I'm into decentralized networks, open source hardware, modular design, distributed manufacturing, appropriate technology and solarpunk.
I spend most of my time liberating data from diabetes devices like insulin pumps and blood glucose meters, writing open-source software for tidepool.org.
I would like to spend more time growing food and building hardware to support that, and I hope to find inspiration here in the Merveilles.town community.
So Apple just threw the baby out with the bathwater and killed offline web apps (unless you’re cool with all your data being deleted if you don’t use an app for a week). You’d almost think they had an App Store to promote or something.
The author of this article contacted me for a comment (I wrote an academic journal article on open-source medical device hardware in 2015), but I directed him to others who are more knowledgeable about the situation. Feels good to be able to amplify other people's voices, as he included all my suggestions: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/open-source-hardware-against-coronavirus
starting to wonder how much of these shortages is actually due to individual hoarding and how much is due to the JIT trend and other computer dork based supply chain "optimization" that has left us as a society with less and less reserves of basic supplies that used to be built into the system, in warehouses and whatever
like, i'm no economist or academic, i'm spitballing here. but it seems like the effect of all this cult of efficiency stuff is just that we're always running out of shit
Folding@Home now pushing 470 petaFLOPS.
That's the processing power of the top seven supercomputers in the world combined according to this article.
Most of us are undergoing a lot of stress right now. People under stress can be short-tempered and impatient and can lash out. Try to be patient, empathetic, sympathetic, and avoid causing more stress or irritate or antagonize.
Try to be extra clear in your own communication, and ask others to clarify if they're not unambiguous. Be explicit about your feelings and expectations.
If you make a mistake, apologize.
With everyone discussing #rentstrike now is a great time to read Debt: The First 5000 years by David Graeber
covid, mastodon +
The new announcements feature in Mastodon has been a godsend since as an instance Friend Camp has been doing a LOT more coordinated online social events due to COVID-19. Our usual movie watchalongs but also we've started streaming videogames that people can tune into. It's just... nice to have such a natural way to announce instance-wide events.
hey if you're worried about corona and are trying to self quarantine and stay home and all that stuff, just remember - you can go outside and like enjoy the outdoors still. it's not like disease is floating through the air. get out, get some vitamin d and read a book or something. make some lemonade or some iced tea and enjoy the sun. forget about the state of panic and all that, because you can still *exist*. just watch yourself around others and leave if you feel uncomfortable.
The garlic that I got from @GwenfarsGarden is doing well!
Outdoor enclosure for DIY air quality monitor https://gerritniezen.com/outdoor-enclosure-for-diy-air-quality-monitor
Crazy level of automation in this 2015 Steam Controller manufacturing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCgnWqoP4MM
Environmental wins this week
Woah and now another big win right here, with Heathrow! 👏
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