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Hello! Not new to Mastodon, but I wanted to join a smaller instance, so here I am. I do web dev at the day job, and in my spare time I ride gravel bikes and play games.

There’s something so pleasing about the perfect crispness of a good segmented LCD, and the creativity needed to make it versatile. The one on this espresso machine is way nicer this way than it would be if they just slapped in a cheap dot matrix display instead.

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uk friends - someone started this petition for a review into the PIP assessment process, which as many of you already know is designed exclusively to exhaust and dehumanise disabled people into giving up on claiming independence benefits. please sign!! petition.parliament.uk/petitio

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I re-re-purposed this mug for a hanging planter after I dropped and broke it then glued it back together. It might not be gold, but I think this is still kintsugi.
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Ok, I now have permission to talk about this project in full and in public. I'm working with Alan Kay to build six replicas* of a Xerox PARC Alto display for use in a museum exhibit**. Visitors will see a real Alto and then walk over to one of the replicas to futz with Smalltalk '78***.
Here's a nice writeup of a different project that rejuvenated an actual Alto.
arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/0

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Staffordshire teapot painted to look like crinoidal limestone (fossils of sea creatures from the Carboniferous Era). This teapot looks so modern, but it was made in the 1760s!

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Talked to a lady who works for the tax authority yesterday. Based on her job experience, her take on the welfare state is something like this:
"Of course there will always be freeloaders. So what?! This is about dignity. Everyone has a right to a good life and to be supported when they're struggling. If you want that, you've got to live with the freeloaders. Leave them be. That's the price you pay for a society where everyone is taken care of. It's not like they're doing any damage in the big picture - I've run those numbers more than once. You'll always get more out of it for society at large when you're incentivising good performance than when you're punishing people."

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We are teaming up with the design agency @oakstudios to update our homepage and our brand. Goodbye social media blue, hello vibrant purple!

blog.joinmastodon.org/2022/06/

I momentarily feel undeserving as Mama tells me how talented I am, my perfectly diced polygonal potatoes tumbling neatly into the waiting bowl. But she’s right. I *am* talented, and my glistening, perfectly-seasoned beef stew is surely delicious. ‘Fantastic!’, Mama enthuses with every fibre of her being, awarding me three gold stars.

Meanwhile, my real life toast sets off the smoke alarm.

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I made this illustration today. It's actually a combination of two things I did. I made a photo study of a tree at my parent's place. So I painted the background digitally in procreate. And today I made a little illustration of a fox and added it to the painting.

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The VK-Pocket. When you look at it, it looks back at you with your own eyes.

The eye on the screen is a live view. The black dot to the left is a wide angle high resolution camera; it performs face detection and crops the eye region for display, wherever it is in the frame.

a browser where I can use JavaScript to talk to a user’s USB devices, but can’t lay out nested boxes on a grid, incredible

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:ms_embarrassed: p-please may I have some subgrid, daddy Chromium??

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By popular request, I have decided to devote the rest of my life making XML-Python, the most efficient way to write Python

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So, here comes my new album.

It's a blend of heavily processed live RAV Vast recordings. I'd say it's quite experimental, mostly #ambient, though it flirts with #drone while also having a few rhythmic parts.

I made it for myself, on a sudden impulse, with no other goal than to have fun. And maybe a little introspection. It's a mess, but a mess I'm happy with.

lectronice.bandcamp.com/album/

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