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Living in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Studied systems design engineering.

Some of my interests include chaos theory, composing music, olfaction, software freedom, healthy buildings, Shakespeare, fluid mechanics.

'Open hardware and software to help communities measure and analyze pollution'

This is really cool.

A breakthrough in the right to repair movement sees it to be legal for people to #hack and bypass #DRM protecting firmware. Big win I'd say #infosec #security #privacy

@Elmkast Historical reenactment of the toot in question:

Have some more portuguese music: Moonspell - Os Senhores da Guerra

José Cid - O Caos

Valete - À Noite

Ontario municipal politics Show more

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Anyone know of Canadian advocacy groups for elections using paper ballots counted by people? Paper ballots are still used federally and provincially here, but other methods have started to be used for municipal elections.

Funny how identity variables change in their ranked importance over time as you age. Looks, intelligence, gender identity, sexual orientation, and race are probably the top 5 in that order when you’re young. By 40, they recede into the background and barely break the top 10. The top 5 at 40 are likely major highly personal life-story-defining battle scars (both honorable and shameful). The next 5 are probably wealth/class identity, health identity, home ownership, parenthood, eldercare provider

Remember when I said I want to help get out the vote, but I can't easily travel to volunteer since I have a toddler?

2 initiatives I found: open source get-out-the-vote tools, and other organizing tools that are looking for developers to fix tickets! handwriting letters to voters who might not otherwise vote, is a shockingly effective intervention according to their trial

Going to try to do as much as possible of these in the last few weeks!

For jazz, I have a bit harder time ignoring it while working, but here are some that might be nice on a rainy day

Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald Love is Here to Stay

Sarah Vaughan singing Mancini

Christina Grimmie singing songs on the Matchbreaker soundtrack

@strangeattractor In the Chemokine Nomenclature Subcommittee of the International Union of Immunological Societies we trust.

Oh for goodness sake. The reason I couldn't find many recent articles about Interleukin 8 (IL-8) is that they renamed it CXCL8.

Here's a fun TIL: Because the ratio of terms in the Fibonacci sequence approaches phi, and because phi is close to the ratio of km to miles, you can approximate conversion between distances with adjacent Fibonacci numbers.

So 2 km ≈ 1 mile, 3 km ≈ 2 miles, 5 km ≈ 3 miles, 8 km ≈ 5 miles, 13 km ≈ 8 miles, etc, etc

Tired: brutalist architecture
Wired: brutalist architecture consumed by plants

random midday disco band in the street == classic Montreal

OK, is there a food and cooking-based instance yet, please?

I think toots would be excellent for sharing short recipes.

Looking for more sources of audio/visual material in #publicdomain or #CreativeCommons or licenses giving similar freedom for creative (re)use.
Other than the 'classics' wikimedia,, ccsearch, openclipart,, librivox, freemusicarchive, fontlibrary, freesound

Retoot to write a list together!

For the #OpenDesignCourse for refugees, starting on Monday.

The developers of the #Mastodon appsneed to step up their #accessibility. I'll try to file a few issues but don't wait for me. Label those buttons! Let me know if you would like me to test any updates. Let's make Mastodon usable by everyone!

Could hiring a contractor who gives bullshit answers to simple questions turn out well? If so, how? What are some steps to suss out why the bullshit is there and get to something better?

Or are bullshit answers a bad enough warning sign that it's best to walk away?

And if the answer is "It depends," on what does it depend?

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Refactor Camp

Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.

If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.