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I’m a graduate student working on spatiotemporal for . Most of my work involves coding in and . I prefer to run , though I have to maintain a Windows VM to collaborate on Word documents with some colleagues.

Other interests include:
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And because even I can’t keep track of all my interests, I’ll add

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Of course if I wrote this list next week there would probably be something new to add!

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cloud.tomasino.org/apps/forms/

I've put together a survey about the Small Internet (#gopher, #gemini, individual webpages, small community sites) and I would love your input. If you are a small internet user, please spend a few minutes and fill in your thoughts. I'm especially interested in the open response questions. This will help inform an upcoming conference talk I'll be giving at mch2022.org

Also, please boost this on fedi as much as possible and feel free to re-share on other social networks and in other communities. The more responses the better.

#smallweb #smallinternet

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Hey I found an open source menstrual cycle tracking app called Drip that doesn't call home to anyone and encrypts your data on your device. It's gender inclusive and it has a prebuilt version Android that you can get either on F-Droid or on their site here: bloodyhealth.gitlab.io

They have an iOS version but it's not pre compiled. I'll be working on that today so you can get loaded onto your Apple devices, along with the instructions to install it on said Apple device.

Please boost so others can see this!

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I know folks got justifiably more pressing concerns right now, but when you got room in your brain, think about locking down your sensitive notes and communications. Not just private, but local.

Any service offered to you is a weapon that can be used against you.

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The dominant legal interpretation at the Supreme Court is that all our laws should be subject to imaginary review by the Founders' generation.

This is a manifestly stupid idea that would be rejected in almost every other political system.

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Do not use open media to plan resistance.

Encrypted and private comms only.

Compartmentalize Identities.

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SCOTUS: Voting is now illegal

Liberals: We'll see about that in November, buster

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The transphobic 'groomers' talking point that is popular amongst hateful people right now reminds me very much of the 'Black men are coming to take your women and children' line ran by racists back in the 50s and 60s.

There is this idea in whiteness that people who are not white, cis, and straight have a fascination with influencing their population. This thought is just a projection because white people have brutally perfected these manipulation methods over centuries.

From what I can see, it's yet another example of white people being deathly afraid that we will enact the horrors that they've acted on us.

And a driving force in the culture of whiteness is the fear of consequences for their collective actions.

Second wave of the Yukon River Quest (including my brother's team!) takes off in about 10 minutes. Excited to watch the race!

yukonriverquest.ca/yrq/app/ent

Got home yesterday from a combo wedding/camping trip in eastern Oregon. Got to reconnect with a bunch of old friends and explore a new part of eastern Oregon. Exhausted but what a great trip!

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With climate defeatism, it’s OK to believe we’re not gonna make it. It’s OK feel worn down and frustrated and unheard.

What I nix is when that defeatism makes you obstruct, or get in the way of, or hinder, us trying for a chance no matter how slim. When we’re trying to think of solutions and trying to come up with things we can do, and you come in with a hat mismatch and start flooding the conversation with your “it’s no use”. (As in, repeatedly.)

That’s not cool. For my own health and for the health of everyone with me.

And, I feel guilty about saying that. We all know that everyone we meet is fighting a battle we know nothing about, and I, you don’t have to believe me but I do know how it feels.

And maybe you and yours are exactly the kind of people we need to reach the most. Maybe the most. And if the way you feel is anything near what I’ve felt when I’m been at my most pessimistic, if that’s the case, then you’re the kind of person who needs our support, our comfort, our companionship here on the brink.

And I don’t know what to do about you, with you, for you but step one is that you please STFU with that kind of “race to the bottom” talk.

Can we please have some orthogonality between on the one hand the line stretching from “believing we’re doomed” to “believing there’s a chance if we haul our collective asses” (because no matter where you are on that line, you might still be one of us) vs on the other hand the line from “we’re gonna try to avert this doom” to “we’re going on one final gasoline-fueled binge because we might as well enjoy these final days” (because that’s when We’re Gonna Have To Have Words)?

And it’s OK to take breaks and we’re all in it together (kinda no getting away from that, either it’s 1🌏1♥ at least on this issue, or we’re dead as disco), but it’s not OK to be sabotaging our efforts or even our futile li’l dumb&desperate brainstorming sessions with your defeatist mind virus.

And it’s not your fault and I feel your pain, but a lot of us are also on the edge here so don’t clown around and drag us down there, instead let’s try to set this right.

I’m cool with being wiped out by an asteroid or earthquake or volcano but I’m not gonna be chill with standing in front of the scythe in shame knowing that as humanity was creating their own li’l man-made mess, I didn’t at least try.

The following is gonna sound morbid, but when I’m at my most pessimistic, I take some amount of comfort in: OK, humanity chose this. Or enough humans did. Maybe they didn’t know what the heck they were doing, or maybe it was because they were helpless as mere cells in a malicious organism probably better known as incentive-driven markets, or maybe they wanted it because they were like fuck the future I’ve got mine, or they were like excuses excuses excuses excuses, but either way, if we do flub it, it’s because they chose it. And there’s some comfort in that.

I sometimes think of it as we’re on a boat and I see clowns to the left of me and jokers to the right and they all whip out drills and start going ham om the hull. And I’m like OK I guess that’s the way you wanted it, that was the outcome of the big old CO2e election. That was the game and that was the outcome of the game.

But I’ll be damned if I join them. You’ll never get me to pick up that drill. I’m gonna work my ass off trying to pour water out from the boat, trying to fix those holes. Until my dying breath.

And as much as I know you’re in pain, please don’t get in the way of that, please don’t get in the way of us who are trying to fix the boat. Come join us when you can.

https://idiomdrottning.org/try

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The number of articles I see that say "the economy is having a minor oopsie right now" as opposed to "late-stage capitalism is held up by duct tape and bodies" makes me feel like I'm losing my mind.

Anyone else have a particular instrument or musical style that is almost guaranteed to make you happy?

For me it's clawhammer banjo. Couldn't tell you why, but there it is.

Add some vocal harmony and I won't be able to listen to anything else for at least a month:

youtube.com/watch?v=wYQlhLEJ5j

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R2AK 2022 started. As always, the Juan de Fuca earned its nickname, "Strait of Juan de Fuck You". Folks who have completed R2AK (that's like 700 miles of sailing racing from WA to Alaska via British Columbia) **four times** pitchpoled in the absurd chop and slop and 30+ knot winds the other morning. Nobody's immune to that mess, clearly.

One day I'd love to do that race just to say I did it, but damn am I glad I didn't choose 2022 as that year. That weather *sucks*.

r2ak.com/2022-race-feed/2022-s

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This is why junk science like Garrett Hardin's "Tragedy of the Commons" (a paper describing the universal collapse of commons, which presents zero historical evidence for its position) are so popular.

Not because they're true, but because Lockeans wish they *were*, because that means that all those Olde Worlde types who enclosed lands, declaring them exclusive property weren't stealing community lands - they were rescuing them from the "tragedy."

memex.craphound.com/2019/10/01

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trans-antagonism 

Thinking about that person on here the other day who was advocating for forced endocrine testing of girls to make sure they conform to arbitrary levels of testosterone that the poster believed defined them as a girl or "biologically male". A trans woman such as myself can have near 0 testosterone, but two of my cis women friends (I know of) have PCOS and would be considered "biological men". It's absurd.

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joy as rebellion. kindness as rebellion. sharing as rebellion.

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