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I'm Brad, 33, he/him (mostly), in the US midwest, working on space science hardware (as far as I can get from the military-industrial complex)

I'm into:
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I want to:
- Live in community with friends
- Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism

Imagine how much art we'd have if it weren't limited in purview to the three things that are commercially viable and whatever the independently wealthy come up with

Work Gripe 

New job is still so much better than the old job, but:

I shouldn't have to give an example that happened in my life for you to believe me that a particular technical implementation could be a problem.

If <device> needlessly depends on wireless functionality, I shouldn't have to bring up my wifi-killing microwave to communicate to you that wifi isn't 100% reliable.

I'm digging out my DIY reflow oven from years ago, and finally starting on firmware. Trying out some embedded rust, and so far I'm really impressed with the ecosystem.

I recently started taking a non-stimulant ADHD med, and I'm not sure how much good it's actually doing, but it seems like I'm able to go off-piste more easily wrt habit and routine. My day is less shattered if my morning routine is interrupted, or something unexpected happens.

Food, Indirectly complaining about colonialism in modern foodways 

Being able to muddle through a search in spanish is a little more fruitful, finding a great resource like this:

(And yes, I know that the quinoa trade is ridiculously exploitative to folks in South America, but amaranth is less so, and something I can grow easily in my climate, and has roughly the same culinary purpose, so that's why I'm looking for quinoa recipes)

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Food, Indirectly complaining about colonialism in modern foodways 

One thing I hate about looking for quinoa/amaranth/etc recipes (really, anything with a non-"western standard" base ingredient) is that the only results seem to be ridiculous superfood mashups. "Let's cram as many 'healthy' things in this bowl as possible, without any regard for flavor and texture balance!"

And of course, this is completely related to the erasure of indigenous foodways as a result of colonialism.

Which reminds me I gotta call them because they apparently failed to report my income last year to social security

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Yo shout out to the time my old company had a shitload of financial information stolen because all the passwords were "Fishing1"

Blockchain built on proof-of-robbing-from-the-rich-and-giving-to-the-poor

Coming soon to the hood of a kinda crappy truck near me: my solar solution for not having to figure out why the battery slowly drains

I am still here! But having a weird time balancing social media presence. And also late pandemic, late capitalism burnout

lmao me, except i also have trauma and probably several mental disorders c:

I ended up buying a Teracube 2e to replace my rapidly dying 3 year old phone. Initial impressions: I like it. I hope someone comes out with a glass screen protector, and the fact that it won't charge off USB PD chargers will hopefully get fixed in a firmware update. Wish the screen resolution were a little higher, but otherwise this is a great device with a great repairability ethos.

Personal COVID Update 

I'm definitely feeling better, slowly but surely. I'm lucky I didn't have it any worse.

Still dealing with slight congestion and a light cough. I'm isolating until after tomorrow, exceeding most guidelines I've seen by at least 4 days.

Mask up, double mask. Even taking all available precautions, and only going to the grocery / pharmacy, I still got it.

COVID, personal, complaining 

Feeling a little resentful this evening about getting COVID. Like, c'mon! I'm taking this so much more seriously than even most of my friends who are taking this seriously! I left a COVID ridden job, just to get COVID!

Basically the entire pandemic I've confined myself to my not-large home. But now that I'm confined to my room, I've reached a whole new level of crawling up the walls.

Favorite ship dynamic: when one member of the relationship gradually changes parts of themselves for newer parts until their adherence to their original self is the subject of philosophical debate.

Medical, COVID, Personal 

Welp, I am officially diagnosed with the plague. Which is extra frustrating, because I've been following basically all possible best practice (insofar as that's possible in the US), and only going out for groceries/pharmacy.

Fortunately, I seem to be a mild case, but it's still very frustrating.

I'm just gonna assume any new chat apps or social media concepts that hit the scene for the next few months are written by/catering to fascists and steer clear

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