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Hello! I am a scientist and parent looking to chat with folks about the future — the scary parts and also the hopeful parts. I'm interested in , the small internet, and doing more with less. I've been writing at and more recently sharing stuff at

anarchism 101 stuff 

All systems of minority rule are illegitimate.

E.g.: I have this whole zine I wrote on the motivating ideology of conservatism (because I think most people get it wrong), and I go through and edit it whenever US Republicans pull off another evil plot (i.e., often). In its current form, it’s an incoherent rant. Will I ever actually edit it into something to share? It doesn’t matter — putting my thoughts into “the zine” has been so much better for me than Posting, and that’s enough. SOFA!

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Hanging out with a baby all the time really does help one appreciate that “playing” and “learning” are fundamentally the same thing.

I have become obsessed with Gingery’s “Build Your Own Metal Working Shop from Scrap” books ever since I saw a post about them by @wren. Definitely worth tracking them down if you want to daydream about building your own lathe.

snarky and unhelpful, github 

It’s amazing how many people claim they can’t leave GitHub because of various integrated services that they absolutely rely on to do their work. My dude… you… program computers? This is the ultimate “build your own workshop” vocation!

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And this is kind of Taoist but one way to conceptualize work and leisure is... not conceptualize work and leisure. Abandoning the duality of doing/not doing and understanding how it is all a part of *being.* Work isn't this holy endeavor set apart from mere leisure, it's just a process and function of life like growing, eating, shitting or dying. There is no lazy because not doing what we currently call work is just a part of being, too. A rather crucial part, in fact.

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I’m still new to using Mastodon regularly. In general, I think the differences between Twitter and here are more cultural than technical. That said, I’ve become convinced that not implementing “quote toots” was the absolute right move, and after digging a little bit deeper I’m gladdened to see that this was intentional:

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@ccohanlon @withaveeay @rek each generation is more and more convinced they are incapable, that they need a whole complex system of machinery to survive. We've got to remind people that they are more resilient than they think they are.

Since there’s a real possibility that we’ll be moving across the country soonish, I’ve taken to just jamming books any which way into bookcases. It’s a mess. Move or no, I’m going to have to reshelve everything soon.

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there's a series of books called "build your own metal working shop from scrap" by david gingery - it's about what you expect from the title: going from a backyard foundry up to actual working machine tools, fully (or near enough as makes little difference) bootstrapping yourself along the way

they're on libgen

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I've put together a survey about the Small Internet (#gopher, #gemini, individual webpages, small community sites) and I would love your input. If you are a small internet user, please spend a few minutes and fill in your thoughts. I'm especially interested in the open response questions. This will help inform an upcoming conference talk I'll be giving at

Also, please boost this on fedi as much as possible and feel free to re-share on other social networks and in other communities. The more responses the better.

#smallweb #smallinternet

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who else is tuning in to the @iffybooks #permacomputing stream today?? i'm super excited!!!

(if you missed their announcement: it's at 1pm edt!! iffybooks is providing a mumble stream!)

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I've been unusually nice to people all week and it this time for...

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Regression to the Mean.

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Hey fedi, can anyone point me towards a good IPv6 introduction.. looking for something starting at high-level but that allows me to dig deeper technically.
(I'm in tech/engineering/it, so not afraid of the techno mumbo-jumbo ;-) ) :boost_requested:

Okay, something nice (and not irrelevant in the current moment). I really like this post from @tinyrabbit, one of my favorite geminauts. Human Made Internet Content Hidden in Plain Sight:

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The U.S. government is illegitimate. It’s time to build community, share knowledge, and fight fascism.

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My (large) employer is considering a move to the cloud, and I’ve become quite skeptical that the centralization of IT infrastructure saves any energy. Sure, if we were talking about code running on bare metal, putting all the servers together would probably represent some energy savings. But that’s not what we’re doing of course — we’re running (incredibly inefficient) code, in containers, on virtual machines, just to support this “centralization”.

It’s not lost on me that there’s a parallel to the State here. Think of all the wasted energy that goes into supporting a huge bureaucracy... just so some hack in DC can make decisions that will affect my life much more than they’ll affect theirs. What’s the carbon cost of a Supreme Court?

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my state has been poised for two years to completely ban abortions and these judges and lawmakers don't even have to deal with the indignity of a broken window? smash the state and everything it holds dear

us pol 

I can’t ignore what’s going on but I made a commitment to myself to not write about US political shit too much on the Fediverse. It’s not productive for me, personally, to vent online, so I stopped doing it.

But I feel a need to acknowledge this moment, and recognize that a lot of people are reasonably Freaked Out. My advice? Sit with it for a bit. Your anger is justified. When you’re ready to do something about it I’m here to help you.

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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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