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Hi!
This is @grainloom 's art alt! Or @grainloom is @csepp 's social alt! Idk!

To start things off, here is some fanart of I first made because I needed a b&w avatar and then turned into a kind of ars poetica thing. That thing they say about limitations leading to more creativity definitely turned out to be true for this.

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Sho painting is finally done !! im super happy with how this turned out and i hope you all like it !!

also attached is the original art that this was based off of !!

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Amazing article on how Taiwan's digital minister (who's a badass trans hacker) is using tech to handle their pandemic and improve their Democracy

"Another example of civic tech activism spun off from g0v is Co-Facts, a volunteer association of fact-checkers. Co-Facts is built around a chat bot for the LINE messaging app that responds instantly when users forward potential disinformation that has already been logged and checked."

wired.com/story/how-taiwans-un

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Finally I can show you the first character for my comic!! Meet Lily! 😊

These are concepts for her outfit, which one do you like the most?

#MastoArt #CreativeToots #ConceptArt

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"Owing to this restriction, the system could only display three splendidly playful one-word error messages: users received a “WHAT?” if their BASIC code had a syntax error, a “HOW?” if their requested input was unrecognizable, and a “SORRY” if the machine exceeded its memory capacity. " Yugoslavian homebrew 1980s microcomputer / https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/07/make-your-own-self-managed-socialist-microcomputer

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It's Sir Pentious, from #HazbinHotel! It's always tough to adapt western cartoon styled characters into my style of plush. I think I captured the spirit of this toothy guy though! You can almost hear Stamper's voice when you look at him!

Sir Pentious is a commission for Katrina!

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We took a very rare tube ride* last Friday and by total chance were on the train where Banksy made this artwork... it’s now apparently gone. theguardian.com/artanddesign/2

*we wore masks, of course

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Cassette tape navigation system from 1971

“To calculate [distance to turn], the electronics box is connected to the car’s odometer via what looks to be a physical/mechanical cable connection that drives a gear-based mechanism inside the box, which allows the number of miles to be tabulated, and, when the number of miles equals the value provided by the tone duration, the next instruction is played.”

jalopnik.com/this-cassette-tap

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@cypnk Reminds me of the Honda map system that used a gyro and inertial guidance but couldn't do navigation iirc. It was something like microfiche maps plus dead reckoning.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electr

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I updated my website to have some sort of portfolio and a better links page that looks good also on mobile and I am pretty proud of it 🤗 Especially that I know only very basic HTML/CSS so my tools are limited haha

if you want to peek here are links:
abramek.art
abramek.art/links

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math as magic 

In reply to twitter.com/CreeepyJoe/status/ I threaded a bit of what math is like in my head. Of course, the trick of it is, math /is/ magic, so there's no conversion necessary.

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The lay folk were taught 'magic' in school, everyone had to learn it. But what they were taught was only patterns of symbols on a page. It looked exactly like magic .. without the magic in it.

Some few of them would realize what the symbols described, and in realizing it speak their true meaning with intent. Those symbols would then become so deeply a part of them that it would be hard to express their interaction with the world without invoking it.

They would see links and connections and patterns all around them, in everything these symbols described.

The difference in what this permitted them to do wouldn't be so obvious with the early symbols, but when somehow they passed exams without seeming to memorize it would become clear they had what was mistaken for a talent.

It wasn't talent, it was just that they had invoked the magic behind the symbols and taken it into themselves. Slowly as they became magicians, the world described by these symbols they acquired would fill in.

It become not just a bag of tricks, but a landscape of inter-relations and places and machines that operate on them to transform them into other things. The symbolic representations on the page were often, at that level, not even accurate any more.

Just a hopeful indication trying to drag the reader into this beautiful, powerful landscape and describe the machinery of it. New symbols could be made, and new machinery with the old ones; or the landscape explored.

But the magic had a certain fragility -- one symbol out of place and you could fall through into an abyss of confusion.

So magicians often spent a lot of their time moving, not in broad direct strokes, but in cautious circuitous patterns focused on making sure the ground was solid beneath them.

It took a lot of courage to take large steps, which more often than not landed one in the drink, but the great achievements such as new symbols that expand the entire possible landscape and its potential power...

Those always require daring to make large steps; then creating the circuitous landscape of detail to keep them from vanishing again back into the fog.

Actually performing magic, its actual practical mechanism? You'd just move ordinary things into an arrangement with a surprisingly thorough effect. But that arrangement would be determined by the patterns and mechanisms unseen, except to the magicians.

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The hidden part here of course is that I meant it utterly literally .. a landscape, complete with topologies and metrics; algorithmic mechanisms and proof technique machinery. Tangible objects so abstract that they aren't possible to readily describe. Yet I assert, they are tangible.

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A month ago, I offered free editorial services, with priority given to bipoc, lgbtia+, and similar marginalized people. Nobody has taken me up on it, but the offer still stands. I'm a technical writer with a thirty year career, and a ttrpg author and book editor with twenty years of publications across multiple companies. Please help me find relevance by helping you.

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The #ExperimentalFarmNetwork is a super inspiring project. They collect rare or endangered seeds and use a network of volunteers to create more seed and help propagate the plants. They also drive amateur plant breeding projects to improve #food crops that are not usefull to industrial #agriculture such as perenial celery, kale and onions. It's #CitizenScience !

experimentalfarmnetwork.org/

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.