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My first day of riding my TiltWheel was super successful I think :blobcat_nwn:​ Here's a video for you. I promise I can go faster on a straight run! More practice to do yet though. Maybe tomorrow I'll take it outside.

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I think the most important thing I can say is:
If there are kids/teens close in your life that might be Having Gender Feelings, or have expressed that they're trans -- acceptance is good but not remotely enough. Don't just be 'cool' about it. You need to be actively loving and supportive. Because they are trying so so hard, and being met with casual acceptance may be less than they need even if they don't know it. They are dealing with grief, and fear, and confusion, and new joy, and so, so vulnerable. Talk about that with them.

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Cryptocurrency dipshits don't bother follow requesting me btw :dont_at_me:

@AgathaSorceress @futzle Here's my go at your system, keeping as close as possible to your design. New equipment is marked in orange, and the speaker switcher wouldn't be necessary. The RCA 2-to-1 switchers are cheap purely mechanical devices.

When you’re lying in bed with your partner at night chatting about a cool thing you found out that day we call that a Bed Talk. “Thanks for coming to my Bed Talk!”

I was briefly considering whether I was hoarding too many power supplies at work. Then one of my supervisors brought me an additional milk crate full of them as a present. Now I am certain I cannot have enough power supplies.

I am the 19.5 Volt Queen*
*(other voltages also available but mostly it’s that)

Good god

> The technology dates to the 1970s — though this particular machine was updated in the ’90s to make it Y2K-compliant. The company that once manufactured SCAMPS no longer exists; when the machine breaks down, an IRS employee fabricates replacement parts on-site. “Only one guy knows how to fix the thing,” says John Desselle, a mailroom department manager.

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Whenever I see a digital add display i feel such a primal urge to smash it with a rock. Why do we live like this

exciting grownup news 

New chair acquired. I will slowly sink no more (unless pranked by @Iridaceae). Also it’s ergonomic and properly adjustable and should stay that way because it’s retail-grade

it’s bad. it is, not good 

A summary of the themes of *just some* of the ‘short films’ depicted with (terrible) live orchestral scoring:

• drone footage of agriculture and mining. Sure, I gue— oh, that’s footage of a fox’s corpse rotting. Okay.
• Asians in crowded places in sped up footage
• Poor brown people
• watch these boat people nearly die!
• boys being ??? massive racists?? unclear
• police brutality hashtag bothsides
• have you heard of The Coronavirus threatening chord
• poor brown people 2 (dying of coronavirus)
• uninterrupted video of the lead up to and aftermath of George Floyd’s murder with no content warnings whatsoever
• tall things. They’re tall and sometimes have rectangles
• train. It’s a train and some piano. The doors are locked. You may not leave. Train

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I just saw the worst fucking performance of anything I’ve ever seen. The absolute whitest shit from an artistic director with an ego large enough to need it’s own truck on tour, the artistic vision of the designers of TurboTax, lower media literacy than my 6-year-old niece, the self-awareness of a hatstand, and absolutely nothing new or interesting to say.

civics & voting 

I don’t know how much more plainly I can say this but it’s still not being understood: the act of having your vote counted is what you are trying to achieve. If your vote is counted, you have made a difference! That’s statistics. You are one small fish in the ocean. Give up the idea that voting will suddenly or hugely change politics for the better.
Voting will not magically cure or improve anything, necessarily. It is an incredibly rigid and slow mechanism. That is why we *do not solely rely on it*. But that doesn’t make it ok to leave it to the fascists to control!

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civics & voting 

@s0 This. I never understood that logic. We can work to build alternate communities and weaken the state apparatus WHILE voting. Walk and chew gum at the same time and all. If people's idea is to weaken the state by letting fascists take over and wreck it... yeah, straight up accelerationism.

civics & voting 

Fucking, typos. *not* voting because you don’t like either option is accelerationism.

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civics & voting 

Get used to the idea that voting isn’t saying you agree with someone at all. Most people I talk to don’t agree with either of our two major parties, even if we know one of them will end up in power.
It’s the easiest way you stack what existing civic power in numbers you have against the ones that will hurt us more & faster.
I shouldn’t need to provide examples from recent years of the ones that hurt us more and faster.

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civics & voting 

I’m gonna believe I’ll cop flack for this but: Voting is harm reduction. As a leftist, voting because you don’t ‘like either option’ is accelerationism, which I shouldn’t need to tell you, is not helpful.

You vote for the least worst option. Here that’s taught from a young age as part of civics study because voting is mandatory. That also means voting is quite accessible here — but it holds nonetheless.

Voting is neoliberal bullshit that supports the status quo? No. *Only* voting is neoliberal bullshit.
You vote, *and* you protest, work for your community, unionise, organise, fight against capitalism, etc.
Handing the right wing precisely what they want doesn’t help the rest of the fight.

It only costs you a little time and effort. I can’t speak to how accessible it is everywhere, but do make sure you check what the legal protections around voting & taking time to vote are where you are — lax participation in voting usually means less knowledge about the process.

@AmyZenunim@cybre.space @silentium@mond-basis.eu @AgathaSorceress@eldritch.cafe the “unix way” is a mistaken pursuit of simplicity for simplicity’s sake.

this simplicity may be aesthetically pleasing from a developer’s perspective, but all it does is shifting the task of dealing with complexity to the end user—because a system can only be as pure and simple as the problems it is trying to solve.

found his website and holy shit he designed everything from trains and buses to computer fonts to corporate logos (like mont blanc) and it looks like he and his team even designed the all the greatest hits from ISO 780 like the FRAGILE wine glass, the KEEP DRY umbrella, and the THIS SIDE UP double arrow. didn't see the PERISHABLE symbol on his website but I just sent him an email about it.

please check out his web page; it's rad as hell
lindingerdesign.de/cms/index.p

The project this has sprung off, using the fridge, is for a sort of reverse-electric-blanket. The fridge will contain a few dozen litres of water, kept cool throughout the day. At night, I’ll turn on a small quiet pump inside, and that will slowly circulate cold water through a snaking pipe in a mattress cover. Hey presto, keeping cool while falling asleep in summer without very noisy aircon. Maybe?

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Quick evening project, an arduino showing temperature of a waterproof probe and ambient sensor, from DS18B20s. This way I can see just how well the fridge maintains the temperature of the water in the circulating loop while it’s running.

misgendering, hospital 

Anyway donate to @testoceratops who was hate-crimed by a nurse for being trans and permanently injured

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misgendering, hospital 

They put me in a room with a middle aged man for like ten minutes which was yet more misgendering as far as I can tell.

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