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A digital pillow fort

Link logging

I got older last weekend so took a week off from assembling the link log. Gonna do a bit of ketchup here between playing levels of Baba is You.

Brace yourself!

Academics: it’s time to get behind decolonising the curriculum

Many advocates of decolonisation don’t want to abolish the canon; they want to interrogate its assumptions and broaden our intellectual vision to include a wider range of perspectives. While decolonising the curriculum can mean different things, it includes a fundamental reconsideration of who is teaching, what the subject matter is and how it’s being taught.

Elsewhere in the article,

When we offer white male-dominated reading lists we also teach students the wrong lessons about who is an intellectual authority and deserves our attention.

Privacy’s not an abstraction

Privacy for marginalized populations has never been, and will never be an abstract. Being surveilled, whether by private actors, or the state, is often the gateway to very tangible harms–violence in the form of police brutality, incarceration, or deportation. And there can be more subliminal, insidious impacts, too.

Continuing later,

…there is a valuable lesson here–just not the one that was intended. The idea that surveillance would be used as an assignment on those with no options for consent speaks to how broken our ideas about consent have become, trivializing what to many people is a life and death matter of their lived existence.

To loop back to decolonizing for a moment: this is why I think that decolonization” isn’t enough — I think we need to go the step further and queer the curriculum (well, I think we need to queer a lot of things, tbh). Queer thought is powerful for a plethora of reasons, none of which I’m qualified to talk about, but I do know that it offers am appropriate framework for including consent, even prioritizing it. So, yes decolonization. Yes queering.

Dream Askew/Dream Apart

Dream Askew

Queer strife amid the collapse. Collaboratively generate an apocalyptic setting. For 3-6 players across 3-4 hours. By Avery Alder

Dream Apart

Jewish fantasy of the shtetl. Immerse yourself in a fantastical version of history. For 3-6 players across 3-4 hours. By Benjamin Rosenbaum

Dream Askew and Dream Apart are two games of belonging outside belonging.

They run on the same system: no dice, no masters, a structured freeform game with shared worldbuilding.

(See also: These Games Prove That Not Every Tabletop RPG Needs a 300 Page Manual, Jack de Quidt writing for Waypoint)

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

The power of kindness and patience for a parent. I’ve been trying to take this to heart. And to slow down…remind myself that the schedule” usually, rarely, really doesn’t matter that much.

You Should Organize a Study Group/Book Club/Online Group/Event! Tips on How to Do It

I’ve tried to start many groups, and have failed most times. This blog post is a good reference for starting something. (Anyone wanna start a thing? Do a thing?)

Tilde.Town : The Hidden e-Village

I’ve been a resident of tilde.town for a while, and since then have explored a couple other tilde servers. I am smitten.

Making books to build communities, building communities to make books.

The power of the web (for better or worse!) might be distilled into two fundamental characteristics:

  1. the ability to transmit and receive information instantaneously and cheaply
  2. the ability to gather and harness communities (loosely joined ones like Facebook friends with shared cultural interests, and tightly joined ones like work colleagues collaborating on a project)

(…very tangentially related: iOS versus” JavaScript: How to Learn From Other Programming Communities)

And some game dev resources

In reply to: Reply: Return of the Jwwwedi

But I don’t know if the Web—or the digital rights movement or Occupy or meme culture or whatever your personal fancy is—will ever be retaken. There’s space for an underground now—which is good enough for me. Perhaps better than trying to fit all of mainstream society in. And maybe social networks can stay—as a kind of fly paper

Queer the web.

Interesting discovery of the evening: it looks like Firefox will soon be sending all DNS through Cloudflare to enforce DNS-over-HTTPS.

I guess this is good because it obscures DNS queries from ISPs, but maybe bad because it pipes all Firefox traffic through Cloudflare? Having mixed feelings.

While this behavior is on by default, it can be disabled in settings.

mozilla wiki:Trusted Recursive Resolver

TFW the blender’s blades just spin and spin underneath the frozen fruit and veggies.

Image of a birthday card made by a young child, it read “happy birthday dadda”.

I’m 30 now.

Lately, I labor weekly to create a list of links liked or loved

Confession — these links are often laundered from my RSS follows

March, in like a lion and out like a lamb…and a terrifying Cat-Dog style chimera in the middle.

Child wearing a llama costume looking at a case of cakes in a bakery.

Llama llama cake 🐑 🍰

Me, 4 weeks ago: pgAdmin3 is the one and only pgAdmin! pgAdmin 4 is an abomination unto the world

Also me, today: pgAdmin 4 is my everything 😍

Discovery from this weekend: Apple Pay doesn’t work on my phone when it is connected to my Bluetooth headphones. 🤔

Link logging

Me, On The Screen: Race in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

I am a big fan of Austin Walker — I love his writing, and the way he GMs games on Friends at the Table. In this piece from 2013 he explores and contextualizes the importance of inclusive representation in games and play through the lens of Animal Crossing. Seeing this is even cooler being familiar with the hundreds of hours of actual-play he has coordinated and helped to produce since it almost all highlights the importance and power of representation.

Other people’s weeknotes

A list of people’s weeknotes. Weeknotes may be peak-blog. I adore them.

10 Nonhumans That Are Legally Humans

A list of things that are legally recognized as humans but that aren’t actual humans.

The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo

A list of all the things DuckDuckGo can do for you.

Application Holotypes: A Guide to Architecture Decisions

A list of holotypes which help to form the basis of a taxonomy for web applications.


These next two items go hand-in-hand and absolutely fascinate me. Things like this make me want to go for a PhD just because I’d love the time to write thousands of words about what it takes to bring the physical to the digital…and exploring what it then takes to physically maintain the digital” replication of the physical object.

Hand Job Zine and Mass Digitization Files

A collection of zines exploring the labor of digitization (and who does that labor).

Dancing the flip-flop

flip-flop (n.) the process of pushing a work of art or craft from the physical world to the digital world and back, often more than once.

That’s pretty abstract. Here’s an example recipe:

  1. Carve a statue out of stone. PHYSICAL
  2. Digitize your statue with a 3D scanner. DIGITAL
  3. Make some edits. Shrink it down. Add wings. STILL DIGITAL
  4. Print the edited sculpture in plastic with a 3D printer. PHYSICAL AGAIN

What is weekend?

I had an academic understanding of what weekends would become after becoming a parent, but lately that understanding has been coming into full view.

  • Long weekend! — there was a school staff day” on Friday, so no school, but still work. We kicked the festivities off by having breakfast with some friends visiting from out of town
  • In the afternoon made a visit to the indoor playground. It is a really good place, and quickly becoming my go-to co-working space on days when I have to work but when there is no school
  • Rounded Friday off by having some friends over for dinner — I’m pleased with how the meal turned out since it had to accommodate our being vegetarian, 1 guest being gluten free, and another being dairy avoidant
  • Saturday morning was spent at a birthday party for two sisters. At this party there were very good bagels and even better black and white cookies — it was like a weird trip back to my childhood
  • After birthday partying we went straight to a nearby farm that was having a lamb day.” E.g. showing off all the baby lambs. There was much adorable bleating
  • Afternoon consisted of heaps of play, followed by dinner and an eventual trip to the gym…where I may have cried a little whilst running and listening to a rather emotional podcast
  • Instead of doing the wise thing and going to bed after the gym I stayed up and watched many an hour of Queer Eye with Tova
  • Leading us to Sunday morning, today. Bright and early! Today has been a blur of errands and bouncing from playground to playground, forest park to forest park
  • The house is in shambles, I have a list of chores left to do, but, all in all, I think this was a solid weekend

A smiling ewe.

Bah hahaha! 🐑

Child in a winter coat walking towards a fallen log in the woods.

Springtime adventuring.

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