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I am NO CARRIER. I am an old hacker, mostly active in the 90s. I sometimes wax philosophical about hacker lore and old networks. I used to love x.25 systems, and now I find the same enjoyment exploring radio and satellite. My particular obsession is "dead satellites," appealing to both my sense of wonder and the macabre.

My day job is as a game designer and developer and writer of interactive fiction. I work on the road full time, doing part time work managing/maintaining/building mesh networks. Right now, I'm in the Sonoran Desert, where the skies are clear and the vegetation is trying to kill you. My favorite places are Tucson, AZ. and Los Angeles, CA. My least favorites are San Francisco, CA. and Fredericksburg, VA.

I spent a whole decade, blessed to be a professional musician, playing in goth and industrial bands on the East Coast in the late 90s/2000s. I recorded my first E.P. in 2003. It is terrible and you haven't heard it, and that's ok.

I hosted several radio shows (rock, goth/industrial, punk) on regional radio in 2005-2010 and even got to produce a political talk show for a year. I still occasionally put together a podcast in the style of my old radio shows.

I speak terrible Japanese.

I studied Astronomy and Visual Art (separately) in university. My favorite ongoing side area of study is history.

I identify with villains, not because I share their values, but because they are the heroes of their own stories, maligned by the creative whims of both the artist and audience. My favorite heroes are Strahd von Zarovich, Evil Spock, Grodd, and Dr. Evil.

In addition to video games, I also enjoy table top games, especially old RPGs.

I suppose this is when I vomit a bunch of hashtags.

Wall of text hits for 5 damage.


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I had to nuke my youtube watch/search history to reset the algorithms suggestions, today. Once that system thinks it has you, it really digs its heels in, you know?

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Repeat after me: blockchain is centralised.

You want to tilt the power dynamics to favour social justice? You don’t do that by making a billion copies of the same database. You do it by ensuring that a billion people can have their own unique databases.

Expend your energy to realise topological decentralisation not global proofs. Sure, it won’t make you a billionaire but if that’s what you want, what the fuck you reading my feed for?

Taking a break from dealing with stuff today.

My first interview in AZ and the dude dropped a racist slur to illustrate how laidback the place is. Hard pass.

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I would totally not blame anyone for deciding to run android open source on their pinephone - android 10 looks smooth as heck compared to the more linux-y mobile OSes capabilities so far (which is totally understandable - not dissing my beloved open source projects whomst effort so very hard)

Video of AOSP Android 10 on pinephone via peertube: (via @nas)

Let's just make the US the mega-cloud, and lock people into our liberty ecosystem by providing Freedom As A Service.

This weekend, my goal is to become familiar enough with awk to understand how little I actually know about it.

It's 109F here and we haven't hit the hottest part of the day, yet. We haven't even hit the hottest part of the month.


If we're talking about celebrities that have no business being President of the United States, I'd prefer someone like Tom Hanks over the megalomaniacs currently on offer.

Apparently, I can't get the file attachment dialog to work in Firefox ESR on Mobian. lol

Today's #Mobian #PinePhone #DistroHopping adventure...

The current nightly build includes working camera drivers. It's a potato camera, but that's ok because they're potato drivers. It's awkward and laggy, but it works! I'll try to post some images today to give you the full experience.

Some expected things: This camera app isn't doing much to pre-process the image (I think it has default hardware settings for things like white balance and all that). As far as I can tell, it's point and click only, right now. So no manual focus or color/light adjustments, just a little tappy circle and you. Low light photos are not their best selves, mostly.

But don't worry. The GNOME design team has posted some mock ups that show their general trajectory and some of the ideas they're flirting with.

GNOME Mahjongg works on #Mobian. You need to scale-to-fit, though. app id is gnome-mahjongg

I'm watching Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix. I like true crime stuff, and this is pretty good, so far. Definitely reminds me of the old show, when I was a kid.

Apparently, we're going to have the camera working in #Mobian in tomorrow's nightly build. That's pretty cool and I'm looking forward to posting really bad photos of my cats. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

But it also reminds me about the expectation we have of mobile cameras. For as good as mobile cameras are these days, a non-trivial part of how good they are is software and not hardware.

It's important to set the expectation that we're just excited to get a driver that works. Not only is it a relatively potato camera, it doesn't have the benefit of the pre-processing systems that underpin other, even fancier cameras on mainstream platforms.

What's exciting though, is this opens up the platform for people to experiment in building those systems. That's pretty cool.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.