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Joshua A.C. Newman

“It is what it is” is something that dumb people say to sound wise. Just like “I’ve heard it both ways,” is what ignorant people say to sound knowledgeable.

Just got my first spam on Mastadon. Sigh.

It’s a good sign that I can’t find a way to report someone, but also bad that I can’t do it.

This is where the name cam from. Found and brought to us by DJ Carlito.

I’ve got three tracks recorded, but in need of editing, from my cousin and my Def Sensor project. If you like electronic noises, you should definitely hit up my Patreon! Http:// !

Also pictured here is DJ Carlito of WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, who stopped by to check out or elaborate pile of machines (not all of which could I capture in frame)!

(I love my cousin’s expression: “We got all this stuff like 80% working!”)

apparently you can't access it from the US, it redirects you to the normal website?

Here's how it looks like, CW for politics, pres45 and the usual violent stuff you see on news websites

USA Today made a version of their site for EU visitors that's compliant with the GDPR

- ads
- tracking
- personalization
- javascript

It seriously makes me want to check that site from time to time for news. If their point was "see how bad it would be if we didn't do all this stuff?" it's doing the opposite of what it wants because yes, I love this website, that's how I want it and every other one to be like

לא עליך המלאכה לגמר, ולא אתה בן חורין לבטל ממנה It is not incumbent upon you to finish the work of repairing the world, but neither are you free to desist.

It’s legal in the state of Virginia to skronk with your first cousin!

PS Yes, he has an Apollo Command/Service/Launch Escape T shirt and I’m wearing a Pioneer 10 Alien-Greeting T shirt.

Aw, hell. Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs got pwned, about 150 credit card numbers harvested.

Thinkin about a 3p wargame where two players are opposing sides and the third is the weather, who knows all sorts of secret information and shares only when appropriate. P1 or P2 win if they defeat the other before P3 kills them both.

If any of y'all are in charge of PR or social media stuff for a company or public body, I have a simple admonition:

Please keep your actual site up to date, not all of us want to look at your Facebook feed for the latest news. This practice is growing but it's really obnoxious.

I reject Facebook as a default information dissemination platform.

The biggest danger of too much caffeine is probably that you start buying electronic components

This is the Axoloti Core, a synthesizer-specific microcontroller board. It will take not just MIDI inputs, but also analog IRL inputs that you can design from scratch. I mean, yeah, sure, knobs or whatever, but also, like, video input, flex sensors, accelerometers...

It’s about $90 shipped to the US.

This is one of my students. He’s wonderful.
Here he’s maybe 5 minutes from getting his synthesizer working. He was about to get it fired up for the first time after figuring out why it wasn’t working.

In the video, you can hear it through the headphones while another student is proud of getting his completely original robot code working. Behind him, you can see a student integrating a microcontroller with their model trains.


These kids are GOOOD.

Holy fuck, do I love teaching my high school students.

Right now, for 3 hours a week, I’m there in the makerspace, helping kids (mostly poor and brown, mostly boys, some genderqueer kids, a couple of girls) learn how to bring physical objects into existence. How to design, how to create art, how to use tools, how to measure, how to do science.

If I can raise the funds to do it full-time, university teaching will have to go.

Public university students want a career. Teenagers want to learn.

@tinker @starbreaker The Silicon Valley technorati are a class of ideological Sardukar, to continue the Dune allusion. The California Ideology is basically the same indoctrination of heroic fluff needed by any regime to maintain control of jannisary classes. But eventually the owners will allow the AI to obsolete the creators/devs when they can be sure of direct turn-key control. Unless the boffins end their traditional complicity, their future is no better.