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Hi there, I'm Max. I make indie games, tools, visual art, and electronics, among other things.

I'm interested in resilient technology that cares about the people using and relying on it, and have slid down the free/open rabbit hole over the last decade or so as a result.

I'm also into software that's fun to use; whether it's a game or a tool.

Looking forward to seeing what you're all working on and sharing my own stuff too!

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I feel like this was already shared here but boundary2.org/2018/07/mueller/ this essay has really helped crystallise a lot of my thoughts around tech work, diy, and the intersection with socialism, haha.
As someone without much of an arts education I often feel like I lack the words or frameworks to get these kinds of thoughts in order so I really appreciate it when someone does that in a way I can understand. I think tech especially has a huge problem with "hard" individualism

@neauoire with i3, do you use the default keys? I'm having trouble adjusting and wondering if it's just transition pains or what. Should find a way to bind alt+tab 🙃

These didn't all go the way I expected, and probably should have seen some splits coming. Thanks to everyone who responded and boosted 👍

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Finally, do you prefer short or long captions?

The limit on mastodon seems absurdly high at 1500 characters - but I guess a picture says a thousand words?

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What about context dependence? Do you read the captions together or separately?

Context free would mean each caption is totally independent of the last. Each picture of a bird would have a fresh description.

Dependent might mention something from a previous caption. "The same bird, closer. The feathering around the beak is in sharp focus"

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3 questions about captions for anyone visually impaired or who otherwise relies on captions on masto or the bird site - what format of caption do you prefer?

Literal is just describing what's there. "a white boat sits in calm water beside a mooring"

Emotive or casual might be more playful or qualitative. "our boat resting at its sheltered mooring after an adventure"

Ah - I forgot to add a "see results" option. You can vote here for a reminder when the others are in, sorry about that folks!

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Finally, do you prefer short or long captions?

The limit on mastodon seems absurdly high at 1500 characters - but I guess a picture says a thousand words?

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What about context dependence? Do you read the captions together or separately?

Context free would mean each caption is totally independent of the last. Each picture of a bird would have a fresh description.

Dependent might mention something from a previous caption. "The same bird, closer. The feathering around the beak is in sharp focus"

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3 questions about captions for anyone visually impaired or who otherwise relies on captions on masto or the bird site - what format of caption do you prefer?

Literal is just describing what's there. "a white boat sits in calm water beside a mooring"

Emotive or casual might be more playful or qualitative. "our boat resting at its sheltered mooring after an adventure"

Adolescent magpie came to say hi while I was having lunch, and wanted to share. Still had some juvenile feathers. Parent watching from a bit further away but firmly at the "if you get yourself into trouble, that's your responsibility" stage of independence. It came and sat on the edge of the hammock briefly before deciding that was a bit much. Cutie.

The plant in our bathroom is flowering. It's had a heck of a journey moving house with use 3 times and 300km so far but has really come into its own in this spot.

Table details.

Knot repair in the top stands out more with the linseed oil on - it adds colour to everything but especially to resinous areas like knots.

The legs all have a taper that creates these big triangular surfaces which sometimes catch the light in quite a pleasing way. Cut with a rasp, saw and plane.

All the knots hidden on the underside. Fasteners behind hand cut dowel plugs.

Looking forward to seeing how they hold up to the usual abuse children's furniture gets 🙈

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Chair details.

Plan was devised to be very sturdy with huge dado joints between the sides and seat/back panels. This was a pain to cut with just a saw and chisel - a lot of waste to chisel away. Would do a different joint.

The initial was cut with a chisel too. Curves weren't easy!

First mistake was cutting the seat angle way too far upright. Glued in blocks to fix it.

Second was not cleaning up the glue and sawdust filler properly - LOTS of sanding after the fact.

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Build thread for the children's furniture I've just finished.

I recently finished this table and chair. Here's an overview and how it fits in situ; it's designed to fit under our existing table so it can be mostly out of the way when it's not in use.

All pine (mixed new and reclaimed), cut with hand tools. Linseed oil and varnish finish to bring out the grain and waterproof. Workshop was absolutely covered in shavings by the end.

I'll do a proper build post soon with detail shots etc, but it feels very good to get the last coat of finish onto these two.

From just planks, own plans, hand tools and glue. Learned a lot, but time to move on!

Little knot repair on a tabletop I'm working on. This kite both fills the hole and stabilises the wood without all the prep and clean up of an epoxy fill; 30min total labour plus waiting for the glue to dry, with an off-cut, marking knife, chisel, glue, and plane.

I like these techniques because they let me get more out of less-than-perfect wood.

Minor injury 

Every 3 years or so I need to shorten some mismatched fastener that I don't have anything similar to, by some tiny amount (ie, no hacksaw).

I use a coarse file for this.

Without fail, I forget that using a file can make the part hot, especially if it's small, and burn my finger. Ouch

Today I stumbled across dust3d

It's a really neat, novel-feeling tool for building basemeshes, as well as low poly assets. A bit rough to get started UX-wise but if you've got 2 views of something you can probably do an OK job very fast.

Seems quite in line with merveilles ideals, though it's starting to get quite a few side-features - not necessarily a bad thing, but affects size etc.

I want to give it some more time and attention soon!

github.com/huxingyi/dust3d

MIT License.

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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.