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Hi all, re-introducing myself for all the new members (welcome!):

I am a:
-- Former contingent philosophy lecturer
-- Former sysadmin and helpdesk technician
-- Musician/composer working with computers, guitars, electronics, and voice
-- Cast iron cook stove enthusiast

I love:
-- TTRPGs, especially open, hackable, and lightweight systems
-- Thinking/Talking about Phenomenology, Hegel, Time, Merleau-Ponty, Peirce, Difference, Husserl, Space, Motricity, Semiosis
-- Thinking at the intersection of Politics+Aesthetics+Ethics+Being

I am learning:
-- SuperCollider
-- Org-Mode
-- Continuously, how to be bewildered, confused, and to dwell in that bewilderment and confusion, and to allow myself not to know, and to push back against any desire to have already arrived at knowing
-- Tá mé ag foghlaim na Gaeilge

I work with:

-- Pure Data
-- *Nix systems
-- Cassette Tapes
-- Hardware synthesizers
-- Lots of FOSS software

I was born and raised in rural New England (the most beautiful place in the world) (I'm of course kidding) (am I?)

I tend to be more of a lurker, but I am here reading, listening, watching, thinking, and working on being more confident in contributing in my own way.

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Finally after a bit of a hiatus we're restarting online tidal meetups in a couple of weeks, starting with Aravind talking about his Konnakol work. We'll try our discord for this, check info including the time in your local timezone here:
club.tidalcycles.org/t/tidal-c
Thanks and please share this thread to let people know this a/c is active!

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Thank you to everyone who boosted and messaged and shared and helped. We are in better shape than before! We have a few options and we have our lodging sorted for at least the first few weeks.

We still haven't found actual permanent housing, but it looks like that just isn't possible in Dublin if you're not literally there, on the ground. Hopefully we'll get it figured out!

Thank you all, we appreciate it so much. It really is humbling to have received so much care and attention and aid from virtual strangers. That in itself is a boon!

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My partner and I are supposed to move to Ireland, from the USA, in a month. Still haven't found any housing. Gah!

Anyone know anyone who may be able to help us out? We're both artists/academics, and my partner has a job already at UCD in Dublin. We just need a place to land, even if its temporary. House sitting, apartment, house rental, private rooms, we're open to anything within 1 hour commute to Dublin via public transit.

If you know anyone who could help we would greatly appreciate it! We're almost in despair-mode 😅

I don't have a lot of followers on here, but feel free to boost this post if you're comfortable doing that!

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I'm starting a small call for entries for a yet-to-exist 'zine on tech for resting, being lazy, letting be, and having a break. Share wide and far.

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For the first Fallow Zine, la Jachère is interested in contributions about the following topics, but not limited to them.

- Lazy tech or tech for the lazies
- Tech that falls into place, fits, is just enough
- Tech for rest, pause, have a break, take a breath
- Tech for preservation, of the status quo, of energy, of a moment, of equilibrium

More on jache.re/notes/call-fallow-zin

- Deadline: 21. June 2022 (more or less… deadlines are thresholds to play with)

Working on my website today. I'm using org-mode plus ox-hugo and so far this is the best I've felt having a website.

I'd love to build my own simple static site generator, but I'm just not at a place in life right now where that's possible.

So, in keeping with the wisdom "the perfect is the enemy of the good," I'm very happily and intentionally making use of these readymade tools (org-mode, ox-hugo, hugo, the hello-friend hugo theme) and feeling some joy in working on this project rather than leaving it to be endlessly deferred.

Having fun today with some no-input mixing with this old ramsa mixer. I love the analog vu meters !

To add a bit:

What excites me about this work is:

1) the coherence of form and idea
2) the autonomy of the work itself

What I mean by autonomy is that this piece does not follow any rules. It rather forms, for itself, its own rules /as it goes/.

When a work is able to be autonomous like this, which is to say, not simply running down a checklist of "things needed to count as a {poem/performance/visual art/etc.}", then what you end up with is a work whose ideas are inextricable from their presentation.

To put it another way, a work like this "makes sense" in a way that /only it/ can.

This is to me so exciting and beautiful.

It also makes it difficult to talk about, because to talk about the work, I'm tempted to "translate" what I learned with it. But if the form and the idea are as inextricable as I think they are, then I can't do this. I can only encourage you to find some time to encounter this work.

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I just experienced everest pipkin's beautiful poem

anonymous-animal.neocities.org

this is gorgeous and beautiful and wow

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Hi Everyone, I'm Dorothy (she/they). I work in the open source software community. I'm a grad student focused on voice recognition, speech generation, and assistive tech. Interactive/playable media, art games (and games you can't *win*), telephones (old and new), studying the human voice, sound art, radio, deep (and active) listening are a few of the things I care about. Outside of work and school, I read tarot (I've been doing that for over 20 years). 🎴

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Hi all, Roel he/him.

An artist and designer with an interest in computer networks, materiality of the internet, digital community infrastructure, DIY/DIWO approaches, FOSS culture.

You might know my work from the LowTech Mag's solar powered server project solar.lowtechmagazine.com

Currently pursuing a in Interaction and Participatory at Malmö University. As part of that research I work together with actors in the cultural sector to co-design alternative social media infrastructures with/for them. These are mostly based on fediverse applications, so I am also interested in aspects of and more generally how to transition to and improve alternatives together etc. This space is far from perfect and in some cases insufficient but we need to start somewhere??

I'm a founding member of varia.zone, and also part of lurk.org. With LURK we've been running a fediverse instance called post.lurk.org since 2018, for which I am happy to be one of the co-admins! As part of that I boost , calls and questions..

:drake_like: This is introduction is really long because post.lurk.org has a character limit of 1337

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i'm derek, he/him. currently in central california and have lived in new york for a bit too

originally went through school up through (lol i'd be surprised if that hashtag actually worked and referred to doctor of musical arts) studying with aspirations of being a "new music" percussionist but didn't stick the landing in music academia. i got a degree somewhere along the way and had been getting heavily into and sorts of things working at a media lab during the dma so when covid, hit decided to go back to (online) grad school studying computer science. things i'm really into studying cs-wise are /#ml things (more leaning on the ai-side but we'll see) and "soft-cs"/"extra-cs" sorta intersectional things like and and starting to read about and other things. not sure where my cs studies will go yet but it'd be nice be able to research ai things more. also, i'm really into / sorta things.

other things i'm into are anime and manga (mostly iyashikei, mecha, and ikuhara things), video games, riichi mahjong, animals (mostly cats, sea otters and puffins), stars are cool, and also vast desolate expanses.

think my website better sums up things: derekxkwan.com/

Hi all, re-introducing myself for all the new members (welcome!):

I am a:
-- Former contingent philosophy lecturer
-- Former sysadmin and helpdesk technician
-- Musician/composer working with computers, guitars, electronics, and voice
-- Cast iron cook stove enthusiast

I love:
-- TTRPGs, especially open, hackable, and lightweight systems
-- Thinking/Talking about Phenomenology, Hegel, Time, Merleau-Ponty, Peirce, Difference, Husserl, Space, Motricity, Semiosis
-- Thinking at the intersection of Politics+Aesthetics+Ethics+Being

I am learning:
-- SuperCollider
-- Org-Mode
-- Continuously, how to be bewildered, confused, and to dwell in that bewilderment and confusion, and to allow myself not to know, and to push back against any desire to have already arrived at knowing
-- Tá mé ag foghlaim na Gaeilge

I work with:

-- Pure Data
-- *Nix systems
-- Cassette Tapes
-- Hardware synthesizers
-- Lots of FOSS software

I was born and raised in rural New England (the most beautiful place in the world) (I'm of course kidding) (am I?)

I tend to be more of a lurker, but I am here reading, listening, watching, thinking, and working on being more confident in contributing in my own way.

I hope it's OK to do a little self-promotion here--I normally, truly, completely loathe to share my own work but one of my goals for 2022 is to be a little more confident in that regard.

So, here's an album I made almost a year ago with my band. It's finally out today, and we're really proud of it!

RIYL: Songs: Ohia, Unwound, Modest Mouse, Joni Mitchell

sosaidso.bandcamp.com/

So I'm trying now to be more aware of this, of how there is so much work being done--especially by young people, by people of colour, by immigrants, by people who occupy myriad and intersecting non-dominant subject positions--that is real and hard work even if it is not legible as such by capitalism in general.

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The thing is, I never thought of what we were doing as "work," and I never thought of myself as having any sort of artistic or musical "practice." I had friends who also didn't see it that way, and there were people in my life (and there still are today!) for whom all of this was just "goofing around" or "having a hobby."

The result of this was that, despite having a pretty rigourous artistic practice with a very small but active group of collaborators by the age of 15, I continued to think of myself as a "lazy" and "not serious" musician.

As an aside, this self-conception I had persisted even when I was literally a (contingent) professor teaching music in a university.

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So for instance: as I kid I started punk bands with my friends. We were silly skateboarders who goofed around town and what we did could have looked a lot like "hanging out" and "messing around" and "having fun." And we did, we were doing, all of those things. But we ALSO worked our asses off being in bands: we practiced anywhere from 2-4 times a week (sometimes more), for anywhere from 2-6 hours at a time (sometimes more!), writing songs and rehearsing them and playing them over and over.

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Today I've been thinking about the ways some kinds of work are, from the perspective of capitalism in general (and in particular for me, from the perspective of the background radiation of the Puritans in my own New England upbringing), legible as "real" labour while other kinds are not. And I'm thinking about how this stuff informs moral judgments made about people.

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"During [the canal's] three centuries it needed virtually no maintenance, it relied on no engines or fuel, no mining, no metals, no chemicals. There was no pollution, the boats could be hand built. ... It did not cause any emissions or erosion, it saved millions of man hours otherwise spent on ... roads. There were no accidents: at walking speed and thirty centimeter depth it was safe enough to have children playing in the middle of it with boats coming and going."

https://wrathofgnon.substack.com/p/sustainable-infrastructure

Finally catching up on this podcast interview with Wadada Leo Smith.

Hearing this brilliant artist talking about inspiration, about what it means to make art, about the trouble with having "pre-conceptions" and how those pre-conceptions (about one's art, about a genre, about what a performance ought to do/be) are just a futile attempt to wield power---this is good stuff.

It's a reminder that the idea some philosophers have tried to articulate--that aesthetics and ethics are commingled--is an idea that is already lived and in practice for some artists.

aquariumdrunkard.com/2021/05/1

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We are an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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