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2022244 - hardware prototyping 

The hardware work, which I am calling proto-perma-computing, is focused on making my kid an electrical exploration space.

Eight channels of touch input with a LoRa connected microcontroller are part of it, but the bits for sensing near-touch are my favourite to work on. Watching the test circuits light up from just the biofield in my hand coming within 5cm feels like magic, even though in theory I understand the engineering.

I cannot wait to have the sharp edges polished off so I can hand this thing off to kiddo. They're getting so big, so fast, and their world just keeps expanding. Giving them an alternative to the smartphone paradigm is the goal, and once the basic unit is solid there are expansions into myriad other sensing - position & mapping, environmental data, muscle tension, heartbeat, audio, thermal imaging - are also planned. Some of this hardware is nearly a decade old, and the audio cache chip is almost two decades old.

Inventing is one of the more time consuming hobbies that feeds into this goal of a locally operating recycle cooperative, and having this gift of time has made the reality of this much closer. This device is more than a toy for my child...it it an example of what digital tech could be, for the people who assuke that we cannot make this sort of thing ourselves.

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re: fiction; safe places, futurism 

the future is accessible
the future is intersectional
the future is more than me or you, it is all of us.

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Short(er) :

Probably going to try to recruit you into space piracy, y'all been warned.

Lifetime Seeker of the Better Way.

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...i/we would share our coat with you, friend, but this is a pandemic...take it, i/we will need to run soon, and will find another when we arrive where we are supposed to be next.

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2022266 - asking for financial help 

If you have a bit of extra, I could use the help.

I'm down to the bare nothing in the account, and could use help affording meds for the coming weeks.

ko-fi.com/nuneco/

or

paypal.me/jakimfett/

(Boosts appreciated.)

Once I figure out meds, I still have like $730 in rent and fuel and other things that I have to figure out, but meds mean I can at least keep functioning as the clock runs out.

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2022265 - surfing the event horizon (mh ~/-), resisting the pull 

too many things on my plate.
not enough fuel in the tanks.

nothing left to jettison.

nothing left to do but to wait, try to rest despite the pain, and hope that the stressors of this leaves me unscathed enough to be "productive" enough to pull in a paycheque someday.

it has been 14 weeks since my so-called partner left and took our kid away with them. over miscommunications they refused to resolve. everything aches from this severing of the bond my child and i had. it's the first problem my kind latches onto when i awake. it's what keeps me up trying to find solutions when i know rest would be better, and the night terrors no longer wait, they gnash at me before my eyes droop fully closed.

something in me keeps breaking, again and again and again, and i refuse to let it take me, so the pain continues unabated.

tomorrow i need to figure out a crowdfunding ask to help me afford meds. tonight was too short for that. the panic attacks are coming more frequently now. i will survive this. i refuse to die from this. my kid needs me alive for this.

dammit, i miscalculated so badly here.

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What I imagine when people say open hardware, but it's never that.

2022260 - critical vulnerabilities (kiddo-tech-posting) 

While paperwork digests in my brain, here's some pics of kiddo's tablet-in-progress.

Using a raspi zero w with the lora hat.

Extra GPIO pins will connect to touchpoints on the body via the 12-key capactive touch sensor.

Screen protector is salvaged from an older tablet. Handset is from grandfather's phone system that was decommissioned in the 90s or early 00s.

Currently doing component layout and UI checking before cutting the pipe that makes the front rail of the frame.

Already having most of the software side working in the cloud and in the lab makes this hardware design easier...there's no question these bits will work together, i just gotta make them talk more effectively and make the container impact-resist enough for the little one's curiosity.

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2022260 - critical vulnerabilities 

It's definitely past time for me to talk about some of this stuff that has been hitting me since before spring became summer.

The technical side is relatively easy. I've got a shiny new backend running in a cloud, and we're about ready to start talking about alpha releases.

The social aspects, not so much.
Making a case for joint custody in the face of hostility and assumptions of bad faith is the future I planned for from the beginning (because ptsd), but did everything in my power to find paths around.

Gonna split this into threads for clarity and encapsulation of concerns.

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Netizens!

Lend us a or few for desktop publishing?

...i/we has a government form that has improper gender markers and we need to reproduce a page or twenty of official-looking things so that I can fill this out accurately for my pluraltity-self.

(low-key only looking for , Linux-compatible is necessary, -preferable, thanks!)

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Your mind has two sides.

The story-teller, and the listener.

Until you hear them both, wisdom cannot consistently be found.

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"there was no other choice"

is always a lie.

especially when

we tell it to ourselves.

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a subtoot about a shitpost that i cannot un-see

to the person who posted that ice is a mineral and glass is a slowly moving fluid:

a) thanks, my brain won't stop agreeing

b) observational experience agrees, because i can strike sparks from the solid water and these glass canning jars from the ancestors getting really thin at the top unless you flip them upside down every other decade or ten.

2022246 - open source, libreops, progress on life-long-things 

this piece of software, the shell scripts, threads going back almost two decades.

it's been a rough last few weeks, but i have manifested so much of what has just been manual bits, in an extensible and modular prototype...pruning so much cruft in these massive refactoring sweeps, almost every day.

seeing it...load remotely, on the build engine, is an unreal sensation. once each piece falls into place, it goes so fast.

Keeping myself focused on the narrow goalset has been...an exercise in willpower among other things. So many paper notes.

It's...growing. Almost alive. No longer just a pile of code that can be rigged together in one-off custom things.

Almost ready for transplanting.

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2022244 - hardware prototyping 

The hardware work, which I am calling proto-perma-computing, is focused on making my kid an electrical exploration space.

Eight channels of touch input with a LoRa connected microcontroller are part of it, but the bits for sensing near-touch are my favourite to work on. Watching the test circuits light up from just the biofield in my hand coming within 5cm feels like magic, even though in theory I understand the engineering.

I cannot wait to have the sharp edges polished off so I can hand this thing off to kiddo. They're getting so big, so fast, and their world just keeps expanding. Giving them an alternative to the smartphone paradigm is the goal, and once the basic unit is solid there are expansions into myriad other sensing - position & mapping, environmental data, muscle tension, heartbeat, audio, thermal imaging - are also planned. Some of this hardware is nearly a decade old, and the audio cache chip is almost two decades old.

Inventing is one of the more time consuming hobbies that feeds into this goal of a locally operating recycle cooperative, and having this gift of time has made the reality of this much closer. This device is more than a toy for my child...it it an example of what digital tech could be, for the people who assuke that we cannot make this sort of thing ourselves.

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2022244 - finance, open source sharing meta, progress on life-things 

I have gotten an account at a small local cooperative, which means I can set myself up for crowdfunding.

This build system will be free for personal and educational use, and having a donations like is enabled by having this account. Both static updates and streaming is in the plan for these next few weeks, and putting teasers on various crowdfunding sites that link to full updates on the project sites is the goal, I want to avoid unnecessarily limiting the information, and avoid the lock-in that happens when using a single platform with centralized exclusivity.

Putting the last year or so of lab work online is part of the intention here, with both the digital side and crafting - metalsmithing, gardening, woodworking, etc - having their own channel or niche as we upload all this media and sync the stuff that has been offline or off grid. Doing this depends heavily on the build system in progress, and the rite of passage of building yet another static site generator is in my mind as I hack out the functioning of this.

Livestreaming from the lab and office is another part of the intention, and bringing a downtime environment online for friends (blockgame server) is the stretch goal once infrastructure is building properly.

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2022244 - work, garden, progress on life-things 

My work assembling this build system goes well, though the years of accumulated cruft means there is much work to make it presentable. This will be published soon, as the open source underpinnings of my niche are what makes me able to do these feats of digital wizardry, and ensuring that others can use my work is a necessity, giving back is intrinsic to my practice of this.

Outside of the lab, the garden is thriving, despite limited space.

What I am learning about variant specialization, companion planting, and seed preservation is all for making the next year's planting a viability.

The land we are paying rent for is the long term, and until we can live there, these testbeds are deeply embedded in the research cycles for the cooperative long term and recycling. Fungi has begun to emerge from the composting stack, and my search for microplastics digesting strains has found two distinct options. An at-home test for the presence and concentrations will be necessary, but is outside my area of current capability. For now, the known contaminated soil has been binned and kept composting, and news that the forever chemicals can also be broken down by fungi has been encouraging indeed.

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2022244 - fruit picking, canning, progress on life-things 

A friend visited today and taught me the mechanics of canning.

First run of plums and prunes, along with blackberries.

Filled about 5 or 6 jars of each type.

This is rekindling my breadmaking itch, along with the satisfaction of having helped plant and cultivate these trees. The blackberries grew on their own tho, we cut them back so they won't take over everything.

Got a few raspberries too, but the neiflings got to most of those first.

A loan from some friends has given me this month to breathe. Not easily, but it is patching the holes in my continuity of survival temporarily so that I can finish this job application.

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tessaLation axioms / principles thread (1/???) 

No more chains.

I cannot break every unworkable bond that has placed upon me immediately, but I can resist their placement while still restrained, and strive forever to break the chains.

"Consent denied" is a powerful form of social direct action, and a bastion of internal strength when it is not safe to outwardly seem to be resisting.

And we must keep persisting until everyone can declare similar boundary safely.

None of us are free until we have all have been unchained.

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tessaLation axioms / principles thread (0/???) 

Consent in all things.

Consent is the conceptual foundation for all just law, and what divides personal preference or suggested guideline from societal imperatives and the mandate of interpersonal compact.

Consent is thoroughly grounded and intertwined with bodily autonomy and choice, and must be preserved for those who cannot preserve it for themselves.

Use minimum necessary force in preserving boundary.

When someone violates the consent of another, their actions give the rest of us the collective right to meaningfully restrict their freedom of action towards consent-violating outcomes far enough to preserve the consent-boundary that has been broken.

These lines must be made explicit, kept dynamic, and have consequences appropriate to the offense, as the specific details of micro-consent and social norms are often difficult to navigate for neurodivergent people like myself.

Without advance warning, informed violation may not have occurred, though harm may still have been done, and is quite often.

Knowing that there are lines, and where they are, and how to navigate safely while avoiding them, is the basis of social choice...there must be the opportunity to understand and do better for someone's actions to be considered malicious or willfully destructive of the social contract.

Be mindful that what is obvious to you may be invisible to another, and that your boundary must be clearly defined before claiming clear violation.

Be aware of your options to preserve personal boundary without demanding a change from another...if you consider something offensive, take meaningful steps to distance yourself, within reason.

Be ready for direct action to aid someone when their boundary is violated by another, but beware that you have their consent to act on their behalf before you take action.

Be gentle when enforcing boundary with one another, we're all experiencing a trauma on this planet right now.

archive.ph/FMXQX
(from xtramagazine.com/love-sex/why- )

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web archive access, downtime? 

Anyone know what's up with archive.ph being down?

(...did I miss another domain name change or something?)

Tried to access them since about yesterday, and isup.me says it's not just me.

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re: bash environment debugging mild outrage 

...but also, seriously, who decided that "+" meant "no|false" and "-" meant "yes|true" for the set utility?!?

"Using ‘+’ rather than ‘-’ causes these options to be turned off."

(from gnu.org/software/bash/manual/h )

I would like to ask them what the heck they were thinking.

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