These farmers can't repair the equipment they own because the manufacturer doesn't sell them the necessary tools to configure the software that controls the pieces. They're trapped into a monopoly. In response, they've become activists for their Right to Repair. But this is a wider issue than a John Deere monopoly in the agricultural business, it affects any industry whose products embed software – which is mostly everyone these days.
My parents in law got me an evergreen bonsai for Christmas, a Ficus Retusa.
It's not until recently that I've got interested in the idea of growing a plant. I find fascinating that you can mold a living being to your liking, within certain constraints. Every branch contains a possibility, and you've got to decide which ones to develop. The fact that it's a slow process that takes years to fully see the results speaks of the patience and constant caring you need to put into it. I don't want to think too much about that because the thought of committing myself to something for so long is scary! At the same time, I've found a sense of calm and bonding in things like cleaning every individual leaf of the tree once a month – I can understand much better now to Paul Richardson, the exo-botanist of Mars.
Being the first plant I own, I'm still learning a lot about everything: its watering needs, what's a good pruning balance, how to identify and treat pests and diseases, etc. So far, it's been enjoyable.
Sés is a Galician singersongwriter. Her stage presence and lyrics reminds me of what it means to grow in small villages by the periphery. I feel connected to that dignity and survival skills, because it embodies the attitude of the women I grew around. The Galician matriachy.
I’ve just learned that Ursula K. Le Guin is no longer with us. She left multiple worlds for us to play with and learn from. Two of them –The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed– are my goto guides when it comes to imagining societies that take into account the role of self-management, genre, language, and free commerce. We cannot bring her back, but we still have her words to read all that she wanted to tell us.
Google Maps’ Moat, by Justin O’Beirne. On the competitive advantage that Google Maps has over Apple Maps – equally interesting for map nerds and business people.
Saturday occupation: eating spicy cheese made of cow milk and paprika.