In Iranian Jalali calendar, today, Ordibehesht 28, is Omar Khayyam’s commemoration day. Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet.
Khayyam was born in Nishabur, in northeastern Iran in May 18, 1048. As a mathematician, he is most notable for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equations, where he provided geometric solutions by the intersection of conics. Khayyam also contributed to the understanding of the parallel axiom. As an astronomer, he designed the Jalali calendar, a solar calendar with a very precise 33-year intercalation cycle.
Khayyam is one of the best known Persian poets in world where a lot of English readers are also attracted to his poems. His poetry became widely known to the English-reading world in a translation by Edward FitzGerald, which enjoyed great success in the Orientalism of the fin de siècle.
Yon rising Moon that looks for us again –Omar Khayyam
How oft hereafter will she wax and wane;
How oft hereafter rising look for us
Through this same Garden – and for one in vain!
Humans tried their best to get rid of papers. We can do almost anything we did with papers, with our computers.
It’s uncommon for me to buy a printed book now. Since I started forcing myself to only buy digital books, I happen to read more digital books.
Having digital books is much better. Not only you can carry it everywhere with yourself, you can also help the nature. Nearly 4 billion trees worldwide are cut down each year for paper, representing about 35 percent of all harvested trees.
One of the best ways to read books, or any other type of document you read, is to have PDFs of them. PDFs are so useful now. PDF books, PDF articles, PDF statements, PDF presentations, etc. are now a big part of our lives.
Most of the times when I talk about privacy, people think I’m talking about the reasons of being anonymous. However, what I talk about is the right of being anonymous. There’s a difference between being anonymous and having the right of it.
Let me give you an example real quick. The difference between between being anonymous completely and having the right of being anonymous is talking about free speech and having the right to speak freely.
Whenever a person asks me for a Riseup invitation, I ask them a simple question: “why?” If their answer is “privacy”, I’ll tell them that their privacy practices are more important than the service they use. It doesn’t mean that it’s good to use GMail, it means that if they don’t meet the basic requirements of respect for their privacy, safe tools will not help them.
It’s needless to say that GMAFIA & Friends are tracking everything you do. They know what you like, what you dislike, what you need in life, where you come from, where are you going, and many other details. They probably know about you more than you yourself. One of the biggest parts of GMAFIA, is the G, Google.
Google is one of the biggest parts of our lifes. People are depending on Google more than anything. They use Google Search to find stuff, GMail for their email service, they use Googlized Android OS, Google Maps for navigation, Google Drive for cloud storage, and other privacy-violating stuff. This is wrong.
It’s not a long time that I’ve been using Nextcloud. Before that, I had to host everything locally on encrypted drives. Google Drive (and apps) were available all the time but I didn’t want to use them because not swimming at all is much better than swimming in pool full of shit.
The situation remained the same until I found out about Nextcloud. Nextcloud is a complete solution for people like me who are careful about the software they use and how their privacy is affected.
Almost all of our Android phones come with a modified Android OS that uses Google services. As you (probably) know, Google is not much of a privacy-respecting company to trust. I personally suggest deGoogled operating systems such as /e/ or LineageOS but if you can’t replace your Android phone OS with such operating systems, you can at least start using software libre apps on your phone and get rid of Google.
When I talk about how Google is violating people’s rights over privacy, some people claim that Google is providing service and in return it gathers information. It’s true, however, Google doesn’t provide service, Google gets service from us. Google made some platforms and apps to collect personal information from you and you’re providing your service (which is your information) to it.
I can’t force anyone to use privacy-focused stuff, even if I could, I wouldn’t. I believe people should at first understand the true value of their freedom and privacy, then choose to use a service. Currently, due to wrong education systems, people are forced to use proprietary and privacy-violating stuff. Our schools are using Microsoft apps and teachers only teach proprietary software.
In 2006, the United Nations established World Migratory Bird Day to be held on the second weekend of May every year. The event was founded as an effort of the UN’s Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds to raise awareness of the migratory linkages between regions of the globe. World Migratory Bird Day events have been held in 118 nations. Each year, the United Nations announces a uniting theme for official events.
It’s important to raise people’s knowledge about migrant birds as many of them are in danger of extinction or at least the loss and destruction of their habitats.
For example, “Omid” (literally means Hope in Persian) is the last Siberian crane that wings his way to Iran for years in the first week of the Iranian calendar month of Aban falling on the last week of October. Every year, there are concerns about the extinction of this very special migratory bird as it’s the only survivor of this species.
I’ve had many blogs in my digital life. I don’t remember my first blog but it was the time that only famous websites could have a SSL certificate. I remember people were talking about how writing blogs is dying and people are moving to social networks. Back then FriendFeed was rising and It was the first year of Twitter.
I remember tech people people were obsessed with 140 character writing. Since then, many people joined social media and many left their blogs. Facebook and Twitter were new blogging platforms but no matter what people say, they can’t compete with blogs.
I still search between blogs if I want to learn something. I still check people’s blogs if I want to know them. I’ll never take a tweet or toot as serious as a blog post. I’ll accept a blog post by someone as a reference but I’ll never accept a tweet or toot as a reliable reference.
Even social networks such as Mastodon, Twitter, and Facebook own a blog. They know if they want to announce something officially, they have to write a blog post about it. I don’t think blogging is dead. What I do think is that blogging is much more important than social networks.
That’s why I’m beginning the #100DaysToOffload suggested by @firstname.lastname@example.org.