There is a glas with some “color” on it and it powers my electronic devices? This honestly feels a bit like black magic! And yes, this little beast is solar powered now ☀️

Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett 

Hell no, she didn't… well, there goes another 9 years of reading Jane Bennett 😅

politicalscience.jhu.edu/facul

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Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett 

One of the most fascinating paths for me is the attribution of personhood through jurisdictional processes, such as the river Whanganui in Aotearoa, and many more examples by now. I figured the law is a language westerners like me understand, epistemologically speaking. A lot of ontological negotiations are happening via this path. What is subject, object, or agency are questions that are relegated to the language of the law.

I found Jane Bennett's approach to political philosophy similar but different. It is richer in depth, poetics and individuality, also because of her style. It speaks directly to my practice and daily experience. It ends with epistemological violence that I enjoy quite a lot. It is shaking the fundamentals on which my everyday experience is based and it is refreshing, even exhilarating at times. And I have the feeling that it gives me a vocabulary to speak what I'm feeling.

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Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett 

I just finished Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennet... after 9 years of being on and off this book. And it was worth it. I'm into the thing/multispecies/nonhuman discourse for a good while and I always struggled with exactly one major problem that this book addresses so well. How to flatten the ontology, when one comes from a place of hierarchy. Or more specifically: I grew up in central Europe with all its background of racism, colonialism, sexism, homo- and transphobia and you name it, all designed to create hierarchies of power. And now I should be able to step outside these not just for people and animals, but also cumulus clouds, lithium, cockroaches, doorknobs, and blades of grass? Many indigenous communities have their specific ways of incorporating such a view, deeply rooted in their respective stories.

I don't have these and I'm jealous of them.

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)

Running Practice 

Some years ago I found running as a wonderful practice for myself. I love to move but don’t like to do sports at all.

After a while I figured that I like running not because I get fit, but because it calms me. It’s a peace of mind that I hardly reach by any other means but substance abuse.

The first five minutes are usually fighting the inner demon, little things that feel unpleasant in body and mind and tell me to don’t do this run, it’s futile anyway. The next five minutes are filled with rage. Close and far moments pop up, which made me angry and I couldn’t resolve. I often end up arguing in my head with specific people, meanwhile figuring out, what made me angry. The third five minutes are just that. Some empty five minutes of void I pass through. And then, somewhere between 15 - 25 minutes I outrun myself.

In that last timeframe, I often have the sudden impulse to stop and walk. Not because I’m tired but because the world went quiet. And it is really nice to be able to be an empty vessel at times.

I do have meditation experience, so some of that might have swept over.

Apropos infrastructures, some wild bees are squatting all empty spaces they can find in our outside furniture and I love it 🐝 💖 Become ungovernable, little bee, become ungovernable…

There is an archetype of sci-fi artefacts that I find highly fascinating. Objects and infrastructures which seem to survive millennia without maintenance and other interferences by their originators. Often, they are archives of some sort. It is the ultimate techno-cultural sustainability, but to what end?

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Call for participants for a workshop: How to run a small social networking site with your friends

On the 13th and 14th of May, LURK.org will be hosting a two-day workshop for groups interested in setting up and running their own alternative social media server.

Free of charge, but some commitment required! Remote participation is possible and workshop language is English! Limited spots, apply before the 15th of April.

For more details and how to apply see:
txt.lurk.org/how-to-run-a-smal

:boost_requested: Boosts appreciated :)

In honor of today here is one of my favourite anti-imperialist songs, „In ale Gasn“ or „Hey, hey, daloy politsey!“ 🖤

archive.org/details/in-ale-gas

What is your opinion on having an actual portrait as avatar? I just recently started it and don’t feel too comfy with it. Besides that, does it also disturb you, as the viewer?

I am in a privileged position of not fearing any repercussions from show my clear-pic. So I’m wondering how this influences the local community as a whole.

I found a new thing to ferment, I absolutely had to try. Chao, or Vietnamese fermented tofu. It's stunningly easy to accomplish, and it feels like vegan french cheese. It's super funky, and I'm looking forward to how it will taste in a month.

The recipe I followed can be found under fullofplants.com/how-to-make-f.

„Ceiling time“ is a term my partner uses to describe me starring at the ceiling, being completely lost in thoughts and daydreams 💖 it’s a lovely practice we all should indulge in more often

Dandelion-kombucha-soda ready for second fermentation. I made two variants, one with lemon and one with ginger juice. Using kombucha instead of a ginger bug as starter makes the whole process slower, but I believe that the flavour profile will be richer. I tasted a glass yesterday and it was like a heavy, earthy yellow with floral hints 🟡

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we just released version 1.0.3 of our introduction to programming book!

in this update we finally included a description and examples of the screen auto byte: an advanced feature of the screen device that makes it easier to draw multiple sprites with fewer instructions. we use it for the pong example on day 6!

we also updated the description of the file devices, and implemented some minor corrections.

hope you enjoy it!

compudanzas.itch.io/introducti

Finally had some time to continue with the compudanzas tutorial, this time going into the animation loop. This starts to be really really fun.

Next to getting into assembler, I'm also re-learning doing comments, an essential practice I shunned for far to long. I also moved back to vim, which is just a delight after the vscode overload.

I had a lot of fun lately with tinkering on a static site generator…

Yet another static site generator 😒 I made one with pandoc and a git-hook 💖 It can render BibTeX citations 🥳

github.com/thgie/pancake.sh

Added a basic image resizing routine via mogrify. Feels kind of inelegant for the moment, bit will do.

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It’s spring and that means foraging. After the obligatory wild garlic now it’s time for dandelion stuff. I’m about to ferment myself some soda.

Collect four handful of dandelion heads, cut off the petals, add 80g sugar and pour over 1.5l of boiling water. When cooled down add a starter of your liking. A ginger bug works great. I’m going to use leftover kombucha which developed some good yeast on the ground.

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