People I’ve Talked To Recently

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

A fake Russian Twitter bot with an Union Jack avatar repeating "I'm not against foreigners but..." in a loop forever. (A new Turing test: can you tell them apart from real UKIP supporters?)

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

An idea: find the people asking newbie questions about Solidity on StackOverflow, then find the smart contracts they write as they will have a high probability of potentially profitable bugs. Please don't do that. It is mean. Hilarious, but also mean.

Zoé

I feel the same way. I’m not going to feel more affinity with an animal if it’s like something I’ve domesticated (like when people compare chickens to house cats) or a population whose lives I have concern for.https://twitter.com/shereeny/status/955197738286796800

Zoé

If your political arguments around animal welfare can’t stand on their own without analogizing human suffering, I’m not sure if they’re particularly strong.

Zoé

You’re placing one organism into greater proximity to humanity without necessarily having an explicit politic fighting for the humanization of others humans. That doesn’t feel liberatory to me, a race-gendered body particularly historically violated by racial capitalism.

Zoé

But where you’re out here calling cows/heifers “women” while trans women, black and brown women, disabled women, and other marginalized women are still fighting for their womanhood to be affirmed and protected, what’re we really doing?

Zoé

Mind you I’m onboard with the anti-speciesist argument, the one about how humans have been violently dominating the natural world through industrial capitalism. No real qualms.

Zoé

So I have a feeling about vegans calling female non-human animals “women.” And that feeling is that there is a meeting point between the dehumanization of black women and a humanization of animals in many vegan politics that STILL perpetuates anti-black logics.

Deb Chachra

Two countries separated by a common &c. &c. Also, I only want leavening agent pre-added if it's for bannock mix: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/amp/recipe/native-cree-bannock-bread-21818

Deb Chachra

TIL: Self-raising and self-rising flour are not the same thing. As a friend noted, this is almost as bad as the robin thing.

Aaron Parecki

Pixel Art!

I just finished my IndieWebCamp hack day project, and I'm pretty excited about it!

A long time ago, my website used to have this 7x7 grid of pixels on the home page, which visitors could toggle between blue and green. It saved the state after you'd click them, so you could leave little pictures for the rest of my website visitors. 

I eventually abandoned that version of my site, and that feature disappeared as well. I decided that it would be fun to add it back to my current website today!

So now, my home page has a similar section at the top with a little grid of pixels again!

There were a few differences in my approach this time around. I decided to make the grid 20 pixels wide by 3 pixels tall, in order to reduce the chances of people being able to spell things or draw anything inappropriate. 

I wanted the grid to be responsive as well, so that the cells shrink appropriately when the width of the column shrinks. I found this nice answer on StackOverflow, "Grid of Responsive Squares", which pointed me at a technique I hadn't know about, which is to use a percentage for the padding-bottom property. Each cell in my grid is calc(5% - 1px) wide, with padding-bottom: calc(5% - 1px) as well. This makes the height match the width, which is based on the relative size of the container.

I also made the grid realtime! If you open the home page in two browsers, you'll see one browser update when you click a pixel in the other! I was able to do this without any complicated server-side support thanks to the nginx push-stream module that I already have installed. It lets a browser subscribe to an endpoint using the EventSource API, and then from my server I can send a POST request to the nginx module to broadcast data to anyone listening.

Maybe my next project will be to get some Neopixels and make a little thing for my desk that always shows the current pattern!

Rodney Rehm

back in WorkTown™ after a week of being sick at , and . The flu has kept me from sharing much on twitter. At this point I can only provide a brief summary: Attend either of these events next time - you won’t be disappointed ;)

Zoé

The conversations are hard sometimes, but I feel really lucky we get to have them.

Zoé

I had authoritative-leaning African parents so that was laughable as a possibility. But I’m glad that she’s open to the discussion now: her accountability has really freed me from resenting her.

Zoé

I think it’s important for folks to recognize they’ll likely fall short in their parenting in at least one capacity. I think it’s important for parents to be receptive to kids’ feedback as things happen.

Zoé

I told her that, if my sexual assault hadn’t derailed my masters’ work, I might not have told her about it because the ways we’d talked about sexuality had been subtly steeped in shame. She was sad, but understood.

Zoé

It wasn’t intended to be hurtful, but rather it helped to shed light on residual resentments, reasons why I react to her in certain ways or don’t share certain things.

Zoé

I want to shoutout my mum, , for her willingness to listen and reflect. We had a really honest conversation the other day about the ways I felt she let me down as a parent.

Deb Chachra

While this could only be more laser-targeted to my interests if it also had poutine, it is just a stunning example of investigation around infrastructure, and is well worth the time.http://outsideinradio.org/powerline/

Deb Chachra

This is a 4x30min audio documentary from about Hydro-Quebec, renewable electricity in New England, the US-Canada electrical grid, Quebecois self-determinism, and First Nations rights:http://outsideinradio.org/powerline/

Aaron Parecki

Setting up for #indiewebcamp day 2! — with microformats

Joschi Kuphal 吉

12 girls eating Spaghetti Bolognese, celebrating 's birthday and listening to – At tollwerkstatt

Avery Edison

sorry kids but back in my day the centre held fast and the falcon had no problem hearing the falconer, your generation is in crisis, don’t even get me started on the posture issues with your rough beasts

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Attention friends: Do you know someone who's looking for the most awsomest flatmate possible? is about relocating to Berlin and could need your help! Pls RT ❤ +

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Preparing for a massive Bolognese cooking session for ~20 children, closely sticking to 's 12 pages concept for her 7th birthday party ...

Zoé

You’re part of the problem because you seem to believe an “any means necessary” reaction to the existential threat posed by white supremacy is inappropriate. https://twitter.com/ant_man/status/954952558610493440

Zoé

It’s completely okay to “randomly smash a man” that believes ethnic cleansing and genocidal politics are good and necessary. Encouraged, even. https://twitter.com/ant_man/status/954949848729448448

Aaron Parecki

Well this is an interesting iOS bug 🐛

three-fingered fox

I got the Twitter email, saying I "either followed [a Russian bot account] or retweeted or liked content from [one of] these accounts." Which one? It doesn't say. I guess I get to go through each of my beliefs and imagine whether it might be Russian-influence adjacent.

Ethan Brown

‘As with prior raids not a single trafficking victim was uncovered’https://twitter.com/jadelson/status/954891048358162432

Adam Chalmers

day 5 using... Haskell arrays? 75 seconds. Haskell unboxed vectors? 36 seconds. double your speed with this one weird trick

Eleanor Saitta

Humans or we burn the world! J/k, we're probably gonna burn the world either wayhttps://twitter.com/quinnnorton/status/954861244443451398

Adam Chalmers

Not sure if The Good Place got better throughout season 1 or if I just got the mere-exposure effect kicked in

Chris Hadfield

I was in orbit during a US Govt shutdown. The Cdn Prime Minister tried to call, but no one was at NASA HQ to answer. I did talk to several nice people on the ham radio, though.

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To be clear, that's just how it happened in my head, and the world only gets to be as awesome as my head every now and again.

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NOAA dude 1: We can't even come in the building during the shutdown, much less change the webpage. NOAA dude 2: OK, just give me a sec... alright, grabbing my bag. http://www.noaa.gov/

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NOAA dude 1: We can't even come in the building during the shutdown, much less change the webpage. NOAA dude 2: OK, just give me a sec... alright, grabbing my bag. http://www.noaa.gov/

Brian Suda

Hm… http://bananacoin.io another crypto currency ICO. This one’s pegged to the price of 1kg of banana. 🍌 There’s always money in the banana stand!

Zoé

Remember that time we called epistemic violence “solidarity”? 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Zoé

I just find it funny that “solidarity” is a black heroine/black women being (posthumously) forced into alliance with white women, but white women never feel obliged to be in solidarity with black women.https://twitter.com/mckeecths/status/954816623793360896

Jon Masters

Today its D cache and branch predictors, tomorrow it will be attacks against other parts of the machine. We have seen even papers showing how instruction sequences can damage machine life due to internal pipeline transitions they can force. There are so many possible vectors.

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Still exactly 300 days to go until https://material.is but we've already got a good handful of blind bird registrations — awesome! ❤ Being quick makes total sense cost-wise (flights & accommodation), so keep 'em coming! Working hard to bring you a superb lineup …

NotFondOfSharksHat

Me, seeing my wife off to the Women's March: Me: Now remember, we don't talk to the . . . .? Wife: [rolling eyes] Fuckin' cops. Me: And we don't start any . . . . Wife: [silent] Me: Come on now. Wife: [sullenly] . . . riots.

Ask An Entomologist

Although we disagree with this tweet...it gives us an opportunity to explore a really interesting topic. What we now call 'queen' bees-the main female reproductive honeybees-were erroneously called 'kings' for nearly 2,000 years. Why? Let's explore the history of bees!https://twitter.com/HankCampbell/status/954062104079855617

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Def the problem here is all these pesky immature guys who access lethal state force from phones and emails. I'm sure if we whackamole enough of them the problem will totes go away. That's how problems work, right?

Joschi Kuphal 吉

I just re-enabled the team invitiation section on our website again: https://material.is/2018/#slack Not sure if Slack is for you, but maybe you want to share your findings about travelling to Iceland, ? (Pls let me know if invitation doesn't work. Thanks!)

Robert McNees

If you're wondering how a government shutdown affects federally funded science, here's a good explanation from the last time it happened. Months of data can be lost from a short shutdown, new clinical trials can be delayed. It's not great.https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/government-shutdown-was-temporary-the-damage-to-science-permanent/

DPRK News Service

United States government shutdown, day one, as captured on film by Washington correspondent.

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When I see likely bots that go back a really long time, I wonder, did people hunt down abandoned accounts and maybe attack them in bulk somehow?

Sarah Werner

And of course they aren’t being paid! And when the government shuts down, all those contractors and other businesses dependent on them lose their work, too.

Sarah Werner

If you don’t know any federal workers, you have no idea how demoralizing a shutdown is. They can’t do the jobs they love, jobs that we all depend on being well done.

Bianca Kastl

Seems like curious me booked a flight and a hotel and a conference in Iceland 🇮🇸🤷‍♀️

Rep. Joe Kennedy III

America doesn’t choose between our children. The wealthiest, most powerful country on earth should be able to protect them all.https://twitter.com/senatemajldr/status/954409393507876864

emptywheel

And on the 365th day, the one year anniversary of Trump's flaccid showing on the mall, his party shut down the government.

Aaron

A few days in Reykjavík this November is very tempting. I thought Material looked interesting last year but I missed out. Anyone I know thinking about going?https://twitter.com/briansuda/status/954277859702472704

Accessibility Club

We just published a set of photos of last Monday's inspiring meetup with and — thanks to for shooting them again!https://flic.kr/s/aHskuTUn39

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

Bitcoiners: "You should use cryptocurrency because evil fiat currencies have no value as EVIL LIZARD CENTRAL BANKERS can print more of it at any time!" Also Bitcoiners: "My cryptocurrency is currently worth X amount of dollars/Euros/etc." So much consistency.

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

The app says my flight is landing at Heathrow Terminal 1. This is rather impressive since Terminal 1 closed on June 29, 2015 and is currently awaiting demolition.

WIRED Science

Radical climate change is here. Now. It happenedhttps://trib.al/8Q1osOS

Zack Bloom

We live in a post-parody society where it's impossible to invent anything more ridiculous than reality

Adam Chalmers

life update: someone who asked me to never speak to them again has now friended me on GoodReads

Eleanor Saitta

So glad I get to go back to a country with a government in a week.

Kelsey D. Atherton

Strange but true: the Arson Party couldn’t reach a compromise within its ranks between the “burn it all now” faction and the “burn it all eventually” faction, and is casting blame on the “maybe we could have fewer fires” party.

Adam Chalmers

right now my biggest fear is The Purge happens and that staying alive interferes with my Stardew Valley time

Aaron Parecki

wow I haven't slept in a room this dark in years

Deb Chachra

Tag yourself: I'm the one with many heads, a bow and arrow, and an iPhone of Darkness, riding a peacock.

Zoé

Boost boost boost and call the SF DA to drop all charges against a trans sister who was assaulted and then wrongfully arrested! https://twitter.com/raquelwillis_/status/954510112265093122

Adam Chalmers

What if there's no such thing as isomorphisms? What if mathematicians think structures are isomorphic for the same reason people think rocks look like faces?

Maggie Koerth-Baker

"Mom, do scientists die?" 😐 Yeeees. "So does that mean scientists dig up other scientists, then?"

Brion Vibber

Proprietary-software-shaming your coworkers for using The Wrong Software seems to be a thing in FOSS land. I'm kind of sad about this, though I recognize (and have been guilty of) the same impulse for software-freedom purity.

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i started using that Coppola quote about the net in the 90s. outta bring it back.

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"We were on the net, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane"https://twitter.com/sungo/status/954481526913331201

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"We were on the net, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane"https://twitter.com/sungo/status/954481526913331201

Melissa Lewis

If only a Facebook were a company with - *too much* money - *insufficient* staff with a background in local reporting AT THE SAME TIME that - *too many* local journalists were struggling with - *insufficient* jobs or pay in said jobs

Aaron Parecki

#IndieWebCamp preparty dinner! 🍕🍻 — with Marty, microformats

Eleanor Saitta

(And I say this as someone who is absolutely a security hobbyist some percentage of the time)

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Do you ever get the feeling that tech giants life Facebook, Google, even Twitter here, have no fucking clue what they're doing, and possibly spend half their time panicking about any possible action they could take, about anything at all? I have that feeling a lot.

Eleanor Saitta

The needs of security hobbyists are neither the needs of high-risk, targeted users, nor the needs of most users. Understand who you're trying to help.

Deb Chachra

: i)The price of US Forever Stamps increases this weekend. (via ) ii) These WPA poster stamps are beautiful and perfect for mail to your elected representatives: https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/wpa-posters-S_674604

Eleanor Saitta

Yup. If you're queer or trans and you're not all-in on fights that are embedded in your community, it's time to leave if you can.https://twitter.com/jilliancyork/status/954414499494289411

Adam Chalmers

my coworkers are personally attacking me, merely for the crime of always fostering respectful debate and discussion,

Aaron Parecki

omg. I remember when these were going around physical mail, like "mail $5 in an envelope," I can't believe it's "send $150 on Venmo" now 😱💸https://medium.com/@juliaonken/the-gen-z-pyramid-scheme-sweeping-instagram-e6d53e0e2b46

Brian Suda

Ahoy 🇨🇦, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only $246 (CAD) from Toronto, $267 (CAD) from Edmonton $479 (CAD) from Vancouver. https://www.dohop.com/flights/YEG/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 /cc can you ring-up all the Canadians and let them know.

Brian Suda

Ahoy 🇨🇦, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only $246 (CAD) from Toronto, $267 (CAD) from Edmonton $479 (CAD) from Vancouver. https://www.dohop.com/flights/YEG/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 /cc can you ring-up all the Canadians and let them know.

Brian Suda

Yo 🇺🇸, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference from various cities: $208 from Chicago $197 from NYC $272 from SF $261 from Seatle $222 from Denver https://www.dohop.com/flights/EWR-JFK-LGA/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 Make a little trip out of it and come see the Northern Lights too!

Brian Suda

Yo 🇺🇸, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference from various cities: $208 from Chicago $197 from NYC $272 from SF $261 from Seatle $222 from Denver https://www.dohop.com/flights/EWR-JFK-LGA/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 Make a little trip out of it and come see the Northern Lights too!

Furious Imperator

For those who wonder what this is about and how to disable it:

Marco Rogers

I don't know why white dudes think they're always hired due to skill. The fact that you get hired all the time when other people are just as good should disabuse you of that. Why don't you wonder if you're "the privilege hire"?

Liz Fong-Jones

We get 3 chances not to be needing a fire escape: (1) prevent the spark (2) automatically fix it, (3) contain it to a smaller failure domain.

Liz Fong-Jones

Fire escapes are a last resort that often don't work. They never, ever get tested. Often, fire escapes collapse under load during real fires.

Liz Fong-Jones

Building better fire escapes didn't save people. Building better buildings did. Make it harder for fires to start and spread, not add escapes.

WIRED

"It was the second most exciting paper I had read in the blockchain era. The first was Satoshi’s."http://bit.ly/2DOcww7

OzzyNotNice

If married couples shared the child rearing load like 2 separated but active co-parents, married women would be much happier and marriages would be better. Hear me out:

Danny Hope

VOIP apps should have a "Pardon" button. This plays back a short high-fidelity recording of the last utterance. Having been captured on the speaker’s device rather than the listener’s, this recording should be clearer.

Brian Suda

sees another little side-project light-up today telling me it is the first day of the Old Icelandic month of Þorri. This is the half-way point for the winter months in old Icelandic. Þorrablót starts today (don’t ask). Happy Bóndadagur 👦💐

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

How to be agile (10x Shit Edition): ✅ hire an agile coach, cover your office in post-its ❌ use tech that better fits problem space, automate the legwork ✅ write unit tests to check your OO language serialises and unserialises things ❌ actually know how to solve problem

UX Brighton

'Designing for Complexity': All our 2017 talks are now in a handy YouTube playlist for your enjoyment. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmeBKCinpyZ9CAv0eYDMwFUDTzhcnHykj

David Bressan

Photos published in January 1981 by the National Geographic Magazine, showing the collapse and eruption of Mount St. Helens 🗻🌋 , as seen from the nearby sleeping volcano Mt. Adams. More info about the erupton: http://tinyurl.com/zg3rc7k

Brian Suda

For the rest of the 🇪🇺, you can check flights for your city on https://www.dohop.com to find the best deal getting to 🇮🇸 for https://material.is this November. We’re all excited about hosting so many great speakers and attendees and sharing some knowledge.

Brian Suda

For the rest of the 🇪🇺, you can check flights for your city on https://www.dohop.com to find the best deal getting to 🇮🇸 for https://material.is this November. We’re all excited about hosting so many great speakers and attendees and sharing some knowledge.

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

Things blockchains still won’t fix: homelessness. But keep wasting money on bullshit rather than building homes and funding community support services.https://twitter.com/MayorAdler/status/954039614804844544

Brian Suda

Good morning 🇬🇧, flights for https://material.is conference in November in 🇮🇸 are only £48 from London, £70 from Glasgow and £95 from Manchester https://www.dohop.com/flights/LHR-LGW-STN-LTN-LCY-SEN/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 Get your tickets before messes with the exchange rate even more!

Brian Suda

Good morning 🇬🇧, flights for https://material.is conference in November in 🇮🇸 are only £48 from London, £70 from Glasgow and £95 from Manchester https://www.dohop.com/flights/LHR-LGW-STN-LTN-LCY-SEN/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 Get your tickets before messes with the exchange rate even more!

Brian Suda

Top o’the morning 🇮🇪, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only €60 from Dublin https://www.dohop.com/flights/DUB/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 One of you came via 🇦🇺 last year. Surely, there’s a better way!

Brian Suda

Top o’the morning 🇮🇪, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only €60 from Dublin https://www.dohop.com/flights/DUB/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 One of you came via 🇦🇺 last year. Surely, there’s a better way!

Brian Suda

Goedemorgen 🇳🇱, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only €65 from Amsterdam https://www.dohop.com/flights/AMS/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 You had great representation last year, can you do it again? 

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Brian Suda

Goedemorgen 🇳🇱, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only €65 from Amsterdam https://www.dohop.com/flights/AMS/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 You had great representation last year, can you do it again? 

/cc tell your friends!

Brian Suda

Good morning 🇩🇪, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only €65 from Berlin https://www.dohop.com/https://www.dohop.com/flights/TXL-SXF/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 Why not come for a visit!

Brian Suda

Good morning 🇩🇪, flights to 🇮🇸 in November for https://material.is conference are only €65 from Berlin https://www.dohop.com/https://www.dohop.com/flights/TXL-SXF/KEF-RKV/2018-11-15 Why not come for a visit!

James O'Brien

What's not to like? The last bridge he backed only cost the public £46 million without a single brick being laid.https://twitter.com/LBC/status/954264095007608832

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Oh dear! I only just now realise that I obviously received one of the "Golden Tickets" to ! 😱 What did I miss, ?

Aaron Parecki

Made it to the gate with a few minutes to spare

Aaron Parecki

Minor flaw in this plan to get to Baltimore super cheap... it involves staying up 3 hours later than normal to catch the midnight redeye flight.

Aaron Parecki

Got a free first class upgrade again despite losing my status for 2018, but it's just to Seattle so I get to enjoy a whole 35 minutes of it. #whiningontheyacht

Liberationtech

Wow, is calling for antitrust regulation against tech giants, passing laws to grant users' ownership rights to their personal data, and enforcing the sharing of anonymized aggregated personal datahttps://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21735021-dominance-google-facebook-and-amazon-bad-consumers-and-competition-how-tame

Mustafa Al-Bassam

What if a billion people had access to easy end to end encrypted messaging, except it was useless because a majority of them unknowingly backed up their and their friend's chats and group chats to Google Drive unencrypted, so the government can just subpoena Google.

Aaron Parecki

Successfully moved my backup drives from my old Macbook Air to a new/old Mac Mini and restored Backblaze and my rsync scripts! #tinyvictories #backups

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I wrote about last month, and about what it's like to be a child not worth medical care: https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/12/15/pay-now-and-pay-later-what-losing-chip-means-to-america/ Even with CHIP, there's 3.5m uninsured children in America, but it could be more then 10m soon. This is who we are. This is what America is. We should face that.

Jon H Ayre

How can we become compliant without changing what we do with customer data? You can't. That's the point.

Adam Chalmers

I've started saying g'day y'all, and everyone I've said it to has immediately recognized my cosmopolitan culture-jamming as a vital step towards normalizing US-Australian relations

Brian Suda

So many things strange about this page: https://www.uscis.gov/i-130 I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (Like I can adopt Martians? Sign me up!) Then the list of things to NOT include. There is a reason some of these things are on the list! 😳

Milena

[rape/sexual violence] Ok folks, I'm going to try and do a thread on why the "women should just say no more clearly/differently" argument is bullshit. With academic references and everything. Because I (nearly) have a PhD in consent.

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

New marketing slogan for : "it's Schiphol, not shithole". (Joke blatantly stolen from )

somaya langley

"...free ownership of your genetic information forever...Ancestry.com will own your DNA even after you’re dead."https://thinkprogress.org/ancestry-com-takes-dna-ownership-rights-from-customers-and-their-relatives-dbafeed02b9e/

Brian Suda

Two interesting Observations this week (so far): Nintendo Labo wouldn’t work if they just released iOS apps instead of their own hardware. Google’s Museum Arts, Culture App is US only. Maybe to avoid GDRP and having to actually explain what their doing with your face data.

Megan Nicole Dong

My friends hate this horse and I don’t know why...

baegon targaryen

myspace but pronounced like versace

Adam Chalmers

I'm so glad that I'm the kind of person who finds the idea of sex with coworkers hideous and not alluring

Barnaby Walters

✅ improved gurdy MIDI system
✅ improved 3 channel gurdy preamplifier
✅ DIY hybrid digital+analogue synthesizer

After a year of work on the hardware and software, finally all the pieces are in place to start composing!

Joschi Kuphal 吉

Safely arrived back home after 3 intense days of @a11yclubb­ing and ­ing in . Thanks to all who I had the pleasure to meet and who made it what it was: yet another blast! ❤

Adam Chalmers

Xcode can't even clear errors once you've fixed them and rebuilt your project. How did this ever pass QA?

somaya langley

"The notion of affirmative consent did not fall from space in October 2017 to confound well-meaning but bumbling men"https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/opinion/aziz-ansari-metoo-sex.html

Jonathan

i wish i could get paid money to write about how instagramming your holiday is bad whilst incessantly instagramming my holiday to sri lanka

Hugo Giraudel

Conference organisers, if in 2018 we could trade the goodies swag for accessibility such as live signing and captions, that would be lovely. 💖

Bitcoin

In times like these, it's important to remember that Bitcoin is not a get-rich-quick scheme. As long as the fundamentals of utility and adoption continue to grow, then Bitcoin is still strong.

Brian Suda

We’re back in November 2018 with the next edition of Material Conference. http://mailchi.mp/5943be8f4175/material-conference-2018 Checkout the videos for a taste of what to expect.

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

Instead of spending money on helping needy children, are wasting money on blockchain startup bullshit. http://unicefstories.org/blockchaincall/

Jonas Schnelli

Will give an interesting talk about „Bitcoin Core: what is it and who is behind it“ on Feb. the 10th in Melbourne.https://www.meetup.com/BlockchainMelbourne/events/246801496/?eventId=246801496

Adam Chalmers

sorry to announce that I'm incredibly emotionally invested in Buffy. I love these idiots. Getting real worked up over Character Development and Plot Twists.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

so..I've been visiting NYC this week if anyone wants to say hello.

Adam Chalmers

I accidentally went to the bodega wearing two scarves. I can never go back there again now.

Blockstream

Introducing , a new micropayment processing system that makes it easy to build apps on top of . It’s already powering the Store, an e-commerce site we're launching today! https://blockstream.com/2018/01/16/lightning-charge.html⚡️

Josephine Tovey

"Demanding an expansion of empathy and responsibility when it comes to sex isn’t regressive; it’s a sexual revolution in its own right." Good piece on the Ansari story and the awful hot takes that followed.

Brian Suda

… well, that was unexpected. 3 very trusting people I will certainly thank in November!

Adam Chalmers

13 of our coworkers from Ukraine are visiting this month, it's so exciting to meet the people behind these usernames!

Adam Chalmers

This is my favourite interaction on twitter dot com

Brian Suda

helps a friend out with In App Purchases. They’re getting about 50¢ per download over the last 4 months from a free app with a range of 99¢ to $5.99 IAPs. Not sure what this means yet, but its a start to see how viable this could be and where to adjust.

Brian Suda

🎄🛌 = Day After Christmas 🎉🛌 = New Year's Day 👨🏾⚖ = Martin Luther King Day Missing any major holidays or Emojis?

Brian Suda

🐣🐰 = Easter 🇲🇽 = Cinco de Mayo 👩‍👧‍👦 = Mother's Day 💐🎗 = Memorial Day 👨‍👧‍👦 = Father's Day 🗽🦅 = Independence Day 🛠✊ = Labor Day ⛵️🌎 = Columbus Day 👻🎃 = Halloween 🕑⬅️ = Daylight Saving Ends ⛑🎖 = Veterans Day 🍁🦃 = Thanksgiving 🎄🎅 = Christmas Day

Brian Suda

works on a new holiday list for 02018 using only 1-2 character emojis. Still need some help and suggestions with a few holidays. Thoughts? ⏚🐷 = Groundhog Day 😘❤️ = Valentine's Day 👴🏻🌸 = Washington's Birthday 🕑➡️ = Daylight Saving Starts 🍀 = St. Patrick's Day

Adam Chalmers

Wrote TWO Rust programs today and didn't even cry, I'm proud of me.

Adam Chalmers

I'd like to think this is 's influence on the JS world. JS is slowly getting better and better.https://twitter.com/DaniStefanovic/status/952920071684403200

Adam Chalmers

My one very bad relationship? Girlfriend didn't like patting other people's dogs. This is a great litmus test.

Brian Suda

seems we’re under a boil order. If you live in Reykjavik, check the news. They want you to boil your water before you drink it to prevent bacteria.

Brian Suda

seems we’re under a boil order. If you live in Reykjavik, check the news. They want you to boil your water before you drink it to prevent bacteria.

Adam Serwer  🍝

MLK on the theory that somehow advocating for equal rights turns people into white nationalists

Adam  👑 🗑️ 🐔

every library should have a good science fiction and fantasy section

Luke Dashjr

Reminder: BCH doesn't solve anything. The only reason it has cheaper fees is because it's not being attacked as much as Bitcoin. Nobody likes high fees, but BCH is a step in the wrong direction to actually fixing the problems causing them.

David Graeber

I've been looking at figures claiming overall working hours have been going down for the last 50 years. This seemed to defy experience. Then I realised: they are including part-time or contract workers. Does anyone have figures for hours worked by FULL TIME WORKRS over time?

somaya langley

"After having their body, mind and soul violated, used, destroyed... They are left in a way that leaves no closure."https://thoughtcatalog.com/shahida-arabi/2018/01/love-bombing-is-crack-cocaine-the-addictive-cycle-of-narcissistic-abuse/

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

First prize: a month's supply of Soylent. Second prize: a year's supply of Soylent.https://twitter.com/MLHacks/status/952255418352459776

Tom Morris  🏳️‍🌈

Example 2: story about strain of HIV in Warao indigenous community in Venezuela. For genetic reasons, HIV there is only killing men—women mostly unaffected. Has potential to help us understand HIV & genetics better. Not covered in English.http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/internacional-42647056

rknDE

Today in „Berlin ist kein Deutschland,” the church bell has rung about 50 times, and keeps ringing, because it is the exact hour of 19:22

UX Brighton

Our 2018 conference is on Friday 2 November. Our theme: Advancing Research. And 'super early-bird' tickets are available now. here: http://uxbrighton.org.uk/2018/

UX Brighton

Our last, but definitely not least, talk from UX Brighton 2017. on Situational Awareness https://youtu.be/zqjnBlKM5sU

George Kikvadze

Sad to see some wallet / exchanges complaining on high bitcoin transaction fees while NOT implementing Segwit to help address the problem in a meaningful way. Both Sad and Very Odd ! Pls RT if you feel the same ! This is BIG BS and we need to put stop to this !!!

somaya langley

2016 OZ stats: "...almost one in two Australians will experience bullying in their career..."http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-the-body-reacts-to-workplace-bullies-20180109-h0fhkt.html

WhalePanda

This is a handy website for the airdrops. Also allows you to check if you missed or forgot to claim airdrops. https://btcdiv.com/

Ofer Eliassaf [#bitcoin-notblockchain]

Do not pay attention to this account. Belongs to the King of the trolls Roger Ver. Trolling bitcoin. is not bitcoin,

somaya langley

"...if you have no control over your work, you are far more likely to become stressed – and, crucially, depressed."https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/07/is-everything-you-think-you-know-about-depression-wrong-johann-hari-lost-connections

Degoon

Petition to implement SegWit

Jameson Lopp

.'s testnet Lightning Network explorer currently showing 567 nodes with 1877 channels. https://explorer.acinq.co/#/

WikiLeaks

Full text of controversial book on Trump, "Fire and Fury", by Michael Wolff, leaks onto internet:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bt6BSc-kxJeTUpMEoJkkbEgEZaSmPjA3/view

David Simon

BREAKING: The parents at my kid's Baltimore public school raised their own money to keep the school librarian.https://twitter.com/AP/status/949023128969252865

somaya langley

joined the boulangerie queue, to see what all the fuss was about

Digital Rights Watch

Our Surveillance Society or Black Mirror

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Freaking out about ? unless you're currently working in IT go take a walk and stay away from computers for the day, let update when you get back because those ppl working at are often great. (still mad about my group tabs vanishing however)

rknDE

RIP Machine Project, and condolences to all of the horses with soon-to-be-useless lifetime memberships :(

David R. Sterry

passes 1000 nodes. (testnet) {"channels": 2053, "nodes": 1006, "generated": "2018-01-04 07:00:02"}

somaya langley

today's data loss story: freelance academic found out email backups weren't working after airport damaged laptop - 25yrs of email gone

Joschi Kuphal 吉

A big bunch of thank yous for 2017 to my friends around the world!https://jkphl.is/articles/thank-you-for-2017/

Danny Hope

Well I guess we'll just leave it at that then, thanks Flickr

Dave Rice

What should be avoided at all costs?

Danny Hope

The problem with managing projects in spreadsheets, calendars, Trello boards etc is that you’re locked into whichever one you choose. More apps should provide a choice of ways to view your stuff like does

Danny Hope

Just walked past a talk happening here at – it turns out the speaker was channeling learnings from ’s talk 😀https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evzGkizkU-k

Danny Hope

Google forms are pretty hard to fill out on mobile /

Danny Hope

The “curvature blindness” illustrates the importance of checking what our primate perception tells us. Credit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29204264

(((Yair Rosenberg)))

Tonight, Trump is hosting the White House Hanukkah party. Hanukkah is next week. In an early holiday miracle, this Trump tweet lasted for six years and came back to burn him.https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/145253073588203520

Danny Hope

Hey , your full page screenshots seem to max out at 10,000px high, what gives?

rknDE

Peak internet: Amazon’s new .bot TLD costs $3750 per year to register

rknDE

You know you’ve been in Germany a long time when you start to spell shoes as “schoes”

michael_nielsen

New essay, with , in : "Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Human Intelligence"https://distill.pub/2017/aia/

Barry P*********t

I'm a SUPERFANBOI so having host this year was a real treat. They just released the video and damn it's good

UX Brighton

The next UX Brighton 2017 talk to be made public is ’s Hypothetically Coherent https://youtu.be/evzGkizkU-k

Doug Jones

With a 1 point lead, we can't take anything for granted. We need your help. Chip in $5 to our campaign:https://cards.twitter.com/cards/18ce54lpweq/52lq2

Danny Hope

Any folks out there know how to export an aXe analysis from the Chrome extension?

Barnaby Walters

Ghostly waveforms from testing my new gurdy preamp

Barnaby Walters

@tommorris after starting learning German just with Duolingo, my approach with new languages (currently French) is to do the Duo and Memrise courses in parallel. I like the approach. Duo has more complex sentences and better grammar help even if the vocab is a bit random, whereas Memrise has better audio (on the official courses at least) and the vocab is much more goal-oriented.

UX Brighton

We’re releasing the talks from UX Brighton 2017 - first up, ’s Swimming in Complexity https://youtu.be/n1uwuq0MrsU http://uxbrighton.org.uk

Barnaby Walters

@briansuda please tell me you’re going to build Berghain Reykjavík?

Tom Coates

Analysis of the messages sent in to the FCC regarding net neutrality and the astroturfing and spam campaigns used to distort the apparent will of the people: https://medium.com/@jeffykao/more-than-a-million-pro-repeal-net-neutrality-comments-were-likely-faked-e9f0e3ed36a6?amp=1

Barnaby Walters

I added a cheap 1W laser diode to my X-Carve CNC machine for a total cost of €100 (€40 of which were laser safety goggles)

There are a multitude of these laser diode+controller packs available from China on eBay, from 1W to 12W. They typically don’t come with any documentation so it took some experimentation to figure out how to connect it.

My driver module required a 12V DC power supply, and then had a connector for ground and a 5V PWM signal, the duty cycle of which controls the laser power output. I tested this with a PWM signal from my Analog Discovery 2, and plugged it into gshield pin D11 (grbl spindle PWM output) after confirming it worked.

The latest build of grbl (1.1f) from Inventables supports laser mode, which makes some changes to the way M3-5 commands are handled, as well as making some changes to the acceleration to try to ensure linear laser power application.

All I had to do to set up laser mode was to activate it with $32=1 and set a max speed of 100 with $30=100 so that the laser power could conveniently be expressed as a percentage. If you use a speed-controllable spindle then you’ll either have to change this setting every time you change to laser mode, or express laser power in terms of your max spindle speed.

One confusing thing I found about M3 (always-on) laser mode was that the laser wasn’t always on. I had to send an empty G1 command to turn the laser on for focusing, and then it would turn off again every time a G0 was sent. I suppose this is a good safety feature, but does seem to contradict the laser mode documentation.

Generally I set up the laser (positioning, focusing) in M3 and then switch to M4 for cutting.

I created a reference board showing cuts at different power levels (y axis) and feedrates (x axis):

This shows that whilst cutting through anything other than paper probably isn’t possible with this little 1W diode, I’ll be able to get some really nice results engraving into wood, and hopefully other materials.

I was really hoping that I’d be able to run the laser engraver without dust extraction (i.e. much more quietly than milling!) but quickly noticed that the laser would often hit puffs of smoke generated from cutting, leaving gaps in the cut. Dust/fume extraction and high diode power levels are definitely a must for good results!

Barnaby Walters

FREE: ATmega1284p TQFN to DIP adapter boards available for Shruthi/Ambika/open source work!

TL, dr; I had a batch of adapter boards for the ATmega1284P (a pin-compatible upgrade to the ATmega644 used in the Mutable Instruments Shruthi and Ambika open source synthesizers) built which enable an SMD version of the chip to be inserted into the DIP socket on the MI boards. I now have loads of them and am giving these boards away for free to people who want to work on open source Shruthi/Ambika firmware! I’m also happy to assemble them for a few euros.

For context:

Why the ATmega1284P?

This chip is a drop-in, pin-compatible upgrade to the ATmega644 used in the original Ambika and Shruthi designs, which provides twice the flash available in the 644p. This is particularly important for Ambika firmware development because the stock firmware, and YAM, uses up almost all the space.

Why not just use a DIP ATmega1284p, if they’re pin-compatible?

As previously discussed on the Mutable Instruments forums, the DIP ATmega1284p chips have a hardware fault related to the UART used for MIDI functionality which can cause the chip to crash. The SMD version of the chip apparently doesn’t have this fault, and therefore using the SMD chip via an adapter board should fix the problem and act as a drop-in replacement without having to totally redesign the synth.

I designed this board last month and now have 44 of them. I’m sending some to the developer of the excellent YAM firmware, and will experiment with a few myself, but I have no need for so many.

So, if anyone’s interested in doing firmware development work on Ambika or Shruthi, or using these for any other open-source purposes email me barnaby@waterpigs.co.uk your address, paypal me the shipping costs if it’s going to be more than a couple of euros, and I’ll send you some boards!

I’m also happy to assemble the boards with headers and ATmega chip for €8 + P&P per board, if anyone wants.

Disclaimer: the boards are untested, and I personally have not tested them with the shruthi hardware or firmware! I may not have time to do so but will post my experiences here when I get round to it. Point is, these boards are strictly experimental with no guarantee they actually work!

Boards in stock as of 2017-11-18: 32

auxels

Hands. Wherein I (inadvertently) rip off at least a few of my punk rock heroes.https://soundcloud.com/auxels/4500-010-hands

Dick King-Smith HQ

Witness a hunter so poised, so deadly, that nothing can escape its merciless attack.

Gary Kavanagh

Ricketts ended Gothamist without selling it off because he wanted to send a message, anything you care about can be bought out & crushed at a total loss just to rub it in, so don’t dare ever organize, submit to the will of the billionaire class.

rknDE

For better or worse, one of my big takeaways from is that I want full-on Max/MSP on my iPad

rknDE

“... it looks less ‘DIY tupperware’ and more professional product” — allusions to ’s old tupperware 40h?

rknDE

Slow-acting coffee, dull wit, and deleted tweets

rknDE

Oh thank Operator! There is signage this year!

rknDE

Another year, another , another “wait which side of Ostkreuz is the shuttle on again?”

Barnaby Walters

@tommorris wow, that’s the most pretentious thing I’ve seen in a long time. Impressive even for blockchain-enthusiasts!

Barnaby Walters

Yeah, it’s bad enough when campaigns fail completely, but taking pre-orders, successfully developing and selling the product, but not shipping to backers, or otherwise acknowledging them at all? Very dishonest behaviour.

Barnaby Walters

Hey @altitudetech, I backed your Sensly Kickstarter campaign way back in 2015 but you never shipped me my Sensely HAT. I see you have them in stock on your website, how about sending me one? Or refunding my pledge?

Barnaby Walters

Unexpected effect: German bagpipe organisations are advising their customers to buy Scottish bagpipes now, because the pound is so weak compared to the euro:

“Profit from the low pound exchange rate”

Barnaby Walters

Anyone know of good open source time tracking software? Preferably web server + app. I’m using Toggl at the moment, but would love to self host and am amazed that the only projects I can find are very old and rather clunky looking.

Barnaby Walters

Software upgrade for the MI Shruthi: Visual Sequencer

One particularly cool feature of the Shruthi is being able to set the mixer mode to seqmix and have the control values in the step sequencer determine which sound sources are active on each step. The problem with this is (or, was!) that, even with the clever binary-based approach for determining how combinations of sound sources map to hexadecimal (0-15) values, it’s incredibly hard to remember the mappings.

I spent an hour or so trawling through the synth code, and documentation for the LCD module, before managing to create a version of the software which, when the mixer operator is set to seqmix, replaces the 0-f step sequencer view with a two-line visual step sequencer, where the four lines from bottom to top represent osc2, osc1, sub and noise*

The controls for the view are exactly the same as before, i.e. pretty unintuitive, but this visualisation of the sequence data makes designing patterns way easier than before.

Here’s the software, as .hex and .syx for flashing or SYSEX dumping:

shruthi1-102-b01.zip

I originally wanted to have this view all on one line, by creating sixteen custom characters, one representing each combination of sound sources by a bar of pixels. Unfortunately, the HD44780 LCD module only supports eight custom characters, and the Shruthi already defines all of them. I got around this by spreading the display over two lines, reducing the number of characters needed to four, and taking advantage of the “=” default character as the “11” character, and the blank space as the “00” character. I then replaced the two decorative custom characters used on the Shruthi splash screen with single bar characters based on the “=” for “01” and “10”. Finally, in the Editor::DisplayStepSequencerPage function in editor.cc, I made a conditional block based on the state of part.patch().osc[0].option (the non-intuitive location of the mixer operator), displaying the two-line visual view if it’s set to OP_PING_PONG_SEQ.

This is the first of several UI upgrades I plan on making to the Shruthi firmware, depending on how much I can tolerate working on old embedded code in a language I barely know!

*according to the shruthi manual, osc1 and osc2 should be the other way round, but that’s how it ends up working so I accepted it as it is.

Barnaby Walters

I built a Shruthi XT!

The circuit boards and panel were group bought with the Pusherman facebook group, I ordered the components from Mouser, and built the case myself out of walnut left over from a dulcimer build.

I used the BOM from the Shruthi XT build page, with Mouser’s BOM import tool. Generally everything worked fine with a couple of caveats: it auto-detected the wrong encoder (the horizontal mounting version of the same model) so I had to order another one. The MIDI sockets it found were also different, and had a metal spring on the outside which I had to remove in order to get them to fit the case.

Watch out when soldering the board-to-board connectors! I put them on the wrong way round the first time and had to remove them, which was tedious.

On my future MI builds I’m going to try using Bourns PTV09 potentiometers instead of the Alps ones on the BOM, as they cost significantly less and should be approximately the same quality.

I built the SMR4 MkII filter board but am going to upgrade to the 4 Pole Mission as soon as I get the board and components for it (along with boards for an Ambika, and a normal size Shruthi to inherit the SMR4…)

Overall I’m very impressed with the synth! It sounds great and is a lot of fun to make sounds with, although it’ll take me a little while longer to get to grips with all the features and wavetables.

If you want to get into DIY synths, but skip past the “circuit which makes bleeping sounds” straight to “professionally usable synthesizer” I’d definitely recommend building a Shruthi.

Future improvements planned: upgrade to a 4 Pole Mission filter board, make a laser-etched walnut front panel, more UI improvements in the software, maybe a built in battery and USB port for powering MIDI controllers.

Barnaby Walters

yeahhhhhhh best icecream flavour!

Barnaby Walters

@dymaxion cool! Also a great way to see taxicab geometry in action (e.g. walking for 30 minutes in Salt Lake City). I tried making a similar project a few years ago to visualise how cities distort space-time, not as polished or useful as this one but showed individual tracks which is nice.

Barnaby Walters

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

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

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/

Adam Chalmers

I wrote a detective story about a rideshare app whose engineering women all mysteriously vanished.https://medium.com/@adam_chal/the-disappearing-driveco-women-32377f982d29#.o3irz99iy

Eleanor Saitta

Repeat after me: all technical problems of sufficient scope or impact are actually political problems first.