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If you’d like to follow me, feel free - but MESSAGE ME FIRST to say why. Been getting a bunch of maybe spam-follow attempts of late. If you don’t have content I can read, or if your stance on consent suggests breach is cool, I will probably not accept.

The Vac is a contract/consent ethicist.

It provides an easy reading variant of that ethical structure here: Don’t breach consent. Acceptable to contract for anything with anyone capable of contracting, providing informed consent, including ability to opt into degrees of lack of information, with lack of duress required. Breaches of consent are open contracts to be stopped, and anyone can step in to prevent them. However, requiring this, or any contract without informed consent is itself a breach of consent.

It’s been a teacher at grade school, high school, and collegiate levels in the states and overseas for history, English, art, voice, computer stuff which sometimes included science, and a few other things. Corporate teacher and trainer as well on occasion.

Artist, author, musician, and a pile of other stuff, it contracts for most anything legal that suits its fancy. Feel free to ask if you’ve got a thing you want to trade for – cash or barter are negotiable.

The Vac contracts as a wetdryvac about 2/3 of the time. It’s found that this tends to derail attempts to quantify other’s default settings for interactions with entities of race/religion/gender/etc. and is very pleased indeed to operate as a largely digital entity. Meatspace, well, the meat’s the meat, and that’s rarely convenient.

Current project directions: RPA (Robotic Process Automation), Waiting to hear back on a data access for privacy opt-out stuff which may be enough to build an opt-out privacy RPA tool.

A Very Not Maine Fish Chowder 

With Cajun seasoning, so much garlic, cream, milk, caramelized onion, and dill. Extra potato FTW. NOM. Other spices as the spirit moved me, which mostly means I sniffed things as I went, and went a bit crazy. There's tarragon and basil in there, as well as mace and sweet paprika. Black pepper as the fish crisped up, to go with Cajun in a bottle...

Really, this is the only use I've found for whiting that doesn't make me bork in horror.

Folding 

I'm seeing a pretty significant drop-off on folding, and say, "Keep grinding! The more we can solve for this way, the better a jumpstart we get on all sorts of things."

Grab a client for your OS: foldingathome.org/

And go!

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If you’d like to follow me, feel free - but MESSAGE ME FIRST to say why. Been getting a bunch of maybe spam-follow attempts of late. If you don’t have content I can read, or if your stance on consent suggests breach is cool, I will probably not accept.

The Vac is a contract/consent ethicist.

It provides an easy reading variant of that ethical structure here: Don’t breach consent. Acceptable to contract for anything with anyone capable of contracting, providing informed consent, including ability to opt into degrees of lack of information, with lack of duress required. Breaches of consent are open contracts to be stopped, and anyone can step in to prevent them. However, requiring this, or any contract without informed consent is itself a breach of consent.

It’s been a teacher at grade school, high school, and collegiate levels in the states and overseas for history, English, art, voice, computer stuff which sometimes included science, and a few other things. Corporate teacher and trainer as well on occasion.

Artist, author, musician, and a pile of other stuff, it contracts for most anything legal that suits its fancy. Feel free to ask if you’ve got a thing you want to trade for – cash or barter are negotiable.

The Vac contracts as a wetdryvac about 2/3 of the time. It’s found that this tends to derail attempts to quantify other’s default settings for interactions with entities of race/religion/gender/etc. and is very pleased indeed to operate as a largely digital entity. Meatspace, well, the meat’s the meat, and that’s rarely convenient.

Current project directions: RPA (Robotic Process Automation), Waiting to hear back on a data access for privacy opt-out stuff which may be enough to build an opt-out privacy RPA tool.

Band Crunch Brain Leak 

Which is to say, I went down for a nap and some sanity, and woke up thinking, "Just mix the bands together, get new sounds."

N'Syncubus Succubus
Bel Biv DEVO

...and then the brain just kept on that track for 20 minutes, which I guess means I can have another nap, maybe.

re: Hardware Hacking for Loading and Transport 

In a pinch, a half inch thick nylon cutting board spreads enough compression to avoid edge-crush if I can't find plywood. The next option would have been the steel griddle.

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Hardware Hacking for Loading and Transport 

1) A 27 gallon plastic tote that one doesn't want to have pop open.
2) A dolly/hand truck

I could tape the totes closed, or, if I were made of money, use the biner slots with biners. Really, I love carabiners, but that's some heavy overkill.

34 totes, eight biner slots per tote. I could time 'em closed, tape 'em, or realize that unless they're on their side, or filled completely stupidly, they're not coming open.

But, hand truck? The geometry for that puts each tote end on, down a flight of stairs. If the top pops, I become the saddest Vac, especially if it's the electronics. So...

3) Shelving plywood, just longer than tote top.
4) Nylon duffel bag wide adjustable strap, or just a cargo strap.
5) Heavy duty pack clip.
6) 2 D rights.

Tie D rings to top and bottom of dolly. Play out strap and tie to D rings with plenty of slack. With dolly flat, set tote upright on bars, long way. Lay shelving plywood over top of tote so that the nylon of the tote doesn't crush under strap tension. Flip slack strap over to, yoik, and go. If non-adjustable strap, just use D-ring as an adjustment anchor, yoik, and hold it tight while maneuvering.

Really, the way to do this is to build a U-grip with plywood and 2x4 (super shallow U) to fit over tote top, but my scrap 2x4s are... somewhere.

Seriously, the easy transport, whether it's in the truck, or on the dolly, or whatever, is to slap together hard points that can be modified rapidly. Screws and 2x2s in a wood floored truck bed (If you've got a layout you don't change more than a couple times a year) make a huge difference. Eliminating slide means the truck doesn't suddenly change its mind about being a truck mid-curve. Anchors on a dolly? Now all I need to do is move the heavy thing with wheels instead of the complicated n-body problem of self-*censored*-ing.

Anchor everything. Eliminate slide. Top-wrap the loose stuff.

The degree to which this translates to computer builds so elements of the wiring harness don't get fan-sucked and drives slot in and out easily? Very nearly 1:1, even if the materials look and feel different.

Note to self: 6000lb truck straps crank significantly more vigorously than totes enjoy. No PLZ STEP the totes.

re: Gltich/Glitchen Cross-Stitch Drop. Doom, Promo 

Couple other projects have had fractional updates, and you can see the existing project set over here: wetdryvac.itch.io/

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Gltich/Glitchen Cross-Stitch Drop. Doom, Promo 

Doing probably my last major updates before hitting the road, so...

Glitchen Stitchen Collection, Up to now it's been $15 pay-fer. Dropping the collection over on Itch as pay-what-you-want, so if you were looking for an absolute insane quantity of Glitchen cross-stitch stuff and have a price in mind - even if it's $0 - it's over here: wetdryvac.itch.io/glitchen-sti

You can and are *encouraged* to share this collection, and credits are part of the PDFs. As long as you're not reselling the PDFs, you're good to go. Sell what you make from stuff? Sure! And hey, if you do make something, give me a poke. I'd love to see how it came out.

Author Stuff / Book Drop Fixed 

The multi-month unavailability of my entire life's work of poetry - and a bunch of other writing - has been fixed, and is now once again available. I *still* have no idea why that dropped from distribution, but.

We. Are. Back: smile.amazon.com/s?k=wetdryvac

Privacy, Digital Identity. 

A favorite tool: yourdigitalrights.org/ because it's:

1) Searchable.
2) Has boilerplate emails for both GDPR and CCPA

But, if it's searchable, that means they've got a database of the correct email address to contact for removal for under CCPA and GDPR rules. Which, if one could acquire that list, could be emailed - say, one email per minute via a mass mailing tool - and blanket a significant portion of the cross replicating mess so that things didn't re-populate.

I know, I'm exactly the wrong point to deal with assembling anything like this, but I dropped 'em an email to see if the list was something they'd willingly part with, and if it is? Well, between lifting heavy things and putting 'em down again, I may have a useful to do.

I did a 20 minute dive and didn't see that anyone else had done this yet, but if someone has, yell maybe? I don't want to re-invent the wheel. Also, if you have coding experience and want to do this? If I get anything, I'm happy to hand it off.

This is... er... far from my comfort range, and anything I create will assuredly be a kludge.

Well, there's something I didn't expect ever (Folding) 

Broke into the top 10 on r00t f0lds, somehow. Whoa.

Art Edited To Far Less Crass, But Still USPOLish Crass 

Because I just love imbalance/discomfort to the thing, and coming out from under needs a poster.

re: USPOL 20th Jan Playlist 

The two unavailable songs - which should bracket front and back just inside the pair by Peace Love and Pitbulls: Need Machine and Cirrhosis of the Heart by Foetus.

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USPOL 20th Jan Playlist 

Because there's a non-zero chance of madness, here's a... little. Something. In keeping.

open.spotify.com/playlist/64ZE

Art, Commentary, USPOLish, Crass 

Every now and then I'll create art that I just... can't share because it's so awful. Richard Nixon's face... I have an art-thing for. Grumpy Nixon in particular, has this rumpled look I adore while simultaneously being utterly horrified by the man.

And his name is a pun. A crass and filthy pun just sitting there for an ill-tempered late-night Vac.

An hour later, I've this deliberately imbalanced thing of purest misfortune built around the color scheme of the Obama HOPE campaign poster, and I really want to subtitle it, "Evil needs a blankie."

This is why I'm not permitted to do PR.

USPOL, Link Contains Videos, Some Violent 

ProPublica appears to have collected and timelined an absolute pile of videos from Jan 6, via the data pull from Parler: projects.propublica.org/parler

From both evidentiary and historical perspectives, this is very interesting, and even this incomplete cross-section provides the sort of who/where/when that the ex-journalist in me positively drools over.

Definitely not something to doom-scroll without comfort food and field support.

WordFence trying to Duplicate/Verify Contact Form 7 Breach 

Dunno how many folks here use WordPress, but back on Dec 17, 2020, there was a reported vulnerability in Contact Form 7. The folks at WordFence are now trying to verify/duplicate this and requesting more information: wordfence.com/blog/2021/01/unc

Bot Driven Image Thefting 

*chuckles* Every now and then I'll do a search on my own art and see what turns up. This time, Alchemical Symbols, image search via DuckDuckGo, and hey - seeing a bunch of new sites ganking my art. Some directly, 1:1 - which may be resellers via CowCow somehow - but also some one image at a time, tag ripping, title ripping and garbling, same tactics as spam email.

Much amused. And nope, I'm *gaining* profit here, because these poor sods are using clear rip-off sites for it, and I'd wondered why the hit rate on Alchemical Symbols stuff had gone up on the sites I actually sell stuff from.

Standard users: "Wow, this site is sketchy, I'll check something I trust..." Promptly lands on my stuff easy as pie.

See what I'm seeing: duckduckgo.com/?q=alchemical+s

Moar Folding, COVID, Burbles, Promotional Word Choices 

Been watching the overall and team folding counts go down over the past couple months, and figure now's as good a time as any to say, "Hey, if you want to do good stuff that's automated so you don't have to brain at it, come dive in!"

While COVID-19 is a solid target, there's a bunch of other stuff that's benefitted over the past absolutely mad year of grinding away. And, for those who like gamification, there are teams, tracking of work units, a points system, and personal and team ranking.

Grab the folding tools: foldingathome.org/

See some scientific results: foldingathome.org/papers-resul

Join a team...
r00t f0lds, from the folks at Cult of the Dead Cow: 258829
Hackers.town, from... Hackers.town: 236421

And sip a cup of your favorite beverage while your computer(s) work for you.

Ah, Hardware Accelleration 

Using a MSI Nvidea 2080 for folding. Pausing it for games, not because it doesn't perform well, but because it sometimes hard resets the box if I do both.

While back, beast just started resetting at random. I thought. Turns out, the beta of PostyBirb+ (3. something) has hardware acceleration. Turned that off, and the beast hasn't borked since. Less than 24 hours in, and it was only borking once or twice a day, but... hopefully that was the issue.

Matches up with hard resets under Photoshop, so... Who knows. Not an area of operation I know much about, but I'll take an intermediate fix quite happily.

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hackers.town

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.