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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:

Ah, elasticsearch my nemesis, you strike again

Want to replace my Apple wireless router with an OpenWRT one that’ll actually do band steering properly…

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Big tech hypocrisy / Palestine / Ukraine 

HP have a banner on their Z by HP page about how they stand with the people of Ukraine and encouraging donations to UNICEF but they're very quiet about how HPE worked with the IDF to maintain the Basel biometric system at West Bank and Gaza checkpoints amongst other contracts through to at least 2019... To be fair, it's easy pickings on tech companies doing similar, IBM have a deep history of similar racism for one, Microsoft contracts with ICE etc etc

Woo, long evening of laser-cutting and cementing acrylic and the enclosures I designed for this project are ready for installation on Monday!
One of the next problems to solve is getting stiff flat flex cables to run neatly inside the frames. I’m thinking maybe a hair straightener to help press sharp folds into them? We have spares so I think I’ll try it out.

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The most proof that money is utterly fake nonsense is the capitalist medical system

autistic grumble 

I still don’t know the boundaries of what I’m meant to wear at work and nobody will tell me directly

It's been a bit of time, but I finally designed & routed the PCB for the control module of the project! I still need to confirm and order parts but then I should be ready to order PCBs for both and get to assembling and programming.
I've placed all components only on the top to allow for fitting a lithium cell behind it, and placed 2 battery connectors in parallel to allow for a cell either side if that fits better on the headband.

Hey pals, anyone want to join a Matrix Space I've made to share admin help with upgrading, blocks etc?

Nix sounds interesting...
*tripping and falling down a rabbit hole noises*

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And no, "community" does not mean you must stay in places and with people that stifle and poison you. A flower is not morally obligated to bloom in hostile soil and neither are you. There can be no true togetherness where you are not wanted in your fullness. You can stay locked in dreaming seed to survive until the winds of life and luck cup you in their wild and supple hands to drop you on better ground. May you there explode into bloom.

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I do not recognize tension or any form of prioritization between the individual and the community. I reject it. Life without interdependence is not a life worth living, and our inner voices that white people tell us is so individualistic are the voices of our relationships and communities, slung like riotous garlands across time and space, that tell us how best to relate to and contribute to those in community with us.

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I have made a weird musical instrument. It is some kind of electronic just intonation kalimba I guess? With stars?

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From black beans to pigment to watercolor. Learning how to turn plants into watercolor has been so rewarding 🥰
#mastoart #pigments #wildcrafting

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weaving 

i finished this project! the scarf mixes brooks bouquet (a simple finger-controlled lace where you wrap warp threads with the weft) and plain weave, according to the perlin noise (actually simplex noise) pattern i generated in python. woven at 12 epi with very nice cotton/linen yarn from Gist

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At #GPN20 @ln got a SIP call from Chaos Post while we were doing some grocery shopping. I'm paraphrasing here a bit

- Hi Elen, XY from #ChaosPost is speaking. Where are you?
Elen, confused: ...
- Shopping groceries at (location)
- Which station?
- (station name)
- Alright, stay there, your post will be delivered in 10 minutes.

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trans discourse-adjacent, race, pol 

Y'know the reason why I don't relate to a lot of trans discourse (and sometimes experiences) is specifically because I am Black. My identity and my politics are both informed by and cannot be separated from my Blackness. So I see a lot of what happens in trans circles as essentially white people shit and I don't fuck with it. I feel like white people in general are limited by their knowledge and their lack of consideration for BIPOC voices.

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