But like, you need to learn the skills. You were probably taught how to shop for clothes at the mall, if you grew up like me. Learning to repair clothes, or make them is a whole new thing to learn! That maybe you never had the benefit of a family or community to teach you. Capitalism & co actively push us to forget these skills and depend on "shopping skills" instead. This keeps us locked in.
This is why, I think, teaching each other skills is so so important.
I'm feeling disillusioned with Merveilles at the moment. When I first came here folx seemed open-minded, supportive & focused on exploration. Ideas appeared to be loosely held, allowing flexibility & empathy. Lately I've felt more of a judgemental & dogmatic atmosphere. I'm not sure if these observations are the result of changes in myself or this place.
Anyway, I don't mean this as an attack on anyone - just wanted to get the thoughts out of my head.
Fungus Monographs from the University of Michigan Herbarium
This Saturday, 13:30 CEST, I'll be speaking at Our Networks
First time using a brush pen...welp, it can only get better from here right? Right?!
It felt super weird to use the brush and focus on inking shadows after all the linework drawings I've done with markers (and no shading). It's going to take me a while to develop a feeling for this new tool and approach.
I was feeling really good about the head / face until I added the shadows lol it's hard to be subtle with this thing!
Luckily there's a bit of time before Inktober to practice.
No-tech mycelium propagation:
Stem butts of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) placed between layers of wet corrugated cardboard and left outside in the shade.
The mycelium comprising the tiny pieces of mushroom tissue reverts to an exploratory phase and begins growing outward in search of novel food sources.
As companions of the mycelium, we can leverage this talent in order to grow more mushrooms; introduce the myceliated cardboard to used coffee grounds, straw or hardwood logs.
The WiFi traffic alerts UI is now retrieving and storing state correctly.
I still need to display the flash message for success / failure after Update. Also need to display the actual download and upload values.
I think this is going to end up being a really nice feature.
board layout often feels like a videogame: super-visual, weird puzzle rules, multiple solutions, ways to get yourself totally blocked.
but it also feels similar to emergent/algo music systems: placing IC's sets constraints, the hand-routing unfolds. then you zoom out and behold: woven psychedelic spells.
Microblogging was a mistake. An attractive, candy-colored, addictive mistake.
Microblogging was a mistake.
An attractive, candy-colored, addictive mistake.
I will never actually implement it but sometimes I look at what the popularity of Twitter has done to the shapes of our conversations and I want to mandate a *minimum* post length here.
Mastodon's default limit of 500 is a start but not really enough. Every instance that raises the limit into the thousands of characters or beyond is doing a great thing by providing a way to wean people off of short, staccato exchanges and give them the opportunity for thought and nuance in a text box they have been trained to dump thoughts into. It looks short at first but it just keeps on growing and growing as your thought takes shape, and you can actually go back and *edit* the fucking thing.
But really I still miss when goddamn Livejournal was where all my online social shit happened. People could still be dicks on it, don't get me wrong! it wasn't set up to encourage and enforce hot takes, though; it wasn't built to make a ton of money by farming your outrage and stress and turning it into ad views!
(Which is really a problem with ALL modern social sites, everyone wants to become the next Zuckerfuck and there is no way to do that without strip-mining your users' attention. But I've sung that song more than once and don't care to sing it again today; I've got shit to do.)
(This post brought to you by watching a disagreement actually get *resolved* thanks to the power of replies that are long enough to have some fucking nuance, instead of blowing up into a multi-day shitstorm of too-short replies going back and forth.)
Next iteration of the WiFi alerts UI: I've added checkboxes to allow activation / deactivation of warning and cutoff thresholds.
Might still need to add a little more breathing room around the various molecules.
I think I'm going to do my own thing for Inktober this year, instead of following the official prompt list. I have a theme in mind and will aim to produce 10 pieces over the course of the month. Need to start collecting reference images soon. Really looking forward to the experience!
Anyone else thinking of taking part?
Wrote about Solarsails - our solarpunk themecamp.
Bamboo, repurposed junk, solar panels and optimism.
I've been experiencing neck pain lately from constantly looking down at my laptop display. Today I received an external monitor thanks to some generous family members. Super happy to have an improved setup!
I'd like to eventually get a wall-mounted monitor arm but the cottage chic setup is cool for now.
A conference on the idea of wildness, featuring ecologists, artists and foresters, all online, all screening for one morning on September 9th.
Kielderhead Wildwood – Rediscovering Wildness (Virtually!) | Northumberland Wildlife Trust
I'll be speaking and my videos for the 'Wood Wide Web' project will be featured. Tune in if you're looking for something to watch.
[ sowing seeds of symbiosis | weaving webs of wu wei ]
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.