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I'm Hugh. I live in south-west with my partner and children. I work as a web developer, and contribute to .

I make occasionally. I've played bass in bands, but mostly I compose weird music solo on a computer. I contributed a track to the second A Whale's Lantern compilation by musicians of Mastodon, collaborating with Mascha.

I speak some , and less .

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Only hackers with good taste need open 

My theme for and concfg is now public. If you like a subtle dark palette, give it a shot. I'll add more formats in time.
github.com/y6nH/bombyx

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on racism and human nature 

While ethnic conflict is a common theme of history, it isn't human nature. This is one of those correlation and causation things. Ethnic conflict, "tribalism", "us vs. them", war itself, that sort of stuff, that isn't built into human nature. That's what happens when things have gone wrong. The natural state, the default, human nature is far more amicable.

And paleontology is shedding light on this as well. The Neanderthals were a species of humans who lived lives remarkably like our own, they built tools and boats and were as intelligent as us.

The initial consensus among paleontologists was to assume we wiped them all out, violently, with spears and dogs, because they vanished from the fossil record within 10,000 years of when we came out of Africa. This assumption, that racial differences would have caused fighting and that we killed them all... well, it turns out that's probably not what happened...

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I am Ojibwe more than I am any particular European creed. My grandfather had the language of his people beaten out of him in a Catholic school he was forced to attend, and when he was older, they drafted him to go fight some other people fighting colonialism in Vietnam. At one point in his life he stole a beer truck and redistributed it to his tribe and the event culminated in a standoff with an armed standoff with the police--he had rigged his house to explode. The judge decided to let him off the hook, she thought he needed help more than jail. He continued to live selflessly, his house was open to all who needed a place to crash, so long as they cleaned up after themselves. He eventually died due to a rare cancer related to agent orange exposure. His story is undeniably badass but one of a man driven to the edge time and time again by the oppression of his people, my people, by this country.

I am Ojibwe. Fuck America.

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Thinking about becoming 85% titty, like a chicken.

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Asemic Writing, Generative Art, Square Kufic Calligraphy 

In the early stages of building a generative #asemic writing system inspired by square kufic calligraphy. Below is a single "glyph" generated by an initial program I wrote (and will most certainly have to rewrite).

Like most things in life, this took more work than I initially expected. Any monkey with a compiler can write a program that throws some squares together, but it takes some effort to make the result look aesthetically pleasing.

The algorithm I built involves generating an initial image composed of 2x2 tiles, chosen using a sort of state machine and a bit of random choice. This glyph then gets checked for any aesthetic imperfections, and attempts to correct them. It's not always 100% corrected, but it can get pretty close. This generated one below has no violations, according to my program.

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Today on Bandcamp I discovered loads of new music and bought albums by Sumac, Wren, Rivers of Nihil and Slomatics (plus 20 demos from Goatprayer records for ยฃ2). If you're not on the Bandcamp bandwagon, you're missing out on so much good music!

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bandcamp Friday, shameless self promotion, banjo but not yeehaw banjo 

Capharnaum County Magicians Society has just released a new track, an #1865 #funeral #march for #banjo, #drum and #mellotron. Have a free listen and please consider following if you enjoy this sort of weirdness! #magicianssociety #bandcampfriday #mastomusic #musiciansofmastodon magicians.bandcamp.com/track/f

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since everyone is calling on everyone to their #Bandcamp pages, let me tell you that [I am / we are] promoting bandcamp as the only true fair trade music service without VC investments...

give your financial love to my releases here:
music.lukaprincic.si/

or to releases on the label I'm managing:
kamizdat.bandcamp.com

It's all :cc_cc: #CreativeCommons & #NameYourPrice anyway.

(see Kamizdat values wrt :bandcamp: at kamizdat.si/about/)

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Can anyone point me towards research on 'ritual' and 'online spaces'? How can 'ritual', usually tied with spectacle, performance, and physical presence in a group, be facilitated through online space/s, where bodies are not physically in the same space?

Any ideas, thoughts, pointers to essays or books greatly appreciated!

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I talk about how I worldbuild and the origins of the sarakat in BOOKS & BONE.

๐ŸŒŽ ๐Ÿ“š My messy etymology of the created word 'Sarakat': victoriacorva.xyz/2020/07/01/m

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Anyone who donates to labourbehindthelabel.org/donat* and sends me a screenshot gets a realtime photo of Rosa and a cute drawing.

* to thank them for uncovering exploitation of workers in Leicester and contributing to the coronavirus spike

Background info: theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/j

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Happy 1st of July America! May the 1st be with you! It's so great that your country gets to have its own birthday #independance

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I really recommend that people who aren't trans read this. Trans people will mostly already know it because we've lived it. I came out in 2012, just in time to suffer through the worst of this shit.

When I came out, I decided to use twitter just to talk to other trans people about stuff. My twitter account grew from nothing in 2012 to almost ten thousand followers by the time I shut it down in 2018.
I had to shut it down, because though I had been targeted right from the start, an account that size means you're on the radar of every bigot with a twitter account, and people from dedicated harassment sites compile dossiers on you and funnel more abuse towards you, abuse that doesn't just stay online. So, as much as I felt like I was letting them win by doing so, I had to retreat from my public presence.
The bigots with newspaper columns might bellow from their public platforms about how they're being silenced, but what I experienced is what silencing actually looks like.

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beautiful Mirtha Dermisache exhibition catalog available for free download, for the asemic writing fans on here malba.org.ar/catalogo-mirtha-d ("Descargar PDF" on the right side of the page to download) (most of it is essays and stuff in Spanish but there's a big chunk of reproductions of Dermisache's work in the middle)

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