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RPi 400 

I splurged on an RPi 400 for reasons. First impressions are pretty good. Unfortunately the WiFi has been flaky. Mostly it won't connect to my AP that it has line of sight to, but when it does, the network seems very slow and ping times are all over the map with some being very long (10 sec. across my LAN). I walked away to get breakfast and left a ping running from my netbook to the Pi with same results, when suddenly it all cleared up and ping times were consistently under 10ms.

I'm starting a series of interviews with co-op folks, to learn about their stories and the stories of their cooperatives.

My first convo is with, talking about his experiences with and

Listen and read here:


Some people work while they're stressed and locked indoors. I wrote most of a book during the covid crisis:

I was feeling pretty pleased with myself on that score, but then I found out what Oriol Ferrer Mesià did with his time.

His "Modern Retro Computer Terminals" project are a series of tiny computers built around low-cost processors like the Raspberry Pi and Nvidia Jetson Nano, run off a 3D printer and assembled.


RT: This is all too often how UX design is considered and practiced.

(This is not my only example of wondrous junk, just the latest. Considering the price pressure everybody is under, it's amazing we get any stuff that works. Alas that's probably only possible due to massive cost externalization.)

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I had a damaged HDMI cable, so I took advantage of the situation to do a quick teardown. It looked amazingly well put together with shielding in the appropriate places except there was not a twisted pair to be seen. Sometimes I feel like we live in an age of wondrous junk.

(I appear to be deliberately avoiding negative topics today. That's probably for the best...)

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"People on the Street React to the Moon in the Most Awe-inspiring Way":

I'm not one for "reaction" videos, but it was nice to see people apparently reacting to their first view of the moon through a telescope.

Oh yeah, in the US "January 1, 2021 is Public Domain Day: Works from 1925 are open to all!"

My December break project was to finally sit down and work on the Libre Arts website for my friend @prokoudine.

We soft-launched on Jan 1 and he's now ready to announce the site is open and ready for all! Come check out the amazing work he's doing reporting and covering the world of Free/Libre Arts!

#FreeSoftware #FOSS #LibreArts #news

me: Sees the alarm about to go off that was set as a reminder to stop drinking coffee after 3 PM. Looks at the just filled coffee mug. Starts chugging...


My dominant feelings seem to be tired embarrassment followed by concern for all the people in DC dealing with this poop. I realize this isn't deep analysis or insightful, but it's certainly all I can manage right now...

Today, on this first Monday, I want to point out First Monday -- an open journal writing about the internet since the mid-90s.

recommendations please

Alright ya'll, I need some heavy, droney, reverb-into-your-soul, vocal-less music for nighttime stretching/meditation (really).

Genres that typically fit the bill are post-rock/post-metal, but happy to explore others. I like it when it grows/crescendos throughout the song(s).

Bonus points if they're on or otherwise easily acquirable in good quality downloads.

Boost welcome!

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