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Hello folks! I'm now on Patreon! 🎉

Gain access to behind-the-scenes details and upcoming previews of my content and join in a growing community of open web and essentialism enthusiasts.

Check it out: patreon.com/essentiallifejared

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Hello fellow Tooters! I'm a blogger, vlogger, and podcaster based in the Portland, OR area. I make videos about essentialism and travel in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and I write and talk about the intersection of art, technology, and a free (as in freedom) internet.

Check out my profile for links to my work and to check out all the photos I post here (so you can avoid that other commercial photo service!). I love chatting so feel free to @ me!

Google: We’re the king of services!

Amazon: We’re the king of commerce!

Netflix: We’re the king of entertainment!

Apple: Hold my beer.

Google: We’re the king of services!

Amazon: We’re the king of commerce!

Netflix: We’re the king of entertainment!

Apple: Hold my beer.

@kodim0701bms Welcome to OpenWeb.social and — let me know if you have any questions about this instance or Mastodon in general! (I’m the admin here.)

@hoshino Hello Hoshino, welcome to OpenWeb.social and — I’m the instance admin here so feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

@jcolman Hi Jonathon, welcome to OpenWeb.social and — glad to have you aboard!

(I’m the instance admin)

📺 Episode 10 of Essential Life

I did something totally stupid…I accidentally erased my iMac hard drive which had a full edit of this video. Luckily I recovered the raw footage, so this is my SECOND attempt at putting a vlog episode together. I visited Bothell, WA — the place my mom wrote a piece of Celtic music for entitled “The Woods of Bothell” — as well as the way cool Gasworks Park in Seattle. Stay tuned for Part II of my road trip, coming very soon!

jaredwhite.com/20190325/1

The latest issue of <Mark Up This!> just went out! Read it and subscribe here:

jaredwhite.com/newsletters/

Current topic is ”The Year of the Personal Cloud: How I kicked Dropbox, Google Analytics, and Facebook to the curb and took control over my internet.“

I wrote a thing about why I believe the best and most useful decentralized applications are going to be the ones that utilize multiple protocols. I imagine a world where ActivityPub, Dat, and Secure ScuttleButt are all seen as tools in a toolbox rather than as ecosystems, and what kind of amazing software we could build with them outside of the central/corporate paradigm.

blog.datproject.org/2019/03/22

The latest issue of <Mark Up This!> just went out! Read it and subscribe here:

jaredwhite.com/newsletters/

Current topic is ”The Year of the Personal Cloud: How I kicked Dropbox, Google Analytics, and Facebook to the curb and took control over my internet.“

If you don't want to worry about:
💥 data theft
🧾 legal compliance
👻 loss of version control
📧 productivity loss from working by mail

Check out how #nextcloud can secure your collaboration processes and improve team productivity!
nextcloud.com/securesharing/

decay

there is something deeply silly
in putting words on a page
watching the ink dry
and thinking maybe
you'll read them
one day when
the mood
takes
you
or
will
my words
feed mites
and seeds and
growing things
on some distant heap
harangued by seagulls
till all the trucks are gone
and only spectral lights remain

#smallpoems

So much of internet discourse ends up:

* I believe in Position A! You people are wrong!
* I believe in Position B! You people are wrong!
* Well, I believe in the One True Position, which of course is C. You people are both wrong!

I wish more people would instead speak up and say:

* I appreciate interesting observations from people who believe Positions A, B, C, and beyond. Let's celebrate this conversation and sharing of ideas!

(And if you disagree with me, you are, of course, WRONG! 🤣)

Ok so here's the pitch: it's a movie with every bald actor in Hollywood. Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Jason Alexander, the works. I haven't worked out a plot yet but it'll probably have one

"iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro: How to choose the best iPad for your needs and budget" –AppleInsider

jaredwhite.com/links/20190318/

This is an excellent overview of the current state of Apple’s iPad lineup, now that there’s a refreshed iPad mini along with a resurrected iPad Air (!) with a larger 10.5” screen which makes it feel more akin to the previous-generation 10.5” iPad Pro.

@marcelle Welcome to OpenWeb.social and Mastodon! Let me know if I can help you get started.

The title of my latest email newsletter is probably one of the most fun things I’ve ever written:

“Cox Cancels Chief Chores, Closing Chapter as Facebook Chaos Continues”

jaredwhite.com/newsletters/23/

(P. S. Subscribe, whydontcha! 😁)

BTW, regarding a hot-button topic—I never crosspost. Sometimes I manually (using good, ol' fashioned copy & paste) post a message both here and on birdsite if I feel like what I have to say applies well to both communities.

I've actually gone all-in this year on maximizing how I use any online medium. I want to make the best email newsletter, the best vlog on YouTube, the best profile to interact with the , etc. Just doing one thing and spamming it everywhere isn't good for anybody.

The title of my latest email newsletter is probably one of the most fun things I’ve ever written:

“Cox Cancels Chief Chores, Closing Chapter as Facebook Chaos Continues”

jaredwhite.com/newsletters/23/

(P. S. Subscribe, whydontcha! 😁)

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