote

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Something I just remembered this morning is that the intersection of Jesus stuff and tech is actually a lot. This topic trigged me to remember now an interview I read some time ago with a developer who made an iPhone app that was just a way to read the bible in Spanish. It was a paid app and I believe he netted something like a million dollars out of it.

The iPhone app gold rush seems to be over these days but I'm sure you could make money slinging christian stuff on the web in other ways. Hell, it's not tech but even those candles with catholic saints are big money where I'm at. There may be more opportunity in that knowledge than is immediately apparent.

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loukanikos wrote

Went down a really deep rabbit hole yesterday trying to learn if I could boil a chinese herb as a replacement for allergy medicine. I ended up spending an hour reading about nootropics and may have convinced myself I have undiagnosed AD[H]D?

anyways...

I'm fucking ready for the weekend. Gonna plant all kinds of veggies. I got this weird plant -- called morelle de balbis -- which is related to tomatoes but is covered in thorns and looks extremely alien. Extremely amped about it.

Hope everyone is thriving

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loukanikos wrote

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One maybe useful tidbit of context I can share is that an entry level tech support position (much like what I described as a possible avenue to junior developer) in the software world should currently start around $25 an hour and go up to $28 or maybe more in a better capitalized sector (there's not that much money in the industry I'm currently working in). For what I'm thinking you would likely be overqualified for such a position if you have marketable IT or even a smidge of coding skills. US-based values here, and I'm sure this varies by region.

I can imagine what you are going through. I hate capitalist labor market with every fiber of my being but somehow I havent been able to break away from it. Working shitty jobs is especially traumatizing. At least we can shitpost on the internet though.

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loukanikos wrote

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I can relate to the situation you are in. I would say the best thing you can do is switch to a higher paying job. Taking on "moonlighting" is stressful and I don't feel its healthy to invest that much in selling labor unless its transitional.

That said, learning more about computer code might be pan out for you. Eight years ago I quit a job I hated and moved to a very low-cost lifestyle (living in a less developed country as "expat", moving into my parents basement, living on a friends couch) while I trained myself to become a coder over about nine months. At that time I had no real responsibilities so it was a feasible approach. If I were to attempt this now that I have people who depend on me, I'd probably have to take a coding-adjacent job and work my way into a junior developer role.

Of course, the best outcome is to find something that you can enjoy and make money with. Perhaps that could be a "moonlighting" gig. I am interested in nature and gardening so I have recently taken to selling seeds and maybe will move to selling trees and plants. My hope is this could become a family business someday but I still don't really know how to make that happen.

Moonlighting has not worked out for me though. Even when I was able to land gigs doing coding freelance, I burned out really quick. I never completed my last one. The client had paid me 50% up front and although I did 90% of the work I was never able to wrap it up. For me the best solution to these woes has just been to find a job that pays more although this makes my family more reliant on my employer and that is not ideal.

One thing I have been looking into recently is cottage laws. These would theoretically let me sell home made goods like hot sauces, jams, pickles, etc which I already make a lot of and thoroughly enjoy the process anyways. This response may be entirely unhelpful but just sharing because I really relate. Hope you figure something out.

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loukanikos wrote

This is probably one of the worst aspects of this conflict. Men on both sides are being forced to participate in this conflict. I am curious what Ukraine would look like right now if they let average men leave. Would it be completely hollowed out? Or would the resistance be largely the same? I have a feeling towards the former. Despite the brave front one might project to a foreign reporter or even their neighbors and compatriots, I don't think so many men are excited at the prospect of forcibly becoming soldiers. Especially given many are being forcibly separated from their families, it's very tragic situation.

The same is true of many Russians. A lot of young conscripts have been deployed. If it were not for this, I doubt either of these states could mount the military effort that they currently have.

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loukanikos wrote

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Pretty dark place I'm at right now. I can't decide if it would be better survive a nuclear strike and flee to the woods or to be obliterated in the initial destruction.

In a less dark (although still pessimistic) part of my mind I have started writing in the mornings about politics and culture. I don't feel good enough to post it anywhere yet though.

In a completely bright part of my mind, I have started preparing for spring. Specifically, carrots -- which I will plant on the vernal equinox -- and peppers -- which I am going crazy with this year, trying out some interesting varieties and making my own hybrids.

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loukanikos wrote

I try to only downvote stuff I feel is intellectually dishonest (like poor or misleading reasoning, gaslighting, etc) or harmful like racist, fascist. Also spam, off topic, etc obviously.

I don't think I should downvote someone for having a take I don't like. Honestly if their take made me think, its worth an upvote.

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loukanikos wrote

You are generalizing. Some of the old regime became collaborators and formed Vichy. Others went on to form the resistance. Charles de Gaul was a military commander and a government appointed-minister during the French surrender. He led the French army's retreat to N. Africa and went on to become the leader of "Free France" and the resistance. He was not a collaborator. Some were the same people. Others were not.

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