I’m now renting a medium-sized lever harp from Harps Etc in Walnut Creek, and I love how playing an instrument means developing this whole body of technical knowledge - this harp has Camac levers, while the other lever harp I’m trying up in Seattle (for the holidays with my family) has Loveland levers. Part of choosing a lever harp is deciding which kind you like: https://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/blog/sharping-levers-camac-vs-loveland (I like Camac levers a little more - they are satisfyingly complicated-looking when you move them). (Selfie)
For everyone who grew up with LeVar Burton's dulcet voice on "Reading Rainbow," like me and @scoots , he started a podcast recently called "LeVar Burton Reads."
He picks short fiction he enjoys and reads it, with authors like Octavia Butler and Ray Bradbury.
📖 🌈 It's basically Reading Rainbow for adults! 🌈 📖
Historical perspective on HIV/AIDS Show more
Like, the AIDS/ARC Vigil was a protest a bit like how Mask Oakland is a protest: people without formal power (mainly people marginalized in various ways) took donations and distributed resources and information visibly on the street, because government was not meeting the basic needs of the people. http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=AIDS/ARC_Vigil_1985-1995 There is so much history of community and activism and care. The Vigil was at the federal building where I work now, because HHS was there.
Historical perspective on HIV/AIDS Show more
I went to a gallery show + lecture by Janet Delaney (who made my favorite SF photos, South of Market) about public events in the Mission in the 80s (where I live!), but the most striking part was the queer history in it - these ARC/AIDS Vigil protestors in the first MLK Day march, in coalition against apartheid, with their canes - so many young men with canes in her photos. The Vigil was an amazing 10-year protest, but few of us know of it now, fragile history.
@xor This zine has a "Movies about Artificial Intelligence" crossword puzzle where the clues are regexes, and you might enjoy it: https://kultofthecyberw.itch.io/kult-of-the-cyber-witch-issue-1
Karaoke is impossibly hard for me, and I can’t sing along to music in general, but I’m learning that singing with my harp might be possible? I can play as slow as I want, in a range that works for me, match the tones, and use my music practice skill to work on the tricky bits? This is interesting!
hey bay area folks! I'll be speaking about how we make Logic happen at Let's Sketch Tech on Dec 8+9th. should be all around fun (Omayeli Arenyeka and Julia Evans are keynoting!). check it out and get tix here: https://letssketchtech.splashthat.com/
Last time around with wildfire smoke, I bought myself a Vogmask and chose the one with pink flowers and green leaves and birds because I didn’t want to look and feel like I was in a dystopia while wearing it. It didn’t work - it just makes me think about the limited kinds of femininity and decoration imagined in some science fiction. (Selfie)
My Coral Cups are finally available for pre-order. If anyone wants some computationally-crafted porcelain cups... https://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/shop/product.php?code=367
* Find a Bay Area harp teacher who knows things about both pedal harp and folk harp, and start taking lessons again
* With their advice, buy a small enough folk harp that I can carry it on public transit / walking up hills / etc.
* Find super resonant places so I can do things like this train station hymn: https://youtu.be/e4dT8FJ2GE0
I follow all these wonderful Thames mudlark accounts on Instagram, who post old bits they find on the shore - Roman pottery sherds, Victorian pins and clay pipes, buttons and coins of all kinds. I wish there was a shore like that here in the Bay Area, but the closest I have is to look at the ground a lot, and yesterday I found somebody’s Stranger Things pin and turned it into a lost and found. (Image is a cartoon version of the demogorgon character.)
I like using Daily Tracker to help me be more consistent with each of a few things that I want to do, and also I feel a tiny sense of “yes this looks right” if I get any 3 of 4 in the same day, so it helps in both ways. Sharing since sometimes I find it helpful to learn about other people’s efforts at taking care of oneself, so here’s one of mine.
Government tech work, local history + queer history, feminist makerspace stuff, infrastructure/buildings, fanfic, playing harp just for fun. she/her.
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