For April Fool's day, Bon Appétit did a special Gourmet Makes. It's... special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VrsmahNcfI
My office is pretty dark since there’s no windows. Lately I’ve been shining a work lamp against the wall to get more indirect warm light in my office room and it feels like it helps. I definitely notice a difference when I turn it off, anyway.
Still no substitute for going outside but every little bit helps.
if i go to sleep now i won't have to feel this way for at least 8 hours
i keep telling myself i'm gonna put on a livestreamed music show one of these nights, just to feel less lonely, but i worry that i'll get no viewers, and that'll only make it worse, and anyway my time management is garbage and the whole day just goes by in a blur
i know how lucky i am to be in the situation i'm in right now and i don't feel like i deserve it
i've been self-isolating since march 3
back when i was working alone from home it was different, i could at least go out every day and usually did, and on weekends i could spend time with friends, which i didn't do as much as i should have but the option was at least there
but now it's just... it's wearing on me
i'm alone with my thoughts and they keep on spiraling about all the bad things that my subconscious loves to dredge up to make me feel bad and i relive so much... stuff
Okay so. Do I know anyone in Seattle with either an impact driver/wrench, or a long-handled 1/4" allen wrench? I need to loosen a couple of bolts that my kitchen remodelers made comically tight and which I need to adjust, and I don't want to spend $20+ for a full set for a thing I'm going to only use once.
covid-19, commercial ventilator being open-sourced
"Medical device company Medtronic released designs for one of their ventilators to open source for use in the COVID-19 pandemic."
"The design details released today are for their PB560 model, which was originally launched in 2010 by a company called Covidien, before it merged with Medtronic, so we’re already starting with a device design that’s a decade old. But it’s also a design that has proven itself through widespread use, and this data dump gives us a great look at what actually goes into one of these machines."
The article notes the information isn't yet complete; my guess is it's still in the process of being collated.
Seattle, food (free availability thereof)
Spice Waala on Capitol Hill is giving away 50 free dinners every day, no questions asked.
Animal Crossing New Horizons fun museum thing
also if you stand in the slot for modern-day humans the light above glows
Also: If you are wondering if this thread is about a specific thing you have in mind, it is statistically unlikely, because this stuff is happening constantly now and I'm seeing this same pattern happen again and again and again, both to people I know and to people I don't.
callouts and accuracy (public redraft) (500 words, subtoots, pedophilia and harassment mentions, a bit of second-person at the end)
We've had ☝🏽 - a quote from the Innuendo Studios video on the harassment of Phil Fish - pinned for a while, and it's been there to say something we haven't tried to find a way to say explicitly. Somewhere between what Ian Danskin had to say about the attacks on Phil Fish, what Anil Dash had to say about online abuse - https://medium.com/humane-tech/the-online-abuse-playbook-575648c9f798 - what we've heard YouTube essayists talk quietly about, and what we've seen from people on Tumblr and on the fediverse, there's a pattern.
...I think the pattern is interpreting the facts towards "this person is evil".
People round the facts towards "this person is evil". Screenshots of the nineteenth tweet in a twenty-two tweet thread out of context. Chains of association - person A participated in person B's video, which also included person C, who years ago said something problematic - that assume everyone involved knows everything and is making deliberate choices about all of it. These two fictional characters, both of whom are canonically adults, having a relationship? Makes someone uncomfortable because the characters have a major age difference that can in the real world reflect a power differential that opens the potential for abuse ... and therefore this fictional relationship is pro-pedophilia propaganda and this real-world person who said they liked the movie with those characters in it is a pedophile.
And sometimes people will take those ideas are already interpretations-towards-evil and do the same process again.
And sometimes the harassment people do because of these ideas will get interpreted towards being innocuous. We saw someone who'd sent vicious DMs at their target describe those DMs as a joke, as part of a meme, and leave out the venom they filled that stock template with.
I want people to recoil when they see someone they hate being spoken of with this kind of intellectual dishonesty. When they see people making the facts worse than they are. We've seen a callout performed with careful, precise language that acknowledges in detail the ambiguity of the situation ... and be completely successful in meeting what I see as two of the three goals one might hope for from a callout: figuring out as a community what the truth is and getting an unrepentant bad actor in a community out of the community. (The third is "get a well-meaning person to learn something and do better", which I think in that case a lot of people tried and failed to accomplish.) There is /no cause/ to approach a callout by distorting the facts.
And, look: you, us, anyone, can't choose where strangers take our words when we point out bad ideas or bad behavior from people. But if we model due diligence and humility, I think we will have a different impact on the people listening to us than if we model axe-grinding, ire-raising, arrogance, and fury.
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