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In reply to: velivolans; flying with sails and gale-force wings - Diversity on Micro.blog, from a minority viewpoint.

The boundaries of every culture are always being contested, from within and from without. To know what boundaries to bend, and which to maintain, involves knowing who we want to be. These are good discussions. We will see what emerges.

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In reply to: Storing Energy with Concrete Blocks | Irreal

A startup named Energy Vault is leveraging the idea by storing energy by using cranes to lift concrete blocks and recovering the energy by letting gravity lower the blocks against the cranes’ motor to regenerate the electricity. Surprisingly, the system is almost as efficient as lithium-ion batteries.

In reply to: Early cyanotype prints feel like visions of an unrealized future | The Outline

When we think of old photography, we tend to imagine things being in black-and-white. [...] a popular early photographic form was the cyanotype, in which only blue hues were transferred from film to prints.




Bedhead, pancakes, and the big green bib.


Making this fairy house into a home.


While not nearly on par with Iceland, it is reassuring to see that fairies are getting some municipal love. 🧚‍♀️ 💕

I think that I'm weird for my generation in that I love a good phone call with a friend. Don't get me wrong, I text and chat with folks until the cows come home, but I love having to make the time to wander around the parking lot and chat with a friend who lives elsewhere for a solid hour or so. I love it.

In reply to: World is finally waking up to climate change, says 'hothouse Earth' author | Environment | The Guardian

On 8 September, climate groups are calling for a mass mobilisation ahead of the California summit. Asked if he thinks scientists should attend, Rockström has little hesitation. “There’s a time to sit down and work at your desk and there’s a time to get up and leave the area where you are comfortable. That time is now.”


Squeezing in a little bit of wandering before it rains.

In reply to: Roll your own, then learn a framework | Fiona Voss

This is a pattern I’ve seen a lot in the context of learning to code, and I think it’s really effective: learn to do something from scratch first, then learn a popular library for doing the same thing. You will understand a problem much better if you try to solve it on your own first than you will if you are just handed a solution.

As someone who is more or less self-taught I often find that I start from the framework and then work to replicate on my own. I often times don't have the know-how to start from scratch, but once I've fiddled with a framework for long enough I'm able to reverse engineer my way forward...that being said, as I'm learning LISP I'm trying not to let myself do this. Instead I'm trying to do what @fiona suggests: start from scratch then learn a framework.

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In reply to: Graphing Calculator Story

We looked at each other, took a deep breath, and launched the application. The monitor burst into flames. We calmly carried it outside to avoid setting off smoke detectors, plugged in another monitor, and tried again. The software hadn't caused the fire; the monitor had just chosen that moment to malfunction. The software ran over fifty times faster than it had run on the old microprocessor. We played with it for a while and agreed, "This doesn't suck"

🙌  Liked: Find engineering teams that share your values | Key Values

In reply to: The Ferret Lisp System | Irreal

The source of the whole system is a single Org mode file. If you had any doubts as to whether Org could support a literate programming approach in a non-trivial project

🙌  Liked: The Weird, Complicated, Sexist History of Pockets

🙌  Liked: The Politics of Pockets - Racked

🙌  Liked: The Gender Politics of Pockets - The Atlantic

🙌  Liked: How small women’s pockets are, visualized | The Outline

🙌  Liked: Between Sound & Silence: How Technology is Changing Deafness | Op-Docs - YouTube

Debugging @print css is...interesting. Chrome and Firefox each support some debugging for the @print context, but it isn't great. I've generated A LOT of PDFs this morning


Sunflowers at Big Sky Baking Co.

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In reply to: RSS: The Persistent Protocol - Feld Thoughts

While RSS has disappeared into the plumbing of the internet, there’s still something fundamental about it. Its durability is remarkably impressive, especially in the context of the lack of the evolution and perceived displacement of the protocol over the past few years


In reply to: List of HTTP status codes - Wikipedia

When designing APIs, this Wikipedia page is your friend. HTTP codes are good. They are important. They are beautiful. They should be used...not ignored. Respected...not ignored. HTTP codes are good.

Parenting achievement unlocked! We got a note from daycare this morning that there is a case of lice.

Mayonnaise! Mayonnaise! Mayonnaise!

In reply to: Indiewebwebwebindieindie

Thanks so much! I think my post to indieweb.xyz got muddled because it went from my website to telegraph.p3k.io while also being syndicated to micro.blog. Issues of hazy and lazy decentralization by silo-hopping. Whoops!

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