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Hi, I'm Eli --

I live in Maine, where I like to spend time with my family, cook, hike, and read rule-books for table-top rpgs like Follow, and Lady Blackbird.

I enjoy playing with Raspberry Pis, micro controllers, JavaScript, Common LISP, Emacs and a whole heap of other webby-techy things.

I work as a software developer responsible for web development and quality assurance testing. I very much like to write documentation.

"For me, the overarching goal of humankind is to learn how to value water, air, the things we need to live, more than money. We need to be thinking in much longer timescales than a balance sheet. Here we are at this amazing branch point where our science and technology have taken the greatest of leaps and yet I can't help but be haunted by the fact that we are still very deeply mired in our technological adolescence. We don't think about what our short-term actions are doing to our long-term future, and none of our children and grandchildren. And so I am not really ready to say that we should unleash ourselves on another world."

- Ann Druyan, NASA

I should start an instance like merveilles.town but for parents who can only fantasize about having the time to pursue creative endeavors.

Lately I have to spend my nights walking around with a crying baby. I’ve run out of podcasts to listen to. Suggestions welcome — especially interested in narrative stuff.

Lately I have to spend my nights walking around with a crying baby. I’ve run out of podcasts to listen to. Suggestions welcome — especially interested in narrative stuff.

Are diskimages the weirdest part of macOS? Whenever I download something and it mounts as a diskimage I am baffled.

I wonder why more of environmental discourse doesn’t include scrutiny of online streaming? Is it because we don’t want to be implicated as “part of the problem” ourselves?

While they may feel ephemeral and impactless, digital files are physical. They exist and have real environmental impact. Does it matter that I try to have the lowest impact that I can when I spend all day at work producing digital artifacts that contribute to the growing hyper object that is the internet?

I wonder why more of environmental discourse doesn’t include scrutiny of online streaming? Is it because we don’t want to be implicated as “part of the problem” ourselves?

While they may feel ephemeral and impactless, digital files are physical. They exist and have real environmental impact. Does it matter that I try to have the lowest impact that I can when I spend all day at work producing digital artifacts that contribute to the growing hyper object that is the internet?

Liked A new forum about directories and discovery by Brad
I and a few others have been wrestling with the whole issue of discovery of non-commercial blogs and websites and how to keep said efforts relatively low tech and low cost to stay within the reach of the average user... indieseek.xyz/2019/12/02/a-new

Follow up to the found cookies and crackers: The culprit has been discovered!

I just witnessed the 4 year old stashing some crackers in a toy bin. I asked “who are those for?” Calmly, the answer — “the rat king.”

So...new mystery.

but manjaro and elementary and pop_os are all looking so suave!?

My Ubuntu install is older than my oldest kid...

Snow day as a dad who works from home: doing QA while listening to kids story podcasts...in all honesty, it is a lot of fun.

I keep coming back to SSB as being THE solution for offline social networking (or just general digital interactions to be honest, you can model any kind of actor-object interactions over it).

It'd make sense to have ActivityStreams logic sent over it.

I often find cookies and crackers hidden around the house. It is anyone’s guess whether it was the 4 year old or cat who hid them.

My id: @2W2wogmJMAeKO6GtCNFPCrhDIaj6EMQj6E3KHfNXI3I=.ed25519

very cool conference poster on the phonetics of alien names in star trek. "An analysis of the phonotactics of alien names in the Star Trek franchise suggests that writers are relying on implicit phonotactic knowledge in conveying ‘alien-ness’. In particular, word onsets with low frequency in English are over-represented in alien names, and illicit onsets are repaired recoverably, consistent with markedness subversion." personalpages.manchester.ac.uk [pdf link]

I plugged in an egpu to my phone and nothing happened WTF apple

Y’know what I like sometimes? Websites. Sometimes websites are better than apps.

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