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hey can anyone out there help me find critical/theoretical writing on hardware modding? (especially on video game hardware, but any kind of consumer modification of industrially-manufactured products would work)

I know that (e.g.) Stephanie Boluk and Patrick Lemieux have studied video game modding from a software perspective, but I don't know anyone studying hardware mods in particular.

(doesn't need to be "academic," just looking for stuff beyond tutorials and enthusiast press)

(boosts ok!)

Liked this piece, about how we should take back our cities from being car-centric monocultures: Rewilding Cities

Also saved it as a link post on my blog, where I elaborated a little more on my thoughts, at just enough length that I didn't think I should crosspost it directly to Mastodon 😛

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - Paul Horowitz (Talks at Google)

Clicked this video just to see if Horowitz (who wrote The Art of Electronics) has some #electronics and #retrocomputing topics to share, I was not disappointed.

we are truly in a golden age of large international corporations extracting maximum value from beloved properties created decades ago

Pretty much everywhere I've ever lived in the US ended up looking like:

[Beautiful spokesmodel with big smile awkwardly gesturing at repulsive view of wide streets crammed with cars and giant ugly signs]: "Come down town where you can sample a selection of our finest national brands!"

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"This is going to sound wild to anyone who lives in the US, but for any two-story rowhouse in Tokyo, the owner can by right operate a bar, a restaurant, a boutique, a small workshop on the ground floor — even in the most residential zoned sections of the city. That means you have an incredible supply of potential microspaces."


#JWST keeps getting us amazing new observations. Linked here is the famous "Cartwheel" #galaxy in a combined NIRCam and MIRI image. NIRCam shows the smooth older star population, while MIRI (red) shows regions rich on dust and molecular gas.

Also note the two background galaxies. They are approximately the same distance and size, yet the difference in MIRI is striking.

#Webb #Science #Astronomy #Astrophysics

(That's apparently the "clean" version, but it still works.)

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Holy shit an ocap OS written in prescheme!

Oh my god look at the whitepapers and references page, it's ALL THE RIGHT THINGS

February 22nd, 1979: Ivor Durham forwards an email to the ARPANET msggroup about making the last login time private by default in CMU's email system, starting one of the first known arguments on the internet. !/

I love #Radiohead and I love #RodrigoyGabriela. In this age of crossovers and multiverses, this is the one I didn't know I needed:

#RodrigoYGabriela version of #Radiohead's Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

Just beautiful!

"You know," one siren said, "how exhausting it is to read someone's soul?"
"To see their deepest desires?" said the other. "Always gives me a headache."
"We can outsource."
"Meet Alexa! Alexa, what does the captain of yonder ship desire?"
"He bought a bed, so... A bed?"
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

Cranking this dynamo for 5 minutes provides enough power to keep a LoRa32 device running for an hour. Pretty cool!

RIP Nichelle Nichols 

Nichelle Nichols passed away yesterday. I think a lot about her legacy. I was introduced to Star Trek by my mom ages ago, and she always sang the praise of diversity to which it spoke, and always pointed at Uhura as a beacon of that hope. Growing up, I also saw first hand the challenges my mother faced as a single mom, educated in a variety of scientific disciplines, as she struggled to find sustaining work for the family.

Not too long ago, I was reading a collection of Star Trek short stories, each with a forward penned by a cast member. Nichelle Nichols' stood out to me. Here is an excerpt:

"I can't help believing that Star Trek was a forerunner in the real world for the inevitable for liberation for anyone who ever felt mis-classified by form or face or color or creed.

We have come a long way since the last of the old voyages, and I think we would not have come so far without them."

sigh Me too, Nichelle, me too.

Some tech journalist somewhere interviewing NASA scientists probably: "Yeah, but which one you of is the Steve Jobs of the JWST? Like, who should get all the credit?"

NASA scientists: ...

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