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PlugData v0.5.3 is out now, with redesigned GUI objects, better performance, the latest ELSE and cyclone updates:


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One of my favorite things about living in Toronto (and there are a lot) is how big the waterfront is. A 60 minute walk or short public transit ride from home and I can walk along the multiple kilometer beach boardwalk. On weekdays it’s not that busy.

Spent the day rearranging furniture and artwork. Feels so nice and refreshed, like a new home. Highly recommended

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Paul Slocum, software developer who has been curating, conserving, and selling digital art since 2006 wrote an excellent and extensive survey of the effects and problems in the takeover of networked culture by creepto-capital.

He couldn't find a suitable publication for his critical perspective which speaks volumes about the state of media institutions which made a name and raise funding precisely promoting the opposite values to those of blockchain culture and now are totally integrated and participating in the cultural and economic distortion described by Paul.

Do read and share widely.

Tonight I performed an improvisation for site specific field recordings and tuned digital resonators (quadraphonic) for an audience of ten people and it felt great.

i'm starting to sell large chunks of my record collection, which has been accumulating for about 25 years. it's so hard to part with these things, but in the end i only listen to probably 10% of what i have, and the rest just sits there... it will feel like a relief when it's down to a size where i can actually know what i have and enjoy it. but it's hard.

This week I turned life, the universe, and everything. And I survived.

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i got nothing done today yet was somehow busy all day ... oh yeah, it's because i decided to try different terminal fonts.

I just launched the latest update to Finger Plays, my net.art piece about the finger protocol, networks, relationships...

... or finger @fingerplays.emenel.ca

This version adds a few new elements, and many tweaks to the text and audio.

This project reimagines a type of poetic embodied network presence, below the surface of the graphical interfaces and corporate web platforms where we spend most of our computer time. It asks viewers to engage with the command line finger protocol, and turns the log of requests into an audio-visual poem.

Any tips on building a nice shake table that can support about 40kg?

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how many "accounts" do you have? how many have you had total since you started using the web?

a key failing of the web as a platform is the total absence of identity semantics. there's no consistent way to "be someone" and have that "being" persist and synchronize across platforms. its a capital H Hard Problem for sure, but we ended up with the worst of all worlds: 1) needing to create accounts everywhere and 2) massively centralized corporate identity providers like google and facebook...

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a recurring frustration in my personal and professional life is being shared a google document that i cannot access because none of my email accounts are gmail accounts. google docs and drive are unusable if youre not totally bought into their whole platform. the amount of hoop jumping i have to do just to read something a client shared with me is astounding. when i say computers are categorically less interesting to me this is what i mean.

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kitty + fish + fzf is eye opening ... i always love cli, and use the terminal for much of my computer use... but this combo makes me feel like i had been stuck in the mid 90's.

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after many years of doing programming things the way i always did them, i'm trying to "modernize" my dev workflow and setup ... moving from nvm/rbenv/pyevn/etc to asdf ... from zsh to fish ... trying new editors. it's not without headaches, but things are starting to feel more manageable overall

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Modding Fridays is an online community of people interested to learn together about the maintenance, repurposing, and reappropriation of supposedly obsolete consumer electronics, for fun and profit. We see our interest as part of a broader conversation on post-digital culture, #permacomputing and repair culture.

I've been really annoyed by VSCodium/VSCode lately ... it's too bloated and so many of the extensions are really aggressive (i.e. the autocomplete and error checking is so strict and so fast)... I was talking to a friend and he suggested I give Sublime Text a try. I used it use it many many years ago, but kind of forgot that it still exists.

IMO after using the demo I think I like this much better than VSCodium or Atom. It's much less aggressive, more minimal.

I've tried so many times (so many) to get into using VIM or Emacs with no luck, but maybe it's time to try those again too?

why is macos font management still so so broken in 2022

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