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Today is a day for the imposter syndrome to crop up. To question if I'm good enough to accomplish any of this and if any of these ideas/passions are worth pursuing anyways.

*deep breath*
And that's okay. Doubts are not bad. It's an opportunity to calm down, take a break, and evaluate where I'm at & where I'm headed.

I’ve been attempting to organize the links I save and store in a way that’s useful for others as a digital garden project. I’m not sure I have a good grasp on the concept though. What makes for a good digital garden?

long post, therapy, stats 

Phew, I had to get my joy out of my system earlier so that I could finish pitching my idea and working on it.

I care for a trans elder in my area, and recently I was pulled in on using the daily symptom and goals tracker their therapist has set up with them.

Since I'm busy learning stats my first thought was that this would be great to set up with a statistical analysis so that it's easier to see progress over time, but also better visualize the impact that various behaviors have on mood as a way to tailor self care practices.

I approached their therapist with this idea and they love it! So we're going to talk about setting this up later this week.

I'm hoping to develop this as a R program so that we can eventually make it nice and generalized so that we can share the code and enable others to run it as a therapeutic tool for themselves.

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If I deny you follow request it's nothing personal. I just didn't get good vibes from your profile.

I screen followers pretty heavily, honestly to make sure that I don't expose people I follow to BS when boosting posts.

Interacting with me several times before follow requesting is likely to increase your chances of approval.

Great article on caring for each other, at scale via justice oriented infrastructure.

Just blocked

both federated with the poast instance. The company tied to was expressly freeze peaches.

Selfie, eye contact 

I’m falling in love with the mustache, big “hot queer fucker” vibes imo.

I had a late night epiphany last night lying in bed.

Because of the origins of the "Free Software" movement with ivory tower academics, many of it's issues are the same ones that we routinely deal with when it comes to things produced in the ivory tower.

Completely out of touch with the real world, chock full of all the standard barriers and assumptions endemic to the classist nature of the tower, and constructed in such a nature that it's nearly impossible to practically use for anyone outside of the tower or closely adjacent.

This is why critical theory is of utmost importance.

I love it when other trans folks assume wrongly about my gender/transition goals. Chaotic vibes baby.

Musings on empowering technology/FOSS 

FOSS folks tend to view empowerment as a question of whether or not I can access that code/server and modify how it functions. That is empowerment/freedom.

But for non technical folk, if such things are required, they then become a BARRIER to empowerment and freedom.

When it comes to software, I am far more concerned with empowering people to make meaningful change in their communities than I am with providing them with FOSS software.

Working on a workshop idea I might pitch to host at my alma mater this fall:

Anonymity on the Internet
Seeking to stimulate mutual learning between the humanities and computer science disciplines by exploring and problematizing what it means to be anonymous, have an identity, how to achieve either, and why both are necessary for a just and civil society.

I’m hoping to employ Freirian pedagogical methods to explore the importance and necessity of interdisciplinary work and exploration, as well as how that necessity impacts how we ought go about technical training.

Does anyone know of good FOSS dictation software? In my brief search on the web most of the options out there are built for research and/or geared towards using speech recognition for executing commands.

I just want to feed it a file and get a transcription output. Must be on device, I don't want to use a cloud service for this, cli is preferred.

Check out my super cute planner refills that just got here!

selfie, eye contact 

I have wanted overall shorts for years, and today I finally worked up the courage to buy myself a pair and wear them out in public. I love them so much!

I’ve been mulling over what it might look like and how it might be useful to offer an activitypub powered social network to local orgs for marginalized folks. For example, how it much be doable/useful to offer queer folk in my area a different platform to organize and interact on. Anyone know of communities who have already tried this?


@plants Check out this mullein I found near my house! Its like 3ft tall (I guess they get to 6ft?!). They are a super soft and fuzzy plant.

Another summary of my research! I'm really excited for some new papers and areas of study that I'm discovering that I think will be really fruitful.

I still have not gotten to reading anything specific about ActivityPub, but I'm continually thinking about how some of these ideas would interact with it.

I am going to take a break from research this week. I've been pushing myself hard on it and it's been fun, but I've been neglecting other things in my life to do so.

Cat yawn, big teeths 

I wanted to snap a pic how how cutely she was sleeping but the floor creaked when I entered the room and she woke up so I had to wait for this shot instead.

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