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@akkartik @neauoire @MinimalClick As someone who has done many things for precisely this reason I can tell you that it will make it feel harder.

One can observe from a far and see how many unconscious factors control outcome (and we can go really deep with this if you want, all the way down to the physical environments you are / were exposed to) the narrative that it's a sign of control or not control will always involve a filtering.

You cannot perceive how in or out of control you are.

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Seriously considering a project to install a 12v or 24v electrical system in the house as a back-up, and as something to plug a future solar system into.
Kinda towards an initial framework of a long-term project for resilience, e.g. a back-up long-life lighting system (undervolted LEDs for longevity?), 12v->5vUSB charging sockets, and maybe building upwards towards higher-current systems for small utilities etc.
Odd that, despite the numbers of RV and van dwellers on the rise, I can't easily find 12v/24v dishwashers or clothes washers. Naturally, cookers at that voltage are not generally large, for that level of power you'd want an inverter or a lot of patience.

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Hundred Rabbits turns 6 years old next month!

Time flies

I'll be on a long weekend to with a couple of friends in a few weeks.
We like minimal/dark , and have already spent time at Lärm on a previous visit.
Looking for other places, preferably underground, non-tourist..

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Can YOU Fix Climate Change? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiw6_JakZFc

"Shifting responsibility from the largest carbon emitters to the average person, YOU, is easier to do than solving the problems. ...

We have just witnessed a global experiment in staying at home, not using transport and consuming less during the Corona virus pandemic and all it did was reduce CO2 emissions by 7% in 2020. ...

The concept of your carbon footprint was popularized by the oil producer BP in a 2005 ad campaign."

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Tomorrow is the deadline for the , and I think my track is in a good enough place for it.

For those of you just joining in, for the past month, I've been making a synthwave track from scratch: no DAW, no plugins. Just C code and some scripting languages on top of that. In other words, I'm using my and projects.

The code for the song can be found here:

git.sr.ht/~pbatch/gest/tree/ma

...if you don't believe me, compile and render it yourself ;)

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Told my class this week that "there are some problem spaces in this field - unicode strings, time zones and cryptography are the most famous examples - that you will learn to recognize, that are complicated and delicate and thorny enough that there are only two approaches worth considering: you either dedicate your life to understanding it, or you rely exclusively on tools created by the people who have. Every other choice is a pathway to madness or disaster or both".

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I had the pleasure of doing the art for next month's (spooky) flash crash! Really pleased how they turned out. Make sure you catch it, this one's got a few surprises in store :D

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Today’s card is The Hermit, with her laptop of wisdom to guide her as she turns inward, away from the world.

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It's worth reminding people that the world isn't a ball of doom and gloom as much as many on social media want you to believe.

Spend some time outside, off your computer and phone and enjoy the nice things about life.

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work, personal stuff 

If anyone knows of a non-soul-sucking company that is looking to hire a very multidisciplinary designer and developer please let me know. Otherwise, if you have tips for supporting a chronically ill partner I'll take it.

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@sejo Are you familiar with the concept of mathematical beauty?

The best description I have of it is: A beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.

Computing grants access to something like it

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Good morning fedi, I'm having a bit of trouble with my laptop setup.

I'm using on and after my has been in , more often than not the hd is put into read-only mode.

Any ideas on how to find out what's going on and how I can prevent/remedy this?

Boosts welcome \m/

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responsibility 

i'm a software developer, i translate my understanding of needs into something a computer can understand. it's a good job. it is challenging, interesting, fun and rewarding. it also means that i am one of the last people between automation and the world.

this means that i have a responsibility to the world. most people in the world cannot make the computers do what they want them to. this is not just about ability, it is about access and privilege. i am in a privileged position and i can affect how some systems actually work.

software development is a complex thing, and how we decide what changes to make is surprisingly complicated and convoluted. there are entire schools of thought, practices and and lots of tools attending to how we change software systems. there are hierarchies involved.

but, in the end, it comes down to a few people typing things into computers and telling the computers how to do something. and this is where it stops – this is where the responsibility finally ends up. the people who actually make the software are responsible for that software.

we have lots of structures and rules to dissipate and distance ourselves from the effects of our software, but in the end we are responsible. we see this with e.g. the volkswagen emmissions scandal where the company has certainly acted badly, but the developers who made software in question are being held responsible as well.

yes, there are consequences to shirking our responsibility to the community and world. as well there should be.

for evil to happen many people must be willing to let it happen. in the end it is up to the person actually writing the code.

Good morning fedi, I'm having a bit of trouble with my laptop setup.

I'm using on and after my has been in , more often than not the hd is put into read-only mode.

Any ideas on how to find out what's going on and how I can prevent/remedy this?

Boosts welcome \m/

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Und diese deprimierenden Botschaften habe ich ja auch auf Englisch geschrieben, wie auch mein Blog fast komplett auf Englisch geschrieben ist. Und schon gar nicht auf Französisch oder Portugiesisch. So trage ich zur Misere selber bei.

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