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TIL that common lisp folx will call global variables -- which tend to be surrounded by * chars, e.g. *current-x* -- as that variable "having earmuffs".

I am so delighted. 🀩

I'm pretty pleased with the result though -- this feels pretty elegant. ^_^

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Yesterday I wrote the modulus operator for the WDR Paper Computer[1].

It's a tiny computer with only 5 instructions: add1, sub1, jump to line#, end program, and is-zero?.

My conclusions so far about paper computing:
- It's really fun to figure out clever ways to write programs using a limited instruction set!
- Running programs by hand is pretty tedious and gets old fast. ^__^


Sometimes im surprised how invisible my ivy removal work is.
A few months after ive been through a space, the footprints and accidentally broken branches are no longer noticeable, the ivy leaves have browned and it looks as if it had always been that way.
I think of a lot if this work as a tactile learning and exploration. I knew that this land was tended and stewarded by indigenous people in a way invisible to settlers. What settlers saw as untamed wilderness was actually carefully managed and tended land.
Ive done all of this work and, unless i tell them, very few people will ever notice. Its become very tangibly clear the amount of labour that can hide in a conception of wilderness.

Anyone else have Sega Channel as a kid? This was just the coolest.

It was a device you put into the cartridge slot that used your existing cable connection to download interactive menus and full Genesis games from Sega servers. All without the internet!

Today was mostly an Adult Stuff day. Boring things. >___<

Going to do some maintenance things, and then make time for some fun stuff.

anyone on fedi selling/sending out stickers at the moment? :boost_ok:

@wakest Hey! I saw an announcement saying that registrations are open again (to invites), but the rules page says that they're closed. Is it ok to invite new folx?

social interaction question 

When you're in a conversation with someone who "hogs the microphone" (that is, talks a lot and doesn't "give the mic" back to you often), how do you handle this?

I dislike this in conversations, but am not sure what a good response is. Some ideas:

1. Stop hanging out with people who do this.
2. Confrontation: explicitly point this out & ask them to share the mic more.
3. Passive Aggressive: interrupt or use other strategies to forcefully take the mic back.

What's worked for you?

Updated the microsail to have jam cleats, using a split in the wood (thanks @rek). Now it's able to be much tighter.

I've realized that the sail is actually too big for the mast & boom! I cut the fabric to match those dimensions, but to get a really tight-trimmed sail, I think the sail needs to actually be *smaller* than the triangle of space here, so that it can have room when it needs to be stretched.

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Yay, breakthrough day in voice practice! 🎡

I've managed to figure out repro steps for producing a very low vocal fold mass that I *love* the sound of. I can only do it with a certain phase as mimicry, so I'm excited to start dissecting its constituent components. :3

fuck it, I'm releasing my databending drum machine TONIGHT

make drum loops with percussive samples procedurally generated from opus codec glitches!~ πŸ₯πŸ’₯πŸ’»

It's been really interesting to play with & see how it responds. I think it needs some controls somehow on the three points of contact for tension.

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"I wanna understand how sails work.."

"..Let's build one!" 🦊

So, i cancelled netflix and subscribed to trans creator patreons.

i won’t tell you what to do, i’ll just point out that yhe Netflix CEO apparently doesn’t care about trans lives and is happy to put them on the firing line, literally and figuratively

Picked up two new/used books from a cute dusty bookstore in Vancouver yesterday! ^___^

Is there a good term of a "self-balancing system"?

e.g. How an arrow is stabilized in flight because opposing fletchings counter-act each other's rotation with air drag.

This was also one of the most rewarding & satisfying experiences I've had.

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Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.