Cyberpony Express

I recently spent several weeks off-grid at communist permaculture farms in Tennessee, dozens of which orbit around places like Short Mountain. I talked at some length with people there about the need for a completely off-grid instant messaging solution which does not rely on the internet or any traditional infrastructure.

One of the ideas we came up with is what I called a “Cyberpony Express.” Basically the idea is that we set up a bunch of Raspberry Pi computers in ruggedized cases which can run off of solar power and connect to a software defined radio. This would allow people living at these communities to send simple end-to-end encrypted text messages across the region.

Here are some preliminary technical source documents I’ve found…

OurSpace Examples: OurTube, OurTok, etc

Building on my ongoing work on Ourspace, I think it’s important to consider a whole range of alternative apps formatted just like major products on the market.

Ourspace itself would be format agnostic. It’s a general purpose content distribution and sharing platform and protocol.

But you could easily build a version of it which looks only for short video content across the network and sorts it by positive reactions from friends or people with similar interests. This would be sort of like an OurTok.

Likewise, you could easily build a simple, free, distributed video service and call it OurTube.

The initial concept is just a general purpose browser app which implements the protocol and the technology and then allows anyone to publish or subscribe to others. Building on that, it would be easy to improve on the existing products by simply creating free, distributed, open-source alternatives to the products that are currently leading in the social media marketplace.

round robin ipfs over http

a web gateway protocol that automatically fetches the DNSLink for any c-name pointed at the server and then locally replicates that site and serves it when requested

these could easily be round robined by adding redundant c-names to different gateways for your domain.

The protocol could be limited to file types like html, css, js, jpeg, gif, png, etc. And it could have limited file sizes so that people are really using it just for their personal sites and profiles without trying to host apps on it or something like that. Larger files like mp4, mkv, etc could simply link to a public ipfs gateway instead of hosting locally.

This is a good early-stage strategy for our-space which would make it fast and easy to access profiles without needing lots of bandwidth.

Fake News?

I think in many cases there are fundamental epistemic differences between people of different ideologies, and we need to learn to distinguish those kinds of claims from bad faith claims. Like if a trump supporter says he’s coming back in August, they really believe that to be true. And that’s different from Putin’s fake newspapers putting out stories that no one believes in. The far right often acts in what they see as good faith based on their assumptions about reality. I think it is a failure of discourse to dismiss their fundamental beliefs about reality as equivalent to news sources which have been deliberately constructed to push a narrative which its own authors regard to be false.

Does post-structuralism merely extend the hegemony of neoclassicalism?

As a queer nonbinary person who is wrestling with whether or not to embrace post-structuralism, it’s been very interesting over the years to hear so many arguments from fans of queer theory against things like hate crimes legislation or even marriage equality. One of the more obvious arguments has been the fact that marriage equality is essentially just the legislation of homonormativity or the way a certain class of affluent, able, cis, white, gay men try very hard to be just like affluent, able, cis, white, straight men; forsaking the duties their privileged identities confer on them.

They argue that marriage is not something we should want to earn through sufficient assimilation, but rather something to reject as fundamental to the cisheteropatriarchal hegemony we are ostensibly interested in dismantling. It’s sort of the same argument against second-wave feminism and its “Equality for White Women” mantra, or against groups like the Human Rights Campaign or the NAMES project which fired all the activists at some point and became bootlicker shills for neoliberal capitalism and actively worked against the interests of the groups they originally identified as fighting for.

On the other hand, I’ve heard critical theorists and utopian intentionalists alike argue that post-structuralism itself is merely acting in service of neoclassicalism by infinitely dividing classes that could otherwise stand together to oppose the cisheteropatriarchal hegemony of neoclassicalism.

Looking Glass

A screen which changes perspective with regard to how you’re looking at it versus what it’s showing inside a virtual world where it’s virtual correspondent is. So if it’s easier looking at it from the right side then it should show you what it would look like if you were actually looking through a window that way versus looking at it from the other side.

This allows users to access NPC expert systems within their personal virtual workspace.


A distributed alternative social media system based on RSS over IPFS and using BitTorrent to distribute media attachments.

Use something like ENS to resolve usernames to a wallet public address and corresponding RSS feed file of their posts.

People could easily restrict their feed to only be viewable to friends, like how TOX works, and then they can subscribe to RSS feeds they’re interested in from friends, podcasts, etc.


Is service oriented architecture that takes input in the form of natural language requests and create threads sort of like pendings and then tries to solve the requests

Their class can also be programmatically entered. For example download the latest episode of some TV show. And then it has to go find it and download it and categorize it.