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Apr. 22nd, 2002 | 04:29 pm
mood: amusedamused

So as I'm sitting here writing research code and feeling frustrated that I can't share it with the public project it's supposed to go along with. I was thinking maybe if I could find a way support myself by owning some land, producing renewable energy, and growing enough food for a simple vegetarian diet.

But then, there came an even stranger idea. The "GPL Monastery" for the contemplation of libre (free) software and development of useful socially responsible code. Members would have to help maintain the centers support technologies, but would get a computer, a place to live, interesting problems to solve, and a sense that they're doing something helpful with their lives.

What could be better?

(I wonder if such a thing could earn enough money as a charity to pay for the things that can't be easily produced locally. Also I really hope that the printing circuitry on paper using interesting ink pans out and is reasonably affordable.)

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from: soulsong
date: Apr. 22nd, 2002 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Neat idea! Vespers at 5am. Hacking at 6. Community debugging from midday till 4pm.

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 22nd, 2002 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Eeek... that schedule can be for the splinter morning coders. ;)

But with a core group of people interested in such a lifestyle it could probably work. (Assuming that there's some reasonable conflict resolution protocols).

And more importantly it might be more fun than working for someone.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Apr. 22nd, 2002 04:41 pm (UTC)
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the fsf is a charity :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 22nd, 2002 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, yes, but I thought that they survived for some time as the hobby of an employee of MIT.

I kind of want to kick the day job so I can have more control over my time.

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from: artemii
date: Apr. 22nd, 2002 05:16 pm (UTC)
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well, just about all charities are like that, actually, soooo....

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 22nd, 2002 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Well, yeah, that's why I'm still sitting here working trying to amass enough capital for me to become "independently wealthy." That's what's appealing about the "monastery" (aka intentional community) idea, the resources of the community can bring one closer to not needing cash to live, and therefore escape having to engage in work-for-hire.

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Nafees

nah. doesn't really work....

from: nogbogfrog
date: Apr. 22nd, 2002 11:45 pm (UTC)
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0. Seems there's a bit of a contradiction in the concept. Most monasteries aren't terribly concerned with contributing much to society. So the GPL monastery perhaps should focus on contemplating what "socially responsible code" means. I certainly don't know. Though I imagine lambda calculus will play a role. Or perhaps it should be a GPL Ministry, concerned with empowering people. There's another vague term; empowerment. I'm quite sure I wouldn't want to be in close quarters with RMS though. The man reeks!

1. Annoys me greatly to not be able to contribute to those from whom I take a lot of knowledge. I read a lot of papers for my job. Every so often it's accompanied with code. My impression is that academia needs a lot of help with the particulars of getting stuff actually done and working. And they never think of the really creative uses. I'm going to start a good 10 open source software projects after I leave my current job.

Apologize for the cynicism. GPL Monastery doesn't sound so bad, where do I sign up.

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