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The first step of any creator hoping for lasting success—whether for ten years or ten centuries—is to accept that hope has nothing to do with it.

To be great, one must make great work, and making great work is incredibly hard. It must be our primary focus.

We must set out, from the beginning, with complete and total commitment to the idea that our best chance of success starts during the creative process.

Do go make and share. Do what you can’t.

After watching the recent Brave New World series, rereading this tech journalist's account of trying to live without any Amazon-run service for a week is only more disturbing. Especially the dependence already engineered into her 1 year old. Huxley was right about the convergence of state and corporate power, but it turns out our "soma" is not chemical but digital:
gizmodo.com/i-tried-to-block-a

#BraveNewWorld #AldousHuxley #Amazon

Currently prevalent mindset:

If your intentions are good,
and based on these intentions, you’re doing a good job,
good things will follow.

(I’m writing these lines after a work week writing and editing for my client’s client Jordan Peterson.)

The Exporter Tool falcon.star-lord.me/exporter/ is actually working well.

It only crashed before because Miro Video Converter was running in parallel and my weak Mac Mini didn’t like to serve another demanding application.

Some exports fail but even when they fail, the app shows me that they fail and exports these notes as .html files instead of .md files.

The interface is also neat.

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Castrating my iphone to sooner or later say good-bye to the iCloud ecosystem because it feels more like a prison, especially when you try to access the data (the files) easily.

I still haven’t found a way to export the 7.594 notes from the Notes.app.

The ones that looked promising…

1. writeapp.net/notesexporter/ (exports or backups notes from Apple’s Notes.app only into plain text format without attachments)

2. falcon.star-lord.me/exporter/ (crashed at around 100 notes again and again)

…didn’t work.

This DuckDuckGo audit by @purism is a sobering read:

source.puri.sm/toolauditor/CEA

Remember that DuckDuckGo is venture capital-funded which means that they must exit—either become a publicly-traded multi-billion-dollar company (sell to the public) or sell to one of the incumbents.

(What we need is a publicly-funded but independently run search engine. The EU could create such a thing… if they didn’t have they heads firmly entrenched up Silicon Valley’s bumhole.)

HT @koherecoWatchdog

Don’t mean to keep going on about @better App Store reviews, but these little bits of feedback have a big impact on my psyche. And if you are one of those people who left a 5 star review lately, you have actually made me a little bit (happy) tearful this morning.

This sounds ingenious! The great bubble barrier, keeping plastic out of the ocean:

youtube.com/watch?v=-r2jwPcpUv

Also been working on the mobile app, new Pixelfed.org, FediDB, forum, instance picker, translation platform and linktree clone.

The Pixelfed ecosystem is about to get a whole lot bigger!

Hey I'm going to be doing my first ever "live" set next month.

It's virtual and proceeds go to the National Suicide Hotline.

Unfortunately I need (want?) about $300USD worth of gear to perform the way I want to.

I'm not asking you for money because there are lots of people who deserve it way more than I do.

But my music is free and #CreativeCommons so if you could share it with people you think would enjoy it, and I get more downloads, it justifies me spending the $300USD+.

Google fired another woman working in the ethics of AI... because she was looking into why they fired the woman before her who was working in the ethics of AI.

cyberpunklibrarian.com/cybersy

I totally agree with this article and it's the reason why I will always prefer to learn by reading rather than video.

Text is the most efficient communication technology. By orders of magnitude. This blog post is likely to take perhaps 5000 bytes of storage, and could compress down to maybe 2000; by comparison the following 20-pixel-square image of the silhouette of a tweeting bird takes 4000 bytes:

graydon2 | always bet on text

graydon2.dreamwidth.org/193447

@aral Thank you for being transparent about the topic of being an "uber human" or "uber developer". Really enjoyed your "S’Update" from Feb 11th, 2021.

And today’s S’Update looks interesting too => mastodon.ar.al/@aral/105747330

p.s. is there a way to get a Vimeo permalink to your livestreamed video updates so I can point people directly there?

Last but not least, you can join BMC yourself through my invitaton link => buymeacoff.ee/?via=naii, and when you do, I earn a camomile tea from the BMC team. Super nice!

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And FYI…

Buy Me a Coffee keeps a 5% transaction fee and you keep 95% of the support your received. Plus, there are Stripe fees (1,4% to 2,9% plus 0,25€) for the pay-out and/or potential currency conversion fees when using PayPal beyond EU/Europe.

So, in the end around 92% of the support should arrive on your account. Not too shabby if this helps you to not have to set up your own "fund my work" tool chain.

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Conclusion:

Together with its clean design and its straightforward language on the homepage, about page, and FAQ page, I find BMC to be a worthwhile Patreon competitor.

Very simple design, totally right up my alley.

That’s why I didn’t hesitate to set up my account.

You can now buy me a camomile tea because… screw coffee xD

You can see a link to my BMC page here:
buymeacoffee.com/naii

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Other copy choices that I enjoyed:

1. designed for _creators_ not for businesses
2. they are your supporters not "customers" or transactions
3. get paid instantly to your PayPal or bank account - no 30-day delays
4. 100% ownership of your supporters; export your email list any time you like

And then I checked how they compare to Patreon and Ko-fi…

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BIG ONE: They included a real video review by YouTuber MrAlexTech on their front page => youtube.com/watch?v=NhzVaYH_YT -

Plus, the website is simply designed with lots of white and whitespace - which I like.

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I knew about it but it never appealed to me. Maybe it was the coffee topic - don’t know.

But last week I checked it out again and found these pieces of copy that changed my mind:

1. "a supporter is worth a 1000 followers"
2. simple, meaningful way to fund creative work
3. without stitching together a bunch of apps
4. build a direct relationship with your fans
5. accept support, memberships; they don’t even have to create an account

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