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November 9th, 2016
09:51 pm


the work starts now.

I wrote this over on Facebook:

I deliberately went to sleep last night with no knowledge of who was winning or losing, but that didn't make it any easier when I woke up this morning to a heartbreaking text from my mom: "Words can't express how sad I am at the possible impact the next four years could have on the next 25 years of your life".

I am lucky that the impact, in the short term, will be but an inconvenience for me. But I fear for the impact of the rise of the alt-right on some of my closest friends. My trans friends, who I fear for the safety of. My friends of color, who I fear the increase in the day to day abuse of. The women in my life, who stand to face the consequences as our country travels back in time.

I don't know what happens next. But today isn't the last day that we'll have to face together, and January 20th won't be, either. It's time to redouble our commitments to each other, and to our communities. If you can, give money and resources to organizations that matter. Get to know the stories of the service workers around you whose lives are on the line. Volunteer your time to work in the places and with the people that will be hit the hardest.

The work starts now.

Here's a handful of resources and thoughts that I've collected over the past 14 hours since I woke up. Some of these are a place of hope, some a place of caution, and many are disturbing. Take care of yourself. I've continued to update this in the days after the election. I've also added * to the best things.

Take care of yourselves, your friends, your families. Be there for each other. And then once you have some time to spare, be there for your community.

The work starts now, but it doesn't end tomorrow, or next week, or next year, or even in four years.

"God gave Adam a secret — and that secret was not how to begin, but how to begin again."

          — Elie Wiesel

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October 16th, 2016
01:28 pm


That's Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: the Joshua Wise Voter's Guide 2016

(in the vein of slothman's "hold your nose and vote"; he has also recently published elected offices November 2016, ballot measures November 2016)

I just spent about two hours doing research on candidates and politics in this year's election. So, without further ado, my notes, and my proposed votes.

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July 5th, 2016
10:04 pm


recently 2
sunset-lit sky over the mountains, peering out of a tent
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a surreality in photos

More, recently. A trip into the Eastern Sierras -- a place I had been, but didn't remember. A trip back home -- a place I had been, and remembered full well. A trip to Shanghai, for work -- a place I hadn't before been at all. Still hard to write about, because for some of it, I don't even understand myself what enough of what it all meant to write about. So, another photoblog it is. Last time was snapshots of a reality; this time, perhaps, snapshots of a surreality. I hope you again enjoy.


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April 24th, 2016
11:59 pm


On making homemade yogurt
a stockpot of yogurt-to-be immersed in a water tub with an immersion circulator; a tub of yogurt and thermapen in the foreground
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January 30th, 2016
11:17 pm


I accidentally uploaded your personal information, and I'm sorry

Here's something that's been kicking about in the back of my mind for the past few days, ever since I saw it happen to me. Every time I think about it, I get really angry, and I feel like I should write about it; and then I get too angry to figure out how to structure a post. The gist of what follows is that an internet service stole your personal information from me. There are lots of people I could blame, but at the end of the day, the data was on my phone, and then it was in the cloud somewhere that I don't control. It came from me, and I apologize. This won't affect most people, but as you'll read, there are some that it could -- and the practice by which it took place, on a wider scale, is extremely dangerous for a handful of groups of people that we already systematically oppress.

This post has been updated since it was originally written to include another example.

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January 6th, 2016
10:48 pm


2015 in music
This year, there was quite a lot of good music released. Here's my shortlist of things that I bought, and a few words about each. Most of these were released this year, but some were just things that I discovered this year. In chronological purchase order:

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So there's, in a bunch of words, last year in music. What have you got? What did I miss?

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January 1st, 2016
02:29 am


it's a new year, in an old house
zafu on top of zabuton in middle of room in new house

Change in the past 365 days -- people. places. practices. presence.  Old habits give way to new habits.  Old patterns of thought subside for new, and maybe then come back again.  Storms surge, and pass, and surge again.  The light starts to become visible, if only for fleeting moments.

So many teachers in this past year, to whom I owe my immense gratitude.  People who are not my Teachers, but even still my teachers.  It is a privilege to be a student.  The work is never easy, but I couldn't have it any other way.

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September 20th, 2015
09:51 pm


Two weeks with a Pebble Time

It's been over a year since I started wearing my first-generation Pebble Steel. I expected that I was going to find it an annoying gadget that didn't really do anything positive for me, but I was pleasantly surprised, and somewhat taken by it, really; I wrote a few programs for it, and up until a week ago, I wore it around with me pretty much everywhere. Last Friday, however, my Kickstarter reward arrived: a shiny new Pebble Time Steel in gunmetal black! The Pebble Time is Pebble's second-generation smartwatch, with a host of changes: color, a microphone, a new industrial design, and a new user interface layer. I've been wearing it for just over a week, then, and so it seems apropos to write another review, in the same vein of that which I wrote in March of 2014, of the first-generation device.

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June 4th, 2015
10:04 pm


Little Italy at night
a man running in the rain
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June 1st, 2015
01:21 am


Trip report: !!Con
Okay! So a few weeks or so ago, I spoke at !!Con, and before I forget (even more), I wanted to write down a few of the things that were particularly notable to me about it. In general, I liked the !!Con experience, and the biggest negative (that I arrived on a redeye at 7am, but that my AirBnB didn't exist until 3pm...) was mostly the fault of my own incompetency; but I wanted to take a moment to write down in a little more detail what some of the things that !!Con did really right were. This is all somewhat train-of-thought, so you'll have to forgive me if there are incoherencies... But without further ado:
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Anyway. That was quite a lot longer than I had planned on. But, hopefully, that gives you a flavor of things that made !!Con special. If you're planning a conference of your own, you should absolutely look to !!Con as a role model in a lot of ways.

(and, of course, photos)

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