I don't think I ever did this back when I first joined, so here's a little #introduction
I'm Squiddy (he/him), I'm an engineering student who would rather bake bread than do engineering schoolwork, and I've really interested in things like social ecology lately, seeing as the world isn't doing so great. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Bionicle and The Elder Scrolls, and I will readily become a huge lore nerd in something if given the chance. Nice to meet you!
you might not have known this, but google - the company you use for searching, email, maps, translation, data storage, watching videos, voice assistant tech, backing up your phone, storing photos, finding images, making purchases, making your phone's operating system, advertising, providing webfonts, running website analytics, providing captcha authentication, and browsing the internet - might be tracking you
I've always thought nontangible work gets undervalued, so i tried something. I commissioned the printing of a book with my (admittedly not good) work. People immediately started offering way more. Like, DRASTIC changes.
Since then I've done shit like printing out site screenshots, and refused almost any job with a client who wouldn't meet in person.
if i could, i should have programmed objects. I used those nsfc stickers and my shit code got overvalued.
MAKE YOUR WORK TANGIBLE
long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different Show more
This is an archipelago.
It's not one place but a series of islands of differing sizes and closeness. You've landed on the shores of one of them that you like and set up camp. You can always hear what your neighbours are talking about and you get parcels full of the messages sent out from neighbouring islands.
If it seems too quiet, you can venture out to look at some of the other islands. They each have their own unique culture. Some speak languages you don't understand; some speak your language but use it in ways you don't understand, yet. Some places they seem to talk of only machines, or politics, or music. In others they make art for their neighbours to enjoy. Some are ruled over by a laird, others are democracies. All islands display their rules clearly; most enforce them justly.
You're not tied to the island you're currently on. You could set up a home on another island, many other islands if you please. Perhaps here you will write poems, while over the horizon you will learn how to repair a broken computer. Argue vigourously on one island, return to another to enjoy the views of your neighbours' gardens.
All these places are accessible to you. You can befriend people on any island and receive visitors or not, as you choose.
This is our achipelago. It is Free and you are welcome.
lifehack: whenever public wifi asks you for your email, instead of giving it to them, do this ONE NEAT TRICK
look at the name of the company trying to collect it (it will never be the restaurant or cafe, always some soulless data brokering tech firm) and type in "sales" or "hello" @companyname.website
give them a taste of their own medicine!!
Discourse (No not that. Sheesh. Have you folk never heard of the entire academic field of Discourse Analysis?) Show more
I really hate the egalitarian framing forced on corporate communications. Where everyone is expected to adopt the voice of equality and pure cooperation even though some people in the discourse can unilaterally dictate orders to and dismiss others in the discourse.
Part of the reason is that it lays the foundation for the /worse/ perversion of discourse in which NO ONE ACTUALLY MAKES POLICIES. Some C-level officer will start speaking in the language of communal decisionmaking, about how 'we' have decided this or that (implying that the people being spoken to were in on the decision.) or 'facts' as if the new plan is just a /thing that happened/. As if you woke up one morning and the fine structure constant is suddenly different.
This is a bit like the neoliberal discourse in politics where decisions aren't /made by anyone/ (or so they'd have you believe) but somehow arise naturally from 'the market' or whatever external source people want to attribute their ideas and biases to.
The worst part is that it cuts off all avenues for challenge and interrogation. The entire question of priorities and goals leading to a decision is taken off-limits.
sewing! - and masculinity, gendering, misogyny, environmental pol Show more
As I learn to sew as an adult, four things come together to irk me:
- I was, through society and directly, not taught anything coded as feminine;
- sewing, and all crafting, is coded as feminine;
- all things coded as feminine, including crafting, is considered lessor;
- living sustainability and outside of consumerism is, often, a form of crafting.
I see what we did there, and I won't stand for it!
dropping casual marxism at curbed https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/16/18184194/mcmansion-hell-kate-wagner-modern-building-materials
First really really successful foray into baking bread! It was surprisingly delicious and light and fluffy and has all been devoured by the household. Used this tutorial - https://thebibliosphere.tumblr.com/post/150472721391/i-was-at-our-local-bakery-recently-and-came-across #baking #bread
How to darn a hole in a sock:
Similar technique but this time with an embroidery hoop to mend the crotch of a pair of jeans:
Another good video on darning by hand:
Don't get confused if you look at other videos that teach machine darning since that is a completely different technique.
But Windows 10 will automatically delete non-Windows partitions to make room for the update without even letting the user know what it did, let alone ask permission first. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-update-delete-linux/
Last year I looked into hosting Mason Bees in my yard. I never got around to it yet.
As compared to European Honey Bees, Masons are better pollinators and actually aren't an invasive species as opposed to EHBs. They are very docile but don't produce anything tangible we can exploit.
For folks in apartments or with small yards they're a great project and many resources are available online about how to make an area inviting to them.
Here is one overview of the MB:
good praxis 4 the bees Show more
spreading wildflower seeds on every bit of disused wasteland in your neighbourhood like a solarpunk johnny meadowseed
latest achievement... gluten free, dairy free cake if you can believe it~
cake is chocolate black bean: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/black-bean-chocolate-cake-516662#activity-feed
frosting is dark chocolate sweet potato: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-chocolate-sweet-potato-frosting-240204
you probably wouldn't guess from the taste or texture cuz it's nearly exactly the same as reg cake imo
Engineering student, leftist wannabe, and cephalopod fan. He/him.
Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more