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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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@rek Yeah, certainly would be reinforcing, although it also seems like it probably makes it harder to do, since I would expect that this involves some pretty careful (and possible large area) sanding for anything mounted on a hull.

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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."


@rek Wow, brilliant. My first thought was "trying to coil that rope with epoxy on it sounds like the messiest job in the universe", but now that I see how they do it it makes a lot more sense πŸ˜…

@awalvie Interestingly, the drawabox course implores you to use regular printer paper! I have a nice collection of notebooks (it's a guilty pleasure of mine), but everything for this course I've done just with regular old printer paper that we normally use for note-taking.

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’–

@npisanti @jameschip This looks amazing. I've only had mild success with RPGs but I might just have to pick up a copy of this for a rainy day.

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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


@awalvie Nice! Yeah I'm trying to stick with it, I've been on a bit of a roll with starting habits and actually having them stick this year, so 🀞

@changbai As the great David Foster Wallace said "the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you."

@changbai I think for me, the only real enabler is money, which is why it's high up on my list. It would be awesome to one day have an audience and to be able to influence people, but I see those things as products of me pursuing my values, not the other way around. Of course, there's a virtuous cycle in there somewhere, particularly around audience size, but I think a growth mindset focused on money, fame, or power risks compromising the whole project of life itself.

@changbai Re: means to an end. That's a good question, and I think Julian actually says it best: "I can spend money to attain Knowledge, Fame, Power, Adventure, and so on.

But, if writing gets me more of those values right now... then what's the point of taking a decades-long detour to turn Money back into my preferred values? ". It's a bit like the parable about the fisherman and the businessman: victorylapretirement.com/2020/

@changbai Haha, great questions! We took Friday and Monday off for travel, so that we really had Friday night -> Monday morning for focusing. I think it was enough time to come away feeling proud of our progress, but I also came away a little overwhelmed with more questions and todos. I think it was, as the saying goes, a great place to start and a bad place to stop.

@neauoire Yes πŸ™‚

There will be more to come soon I hope. To put things into navigational metaphor: right now I'm still figuring out what the next landmark is, but I think these values are a rough compass heading that won't lead me astray.

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.

I spent this weekend with a friend working through some personal values and career visioning. I composed a short post about what I came away with here: jcmorrow.bearblog.dev/values/ I would love to hear any thoughts merveilles folks have about work, meaning, community.

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information β€” 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.