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In the same way that men, in their policing of gender boundaries, make personal decisions and enforce societal structures that not only harm those who are not men, but also harm themselves and other men…

…so too white people, in policing racial boundaries, make personal decisions and enforce societal structures that not only harm people of color, but also harm themselves and other white people.

Something to think about.

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Programming, a story:

"I want to create X." *start creating X*

"Oh, no. I'll need to create Y to properly do X." *start creating Y*

"Oh, wait, Y really would make better sense with Z." *start developing Z*

"Meh, I'm sick of doing this work without Ω." *start putting together Ω*

"This would all work better if only I had ß." *start building ß*

Jack, ✓. House, ✓. Malt, ✓. Rat, ✓. Cat, ✓. Dog, ✓. Cow, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓...🐢↓ 🐢↧ 🐢↯

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Making is all about screwing up.

It's about having the confidence to screw up in increasingly creative ways.

It's the art of getting it wrong with such flair and panache that you can't help but be entertained by your own ineptitude.

It's the ability to foil so many of your own plans that you are left with no option but to stumble into a solution that works.

A solution, that when found, leaves you awestruck by what you have accomplished.

And it is in pursuit of that awe that the Maker makes.

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Imposter syndrome is the belief that because you are capable of the virtue of doubt, you're somehow less prepared for the challenges of life than the many hubristic arseholes who lack the sense to recognize any consequences of their own poor judgment.

The world doesn't need more overconfidence. It needs more folk comfortable with doubt, of themselves, of their practices and institutions. Questioning our ability or preparedness to do a thing is not the same as being unable to do that thing.

Electron is a failure of pedagogy.

A generation of programmers has learned no deeper geology than the composition of top soils.

They having so few tools at hand, we furnish our world with beds of nails.

There were leaves on the sidewalk
they made leafy sounds as I waded through them

All of my relatives assume I'm some sort of computer expert just because I'm online a lot but using a computer does not correlate with knowing how a computer works. For several years I thought a computer's processing speed was measured in horsepower.

Beginning to suspect that part of keeping odd hours is about coping with loneliness.


Thinking of buying a drill, but like, for a bit.

I wish I were better at partisanship.

I have the sense that being able to rally round a bandwagon of mutual disdain for the opposition might mitigate loneliness to a significant degree.

In one of those moods where I'm thinking of installing a dating app.

Because that's never been a bad idea in the past.

So, substitute teacher calls DoE tech support in response to email saying that issue from prior week is resolved and they should call tech support.

In response, they're told to wait 2-3 days for an email. No explanation. Just wait 2-3 days for an email.

This on responding to an email instructing that they should call because the issue had been resolved.

When I was a kid learning programming I was repeatedly told the computer will only do what I tell it to do.

*Looks at Windows 10 with multiple Electron apps installed* :blobthinkingeyes:

honestly sometimes it seems like whenever we realize some core thing isn't covered in two concepts, for a significant number of us, our whole logic chain falls the fuck apart

when I was a kid I learned about pencils and pens. and the first time my dad showed me a carpentry pencil I was mindblown because it was shaped SO differently.

but really, there's a huge range of pencil shapes, types, functions, mechanisms

there wasn't always

now, you write with liquid graphite, that's a "pencil" too?

Substitute teacher calls DOE tech support saying they can't get into the system they use to get teaching assignments.

A week later they get an email from tech support saying the way to resolve the issue is to call tech support.

I sometimes wonder which I have less faith in: humanity on the whole or my ability to be a good person despite being human.

Petition for more e-Ink displays and fewer LEDs so that we're less inundated with unnatural light at night, especially in the bedroom.

Gonna be a bit late setting up this morning's craft event in anticipation of start time.

Still catching up on sleep now that it is no longer too hot indoors to sleep.

Tonight's project:

Troubleshooting a Window 7 machine that will only release documents from the print spool after reboot.

(Because after near a decade in the wild, this is still a recurring problem with Windows 7 machines.)

Monday night (Oct. 15, 7PM) is Shakespeare Night again at @hackmanhattan! We're reading Seneca, "Medea." For more information, see

...Whats a good term to indicate that a connection is permanent, or as one piece? That it can;t be undone without breaking something? My best guess right now is integral, but I'm not sure that's quite right. :/

Remember when Ben Heck would do 8bit builds?

Remember his Apple II laptop? His Atari 2600 handhelds?

Is there a community out there of folks still doing that kind of hardware hacking?

People who say short-wave or AM radio is dead are lucky enough to live in places with open internet connections and relatively free media markets.

In an awful lot of the world, it's the only way to get non-government viewpoints to people.

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