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Mycelial technologist - coding & cultivating a decentralized, multispecies future.

Academic background in anthro / ethnobotany. Living in permaculture contexts on-and-off for the past four years.

Currently contributing to PeachCloud - a Pi-based Scuttlebutt hardware project.

It's a pleasure to be here and I look forward to learning beside you all.

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@l03s is also presenting about the terminology around practices of making alternative computing infrastructures which think about #energy and #ecology. What have they been called historically, what have they been called in academia and more interestingly, what have they been called in grass roots technology practices?

Her paper "has the goal of making the many counter narratives to the one of green capitalism visible, show the differences and similarities between them, create bridges between different fields and contexts and demonstrate the wealth this diversity of practices, and the thinking that informs them, brings"

She used a poll on mastodon and the subsequent discussion (post.lurk.org/@l03s/1057133321) as a way to surface the terms and she discusses some of them: #permacomputing #smalltechnology #lowtech and appropriate technology.

The paper really centers the diversity of approaches and the existence of alternatives not just by mentioning but also engaging with them. @viznut, @neauoire, and @calcifer are mentioned as are #gemini #LTM and #solarpunk.

The paper is useful for those that want an overview of current discussions on the topic because it points to the many places and ways these discussions take place.

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On monday I'm presenting a paper on solar.lowtechmagazine.com during the 'Computing within #Limits' conference.

In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about #degrowth and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.

The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.

However, it also self-criticizes solar.lowtechmagazine.com for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..

computingwithinlimits.org/2021

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Sometimes life is fleeting.
Time flows differently at scales big and small.

Found both a bee and a damselfly that had used their allotment of time in this passing through.

Couple of macro shots.

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Three Excavataors Incinerated in Atlanta Forest

"Any further attempts at destroying the Atlanta Forest will be met with similar response. This forest was here long before us, and it will be here long after.

We’ll see to that."

amwenglish.com/articles/three-

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Cabal, the open-source & p2p group chat I've worked on with friends, is in a quadratic funding pilot experiment run by Open Collective!

What that means for us, as an example: for every 10 USD donated, we get a total of 83 USD
fundoss.org/collective/cabal-c

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Déjà vu while pouring kale out of a bag and thinking about encoded bytes.

Dinner from a few nights ago: carrot, kale, garlic, radish, avocado and rice.

Simple to prepare yet super satisfying.

Revitalised by hatcho miso (八丁味噌) 🍲 🖤

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the bdelloid rotifer laughs at your narcissistic notions of a robot future.

entire humyn civilizations have risen and fallen while this microscopic organism was taking a nap.

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"Here, we report the survival of an obligate parthenogenetic bdelloid rotifer, recovered from northeastern Siberian permafrost radiocarbon-dated to ∼24,000 years BP. This constitutes the longest reported case of rotifer survival in a frozen state."

This creature was in a state of cryptobiosis for 24,000 years. Once thawed, it was able to reproduce asexually as if nothing had happened.

This is the kind of thing I'm talking about when I say 'the future is biological'.

doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.04.

this thought came to mind while watching a short video report on a fog-catching project in lima (bbc.com/news/av/magazine-38175).

during the video, a london-based academic basically says "poor people aren't an attractive target for investors because they have nothing to offer in return" (paraphrase).

to my mind, not being attractive to investors is a good thing! let grassroots initiatives grow organically without outsider extraction (ie. parasitism).

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The world makes a bit more sense when you replace the word "investors" with "extractors".

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A moment of fun Sunday GUI coding with fltk.

Lately I've been thinking more about small, custom tools as a soothing balm to the complexity and omnipresence of web browsers. Obviously not an original line of thought around here ;)

I'm hoping fltk-rs will provide an enjoyable entry-point for playing and prototyping. I've got a few ideas fermenting...

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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.