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MNT Reform (open hardware laptop) campaign is live:

And here's the Launch Announcement:

Thanks to everyone who helped and supported us to make this happen.

They are too small, but yet, consider, I love them. No one can deny this logic. I love them.

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Maybe I should make Witching Lands' cards bigger. They're adorable like this but inherently annoying to handle (shuffling in any usual way is basically impossible) and trying to fit unambiguous visual explanations of the spells onto them is causing me a lot of suffering.

Even the land cards may kind of need to be bigger to make it clear that everyone can crowd into the same tile at once (if they want to)

@glyph idle question, do you know much about fungi conservation issues?

Aotearoa's Kauri trees are dying mysteriously and I've been wondering if it might have anything to do with invasive fungi in the mycorrhizome. It seems like the kind of thing that would be very hard to study, an invisible war, invisible combatants, moving invisibly, displacing other invisible combatants who were never given names

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. @body is informing me that

- lots of people train wild crows to collect things (why doesn't every adult in my culture know how to do that already)

- we should maybe think about using crow collection training to contain the giant hornets that have just started popping up in Washington State
we can't really imagine anything short of that working

look at this weird thing I can make my brain/computer/culture do. It doesn't feel bad so it must be extremely good and wise

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hi fedi!

us in the cabal club are spending the next 7 weeks creating a subjective moderation system for cabal: a volunteer-driven & open source p2p project for resilient chat. [1]

we think it's important to ground the implementation in lived experiences, hearing concerns, and just listening to other people a bit

we're looking for people to interview & prioritizing those who identify as trans and/or women. please dm me if you are interested

thank you!


@cblgh can I read your WOT thesis now so that I know where you're at/what kinda language to use to describe something/where the field is at

Perpetually bamboozled about how there was only one very brief stage of our evolutionary history where we might have resembled anything anybody would have a fursona of.

We clawed our way up from being a horrid fish thing, to being a lizard, to finally getting to be a nice lemur thing, and then too quickly it ended, and we had to be monkeys until the end. Not ONCE did we get to be canids.

Whaaat, apparently between 2015 and 2017 google experimented with the "just pay the sites you visit small amounts of real money and we'll wash our hands of the ad business" thing I've been hoping to see for for years, but then stopped without explanation

We've been growing this

A common creeping fuzz-leafed plant, Kōkihi is generally not eaten by any pest insects. It needs to be boiled to reduce its oxalate content.

It is native to japan and new zealand.
Why oat milk is expensive right now.
I wonder if Oatly are scaling as fast as they could, or if they're being too risk-averse.

Thinking about it, I guess some depth probably can be made attractive to users. Show them someone using the thing to do cool things. They'll get excited. If it's really well demonstrated, they'll start thinking of unique things they can do with it. Make software that vibes like Magicka.

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Shallow UX: Learn how to do five things, it's very easy to learn, now you can do exactly five things.

Deep UX: Learn how to do five things, it's challenging, but interesting. Now you can combine those actions in different ways to do basically anything.

I've only ever been interested in deep ux but there's inevitably only a market for shallow ux, because it's impossible for an atomised individual to evaluate the quality of a deep ux without having it and spending time getting to know it.

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@neauoire I can already see ways of clarifying this further but is it clear enough?

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@faun When I was studying for my final exams in Genetics, I used to contribute what I was learning to Wikipedia, which at that time had less extensive information on general microbiology, plant science, and immunology. I found it helped loads.
I also wrote haiku to condense topics. I hope I find my little book of science haiku someday.. :)

For a bit I was thinking of giving Crycog a text adventure component, but I decided that two layers of overworld was too many.
I can imagine going back to this, but feature creep is how I died last time so I'll avoid it for now.

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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.