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note from the toot-lab: if you are currently following this account from an instance operated by Eugen, I apologize, but you've got until Friday to find another home or get used to the idea of not seeing the toot-lab anymore because I'm sick of his bullshit and I'm yeeting his gargantuan shitholes into /dev/null on Saturday morning to start my day off right.

it's not you; it's him.

thanks for understanding.

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Long ago, I thought I was special, different than everyone else, and I was surrounded by adults who reinforced that thought daily.

Eventually, I realized that I was special, different than everyone else, and so was every other person in the world.

They left out the important bit. We're each special and different and that's what makes us awesome.

I celebrate your special difference, friends, each of you. May it bring you the joy in the coming years that it has brought me getting to know each of you during the last few.

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waxing nostalgic for the near future by way of the near past - 2000 chars, involves feels 

I remember showing up over here by following the jetsam [1] of the first infosec migration across the tumultuous seas of microblogging, slightly disoriented but little worse for wear.

There was a lot of space back then. You could swing a raccoon in a circle around your head [2] without having to worry about giving someone a faceful of frenetic fur. [3] Fewer than twenty-five thousand souls inhabited this archipelago [4] at that point, gathering on a handful of islands.

I was pretty sure I was destined to be consumed [5] by those who had arrived before my cohort.

In a way, I was. I am no longer the person I was when I arrived here. I have been changed by this place. I have been changed by this ever-changing group of groups of people. I have been changed by you. [6]

Fierce storms will batter these little islands. Battles will arise. Pain and grief are by-products of interaction.

But so are laughter and cheer and warmth and contentedness.

And love.

My neighbors, the very least that I wish for each and every one of you is to find days so filled with love that there's no time for hate and nights so restful that you rise burning with the force of the sun within you.

Mend what is broken. Build shelters you need. Make mistakes and make them count. This is your world and mine and it will be exactly what we make it, but the sky is the limit if we keep looking up instead of bringing ourselves down.

Thanks for being here, thanks for being you, and thanks for listening to the rambling of a silly old dog.

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[1] unbeknownst to many, stale infosec memes are extremely buoyant
[2] assuming the raccoon consented to be swung such
[3] assuming someone wasn't throwing their face at the nearest bit of fur
[4] h/t to @priryo for linernotes.club/@priryo/100565 and @sydneyfalk for mst3k.interlinked.me/users/syd
[5] :blobnom:
[6] assuming I consented to be changed such [7]
[7] I did

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Every one of you is precious and wonderful and unique and necessary and deserving of life and love and peace.

Anything your brain does to try to convince you otherwise is a mean trick.

Please try to remember this. Remember it unceasingly.

for those of you with exceptional patience: the is back on the "active projects" list.

This is a retro laptop [aesthetic] that would be delightful to use with a mechanical keyboard.

I'm old enough to remember when "crypto bros" meant Cryptographic Bronsons

pinephone replacement screen and keyboard case and lorawan case (which will hopefully end up on my pinephone pro) are out for delivery!

This weekend my daughter went to continue reading an ebook she has available to her from her public elementary school on the Epic Reading Platform getepic.com/sign-in

She got an error message saying that the book was only available on school days and to read on the weekend she would need to subscribe for $9.99/month.

My credentials include literally setting a storage cluster on fire via unsecured network equipment.

@djsundog I would absolutely accept "TREAD ON NO ONE" as a non-toxic update and use of the gadsden flag.

@djsundog SAY NO TO TREAD

WINNERS DONT USE TREAD

GO TREAD YOURSELF

TREAD UNTO OTHERS ETC ETC ETC

tis a damn shame "don't tread on me" is so often interpreted as "go tread on somebody else" rather than the vastly superior "stop fucking treading on people entirely"

@djsundog

You could do hands-on one-week courses where people end up with a finished project at the end of it.

E.g. Make a portable MP3 player by soldiering the components together, 3D-printing a case, installing firmware, etc.

Introductory hands-on experience with several different types of construction.

What's the cheapest reasonable quality dedicated video camera that I could obtain in bulk before Saturday?

We want to do a crowd sourced documentary at the makerspace grand opening. I'd like to be able to hand our cameras to anyone who wants to participate.

Looking for something dirt simple. Like, single button full auto, saves to internal flash or an external USB drive.

Don't want to build my own solely because of time constraints.

dating personal ad 

Hi fedi! I’m Ethan (he/him). I’m looking for dates, and, hopefully, a partner eventually. Are you…

• between ~25 and ~35 years old?
• located within ~2 hours (by car) of Blue Ridge, Georgia, usa?
• single or otherwise available?
• into guys?
• some flavor of anti-capitalist and/or anti-imperialist?
• a practitioner of radical kindness?

If so, consider replying to this post or DMing me! I’ll include more info about myself and some photos in the next toot.

Photo update.

I recognize that the video I just posted is ... bad. I need a shorter lens for that camera.

So here are some photos of the same setup.

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positioning ourselves as a destination makerspace - make a holiday of it and come make with us for a week or two! let's jam! let us know you're coming and we'll make sure we're well rested!

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