videl wrote

I've recently downloaded QuiteRSS and have added RSS feeds of the subreddits that I'm still interested in and other feeds. Mostly subreddits for my local area. IMO it's been much nicer than actually using reddit. If you use Firefox there are live bookmarks for RSS feeds but I think this is getting removed soon so I wouldn't get use to that.

For general phone addiction, this may not be applicable for you, but I've recently started just turning off my phone whenever everyone I care about or who might need me in an emergency is home with me.


videl wrote

changes somewhat often but right now they are:

Evil of Banality by Elizabeth Minnich

Technopoly by Neil Postman

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree aka Alice Sheldon

The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin

that Crimethinc piece called We Are All Very Anxious


videl wrote

Well, it was definitely built up for a very long time but the straw that broke the camel's back was my first office job. It was a job that - for my age - people would consider me having "made it." But the job was pretty much meaningless and possibly actively harmful.

After being miserable working too much, I just thought "if this is what success in this system looks like then fuck this. Why am I even being paid for this? Everyone would be better off if I was paid to specifically not do this and to do nothing."

From there I sort of lost the ground beneath my feet, became very curious about everything, read more books in the few years that it's been than I have my entire life previously, and now here we are.

Useful part: I remember the first couple books that really brought me around were Miya Tokumitsu's Do What You Love and the Malcolm X autobiography. So if you want to radicalize office workers, maybe think of 1 these books.


videl wrote (edited )

I know this type of thing is mentioned every time someone brings up Chomsky, but that "some hierarchy is justified" thing - from my experience - does help with getting liberals to not completely dismiss anarchy right away. It at least gets them to ask themselves, "what hierarchy is justified?"


videl wrote

I once saw someone return what was supposed to be a laptop power adapter without any issues. He went to the return desk, said "I just bought this and when I opened the box the wrong thing was inside" and they accepted the return without issue. Not sure if they checked the item's return history or not, but maybe this sort of "honesty" could be helpful.