First steps on Steemit

So, I’m dipping my toe into the Steemit waters, and I’m kinda excited. It seems there is a large community out there on this Blockchain-based platform that seems very friendly and will interact with you. And as a bonus, you can earn a little bit of cash as well if your stuff seems to be interesting enough. I have also found DTube, where I will upload videos. It seems like a better alternative to Youtube, and very censorship-proof. Given the crazyness the Googles, Twitters and Facebooks are up to lately, an alternative seems worthy to check out.

I have already done my introductory post on Steemit, but since I have hooked up my WordPress blog into the platform (and because it’s linked to everywhere else), I might as well broadcast through these means that stuff will go there as well (which would be this post, which also doubles as a test). So here we are.

If you have Steemit, and you know me already, be sure to drop me a message or a comment. I’ll follow you and upvote your cool posts. 🙂

I will of course read and reply to the steemit comments to the best of my ability.

See you on Steemit!

Oh, and once I get the hang of this, I will of course outline whatever I’ve learned and will pass on any sort of knowledge I have gleaned.

(PS: Getting a Steemit account requires a bit of patience. Verification will take a while. I’ve had to wait for 3 days to get my account verified and active. Which is not a problem, but it seems fair to warn you if any of you are impatient types).

Interesting times

(repost for Steemit)

太平” (nìng wéi tàipíng quǎn, mò zuò luàn lí rén), or “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period.”

The above line is also known as the “Chinese Curse”, and is often translated as “May you live in interesting times.”

Why do I bring this up? Because we are in a chaotic period. According to StyxHexenhammer666, it’s a moral panic, or shows signs of being a moral panic and it will pass. Now, he might be right, but that doesn’t take away my worry. I read and have read quite a bit. Silly tomes like “Fahrenheit 451”, “1984”, “Animal Farm”, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” and more of those apocalyptic stories about what might happen when horrible ideas get their foot in the door and are allowed to expand.

I’m a centrist. I don’t like what either the left or the right is doing, and especially the extreme sides of the spectrum. What worries me even more, is that the people that call themselves the “left”, are using the books I mention as manuals for attempting to create utopia. They aren’t. They are warnings.

The crux of the matter is that we need ideas and ideologies of both sides of the spectrum. The will to change of the left, and the stability of the right, in perfect balance. This requires all sides to listen to each other. Right now, surprisingly, the conservatives are seeing that, and the “progressives” aren’t. Right now, the right is fighting for free speech and liberty, and the left want censorship and totalitarianism.

It’s like I’ve fell asleep and woke up in bizarro world. Left is right, up is down, black is white. War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength.

It’s disturbing. And it should disturb you.

The Shitlord Manifesto (first draft)

Sargon of Akkad mentioned that we needed a manifesto. Here’s a first rough stab at that.

The Shitlord Manifesto (first draft)

By Emiel Kollof

  • I don’t care about your race, sexuality or gender. All people should have equal opportunity, but equality must never be forced. Let the people that are the best at it do the work.
  • Free speech must be free, no matter how egregious it is to anyone. Violent speech should only be prosecuted if actual violence came of it. Let the idiots expose themselves. Hate speech does not exist.
  • Violence without a need is always reprehensible. This includes politically motivated violence.
  • The only weapon against speech you don’t agree with, is more speech.
  • Don’t assign epithets to people when you don’t even know what the epithet means.
  • Any action that disadvantages or maligns anyone because of race, sex or creed is racism, sexism or discrimination.
  • You have the right to be offended. Others have the right to ignore you. But you don’t have the right to limit the freedom of anyone because you are offended.
  • Religion is not a race. I will criticize your religion (regardless of what it is) if it has dangerous tenets.
  • I will listen to your ideas and attempt to shoot holes in it. I expect the same in return.
  • Facts over feelings.
  • I’m not better than you. The inverse is also true.
  • Communism and Socialism have never worked, and will never work. Trying again won’t make it work, so give it a rest already.
  • Men and women are physically and emotionally different. This does not imply ability, but it plays a factor in preferences. Also, exceptions exist, but they are indeed exceptions, not the rule, and not in any way more or less appreciated.
  • I will not rewrite history, furthermore I will protest the destruction of history even if it offends people. Because if you don’t see the past, you’re doomed to repeat it.
  • Echo chambers are where reason goes to die.