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legendary violence against medieval mystics 

just learned that John the Scot Eriugena's works were burned on the pope's order for "swarming with the worms of heretical perversity" and that, according to legend, he was later stabbed to death by his students' sharpened styluses

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creating a new carbon offset startup where we just do large scale industrial sabotage and use the money we get for the best lawyers available

game boy color repair 

of course the A/B/select/start button contacts are not going to work (the corrosion wore away most of the copper), but I can get replacement contacts (etsy.com/listing/1214538508/ga)... though I still need to remove a bunch of corrosion so I can actually solder those replacements in place

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game boy color repair 

so I thiiiink the problem with ground connectivity was simply that the DC barrel jack had completely corroded. I desoldered the jack and then jumped the contacts that would have been bridged if the jack was unplugged and suddenly I get ground connectivity to all the right places. this is encouraging, and the best case scenario is that there isn't actually any damage to the traces or vias and I can just turn this thing on (when I get replacement battery contacts)

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STOP MAKING DISCORD's

years of community building yet no real world use found for a memes channel

wanted to create a collaborative knowledge database anyway, for a laugh? we had something for that it was called a WIKI

these are REAL discords created by REAL developers

they have played us for absolute fools

small electronics repair 

surprisingly, the screen of the corroded unit works perfectly fine. I think the board itself can be saved if I track down and patch all of the corroded traces... right now I don't even get continuity from ground to the power switch 😬 definitely a challenging fix (wayyy more complicated than anything I've tried before) but could be fun to try! at worst I have a broken unit that I can scavenge parts from later

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small electronics repair 

I bought two gameboy colors (gameboys color?) from j4u to fix up and mod. the one on the left was sold as "needs repair" but worked fine, especially after I cleaned the button contacts. the one on the right was sold as "doesn't work" and has... let's say *extensive* corrosion damage. the pics show what it looked like after my attempt to deal with the corrosion and removing the negative battery terminal (which didn't even have continuity from front to back)

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Really excited to announce the speakers of the first series of free online talks on "algorithmic patterns" in arts and culture.
Featuring weaving, wire bending, heritage algorithms, konnakol, live coding and juggling patterns
Emerging info and signups here:
https://algorithmicpattern.org/events/

makeup, video games 

my eye was drawn to the discount code first and I thought sephora was running some kind of cross-promotion with a first-person shooter franchise. alas no

weaving 

i wrote a little python program to generate this pattern for my current weaving project (i'm checking off each row as it's done—took like two episodes of ds9 to get through half a page, and there's... seven pages)

made this stirring piece of hypertext literature while helping a student with their twine code today

self promo (book release), asemic text 

I have a new book out on Aleator Press! aleator.press/releases/wendit- it's a collection of asemic prose poems in a small handmade letterpress edition. the book was generated with code from a nanogenmo project of mine from a few years ago (source available here: github.com/aparrish/word-gan-b)

james did such lovely work with the book design and printing. it was rewarding to work with him and I'm so glad this is finally out in the world!

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This may be a good time to discuss content warnings. The format I use is general-comma-specific, like an entry in a book index. For example:

> uspol, elections

The idea is to help people manage their stress around potentially stressful topics, so name the stressors, but try to keep the actual stress below the fold.

It's a feature that operates on trust, so don't abuse it. And hashtags don't work in CWs, but you can always repeat the CW labels as hasgtags in the body of the post.

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more on Subcutanean (spoilers) 

I know it doesn't exist, and it would completely go against the "point" of the story, but I still want to read the copy where Ryan ends up with the Niko who loves him and they escape the Downstairs together and they live happily ever after

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more on Subcutanean (computer-generated novel) 

just had a fun discussion about _Subcutanean_ in my computational narrative class. we started high-minded and philosophical ("is this one story whose narrative discourse varies, or multiple distinct stories? how does *this particular* narrative benefit from generativity? is the obsession with underground spaces just a western trope, or a deeper cultural universal?") but ended up just telling each other about the weird variations we got in our copies

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I also discovered that even though I've read four(!) different versions of Subcutanean at this point, the one that "seems right to me" is still the first one that I read. for whatever reason, the subsequent versions feel like variations on the first, even though that first one isn't especially remarkable in any way! weird

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just finished re-reading _Subcutanean_ (subcutanean.textories.com/), except this time I was reading two copies in parallel (i.e., read a section in copy A, then read that same section copy B, then move onto the next section in copy A, etc). reading it this way definitely brought out the "a million USB keys floating to a million surfaces" aspect of the text, though it also underlined how much the "spine" of the story is more or less static, despite all of the surface variations

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