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homemade pop tarts 

My second attempt at pop tarts today using the batch of puff pastry I made. These didn't split apart at the seams like the first batch.

I'm not a python developer, but I'm equally impressed and horrified reading about the complexity of package management and resolution. So complex, apparently, that throwing machine learning at the problem was actually a valid consideration:

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When I was a kid, i dreamt of:

- space travel: now owned by billionaire dickeads + the military;

- robots: now owned by Boston Dynamics, Google + the military;

- computers: now owned by Google + the military;

It took me a while to figure that my kid's dream was mostly dictated by imperialist, expansionist, extractivist and militarist propaganda.

Hope generations will dream of soil, funghi, insects, nutrients, species and their beautiful interlocked complexity. so much cooler than computers!

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A thing a lot of people don't realize is that employment agreements are negotiable. I've had jobs where the agreement had a "we own everything" clause that has struck it when I asked them to. Most of the time, they don't actually care; it's just boilerplate.

I delineate what I consider a fair agreement (not competing with the work product, not using company resources, not affiliated with the company) and they've always gone with it so far.


5. Bespoke dev gets swallowed up by Epic or some other big corp, and maintenance is taken over by community. They are both there and not there. See: SuperCollider

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4. Epic squeezes Bespoke from the original owner. They say fine you can have it, I'll just do it again. Owner builds a smaller more humble version, but with an enthusiastic and thriving community, and maybe gets more involved in academic circles. See: PureData.

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3. Bespoke dev will quit Epic and work on Bespoke full time. Trying to make a living developing indie FLOSS music software isn't impossible, but it's very close. Usually some kind of honest compromises are made to make ends meet. Sometimes they are well received, sometimes they are not. See: VCV Rack, Ardour.

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2. Epic will try to buy or sponsor Bespoke. This is a double edged sword. Short term, you see a lot of progress and changes. Long term, usually these projects stop being themselves. The original creator will stay on for a while, but they will not own it or have full control. This will cause them to eventually lose interest, burn out, and work on new projects. When this happens, Bespoke is dead. It will either get cannibalized by Epic, or sold to some other company. See: JUCE.

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There are a few outcomes I see:

1a. I am wrong. Epic will continue to let Bespoke thrive naturally and do whatever it wants because "it's no big deal bro, chill out. Bespoke is awesome!". In this timeline, Firefly has 4 seasons will a satisfying story arc.

1b. Bespoke continues doing it's thing somehow, but community moderation becomes difficult as it grows and it leads to burnout. See: Non DAW, LMMS.

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I hate to be a downer, and this definitely a jealous take, but like, how can that last? I've seen this story play out before.

Harmonix may or may not have been a chill company in Cambridge MA, but Epic is certainly not. Bespoke is a decade old passion project with a recent boost in popularity and a community growing around. Tech companies simply don't let their software engineers do things like this without some sort of quid pro quo.

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A little jealous that the developer of Bespoke gets to work on this open source side project AND get paid as a software engineer at Harmonix (recently acquired by Epic), getting paid as a software engineer in the music tech space. In my experience, that sort of arrangement with an employer is really tough to pull off.

Puff pastry and homemade poptart season is upon us.

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The original creator of non DAW is still getting harassments, despite taking down the project back in February:

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