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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.

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I've been thinking about creative pivots. Discontinuous reorientations in your
pattern of creative production, possibly accompanied by a change in the
audience for your creative work (lose one kind of reader, gain a new kind of
reader). I don't think I've ever really executed a true creative pivot. The
kind that's an abrupt, lossy, high-entropy […]

Please let me know whether you are still receiving email notifications from the refactorcamp mastodon instance.

I changed the email notification settings today, so I'm hoping it still works.

The email return address should be from me now, rather than Zach.

Along the western coast of #Serifos (#Greece), there are lots of remains of the heavy mining activity that once drove the island's economy.

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(photos: @kernpanik | license: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

"You get one taste of delicious, delicious jazz chords, none of this stuff ever satisfies you again for the rest of your life"

if you ever wondered what it meant to literally "jazz something up", here's a walkthrough of taking a pop song and transforming it with more and more extreme jazz reharmonization

This is what hailstorms can do to solar panels!

My company provides guarantees on solar power plants so we have to worry about stuff like this.


"My Neighbor Totoro: "Tonari no Totoro" 5 cello cover by Jeremy Tai

The piece "Tonari no Totoro", composed by the one and only Joe Hisaishi, is a mashup of the major themes in the movie "My Neighbor Totoro"."

#Music #StudioGhibli #MyNeighbourTotoro #Compositions

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I can't understand what happens to portuguese migrants abroad, that after a year or two living in cities with more inhabitants than this entire country they all develop an intense love for the shittiest, hillbilliest of portuguese music.

I was asked what the future holds for Linux audio. So I've decided to make a video about 3 upcoming things I find exciting.
#LinuxAudio #FOSSaudio #MusicProduction #Linux #JACK #Ardour #VST3

When you eat a lot of green vegetables, some chlorophyll remains intact and when they pass through blood vessels near the surface of your skin, they engage in photosynthesis and you produce ATP (obviously in very small , but still!)

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we've never seen funk rock levels like this

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Another was travelling in a car for hours to go to a place that had a website, only to find out at our destination that it didn't exist.

The neighbour had not heard of it.

I presume the project the website talked about did not make it past the initial planning stages.


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Another was reading Lisa Feldman Barrett's book about emotions and realizing there are no universal biomarkers of emotions, and no cross-cultural studies of emotion that indicate universality that withstand scrutiny.


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One example is when I read @vgr's GUTS post in Breaking Smart Season 2 and realized that I live mostly in the KNOW WHY BUT NOT HOW quadrant. I'd been expecting there to be a single critical path, and feeling down that I wasn't finding it. It was eye opening to realize that a global critical path only is relevant in the KNOW WHY AND KNOW HOW quadrant.


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It can be valuable and worthwhile to find out whether something exists.

Realizing something doesn't exist can be important.

Sometimes it means the assumption or expectation stops taking up space in my head. Sometimes it leads to shifts in points of view or plans.

This life lesson has applied to a few things in the past few years. It seems to be at least somewhat generalizable.


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People like to burn things. They like to burn things so much.

Some people who have geothermal heating will set wood on fire every day.

It is ridiculously difficult to find anywhere in the countryside, suburbs, or city that doesn't have wood smoke, or other smoke, in the air, a lot of the time. Especially in the winter when some people use wood furnaces, but even in the summer when people burn wood for fun.


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