Does anyone out there have a particular tool or toy they use to keep their fingers busy? I've decided it's time to try and break my cuticle picking habit, and basically any time my hands are idle and I'm not paying total attention to a task, I'll pick of my own accord. Fidget spinners aren't likely to help, and bonus points if it's at least slightly productive.
non-binary, progress pics
So, over in Zuckland, the "memories" algorithm showed me a recent photo from not long before I started my #nonbinary transition. It's not like I'm on HRT or anything, but I was completely shocked by how foreign that 2 year-old picture looked to me. I often feel like I haven't really changed at all, but I kinda have a hard time intuitively thinking of that pic from a couple years ago as "me".
In a way, the pandemic and subsequent work-from-home culture has been a blessing for coming out as #nonbinary and adopting a new gender presentation since things like clothes shopping are now all online and tried out at home. Case and point, I bought a drop of new femme-of-center autumn basics today, including a bralette, and I get all season at home to work out what's right for me. It's going to be a bit of a shock for others when I return to society fully-formed, though.
The Art Of Shaving promotional mail: "We'll help you reach your beard goals."
Me: "My goals are to never have hair below my cheekbones ever again. Got anything for that?" #nonbinary
I decided to watch the 24 Hours Of Le Mans this weekend. I expected to watch an hour or two. Watched more like 16-18, really just stopping to sleep. It really spoke to the product engineer in me, watching people try to keep these cars going for 24 nonstop hours. One of them even was sent to the garage on a firmware issue. I just know that feeling of having all your hard work under test and biting your nails nothing of yours breaks.
@roadriverrail Awesome points, thank you. I’d love to read some serious sociology and anthropology of techies. No doubt the cyberpunk ethic is a response to late capitalism, a sense of abandon by public institutions. It makes sense how the norms of ham radio (as a subset of the old radio geek corps) which expect building of public institutions, would be viewed as either naive or complicit.
Problem is, radio is a commons. And ceding such commons to enclosure helps no one.
I love looking through the Adafruit catalog, but I almost never buy something because I don't have the kind of creativity that sees a humidity sensor and an RFID transceiver and goes "Oh, this will totally do something that will improve my life." Which sucks, because they do good work over there at Adafruit and I feel awesome when I complete a project quickly thanks to their components.
“Ham radio is too regulated, so doesn’t apply to X use case.”
That’s like saying:
“I learned all this painting in college. Schools are regulated. It’s too bad, as it makes painting useless outside of school.”
The institutional knowledge in ham radio, whether in physics, electronics, or operational training, is absolutely vital right now. I don’t see how people can’t grok this. If a regime “shuts down the internet”, you can bet messages will still be flying on HF via CW. *IF* you know how.
Oh, heavens. This has already been favorited and boosted more times than any other toot I've made. It's sure to hit some real mathematician who's bound to tell me how I'm wrong wrong wrong. To that future person, I am apologizing in advance. I fake all my math.
TIL that there is no formula for the exact perimeter of an ellipse, but that you could make an arbitrarily close approximation of a formula for the perimeter of a *given* ellipse, and that such a formula would depend on the sum of an infinite series.
TIL that this is technically how we have a formula for the perimeter of a circle, but don't notice the messiness because the circle's "axes" are of equal length and thus a single sum of an infinite series works. We call it "pi" to keep it unmessy.
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