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Our little hummingbird feeder is getting a steady stream of visitors this year. Right now is the busy season. They are such graceful flyers, dropping 40 ft from a tree in a gentle s-curve shape to get a drink. Zipping off with incredible speed when finished.

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Hello! I’m Jak, and I mostly think about the intersection between philosophy, economics, and technology. I’m working on a philosophical system to help human social organisms navigate complexity, and I’m also learning/working toward building a more simple, resilient, and efficient vision of networked data and computing.

Did the iFixit battery replacement on my mom’s old iPhone so she can use it longer. Every new device purchase avoidance feels like a minor victory.

I did the power charging conditioning (fill up battery and let it drain), but now even though plugged in, it shuts itself down after about 10 minutes.

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Now the rest is completed. Putting it back together was a lot more frustrating because I kept missing that a connector was under the board and would have to re-do steps to release it. But now it’s done, it booted right up and will hopefully serve me well for several more years.

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"Computers let me audition the unimaginable" - that's a powerful idea! Thanks for sharing this.

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@tendigits “This little box in my hand connects me to most of the rest of humanity. It can show me the knowledge shared by others and provides an easy way to exchange goods and services. It is also an artistic medium, through which I can share art with others or arrange to share art in person.

It is also a dangerous box. Just as humanity is capable of greed and avarice, so too are the things you can see and do on the box.

But, as long as you’re careful, you’ll find that most people are basically good and this device is truly a wonderful thing.

Be sure to keep it charged and pay the bill every month. Humanity has not yet figured out a free lunch.”

If you met someone who had no idea what a computer is, and they asked you what tasks you do with it. What would you say?

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I feel like every year I fall behind further and further, I'm often like "well, I can't believe anyone is jumping through these hoops-", but then, nobody else does, it's like once you fall off the threadmill of latest phone, latest google this, latest apple that and everything gets more painful. They're all interlocked systems that need each other to work properly.

One day it'll be, well screw this, I can't internets anymore.

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It's probably not ready yet, but I've been working on a bash script to generate private static photo albums for family members.git.sr.ht/~rostiger/memoir

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@tendigits I'm particularly interested in wordless programming languages and in my search for references, I found both SPLAT and Bitpict to be interesting ways to think about the problem of computing through spacial/geometrical transformations.

- https://direct.mit.edu/isal/proceedings/alife2018/30/83/99643
- https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/83491/Bitpict_Implements_Itself-LispGloss.pdf
- https://www-ui.is.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~takeo/course/2006/media/papers/bitpict_chi91.pdf

I have made myself a small cellular automata programming enviroment called "color code" that is an experiment with those ideas: http://colorcode2.bananabanana.me

In more practical terms, if you'd have a celullar automata running inside of an arduino, you could read, process and output data by drawing a wireworld circuitry or developing a more compact and specific rule set.

Pixels would map to memory locations that could be mapped to either pulse width modulation on general purpose pins or analog levels.

The underlying algorithm of color code and bitpict are so simple that they could be implemented mechanically or chemically.

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@tendigits that's called phidgets or phydgets (for "physical widgets"). Some experiments from the early 2000 here: http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/phidgets/gallery/index.html (with nerf guns sending emails at you, and various things interacting with Windows Live Messenger)

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@tendigits this reminded me of ideas/examples like the following from Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction (2001); this chapter is about what they call Tangible Computing:

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@tendigits Quite a few years ago, the fascinating .walk project presented a model for procedural walking and psychogeographical exploration.

One of the ideas behind the project was to execute these walking algorithms collectively, and execute certain operations when stumbling upon one another. An admitedly slow, but physical and psychogeographical computer in urban space.

http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/dot-walk/

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I’ve seen “Physical computing” described as making computers interact with the physical world (sensors and buttons, etc), but I’m curious if computing tasks themselves can be shaped into a physical form and speed that’s aligned for direct human interaction. Like lifting a block from one place to another to transfer a file. It’s purposely inefficient, but directly relatable.
I do not want to wear goggles to enter a virtual space, I want the exact opposite.

Mending a pillow on the porch. (Picture of me, no eye contact)

After a few years of hosting my website from home, we finally had a power outage longer than however long my UPS battery lasts, so my site is down. Oh well, it’ll be back eventually.

More module ideas: a little thermal printer, a mouth shaped thing that can produce vocal sounds ala @paul scripts, @kevin idea of an e-ink display, all kinds of meters you could send data to for display.
None of these are particularly novel, but the idea of a consistent model for interoperability could make this fun.

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Maybe each module is a very simplistic computer on its own with conventions for file storage/transfer and CV can be interpreted any number of ways.

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