50 years ago right now, three men are traveling at about 7,000 km/h to land on that rock in the sky. Nobody had done anything like that before. Their guidance computer required them to use a sextant like old sailors, and had memory woven out of rope. People are amazing and can do amazing things when we decide we’re going to.


tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism 

Hi friends! I'm matching donations to RAICES this month up to $32,000.

That's an ambitious limit and I could use your help reaching it -- whether or not you can donate, I would really appreciate your boosts!

To have me match your donation:

1. Donate any amount at raicestexas.org/donate
2. FORWARD your email receipt to raicesmatch@finn.fun.

Posting a screenshot is also encouraged, but forwarding receipts will help me track what I hope will be a lot of email!

Thank you!

You don't have to read the entire patent application, just search for "sorry":



(via @qbi)

“We’re only bones with stories on” is *such* a good line.

If you don’t already know it, I highly recommend Marian Call’s _Standing Stones_.


PSA: You should get all your music on Bandcamp if possible. High-quality, DRM-free downloads, where a purchase is actually a purchase, and in unless something is truly off (actual scam), your money is going to reach the artist more or less directly.

Top of yesterday’s list: pizza. There’s more good pizza within 10 miles of my mom’s house then there is in the state of Oregon, and she’s in the suburbs.

Today’s top, so far: driving through the Great Swamp and the surrounding area (hoping to get a drive through the Watchung Reservation tonight). I love these trees (although they’re best in fall).

There is a woman in this hallway on the phone very concerned about the volume of “Levites” at her house, telling the person on the other end they have to do something about it.

Pretty sure she’s misidentified her problem.

Always read the plaque. This is about 1/4 mile from the house I grew up in and I had no idea about this history until this past Christmas. I was sort of shocked to learn that my upscale suburban bedroom community had this bit of collectivist history.

Back in NJ for a few days. I’m paying attention to the things I miss from here. Topping the list from day 1 so far: fireflies and good bagels.

Raccoon just got two of our chicks. :’(

I hear they’re making a live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid and a bunch of people are pissed. This is a reminder that if they really want to piss everyone off, they’re welcome to use my revisions.


Just celebrated Independence Day by calling my elected representative, asking her to help us not run concentration camps we’re letting children die in.

Celebrate your independence. Call your reps.

I’ve never seen as many ads for a car nobody can actually purchase as for this Volkswagen bus. What’s the objective here? “Hey, in about three years we’re going to have something exciting for you, so postpone all your purchasing decisions until then”?

Microsoft’s auto-updated is probably my least favorite software I have on my computer.

For a little bit, I've been sketching something I wanted to build to hold a few mobile devices I use for testing. Incline, no real sides so various sized devices fit, connect cords from underneath...

Today I realized I'm basically designing a dish rack.


(This isn't ideal in a few ways: incline's too steep, and I only want the bottom layer. But it's awful close, and it'll be easier to mod this thing than build my own.)

Anyone have a solution they’d recommend for keeping track of things you want to do in distant cities? So when I see an interesting museum or restaurant in, say, Chicago, I can save it and pull up a list next time I’m in Chicago.

Pinboard with tags per city? I’d like a map.

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