And so she moved on. Sometimes for no better reason than because she didn't like the view from the coffee shop. This time it was just a feeling that the beach side town was too quiet in the winter, and she was looking for some work to stretch her arms. So she cashed her mincome, bought a train ticket up north and fell in with a brand new makerspace setting up in an old sawmill. It was freezing, but the first thing they built were small rooms inside the giant building that they could easily heat.
Programmer friends: Many of us have deeply-ingrained habits of making fun of whichever languages, tools, OSes, etc we don't personally use. Please don't. I highly recommend reading Aurynn Shaw's essay on "Contempt Culture", which I have to revisit myself periodically: https://blog.aurynn.com/2015/12/16-contempt-culture
Also, the post-copyright stuff doesn't have any medical issues behind it, just in case anyone was worried ;) It's been a good year... Almost two.
This week I'm reading Raymond Chandler and feeling oddly like I missed my chance to be a hard-boiled detective because I just stopped drinking, instead of because ALL THE OTHER THINGS.
Reading ebooks always reminds me of the hospital. I've spent a lot of nights sitting by bedsides reading on this thing... Nearly every full price book on here has a medical story behind it.
She loves her kids.
A birdsite thread on writing Indigenous characters, bookmarked here for myself as much as anything - https://twitter.com/apihtawikosisan/status/1012713526652067841?s=19
Alcohol Show more
I once spent Canada day weekend in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I was drinking with my friend Dave, and a bunch of fellow carpet bagging easterners, Jimmy the truck driver and his dad, Jimmy the truck driver.
We just sat on the porch and played guitar and sang Stan Rogers songs until it got a bit dark out. Then it started to get light again. Long live the Summer Solstice :)
I want a series of Fred Rogers for President campaign ads. The Cabinet is sitting in the President's briefing room, outlining today's crises and concluding with a plea: "Mr. President, what do we do?" Everyone turns to the head of the table where an old TV and VCR turn on, and as the CRT warms up the VCR fast-forwards to a clip from "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" that covers exactly this situation. In one corner a general starts quietly weeping tears of joy, realizing that sharing is an option…
mh, suicide, an excellent post from elsewhere Show more
"I think the term "depression" isn't very good. It implies sadness. Depression isn't sadness. It's psychological pain. It's the inability to feel positive about things. People who are suicidal don't want to die; they want to stop hurting. They can't conceive of any way to ever not hurt again other than no longer living.
Yelling at them for being selfish only aggravates the situation. It makes it that much harder to get people the help they need."
MH, privilege, depression Show more
I actually had a serious bout of depression in late high school/ early university. But I got through it in part by recognizing that it must be a brain chemistry problem because I didn't have any real problems. It still hit me pretty hard physically. I can't imagine going through that and fighting battles on different fronts too.
It's still down there, but it doesn't have the same presence that it used to.
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Growing up, I had an unhealthy amount of stress. Specifically, almost none.
Issues like homework and money and social status passed through me like neutrinos, rarely interacting.
"Do you understand this assignment is worth 20% of your mark?"
"Do you understand that WE'RE ON A ROCK, IN SPACE?"
And yet, somehow I ended up here, with the most standard life possible(wife, house, 2 kids). I think that says a lot about the inertia of privilege....
The Agency - long boring list of topics... Show more
Personal digital assistants (local/self hosted), 'dynamic' homes, exoskeletons, mobility scooters, self driving cars, video (VR?) telepresence, airships, AI farming, cradle to grave products, garbage dump mining, self driving motor homes, coop wireless networks...
Went out walking last night and hit this, about 200m up the road. Yesterday was a windy day ;)
I've decided my default reaction to bullying will be "That's a very small minded way to look at the world."
Trying to figure out how to intervene in different kids disagreements...
But it also applies in general ;)
I once owned a car with power steering OR power brakes. You had to pick. If you tries to brake and turn at the same time it would stall.
Sometimes I miss having unecessary challenges in my life ;)
Took the train yesterday morning. That bumping looking ice sheet is the accessibility platform ;) https://writing.exchange/media/kc0f-ugaLOz6riJ8jJU
I like the federated timeline and I see why they did it that way... I've also found lots of people in the federated feed. But I also want a custom timeline of the full feeds of instances that just I pick. Hm. Not sure if that's a solveable UI problem or a larger structural problem.
Life closes a door,
smash the window in. Tell life
I’ll come and go as I want.
Tell life I have more bricks where
that came from, I’m not afraid
of things breaking, what I am saying
is that I am used to breaking and
you don’t scare me, I refuse
to sit in this house, waiting
for a door to open. Like a cat
I’ll shred the sofa and climb the
walls. I’ll ruin this house
and sleep on the balcony
under the stars.