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Big Government: If you see something, say something.

Nightvale: If you see something, say nothing and drink to forget.

Overworked, tired mothers of screaming toddlers: If you see something, mind your own business.

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Major difference between capitalism and communism: under capitalism you can set up contracts and incorporate so as to create a communist enclave. You can't do the inverse; ergo, capitalism is a freer system.

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Mastodon drinking game:

Every time you see someone posting what amounts to:

"YOU all need to be open-minded enough to tolerate ME."

and also:

"I'm going to judge the hell out of all of YOU."

take a shot.

If you see it in the same post, finish the bottle and open a new one.

Alcohol poisoning in under half an hour guaranteed if you're scanning the federated view.

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RFC Classification of tolerance:

Complete tolerance/Voltairean: You may be a bigot, but you can do your thing and I'll do mine.

Intransitive intolerance/Popperian: I do not tolerate bigotry, but I will tolerate voltaireans.

Intransitive intolerance/Bubbler: I do not tolerate bigotry, nor voltaireans, but I will tolerate popperians.

Transitive intolerance/Purist: I do not tolerate bigotry, nor voltaireans, nor popperians. Bubblers are on notice.

This is an RFC. Let comments flow.

Fine advice for everyone who gets too excited about politics, from the theme song to a crappy movie:

"Wish I had the wisdom to find some simple words to make you see, the things that mean a lot to you don't always seem to mean a lot to me."

Good computer game I've been enjoying:

Objects in Space.

It's a bit buggy, and it could use some expansion and so on, but it's still a good game.

Found an old link.

Bill's observation is as true now as it was then.

Every time you find someone frothing about how racist, crazy, fascist and nazi all the MAGA-hat wearing loons are? Ask them whether they want four more years.

Because sneering, name-calling and despising are how you might get four more years.


Something that I discovered while working on a commission: muse actually has pretty tight USB MIDI timing. It's not the prettiest FOSS DAW, but it definitely makes a good sequencer for driving external hardware.

If you find someone in the USA today, talking about how martial law was just instituted, or how they feel that their government is waging war on them, then you have just learned something important:

The person talking about these things has never lived under these conditions, has no clue what they are talking about, and can probably be safely ignored.

If they're also talking about fascism, you can be pretty sure they've not only never lived under it, but don't know what it even is.

Made my decision, and now putting music on

Peertube for the win!

Minibrute 2s revisit:

OK, after some work I started to figure out what this synth needs, not to sound boring.

You need to cross-modulate stuff to make it sound useful. And make no mistake, you can get useful sounds out of it, but start with brute factor up a bit, and use either FM or OSC2 as a detuned sub, or ... something.

Also, this synth needs its patchbay like a swimmer needs air.

I'll keep it, but damn, it really needs love, because just its plain oscillators sound blah.

So, should I spend another six months trying to get the minibrute 2s to sound glorious, or should I trade it in?

Like, for an electribe 2. Or maybe a Gaia.

Behringer Pro-One.

In mere minutes, I get sounds from it that excite my ears beyond anything I've achieved with the Minibrute 2S in months.

Why? Is it the filters? The cross-routing? The oscillators?

I don't quite know (yet). But one sounds weak, the other sounds mighty.

Anyone have a favourite LOGO interpreter for Linux environments?

@dulcet Thanks for finding that one for me.

The whole break-thread-by-blocking is a bit of a misfeature in mastodon.

If you're concerned about fascists/nazis/white supremacists/bigots in general in the Portland city police, and you live in Portland ...

move out of Portland.

No, seriously. If you stay in Portland, if you buy things in Portland, if you work in Portland, your taxes go to the city, and the police.

If you think that your taxes are going to support bigotry, and you oppose that, the ethical move is to move out.

Otherwise, feel free to stay, of course. You do you.

Apparently Hi-point's new pistol will be called the Yeet Cannon, because they asked the internet, and that's what the internet decided.

Brownie points to them for doing what they said.

Now they're advertising the special edition Yeet Cannon G1.

Not bad. 3.5inch barrel, 9mm, +p capable. Sounds like a good carry piece.

You may (or may not) care to know that the lead singer works in a shelter in Seattle. Needs the day job, because the band's new and not really making it big yet.

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Great Seattle-based band:

Dust Mice (

They're new, but they have an awesome space rock sound. I heard them at the Seattle Progressive Rock Festival.

If you're in the area, go see their shows. If you're not, love them on bandcamp or wherever you find them.

Two horns up!

Seattle Progressive Rock Festival

Tonight is the last night, you can still get in at the door.

Columbia City Theater, doors open at 5PM.

Prog on!

Restrictions on expression of ideas make less sense than the war on drugs. Drugs or ideas; driving them underground makes them more attractive, not less, and it most certainly doesn't make them go away.

It's a comforting lie for the ignorant - wishful thinking for the swell folks. It didn't work for the victorians, and it's not working for the neo-victorians.

But it feels good.

Stray tortoiseshell just chomped a cottontail in the garden. Grab, squeak, chomp, dead in under two seconds. Good cat.

So I've been looking into options for videos for my listeners.

Three remain standing after gaping slack-jawed at contracting terms and provisions.

1) Bandcamp (what the hell, I'm already there)
2) Peertube (groovy, but definitely lesser-known)
3) ... I hope you're sitting down for this.... myspace.

Myspace is in enough trouble as an underdog, and yet sufficiently wedded to musicians as a group, not to be too obnoxious. I'm amazed, and yet, here we are.

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