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Hello World

I'm Brad, 31, he/him, in the US Midwest, and an engineer working on cool space hardware.

Stuff I like and am good at:
- Electronics
- Embedded Programming
- Cooking
- Hiking
- Tabletop Games

Stuff I like and am getting better at:
- Knitting
- Sewing
- Web Programming

Stuff I want to do:
- Start a commune with all my friendos
- Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism

The more I learn about other languages, the more I realize how good English is at filing the serial numbers off

really wanting to just take a kayak and disappear into the woods for a while

Embarrassing admission time: Model trains? Super cool. If I had time, money, and space, I'd be super into model trains.

link, as zelda gets out from hyrule castle: oh hey zelda! you're back early.

zelda: castle's haunted

link: w-what?

zelda, loading a pistol and walking back to the front gate: castle's haunted

I'm out of sick leave at work, so I'm doing things The American Way™️: Coming in anyway and really half-assing it. Like maybe even quarter assing it.

I am FINALLY recovering from being sick for over a week. Still not better, but able to keep up with the day to day again.

Immune systems are bullshit and corporeality is a prison.

boy oh boy love 2 feel like boiled garbage after traveling

While on vacation this week I introduced my uncle to the idea of a farnsworth fusor and the next day he had ordered the glass cylinder and deuterium he needed, with everything else already in his junk pile.

The impact of industrial agriculture on biodiversity.

(not mine)

Capitalism, Techbros Show more

There's a culture of negativity forming on the fediverse, similar to other platforms. The instinct is to call attention to it and critique it, but that itself is just creating more negativity

I think a better tactic is to make a conscious effort to create and spread more positive content, even simple stuff like the plants you're growing or the meal you're having

I'm in Puerto Rico this week, and yesterday I visited the Arecibo Observatory, the biggest single-dish telescope humanity has constructed. Owing to failing science budgets, an administrative disdain for Puerto Rico, and hurricane damage, the visitors center is now their single biggest source of income. They'll let almost anyone observe if they're able to cut a check, starting at just $500.

My Silly Mistake of the day: I've designed a battery powered device that can turn itself off after an idle time to save power.

My first bit of debugging firmware immediately pulls that pin the wrong direction.

So now my thing immediately turns itself off.

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"In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act..." #OurStreets

TIL: Jim Keller was an instrumental part of designing AMD's most successful microarchitectures (K8, Zen, and others). And lead Tesla's autopilot program. And is married to Jordan P*terson's sister.

That's a rollercoaster.

Poll worker: Is that a gill-o-tine on your shirt?
Me: yes, yes it is
Poll worker: Do you want to kill people?
Me: Well, no, but sometimes the symbolism of...
Poll worker, whispering: I want to kill people

With any luck I'll never have to tear my place apart for a flash drive again

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more