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hello friends

I just got my final bill for my last year of college. $17,200. I only get about $2,000 in loans. That still leaves $15,200.

I currently live with my transphobic parents and cannot sustain living here after school. I've paid for all of my schooling through working up to five jobs at a time up to now, but with each year that passes by, the school has been rolling back my financial aid and it has been very difficult to keep up. I'm still living on a meal a day.

If you'd be willing to toss coin to a neurodivergent, queer, trans, east/southeast asian person, my handles are below.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far.

I got a chance to see Spirited Away at the theater tonight, since it was playing on the big screen, with subtitles. I've seen it several times before, but wow, seeing it like that, and hearing the Japanese was really powerful. Coming out of the theater after I felt like I was looking at the world, especially people, in a transformed way.

Here are 6 design prompts that have guided the Solar Protocol project's work:

1. Make Energy Data Public

2. Design Energy Responsive Systems

3. Account for Where Computational Work Happens

4. Acknowledge Intermittency

5. Use Planetary Limits as Logic

6. Question Resolution (not defaulting to energy intensive designs)

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Some of the participants I spoke with had just come from the International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, which apparently grew to ~200 people this year (from around ~50). Another venue to keep on the radar:

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& speaking of designing with Intermittent Computing Alex Nathanson gave a super presentation about the Solar Protocol, a global installation that routes web traffic to servers that are currently powered by sunlight.



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We're happy to announce that we just started to work on three new interdependent online resources: the Damaged Earth Catalog, the Permacomputing wiki, and the permacomputing workshop series!


Damaged Earth Catalog

A growing online catalog of the different terms in circulation, used by communities of practice, in relation to computing and network infrastructure informed by ecological ethics, degrowth, resilience, repair, and minimalism. Currently developed by @l03s as part of her PhD research.


Permacomputing wiki

A new wiki about permacomputing that aims to expose its principles, present and discuss the concepts and jargon required to engage with permacomputing, and maintain a repository of related projects. Currently facilitated by @viznut and @320x200 open for contributors!


Permacomputing in the Arts

A workshop series that will be developed throughout end-2022 and 2023 as an onboarding course for permacomputing practices in art an design. The workshops will be made available as an Open Educational Resource. Developed by @320x200 as part of a postdoc research on the topic.

#permacomputing #ecology #art #design #technology

Another theme that popped up in a few talks today was designing with the idea of Intermittent Computing, where a computational system runs when it has collected enough energy from its environment to do something, after which it turns off to recharge:

Also the use of Supercapacitors to buffer energy, since they don't wear out like batteries when used:

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Glad to learn in the first session that there's a name for the phenomena where new efficiencies in and of themselves don't provide a path to sustainability:

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I'm looking forward to tuning into Limits 2022 today where I can:

What I've been listening to this week: Spellling (19), Isaac Helsen (17), David Cordero & KENJI KIHARA (16)

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I don't know who would find this useful, but at work today I was reminded that I used to run this command when I did digital archives work and wanted a rough count of what file types are in a directory

find . -type f -exec file {} \; | cut -d ':' -f 2 | cut -d ',' -f1 | sort | uniq -c | sort -n -k 1

@dcwalk 👋 are you still working w/ Hypha!? I was excited to read this, and was wondering if you are involved at all?

Kesa sent me this article about how the exodus of teachers out of the profession isn't really about "burnout".

People get into teaching for moral reasons, and they are leaving for moral reasons.

Teachers are demoralized, and their departure from the profession is often an act of a conscientious objection, not of personal burnout.

Focusing on "burnout" puts the onus on individuals rather than the systemic conditions that actually need attention.

new book 

I was reading about Pharoah Sanders on Wikipedia and before I knew what was happening I ordered this with a gift certificate I got for my birthday.

🔖 A Love Letter to Planetary "Cooper Hewitt’s treatment of Planetary could be seen retroactively as an example of “post-custodial” stewardship—a term from our colleagues in archives that describes how institutions can enable something’s preservation and access without necessarily being its sole owner or custodian, a philosophy that challenges the way museums have historically treated ownership of collections."

Also, my sort job that has been running all week finally finished 😅 it turns out indexing 40TB of web archive data can take some time!

We lucked out with another good film tonight. This time it was Maudie, about the life of folk artist Maud Lewis:


TIL about pv (pipe viewer), a twenty year old (almost!) Unix utility that lets you see a progress bar for data as it moves through a pipeline:

This actually scratched an itch I had, so I dropped some 💰 into Andrew Wood's PayPal tip jar.

What I've been listening to this week: Floating Points (26), Fields We Found (18), Seabuckthorn (11)

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