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I'm a programmer interested in using computers creatively. I make things both visual and audio. To that end, I'm serious about tooling, and I'm always looking for ways to make my tools feel more like an extension of my mind. Other things that interest me are:

- Cellular automata and the nature of time
- Design Patterns (and really everything Christopher Alexander has ever done)
- Distributed systems and how they reflect the basic challenges of reality
- Sustainability/human-powered transit

@neauoire some acquaintances are moving back to Europe and selling their 25' sailboat. I'm going to go see it on Thursday, maybe have a quick sail around the bay. It wouldn't be a live-aboard for me, but I think it might be good experience, as I've never owned my own boat before. Do you have anything in particular you think I should contemplate/questions to ask myself or them?

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usesthis.com/interviews/kicks.

"We're Cody and Jody, the brother and sister creative team behind Kicks Condor. We work out of Facebook Labs, prototyping future personalities that can capture the public's imagination, much in the same way that Disney characters and comic book characters provided archetypes in the past."

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pls let this be an elaborate joke

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« Today’s tech industry really is a triumph of the postmodern work ethic. No one cares about your product; we care about your adoption. No one cares about what your technology does; we care about what problems it solves for users, and how fast you can grow. The first commandment of tech is Build Stuff People Want. » alexdanco.com/2020/02/20/progr

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This beautifully summarizes the essence of failure of the schooling system I grew up in.

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cd ~/Pictures && mkdir blurrybackgrounds && for i in *.jpg *.JPG *.png *.PNG ; do out=$(uuidgen).jpg ; convert -quality 75 "$i" -strip -auto-orient -resize 4x4 -resize 1920x1080\! "blurrybackgrounds/${out}" ; done # Use your photos and images to make nebulous backgrounds.

@exquisitecorp I think I have figured it out? I had assumed that the red arrows under H and Y were actually arrows, but they are actually like Layer Up and Layer Down?

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@exquisitecorp I have a question about the Atreus that I can't seem to find any info about. Sometimes when I come back to my computer after walking away it seems like the Atreus is "stuck" in a particular layer. Is that supposed to be a feature (switching layers permanently?) And if so... how do I do it? I don't see anything about changing layers persistently in Chrysalis.

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Mieko Shiomi's <shadow piece> (1963)

Make shadows--still or moving--of your body or something on the road, wall, floor, or anything else. Catch the shadows by some means.

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"Every space is constantly trembling"
-- Toshiya Tsunoda, field recorder

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@jcmorrow The Scuttlebutt community is a community that has arisen from the peer-to-peer distributed protocol Secure Scuttlebutt. The main site for the project is ssb.nz/ and contains a video introduction as well as talks that have been given around the community & protocol :)

This is the blog post (2017-04) that got me into Scuttlebutt, originally: staltz.com/an-off-grid-social-

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This is the single greatest triumph of technology over itself, boost if you agree.

Finally started reading Finite and Inifinite Games. Two takes:
1) I totally thought this book was about games, did not realize it was a philosophy of... everything.
2) This is a (pun-intended) game-changing way of looking at the world. Holy shit.

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This weekend’s series is a set of four sketch-like fountain pen rendering of natural paths. 2/4, in blue. In my shop.

I'm at a point (again) where I really don't feel inspired or motivated to work on developing an app. I can't picture myself being satisfied making web and mobile CRUD apps and interfaces for the rest of my career, but it's also the only thing I've really been paid to do for the majority of the past ten years. What do I do you beautiful, artist-souled, computer-wizard merveilles humans?

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Road by a farm with ominous clouds and a lovely tree. White gel pen on black paper. Also occasional reminder that plots are for sale in my shop. And make great gifts. Even for yourself.

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Merveilles

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.