People I’ve Talked To Recently

Quinn's internet  👻

I follow the big nature/science accounts, and watching events natural unfold on is like watching a windows 98 progress bar.

Quinn's internet  👻

Guuuh needs to hire competent developers who can get photos to display in chronological order.

Aaron Parecki

Pretty sure @carageeeee wins for my favorite accent on #theexpanse 🚀

Aaron Parecki

Not sure if I've spoken more words to my cat or Alexa today. #workingfromhome

Ben Werdmuller

This was a great talk, full of useful insights and great stories, and was a pleasure to speak with.https://twitter.com/mattervc/status/911387249769631744

Abbey Fenbert

"You lost at tennis lil lady, back to the kitchen with you!" "nah" "But...the tennis..." "Still nah"

Abbey Fenbert

a movie where a woman loses a thousand games of tennis and still gets to vote

Ben Werdmuller

DB work Startup applicant questions MatterSeven feedback 3 podcast episodes Technical mentorship Investor meetings Logfile analysis = Friday

Deb Chachra

Hardy, the 's rescued sea otter pup, met one of the adult otters for the first time today and it is joyful.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XBLFH1yRlw

Ben Werdmuller

I'll be at this showcase of undocumented entrepreneurs on Monday in SF. You should come too.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monday-925-showcase-of-undocumented-entrepreneurs-tickets-38052331548

Ben Werdmuller

Thank you for choosing to save the lives of ordinary Americans by pushing for cooperation. This is what democracy should be.

EFF

A win for the Constitution: Court finds that police are violating our rights when using stingrays without a warranthttps://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/09/appeals-court-rules-against-warrantless-cell-site-simulator-surveillance

Sarah Kendzior

Against Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare: * Doctors * Every state Medicaid head * All Dems and many GOP govs * Most Americans * Insurance industry

HuffPost

Puerto Rico's power outage could be a death sentence for many http://huffp.st/rbpq3B8

Asher Wolf

We shouldn't be asked to choose between safety, privacy and connectedness. It's a false choice. The missing solution is governance

Quinn's internet  👻

Not for nothing but the other thing that makes those standards work is liability. *whistles*

Meredith L Patterson

could twitter please recommend me a really good, up-to-date immunology textbook? and/or facebook via the crosspost, I am not picky

Quinn's internet  👻

I mean I know that's probably not the case, It just irks me and makes me all defensive for a minute or two.

Quinn's internet  👻

Bonus annoyance: Every time someone ❤️s a guy explaining something I know on twitter to me, I feel like they're thinking I didn't know that.

Quinn's internet  👻

Like if I haven't checked and recheck and examined this history and context and bounced something off someone I want to set myself on fire.

Quinn's internet  👻

Men, HOW DO YOU DO THIS? It's genuinely amazing to me.

Quinn's internet  👻

What I don't get about dudes explaining things I have expertise in is how they never get embarrassed.

Quinn's internet  👻

And for sec people who are like just MAKE THEM FOLLOW POLICY, please, let me introduce you to the humans.

Quinn's internet  👻

There's no escaping our sec nightmare w/o user education. Say it w/ me: There is no escaping our security nightmare without user education.

Quinn's internet  👻

take away links & attachments, & your people will go to webmail. Block gmail and they will find a janky Russian webmail you've never seen.

Tim Noakes

“I’ve been preambulating the liminal spaces of the submerged memory-city” - Psychogeographic Pigeon, London, 2017

Aaron Parecki

Alright, I'm convinced #Orville is basically fan service to Star Trek fans. Keep it coming. 🚀

isis agora lovecruft

awww I just got this super cute thank you note from the organisers for speaking! 🦀

Qué Mala Harris

I'm legit scared we might get run out of Inglewood, especially with the new Rams stadium down the street. Olympics will make it worse.

the sun kween

Yeah, the campaign against the Olympics have made the point about paeans to sports masking far more mundane economic imperatives

Zoé

Snapped this yesterday in Echo Park, speaks for itself..

Mark Tseng-Putterman

There are no "digital commons" when corporations aligned with state interests pick and choose the content we seehttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/20/facebook-rohingya-muslims-myanmar?CMP=fb_gu

Brandon Wall

Mark Zuckerberg on election interference in Nov 2016 vs September 2017.

Zoé

Also, Shanah Tovah! 🙏🏾🍎🍯

Zoé

Looking forward to digging into this podcast ep about Jewish socialism and learning lots!https://twitter.com/2jewstalking/status/910966515645669376

Zoé

That any [black] person in prison deserved to be there, among others.https://twitter.com/slangdini/status/910990301489188865

Zoé

Mmhm. The way African immigrants are often incredibly hostile to black Americans, hold themselves as exceptional, aspire to whiteness, etc.https://twitter.com/dop3sweet/status/910989777956167681

Zoé

Y'all gotta go easy on me, okay. I was one of two black people in both my grade and entire school at the time 😅

Zoé

Tbh, when I read "New Jim Crow" and realized my parents had been lying to me about black Americans.https://twitter.com/jaiylean/status/910987546498347009

Zoé

Idk what scares me more: that this photo is 10 years old or that I let myself play token for the Popular Girls in high school lol

Zoé

Now since the overwhelming majority of white people actually support white supremacy to varying degrees...you know where I'm going here.

Alex Shams

Thread on how the destruction of 's infrastructure in will become an excuse to privatize the island's serviceshttps://twitter.com/JJRodV/status/910569148232749056

Zoé

It wasn't a majority of southern people that owned slaves: it was a minority of white people and a critical mass supporting the institution.

Zoé

You don't need humongous masses of people killing for successful genocide: you need a bunch of killers and even more people doing nothing.https://twitter.com/archeryofdesire/status/910980651339350016

This Is Hell!

In , deep pockets and deeper wells turned water from a constitutional right to a commodity. @psskkexplains:https://thisishell.com/interviews/970-martha-pskowski

Zoé

"...not one attendee clapped." My chest hurts 😂

Zoé

And frankly, I wish I could've been a fly on the wall to see the expressions on these dead eyed kleptocrats' faces after that lol

Deb Chachra

Rituals of resistance: ICYMI, the upcoming anthology, BECOMING DANGEROUS (I'll be writing about boxing/lifting):https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/katiewest/becoming-dangerous-a-book-about-ritual-and-resista

Ben Werdmuller

I'm always happy to take questions about Matter via DM. Hit me up. DMs are open.

Ben Werdmuller

If these questions are things that keep you up at night, you should apply to . More here:https://medium.com/matter-driven-narrative/join-matter-eight-9d17d86110b1

Ben Werdmuller

Can't believe it's San Francisco's final Design Review today. Can your startup answer these questions?

rknDE

Listening along at home as the abandoned, broken, persistent LES-1 drifts over Los Angeles.http://www.signaltide.com

beyond tellerrand

(3/3) Or: The is back in Berlin as well. Saturday and Sunday right before . Two fantastic days. https://beyondtellerrand.com/events/berlin-2017/side-events/indiewebcamp

beyond tellerrand

(1/3) Two days at Berlin not enough? Check the Side Events right before beyond tellerrand: https://beyondtellerrand.com/events/berlin-2017/side-events

Ben Werdmuller

An American National Health Service would be an ideal outcome. I miss sane healthcare so much.

Brit Fitzpatrick

Looking for minority founders and ecosystem builders based in the Southeast. Please tweet any recommendations.

Dystopian Scribe

Verified by someone on the ground: This church is a legit place you can donate toward relief efforts in Puerto Rico:https://www.paypal.me/latravesia

Aaron Parecki

US Bank charges $3 to do a transfer to myself at an external account. Workaround: write myself a check and deposit electronically 🤦‍♂️

Ben Werdmuller

We just have to fight like our lives depend on it.

Ben Werdmuller

These are dark times. But people are amazing. They are smart and tenacious and creative. And I'm convinced we will get through this.

Ben Werdmuller

Imagine if writers and artists and activists refused to let the truth die, and dedicated themselves to making the world more free & equal.

Dave Harris

I'll never be famous. It'll never get better than this. It's become less "I'll make it some day" as much as it is "I am doing this."

Lindsay Eyink

Hey LA! Go check out the Signal Tide installation this Thur-Sun at LACMA. is helping to bring it to life! 🛰🔊http://www.signaltide.com/

Selena Larson

"We never intended or anticipated this functionality being used this way.." This is the problem. How do you not anticipate that?https://twitter.com/MikeIsaac/status/910587144183324672

The Ice Age

This Acheulean handaxe was deliberately knapped so as to display a fossil shell of the Cretaceous bivalve Spondylus spinosus at its centre.

Kamala Harris

Get this - the American Medical Association opposes the Graham-Cassidy “health care” bill because it violates “first, do no harm.”

Deb Chachra

Would you like some excellent D&D titles and characters? Tweet ‘NPC’ or ‘character’ at this account.https://twitter.com/sawdustbear/status/910546477667147776

Mikko Hypponen

You don't see that every day: A domain registry raided by police.https://twitter.com/puntcat/status/910446518494269440

rknDE

We just bought a mandonline, and it's blowing my mind. I can slice cucumbers SO FAST now

Deb Chachra

I’m keeping witchy company and writing about boxing and lifting for the BECOMING DANGEROUS anthology.https://twitter.com/FictionFeeling/status/910438200266588161

Aaron Parecki

Lost a few days of sleep data from my @FitBit, but thankfully I was able to reverse engineer it using logs from https://inthemoment.io

BirgittⒶ Jónsdóttir

Spain censors Catalan gov site calling for international election observers! http://ref1oct.eu/call-for-inter… Backup: http://ref1oct.eu/call-for-inter

Deb Chachra

[I should note that I reject the premise: people want insurance for their own families AND everyone else’s, and it’s not zero-sum.]

Deb Chachra

Universal healthcare even works for sociopaths: your healthy present self pays for your elderly future self’s care.https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/910231408563638272

Jessica Kantrowitz

Retweet if you want other people's families to have health insurance.https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/910231408563638272

Aaron Parecki

Treating myself after a rough dentist appointment 🥃

Kovács/O’Doherty

‘Whispers from Space’ — fresh new post about Signal Tide, up on ’s Unframed blog now! 🌍📡🔊http://unframed.lacma.org/2017/09/19/whispers-space

Deb Chachra

I don’t ‘need’ a flu shot, but I worked in a hospital for years, and know it helps keep people who are at risk safe.https://twitter.com/vruba/status/910247749953609728

Zoé

If Nazis aren't curbed, more and more marginalized people will be killed. Just like "last time," just like the decades since then.

shing yin khor

I turned the Gentle Oraclebird into a twitter bot, so you can ask for a fortune by tweeting at . https://twitter.com/thegentleoracle

rknDE

the latest lines community remix project is out, featuring an uncharacteristically up-beat trackhttps://lcrp.bandcamp.com/album/synaesthesia

Aaron Parecki

Things I was reminded of today that I weirdly miss: carefully grouped AIM buddy lists, and a hand-curated music collection on my iPod

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Anyone flying Denmark<->Iceland been refused boarding without showing passport? told ID card no good, contradicts Schengen policy

Danny Hope

Can any users point me to a version of the elements that have constraints, e.g. scaling properly when stretched?

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Mac using friends: Which possibilities do you have to launch a local program (start a presentation) from w/i a browser? RT welcome — thanks!

Alexandra Erin

Police are confiscating protester first aid supplies and then tweeting ominous messages about them as anti-first amendment propaganda.https://twitter.com/vesscola/status/909610175648190464

Chris Hayes

Power is all about who gets forgiven. Who gets fresh starts.

Abbey Fenbert

Yes, and in addition to being fine it would be "truthful" and "accurate"https://twitter.com/ESPNPublicEd/status/908896148051685376

The Establishment

"Women are taught both that they should hate their bodies, & that they’ve failed if they don’t love them."https://theestablishment.co/how-love-your-body-became-a-marketing-slogan-e379c6b21a1f

MalwareTech

I tried buying some white bread but it has sugar in and tastes like cake. I'm not complaining, but I can see why there's an obesity problem.

Lindsay Eyink

May be denied entry to SF, but I really hope Nestlé makes Blue Bottle instant coffee.

Nancy D'Santos  🌈

IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO GIVE BOYS FREE CONDOMS YOU CAN AFFORD TO GIVE GIRLS FREE TAMPONS, MENSTRUATION IS A LOT HARDER TO REFRAIN FROM THAN SEX

Hippo

me: 1 surgery please. i’m not even sick, just want free stuff doctor (shaking his head): because of socialism, i must comply

Tommy Stadlen

Good fun recently talking about the intersection of physical and digital at in Iceland's Nordic House. 📸by

Brian Suda

pushes our last video from live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUYYsAPXgQ8 talks about the future of Polaroid.

UX Brighton

Save even more 💰💰💰 by using our Group Discount for UX Brighton. Buy 4, get 1 free! https://buff.ly/2dsSI6n

Danny Hope

Anyone else hate using Okta?

isis agora lovecruft

"The internet wasn't made to be controlled; it is mysterious and self-regulating… just like a vagina." — at pioneer awards

Allen Butler

"The saddest part of 2016 was learning how many ppl believe the worst rumors about a woman & ignore the worst facts about a man." -Anonymous

Ben Werdmuller

We're looking for amazing founders helping to build the future of media - and democracy. https://medium.com/matter-driven-narrative/join-matter-eight-9d17d86110b1

The Root

New poll finds that the majority rejects white supremacists and neo-nazis, yet many share the same racial beliefs http://trib.al/4egpJJn

UX Brighton

Bought a ticket to UX Brighton 2017? We’ve set up a conference channel over on Slack https://buff.ly/2h3Hby7 Network before the event

Danny Hope

Things you hear in Brighton coffee shops № 02017b: “Is this Tom Waits?” “Yeah” “I think probably my favorite recording artist”

Danny Hope

What’s the best use you’ve seen for , outside of games?

Aleksandra Melnikova

Was just thinking about optical effects within interfaces yesterday and voila,found this in the morning https://medium.muz.li/optical-effects-9fca82b4cd9a

Abbey Fenbert

people who accuse you of "looking to be offended" are shocked you ever expected respect in the first place

kev mchugh

Martin Shkreli is a fictional character invented to test our commitment to prison abolition

zonohedonist

Your third eye dilates in the presence of encryption, hyper-pupil straining to steal meaning from obscurity, wisdom from secrets

John Scalzi

Why I wouldn't be activating FaceID on a phone of mine anytime soon.https://twitter.com/BostonJerry/status/907673044461768707

Aaron Parecki

Homebrew Website Club! #hwcpdx — with microformats

isis agora lovecruft

rather than calling #! a "shebang", have you considered yelling while calling it instead a "HASHTAG"

isis agora lovecruft

WANT: a hypervisor written in Rust

Charlie Shrem

Jamie Dimon has had an internal "Blockchain Working Group" for over 2 years at JPMorgan & my friend is on it. Basically, he's full of shit.

Chelsea E. Manning

tech people have ethical responsibility 🤔 consider consequences 🖥️⌨️💻📱 we can change the world 😎🌈💕 thanks

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Finally! First Homebrew Website Club Nuremberg after the summer break! 🎉 – At tollwerkstatt

Aaron Parecki

The new @replyall about the mysterious phone calls is like a scammy version of free conference call numbers https://aaronparecki.com/2012/03/25/8/how-does-freeconferencecall-make-money

rknDE

OH in Ljubljana "If you come over here, I can show you all of my dragons"

rknDE

The pitch modulates with a sine wave rather than two-tone square. Jarring without a transatlantic flight.

rknDE

It continues to trip me out that Ljubljana has American-sounding police sirens, rather than German

rknDE

TIL the Motorola StarTAC cost $1000 when it was first released in 1996https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/history-of-cellphones-prices

Matthew Yglesias

If they didn’t already exist, public libraries would strike people as the most outlandish left-wing idea.

UX Brighton

50 days until UX Brighton 2017: Designing for Complexity. Plenty of time to get your ticket! https://buff.ly/2wyfbWz

Sam Aaron

Thought experiment: how might a modular synth look if it was specifically designed to make performances easy to understand by audiences?https://twitter.com/samaaron/status/907373962967044096

isis agora lovecruft

I met a girl with a ; tattoo at a club once and I said it was hot and we ended up making out touché, whitespace-sensitive language fans

isis agora lovecruft

haven't done Python lately so I keep 1) writing `;` 2) deleting it 3) wondering why it works w/o it 4) wanting to go back to a `;` language

isis agora lovecruft

wait a minute what if I just don't renew my keys

isis agora lovecruft

some people chided me for making key renewal jokes, but the real joke is that GnuPG is still terrorizing everyone so

isis agora lovecruft

oh no, I can't make a commit because I can't sign it because my OpenPGP subkeys expired today, I was supposed to never forget to renew them

yan

yesterday : announced Miscreant, a multi-language misuse resistant symmetric encryption libraryhttps://github.com/miscreant/miscreant

isis agora lovecruft

ah crap immediately after writing this I get in an argument with smart people on irc, for the record this was subtweeting a github issue

isis agora lovecruft

my favourite thing about working in open source is patiently counter-arguing w/ idiots as they slowly develop the ideas I already wrote down

Joschi Kuphal 吉

🎥 Meditation & Virtual Reality? Sure! Here's 's mini-talk — audience engagement includedhttps://youtu.be/Q-XBUnhMXX0

Joschi Kuphal 吉

30 minutes until TCCD Live Certification at . Giving my best! ;)

Nürnberg Web Week

Neuer Termin für den Homebrew Website Club bei : am Mittwoch um 18 Uhr ist es wieder soweit. 😃👍http://nueww.link/hwc13sep

Andy Greenberg

Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of Sneakers, very possibly the greatest hacker movie of all time

Danny Hope

I’m not based at any more but it has been a key part of my career and I’d recommend it to any aspiring UX folks

Danny Hope

Great leadership talk from tonight at The Skiff

Joschi Kuphal 吉

🎥 Stories and the Web, style: 's eagerly anticipated talk is available on Youtube now:https://youtu.be/H3ZUPv3mER8

Danny Hope

8 weeks until UX Brighton 2017. Not just for UXers, devs, researchers, content, SEO & product people all welcome! http://uxbrighton.org.uk/2017

Amber Wilson

Wrote about my experience of https://amberwilson.co.uk/blog/nightlybuild2017/ :) Thanks to the great organisers, specially for the invite

Marian Call

MY SISTER TEACHES CELLO SHE REPORTS THAT HER NEW STUDENTS CALL SHARPS “HASHTAGS” CONCERTO IN F HASHTAG

Brian Suda

publishes all morning sessions. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjkGyI44qzirXnfvbcsIEGw (🐑+🍫+🎓+🎼+🖼=🎉) If you missed them you can now relive all the excitement!

Joschi Kuphal 吉

🍫 Do you like chocolate? We certainly do — and so does ! Watch their great mini-talk now:https://youtu.be/bXTTKLY3f3c

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

hey could you renew coupon code I got reporting a bug ? It expired 2016. I would be eternally grateful

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Very proud to announce the launch of our latest web project — finally! Detailed blog post w/ technical backround coming up shortlyhttps://twitter.com/tollwerk/status/905026328939909120

UX Brighton

We're hosting a lunch at next week's Brighton SEO conference for SEOs who want to talk about UXhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ux-brighton-lunch-brightonseo-tickets-37236216526

NightlyBuild Conf

If you attended please fill in our feedback form. We really value your opinion.https://nightlybuild.io/feedback

Zeynep Tufekci

ohai a machine learning system that can identify ~69% of protesters who are wearing caps AND scarfs to cover their face. h/t

Jackson Palmer

Until I've seen actual evidence of a blockchain helping these people, I find this type of PR pump sickeningly opportunistic and exploitativehttps://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/904243390803529728

Charlie Lee

With the leadership of the Bitcoin Core team, BTC has gone from $5 to almost $5000. It's about uncensorable payments, not PayPal 2.0.

UX Brighton

60 days until UX Brighton 2017, our 7th annual conference. Got you ticket yet? https://buff.ly/2wyfbWz

Logic

In 1983, female computer scientists at MIT wrote a report on how sexism was pushing women out of their--historically female--field.

Danny Hope

Just spoke to Karen Cham about her UX Brighton 2017 conference talk. Suddenly very excited! http://uxbrighton.org.uk/2017/

UX Brighton

Only 25 Early Bird tickets left, and a fantastic speaker to be announced later today. http://uxbrighton.org.uk/2017/

Barnaby Walters

Accidental art in Berlin, courtesy of BVG and poor quality paper

luke hay

Tickets are now on sale for next month's Brighton CRO event: http://www.brightoncro.com/ < looks like a great line-up.

Barnaby Walters

@yandle hawk moth of some sort — @jwentomologist, any ideas?

Barnaby Walters

Seeing a lot of people talking about Germany in response to . Unfortunately, DE has it’s own problems with rising “alt” far-right. Saw this in town today:

It’s an election poster for the AfD (“Alternative for Germany”). Roughly translated it says “Burkas? We like Bikinis. Trust yourself, Germany!”. They’re growing in popularity, especially in places like this town, historically with strong (10%) NPD (Nazi) voting base. Their posters are either bullshit like this, or cleverly framed statements about borders, pensions, schools, children, “taking back control” etc.

Barnaby Walters

Video: OWLS WITH TENTACLES

https://youtu.be/hnpNwUWlMbo

A tune of mine from when I lived in Iceland a few years ago, recorded with Emilyn and John in Toronto, Canada on 2017-05-12.

Barnaby Walters: Hurdy Gurdy
Emilyn Stam: 5 String Fiddle
John David Williams: Accordion

Barnaby Walters

every year since 2000, the German Arachnid Society has voted a “Spider of the Year” https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinne_des_Jahres

This year’s spider is the Walnut Orb-weaver

Barnaby Walters

@w03_ @rvkgrapevine burning poo? Ugh what a waste. Perhaps Iceland would benefit from setting up periodic composting toilets by the road for people to poo in, and then giving/selling the compost to Icelandic farmers? I’m sure they could even come up with some silly branding for it.

Barnaby Walters

@w03_ I’m surprised people get so annoyed about pooing in the wild in Iceland, the landscape is so devoid of humus it could benefit from some good healthy biomass, no?

Barnaby Walters

Video: Trip to the Mill / Wicker Basket Schottishe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGbZvzddnmk

Two lovely new tunes by John, played by Emilyn, John and myself in Toronto, Canada, 2017-05-12.

Barnaby Walters: Hurdy Gurdy
Emilyn Stam: 5 String Fiddle
John David Williams: Accordion

Barnaby Walters

@ztsamudzi although honestly I have no idea in what sort of religious context this dance culture fitted into, I will have to read up on that and try to learn more.

Barnaby Walters

@ztsamudzi there are various pan-european dances found all over the continent, e.g. polka, schottish, waltz, mazur/mazurek/mazurka, polska, slängpolska/polonaise/ländler/steyrer/wickler (modern term), minuet, quadrille, etc. Each dance form typically retains the same basic step everywhere but has regional variants, or is related to dances from different areas, as the dances and music travelled along trade routes. Many fascinating examples exist of tunes or dances which are found in parallel sources in many different areas, which is a nice way of getting rid of nationalists who try to appropriate this stuff for nationalism. A lot of these dances made their way over to America too, and in a lot of cases (IIRC) mixed with black dance+music culture and became the basis for a lot of n. american traditional dances.

Most of these were danced a lot in Europe over the past 300 years but then more or less died out in the 19th century (as the style of music changed and Europe started to import and appropriate e.g. latin dances), before being rediscovered as part of the various folk revivals in the 70s. Now they’re danced casually as “balfolk” or “eurodance”. Not widespread in the mainstream, but not totally obscure either (e.g. google “balfolk”) with widespread events and a more and more progressive pedagogy.

Barnaby Walters

Neutral nouns are easy to spot in Icelandic because they go on forever

Barnaby Walters

Video: The Poisonous Polonaise (Polonoise No. 19, Wittenberger Apothekenhandschrift, Deutschland)

More music from Emilyn, John and me!

https://youtu.be/p3_6zcVobEE

This one is a beautiful polonaise found in the Wittenberger Apothekenhandschrift, a hand written dance manuscript found in the Giftschrank (poisonous substance cabinet) in an old pharmacy in Wittenberge, Germany.

Sheet music for this piece, and many other amazing northern German traditional music, can be found in volumes 1-3 of Neues aus Alten Büchern (new things from old books) published by Tramudea e.V., and also on tanzmusikarchiv.de and the TradTanzMusik youtube channel.

Recorded in Toronto, Canada on 2017-05-12

Barnaby Walters: Hurdy Gurdy https://gurdy.is
Emilyn Stam: 5 String Fiddle
John David Williams: Accordion

Barnaby Walters

Finally figured out how to format a memory stick for optimal compromise between compatibility and file sizes.

The goal is to be able to stick this memory stick in anything from the last 15 years and be able to load files on and off. The implementation idea was to have two partitions, one FAT32 for compatibility with everything, and one ExFAT for wide compatibility allowing larger files.

The mistake I made last time was using a GUID-based partition map, which rules out compatibility with older hardware which uses a BIOS. This can be rectified by using the older Master Boot Record partition map, which has some restrictions, but nothing particularly relevant in this case.

I had no end of problems trying to achieve this with the Gnome Disks tool and GParted, and on Mac OS 10.11 it’s not possible in the Disk Utility GUI. It is, however, very easy using the command line Disk Utility tools.

Firstly, run

diskutil list

to find out the descriptor for the device you want to format (e.g. /dev/disk2, referred to in future examples as /dev/diskX), then

diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskX

to unmount it in preparating for formatting. I’m formatting a 64GB flash drive with 62.1GB actual capacity into two equal portions, so my command ends up looking like this:

diskutil partitionDisk /dev/diskX MBR ExFAT NAME_OF_FIRST_PARTITION 31.1g FAT32 NAME_OF_SECOND_PARTITION 0g

where the format is pretty self explanatory:

volume partition_map partition_1_format partition_1_name partition_1_size partition_2_format partition_2_name partition_2_size

The size of partition two is given as 0g, which results in the rest of the available space being taken.

A list of available filesystems for formatting can be browsed with:

diskutil listFilesystems

I just tested the newly formatted universal memory stick with a computer with which it previously didn’t work, and it worked perfectly, so I’m confident that this approach achieves my original goal.

Barnaby Walters

Video: Lights in the Sky (Barnaby Walters)

Finally the first video from my trip to Canada last month! Playing with Emilyn and John is always a blast, and this time we recorded a bunch of tunes. More to come!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhxygxmaiSE

A waltz I wrote whilst living in Iceland, recorded for the first time with Emilyn Stam and John David Williams on 2017-05-12 in Toronto, Canada.

Joschi Kuphal 吉

📡 Moving svg-sprite forward — please help me with your input & suggestions https://jkphl.is/articles/moving-svg-sprite-forward/ What would you like to see? Thanks!

Barnaby Walters

Just a few more days now until Vaka 2017 in Akureyri! I’ll be there the whole week, and will be teaching some tunes and dances with Wilma and Benjamin on Thursday. There are still tickets available!

Deb Chachra

I wrote about appreciating the invisible systems that underpin our world, as part of a new series at :https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/gratitude-for-invisible-systems/526344/

Barnaby Walters

[freeverbcontrol] — I tried to make a little pd GUI abstraction for [freeverb~], but couldn’t find a simple (or even complicated) way of storing parameters which are unique per instance of the abstraction.

The approach I eventually came with up is simple, if a little cludgier than I’d like: provide a template patch with the actual GUI as a subpatch, which must be copied/pasted into the patch you actually want to use it in.

Download: freeverbcontrolpd.zip

Barnaby Walters

decided to give up strings on my gurdies. best listened to with headphones.

Barnaby Walters

@rknLA @free_bear_rides impuse response sample as in for conv. reverb? Not sure what you mean, the hurdy gurdy isn’t a space you can sample (…is it?) Such a recording almost certainly doesn’t exist already, but I might be able to make you one if I know exactly what it is you need…

Barnaby Walters

The old Fitbit and Fuelband which Aaron Parecki gave me a few years ago (thanks Aaron!) don’t hold a charge anymore. The Fitbit battery is near impossible to replace, and with the Fuelband I decided that as there’s no way of loading custom firmware (which would let me get at data without an internet connection and proprietary apps), it wasn’t worth trying to get replacement batteries. So before throwing the devices away, I took them apart.

I didn’t find out much which I hadn’t already seen in teardowns, but these devices have such strange form factors that it was fascinating to see the engineering up close.

The rubber coating comes off very cleanly. Here you can see some of the funny curved traces used on flexible circuit boards:

The LED array, with “Just Do It” written on the top of the PCB (invisible to the end user). On the sections of flex between the more solid boards you can see the unbelievably fine traces:

On the back of the LED matrix section, with a part number. To the right you can see the jaggedy bluetooth antenna trace:

The fitbit isn’t so interesting. Removing the cap with a heatgun reveals a tiny circuit board with a tiny battery and vibrating element.

I also opened up the dock, as I noticed that the USB cable was power only, with no possibility of wired data transfer. The third pogo pin must be for the reset switch, which is mounted in the dock. There’s a little IC in there too, but I was more interested in seeing how the pogo pins were attached to the board. Turns out they’re just soldered straight on:

I’d love to have been able to flash custom firmware to the Fuelband, it’s a lovely bit of hardware, and manufacturing something like that is completely out of the question for a hobbyist. There are so many fun things which could be done with a device equipped with an LED matrix, accelerometers and bluetooth — a wearable MIDI controller, for example.

That possibility would also have made replacing the batteries worth doing, and in doing so saved the device from the landfill. Free software and open hardware isn’t just political, it’s better for the environment.

Barnaby Walters

Doing some prototyping+testing for the next MIDI-enabled gurdy board:

My current approach is an Arduino (Genuino) Uno with a custom made board with a line of hall effect sensors, and the various other boards plugged into the Arduino. It works, but there are various problems — wiring the whole thing together is a hassle; the limited I/O on the Uno requires me to multiplex the sensors, introducing delays; hand-soldering through-hole sensors means they’re all in slightly different positions; and a single line of sensors isn’t enough to cover the whole throw of a key, resulting in notes turning off when they’re bent too far.

I heard about emsproto.com and was initially considering designing a board containing the sensors and microcontroller myself, and having it built, but after drafting up a very simple one-component test board and seeing that there’s a base cost of €200 per board for PCB and assembly, I decided on another approach.

The next version of the board will be a custom designed sensor and breakout board with two rows of surface-mounted hall effect sensors, into which I can plug a Teensy 3.5, removing the need for multiplexing, vastly increasing the speed at which the system can run, and opening up various possibilities like easy-to-implement USB-MIDI support.

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