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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.


[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 and @sydneyfalk for
[5] :blobnom:
[6] assuming I consented to be changed such [7]
[7] I did

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this is my semi-regular yet aperiodic reminder that this place here is a distributed federated version of Callahan's as far as I can tell and that is one of the most bestest things that can be.

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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.

Oh shit this looks cool - a chiptune tracker / musical livecoding environment written in Scheme, using MAME for soundchip emulation

Might as well put my copy of Threaded Interpreted Languages back on my nightstand for bedtime re-reading.

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The more I talk to @natecull about RetroForth stuff the more I feel like it's a better forth for learning how to make a forth than jonesforth which I have always regarded as a fantastic forth for learning how to make a forth.

There goes Sundog, back down his forth cowpaths again here at the beginning of 2021. This, my friends, is the real story behind the Nazca lines. The Nazca were cyclically forth developers who paced a lot.

Our dryer started making a godawful, almost periodic banging noise this afternoon.

I feared the belt had broken. That's not uncommon & a pain in the ass besides.

After unplugging it and opening it up, belt was fine. Rotating the barrel & listening proved the noise was coming from the upper left area of the drum, close to the front of the machine.

Some jostling & rotating later produced a screw bit for my screw gun that I must have left in one of my pockets.

Godawful noise banished, but I was the culprit, so I'm going to call this one a wash.

brb starting a petition on change dot org to get all commercial ISPs with more than ten thousand subscribers nationalized and opened up to the million small local ISPs that would spring into existence in their stead.

hell, if I clean this up some more and add some ifdefs I suppose there's no reason for me not to get it running on my esp32 boards too.

I'm a driver, I'm a winner.
Things are gonna change, I can feel it.

annoying billionaire has thought 

Now Elon thinks what Miami, Florida really needs is underground tunnels full of cars.


wonder how much of libc I'm going to have to fake to do the things I want

Okay, now that I'm satisfied that it works, now I can undo some of the horrible I/O hacks and do it a little more neatly so c:get/c:put and s:get/s:put work properly with the serial connection and then I'll look at what it'll take to get SdFat handling a filesystem so I can get the image onto the SD card for loading and get the file: words working properly.

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Dominion Voting Machines' defamation lawyers, who have been having a great run recently based on the number of retractions and apologies that have been posted in various places, have informed My Pillow Guy that he needs to preserve all communications with Team Kraken for an eminent lawsuit.

Mess with the bull and you get the horns, but mess with the bullshit and you just stink to high heaven.

(also, looks like I can successfully compile new words (albeit an extremely simple alias word) which means it's Really Forth!)

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it's not much, but it executes code!

@crc's (barebones) on 4.1 over serial

cc @vertigo because he <3s the forth and platform hax ;)

The first film adaptation of Merry Shelly's Frankenstein, by Thomas Edison's studios in 1910.

This is a "loose adaptation" , but it features some pretty interesting special effects, and some excellent monster design for such an early film.

The video quality is Bad, but it improves as the film goes on, and is much better than versions I've seen in the past.

The LoC did a good job with this restoration.

I wonder if they've done anything with Eddisons "trip to mars"


the toot-lab is adding to our list.

it's a b*tcoin instance, which is enough for many of you, but also, from their about page:

Absolutely no shitcoinery. This is a bitcoin maximalist instance. Talk all the trash you like on shitcoins/shitcoiners, but if you're here to talk straight-faced about an NFT, smart contract, scamfork, defi token, airdrop, or plain old shitcoin, take that malarkey to birdsite, degen. If, after reading this, you still have to ask, it's probably shitcoinery -- politely put it behind a content warning.
Get triggered. Help yourself to the peaches in the freezer.

so, frozen peaches (unless it's promoting some silly-ass cryptocurrency they don't like, in which case you're violating their sensibilities, apparently)

(boostable) have environmental science bachelor's, looking for experience in mutual aid focused farming initiatives 

I will have an environmental science degree with experience in toxicology and environmental chemistry. I'm a queer brown leftist and I'm interested in supporting community resilience and learning about food sustainability. Can intern, can travel. Available starting Sept/Oct 2021.

Happy MLK Day 

Never forget that the CIA killed MLK and now white people everywhere try to placate black people with his own words.

Been having some fun today getting the Nga virtual machine and , both by @crc, built and running on my teensy 4.1 MCU using serial for I/O.

Definitely getting closer, though obviously still have some issues to track down.

Regardless, it's making me pretty happy.

ahhhh yes, it is once again Sunday morning in Sundogistan and that means

I was torn whilst trying to come up with a theme for this week's session. Early in the week I had thought it'd be fun to do a bunch of jazz covers of not-jazz songs because we could all use some fun right about now.

But I also came to realize I wasn't comfortable going through Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday weekend without paying tribute to one of the truly great leaders in our broken society.

Then I remembered that today is just the first Sunday of this weekend and that I get a second Sunday tomorrow so I've resolved to fill both with jazz.

Today we'll be spending time with a jazz composer and performer who put out a fantastic album dedicated to the remembrance of the struggles of the civil rights movement in the US, the multi-talented Christian McBride.

Tomorrow, jazz covers.

So, if two days of jazz might help your days pass, feel free to follow along over on @nowplaying or streaming on

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