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Strange Attractor

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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.

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?

Seen on Reddit: r/Linux "which sea of Linux do you belong to?" :)

Irreversible choices have 2 aspects besides not being able to go back: the fateful option leading to uncharted regimes, and do-overs being costly/impossible.

If future is like past, or you can do-over cheaply, irreversibility is moot. Like Coke vs Sprite at a vending machine.

Good morning tooters! Here is 28 seconds of Lake Michigan for you. I’m so glad I can share this.

Take care of yourself so you can keep being awesome.

I read that old soviet tractors didn't even have oil filters because replacements would never be available. Their tractors used centrifuges to filter the oil.

Rather than change the oil and replace the oil filter, you would just wipe the crud off a spinning-funnel which served as the filter.

Examples of modern field-serviceable tools?

Old tractors are so cool compared to modern cars.

Everything is designed to be obvious to a frustrated farmer who is a novice mechanic. They are so intuitive that if you track down a manual and read the instructions you usually think "pssh, obviously, that's what I was going to do anyway."

It's a valuable type of legibility completely different from the authoritarian kind.

I just discovered that I can follow an entire instance in #Mastalab (android client for Mastodon) - so now I'm "following" :D (ie: all the public posts there, just as if I was actually part of the instance)

This might be my solution to the problem described here:


Is there a way to organize a ‘field trip’ to another instance? With some combination of a hashtag, temp follows and a separate column?

Hi! It's a bit late for some of you but this is #WanderWednesday where I wander the fediverse to look at small #under1000 and #under100 instances! by @downey with a focus on Free software by @ShaunBartone for good karma by @vgr for thought provoking discussion and observations by @derek a vaguely retro tech instance with a cool name

Share your favourite small space!

For example: Worrying about the imaginary children abused by Pizzagate and ignoring the actual children being abused by ICE separation

Conspiracy theories aren't just about being concerned about the wrong thing, it's also about ignoring the actual things you should be worried about.

I don't need "therapy" I just need to be Show more

@vgr I found it useful to follow your mastodon account via RSS because it follows your toots and replies. Kinda wish i could do that via the UI, as some discussion threads get lost.