firearms and the left in the US
@showerpickles God, yes. I'd love to see some diy gunsmithing folks that aren't utter right-liberterian anti-ATF chuds, and even explicitly leftist manufacturers / instructional sites / online vlogers
@faoluin it's just sightly older then the scopes I learned on, but 500 MHz and 2GS/s, sweet sweet nectar
Old test equipment is so great. This thing sold for $20,000 in 1995, and I got it for a little over $100 shipped. Still works fine, aside from some dings and scratches.
Performance is better than anything I could buy new for less than $1000, aside from memory depth and sheer weight.
And it was designed to last. Deals with post-Y2K dates like nobody's business.
@Pops Ughhghh I feel that.
Like I guess for now I'll just keep mindlessly clocking my 40 and do what I can in my off time 🤷
I've always had a difficult time squaring my vocation with doing good in the world, but now I think I've crossed the line where I can no longer really buy into that.
Technocracy isn't improving the world, especially wrt the biggest problems, and most of the aerospace industry is actively making the world worse (even if my little corner isn't).
But I've spent my whole life training on this electrical engineering and code stuff. Where to go from here? Especially where to go without starving.
On a related note, all the local coffee shops have shown their whole asses during this police violence crisis. Let's see, we've got the coffee shop that banned BLM signage, the coffee shop that shared KKK photos on Instagram, the shop that is explicitly run by Christian dominionists, and the coffee shop that is run by a white dude that also runs an Africa Safari and Hunting travel agency...
A friend and I have been trying to figure out how we can roast and sell coffee from her garage. Turns out, state regulations changed earlier this year to disallow any and all shipping for home food producers. So, welp.
On the one hand, the laws can go fuck themselves. On the other hand, the law has a history of directedly fucking over people like us. 😟
Went to a range in town today for the first time in a very long time. Felt good to get some shooting in. My cross-eye dominance has definitely gotten worse, so I'll have to be working on that.
First time at this range, and I'm sure it's fashy, but they all are. A lot of Black folks there, and the range folks correctly gendered my trans friend even after seeing her ID.
COVID + Work Complaining
@sparkling_void RIGHT! Like, my sister and her husband visited my Dad yesterday! And my Dad got uncharacteristically pissy for not joining them, "You can't stay away from people all year."
And like, yes? I can? Like, if it means I'm saving lives, especially the lives of people I love, I sure as hell will stay in all year?
COVID + Work Complaining
I feel like I'm living in upside down world. This week, one coworker is travelling out of state (!) to go to a wedding (!), and this weekend, another coworker with diabetes (!) who volunteers as a first responder (!) travelled out of state (!) to visit his elderly parents (!), and yet another who has an immunocompromised (!) son with a history of lung issues (!) travelled out of state (!) to visit a doctor friend (!)
Pet Death Mention
Yesterday, I discovered that Copernicus had a pituitary tumor. (Not uncommon in rats) He was rapidly declining, and could already barely eat or drink. I had to make the decision that he didn't deserve a few more days/weeks of suffering.
Now Tycho's the only one left, and I've got to make the decision about whether or not I want to find a couple more compatible fuzzbutts, or just be extra attentive to him for however long he has left ☹️
@solidsanek Oooh, fancy over here, using a whole slice to make pizza stock instead of just the pizza bones like the rest of us
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