Going hiking. Trying to do it more regularly now that the weather is starting to cool down.

Started some sauerkraut today. Haven't fermented anything before, and I ran out of store bought recently. Seems like an easy first effort!

This probably goes without saying, but if you enjoy this, you should spend some time reading Low Tech Magazine. (While this article isn't from there, it has a very similar timbre to their material.)

lowtechmagazine.com/

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"During [the canal's] three centuries it needed virtually no maintenance, it relied on no engines or fuel, no mining, no metals, no chemicals. There was no pollution, the boats could be hand built. ... It did not cause any emissions or erosion, it saved millions of man hours otherwise spent on ... roads. There were no accidents: at walking speed and thirty centimeter depth it was safe enough to have children playing in the middle of it with boats coming and going."

wrathofgnon.substack.com/p/sus

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Something that gets obscured in the ongoing nft debates is the question of a culture of commodification. If we put all else aside (i.e. ecological impact etc) there's still a question of furthering/accelerating an economic culture of commodification, transactionalism, etc.

If part of art is shaping culture, which I believe it is, then what culture are we shaping? What systems do we participate in, reject, change, and create? It doesn't have to be either/or, if can be both.

But think about which systems you engage in because "we live in a society" and which ones you are actively working to produce and maintain. These things don't just exist by some divine right, they are made and need to be continually produced.

Where are you putting your active effort? What systems, institutions, and cultures does that aim to actively produce? Versus where you put your passive or necessary effort, for instance to earn enough to pay rent.

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"Hello! Do you have a minute to talk about Dracula?"

"No- wait, Dracula?"

"Yes!"

"You're vampires?"

"Yes. We have pamphlets."

"Vampires have missionaries?"

"Where else would new vampires come from?"

"I assumed you bit people."

"There are many hurtful stereotypes. May we come in?"

Started refactoring some of my streaming webpage. Trying to do some clean-up of some kludge before adding a few more features. I have some ideas for the roadmap of what I want it to do. We'll see how it goes.

First cup of my favorite tea in a very very long time. The price has skyrocketed thanks to climate disruption. Glad it should have some seasonal availability again at least.

I fell in an indesign/photoshop hole for the past couple weeks while work has been dumb. It's been good to refresh those skills.

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I have some days where it feels like a hormonal magnet just pulls me down in ways I don't know how to resist. If things just perceptually "go wrong," I can just feel the top of my stomach lock-up and sink beyond control. I can resist it in company, but boy-howdy it's an overwhelming sensation.

Just have to ride it out, but it really ruins a day and isolates me.

"Hap meant “luck” or “fortune.” Hapless was “unlucky” before it came to mean “incompetent.” There was no contrasting hapful, but there was happy—which originally meant “fortunate.”

lithub.com/kempt-couth-ruth-on

Annoyed that eBay offers poor protections from buyers acting in bad faith.

We had a cool day on Friday, so I baked some bread. It's nice to have my bread again.

Had my first (known) instance of exploding head syndrome last night. I expected the phenomenon to be more dreamlike. I did not experience flashing, only the extremely loud "laser sound". This video is an impressively accurate reproduction:

youtube.com/watch?v=rAFyGL_eUK

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Tibetan woman holding flowers, only they're not flowers they're cryptocurrency mining PSUs.

(Via Reddit)

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