Here’s a thought experiment: suppose you’re an expert in a field that you’re deeply passionate about, regardless of whether you’re an artist, musician, scientist, coder, whatever. Let’s say you get to a point where you deeply hope someone out there in the world appreciates all of the finer points of the things you’ve worked hard on. You’ve gone through your entire life in an effort to find meaning and expression.
Now, let’s assume time moves on, you pass away, and are reincarnated as someone completely different. You unwittingly stumble upon all the work of your former self, and absolutely hate everything about your work and previous you as a person, to the point that you don’t think that person’s life had any meaning or value.
From your perspective of being alive right now, how would you feel about such a scenario?
Yesterday, I sang a song while jamming about the history of everything, from the Big Bang and the formations of stars and planets to single-celled organisms evolving into human beings. The entirety of human history is briefly skimmed over, highlighting the beautiful high points and the awful low points. Then post-human evolution happens and we become immortal, mapping out every star in the sky and traveling through layers upon layers of reality, both in terms of inner consciousness and outer dimensions. It was intensely emotional.
Now, to remember how the words went so that I can write it all down…
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This is a core reason why centralized social platforms are absolute shit. As decentralized apps get better, more people will hopefully move away from the likes of Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook and embrace their own special solutions.
Could you imagine chaining together your photo app, your tweet app, messaging, a calendar, check-ins, and all those other great things you use? Could you imagine chaining those apps together in such a way that they’re all touching upon the same place, one unified server where your encrypted data sits?
You could customize your profile to be an entire website. Not like a Tumblr site mind you, but the whole fucking sure is yours. Every public-facing part could be tailored to look the way you want it to look, and you could securely share things only with the people you want to share things with.
You could be in control of your entire social experience online, and it could be awesome. None of these bullshit “friend limits”. No censorship, no spying, and no advertisements
So, I’ve decided to try a writing challenge in an effort to get me to write more. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing, rather, I’ve just sort of lost the discipline to follow through with a lot of my writing projects. I have some 50-odd unfinished short stories that I’d like to get back to, so in order to get to that point, I will have to practice writing daily.
My name is Sean Tilley. I like to think that it is a rather good name.
Five facts about me:
1. I helped lead development for an open source social network called Diaspora*. Along the way, I got to meet a wide variety of interesting people, and I tackled some challenging organizational problems for the project. It also led me to find many different projects and initiatives to make the free and open internet a better place.
2. I’ve created a lot of surreal and abstract art, all of which is released under a very permissive Creative Commons license. I’ve always really liked the idea of giving my work back to the world, especially as I don’t really expect to make any money off of it in the first place. If you’re interested, feel free to check it out here.
3. Right now, I am exercising 6 days a week in an effort to get in shape. I’ve struggled with my self-image for years. Similarly, I’ve realized that I’m not very physically strong in some muscles. I can barely do two push-ups.
4. I lost my virginity to a transwoman when I was 19. I’m not ashamed about that, and have been very open about the fact that I have dated and loved quite a few trans people since then. Really, for me anatomy is not the most important thing in a relationship.
5. I very much would like to be a musician. I have one band project, Young Cosmonauts, which only has rough jam session recordings. I am also pursuing an ambient sound project with a friend. Fun fact, my voice has a ridiculous range. I can sing everything from low bass to operatic soprano.