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Freedom
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Let there be a little country without many people.
Let them have tools that do the work of ten or a hundred,
and never use them.
Let them be mindful of death
and disinclined to long journeys.
...
Instead of writing,
they might go back to using knotted cords.
They'd enjoy eating,
take pleasure in clothes,
be happy with their houses,
devoted to their customs.

- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
translated by LeGuin πŸ’–

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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

A friend is moving to the east coast, so she gave us her monstera. It was several sizes too big for its pot and very dried out, but I’ve done my best to rescue it. Untangling root balls is so soothing.

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I don't think it would be that hard to be a leading expert on musical applications for articulatory synthesis.

As far as I can tell, there really hasn't been any significant changes to the area since Perry Cook's singing synthesis work in the 90s. Even research in general articulatory synthesis seems to have stagnated as well.

Computers are also several orders faster than they were when this was more popular, so this fact alone could lead to low-hanging fruit explorations that weren't feasible three decades ago.

Installed a fun piece of interactive art (driven by MIDI) at a party this weekend, it's the first time I've ever had my work displayed in public and it was super fun and motivating!

@neauoire I'm doing some MIDI stuff that isn't "musical". Is there any way to send an ORCA "note" lower than 24 (or low C on a piano)?

Finally found a good-enough used guitar for very cheap. I knew I was saving these merveilles stickers for good reason πŸ‘

It's been an amazing 7 weeks of National Parks, time with friends, playing a ton of music; today and tomorrow I have to switch back into work mode. I think the near-term goal is something like "find enough freelance programming work to support me while I figure out something more interesting in the long-term". 30 is too young to be this bored with my career, so maybe it's time to switch, or maybe I just need to do a better job of finding *my* kind of programming work.

Also, it is immensely difficult to get photos from my iPhone to my Macbook. My Macbook is old enough (read: 5 years) that AirDrop doesn't work on it anymore. And even with Dropbox, it's actually still pretty difficult (took me about 5 minutes maybe?). It's pretty amazing that that is still not a perfectly convenient operation to plonk some bits from one device to another.

Been enjoying the 250 box challenge, though it is rather slow πŸ“¦

@neauoire So uxn is released now?! That's awesome! Congrats!

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@neauoire You've hit onto one of my interests ~ radical furniture stuff. Incoming linkdump:

https://archive.org/details/How.To.Build.Your.Own.Living.Structures.1974.Ken.Isaacs/ --- this looks to be really similar in concept and origin (same era, similar designs, ethos.)

http://www.matthewlangley.com/blog/Enzo-Mari-Autoprogettazione2.pdf --- italian communist designer Enzo Mari published this book around building modernist furniture from construction-grade lumber. Sorry about the poor quality pdf but it's not super easy to find good ones and I'm going to sleep soon anyways so I wanted to be quick.

https://lostartpress.com/collections/the-anarchist-series-of-books --- traditional woodworker Christopher Schwarz has a whole series on "furniture of necessity". Not the Chippendale ultra-high-class furniture, but what average people built when they needed a (table|chair|bench|whatever) for the last 400 years.
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Just gave my notice at work. I've known for a long time now that my days as an individual contributor to web projects were coming to an end. I'm nervous about what's next, but also excited to have some time in the coming months to rethink what major parts of my career look like. πŸ’“

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A Wood Heart is #1 popular on itch :) 

Shit me!

A Wood Heart is currently the most popular physical game on itch.

It's silly because it's really nothing, but I feel really proud of that.

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A cleat made from a set of ropes saturated with epoxy.

"Very strong, very light, very cheap, very fast to make."

yrvind.com/cleat/

Freedom
---
Let there be a little country without many people.
Let them have tools that do the work of ten or a hundred,
and never use them.
Let them be mindful of death
and disinclined to long journeys.
...
Instead of writing,
they might go back to using knotted cords.
They'd enjoy eating,
take pleasure in clothes,
be happy with their houses,
devoted to their customs.

- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
translated by LeGuin πŸ’–

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I put out a podcast called Artists and Hackers. Episode 3 is out now: Can a Programming Language be a Radical Community? It's on the javascript library p5.js and how they support and nurture their community of contributors

artistsandhackers.org/programm

Also, gonna start doing drawabox, and this seemed like a good opportunity to try out futureland! futureland.tv/jcmorrow/drawing

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Find your community. Everything else will work out.

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