here’s a time capsule.

The CC BY-NC-SA version of Cory Doctorow’s 2008 book Little Brother featured dedications to bookstores at the start of each chapter. The second chapter starts with a dedication to Amazon.com.

This chapter is dedicated to Amazon.com, the largest Internet bookseller in the world.

Amazon is amazing— a “store” where you can get practically any book ever published (along with practically everything else, from laptops to cheese-graters), where they’ve elevated recommendations to a high art, where they allow customers to directly communicate with each other, where they are constantly invented new and better ways of connecting books with readers.

Amazon has always treated me like gold — the founder, Jeff Bezos, even posted a reader-review for my first novel! — and I shop there like crazy (looking at my spreadsheets, it appears that I buy something from Amazon approximately every six days).

Amazon’s in the process of reinventing what it means to be a bookstore in the twenty-first century and I can’t think of a better group of people to be facing down that thorny set of problems.

Cory Doctorow

  • eating a beyond burger
    • do you think we ever would have figured out we could do this with vegetables if we’d never eaten meat?
      • probably not, right?
        • so, question: what else can we do with vegetables ??
    • it’s fucked up people invented bread though
    • sometimes if you talk to a vegan about beyond burgers they will stare at you with wide open eyes and a chilling smile and say “IT BLEEDS”
  • i’ve been sick most of the week. also my blood sugar has been really high and has been melting the roof of my mouth. starting to feel better today
LFO device
  • i’m making a little usb midi lfo device
    • currently implementing the bpm-synced sin function, which is much harder without a little math man about the house
  • i don’t know if i have anything else to report
  • ATB’s 9pm (til i come) was playing in Lewisham shopping center when i was leaving yesterday.
    • second single i ever bought
    • it came in a cardboard sleeve with a sticker saying “HMV Import”
    • i bought it in the upstairs of a mall in Northern Ireland that I have never been to again, and have no idea where it is
      • that was also the first time i saw the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind
    • the first single i bought was Flat Beat by Mr Oizo.
      • got that in woolies
  • ricky martin’s livin la vida loca was the first #1 single to be fully made in a DAW
  • when i was having absolutely lysergic sit on a bench in battersea park last week, i realized i’d been drunk since July so i took a break for a week
  • i have a spot on my right areola. it looks and feels like a third nipple
  • thanks

I woke up at 2:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep, so i put some work into my music nook

aforementioned nook
  • at the bottom there, in the snake pit, that orange light is a Zoom G1Xon effects pedal.
    • the output runs up onto the table
    • there is an input jack running up onto the table too
    • there’s another (fender tweed!) jack down there to swap in a guitar
  • up on the desk:
    • op-1
    • op-z
    • 3 pocket operators
    • a Novation Mininova (it’s up against the back because it will be driven with midi)
  • it’s all plugged into a passive mixer (for now), which is in turn plugged into a stereo Blackstar amp

  • my grandfather, he can’t read or write; but he can sing like nina simone
  • I went our for pixie’s birthday from Thursday until Saturday night
  • on Saturday morning I went for a long walk from Wandsworth to Camden
  • I saw ducky perform live on stage in a music hall in Windlesham
    • it was wonderful
  • I’ve not gone to the rave, so i could spend Sunday recovering

looking at the code for my old lisp implementation of chicken egg hole, vs the 32blit-sdk c++ version. the lisp version is so much nicer. maybe i can make them more similar by using structs and functions instead of classes in the c++ version.

I’ve just returned from my morning constitutional, and now it’s time to write a blog post.

  • pissed off this week
    • someone I’d made plans with cancelled at the last minute and then ignored me for three days, so that pissed me off
    • someone I invited to my house cast aspersions about the place and mocked my claim that i would be able to keep it tidy. it’s a home I’m very proud to have made, where everything has a place, and I work on keeping it clean every day. so that pissed me off
    • people keep attributing changes in my personality to “age” “maturity” and “getting older” that are the result of a lot of work getting over mental illness. i have to work at it every day, but it makes it seem like I could have instead just waited until I was 33. so that has pissed me off
    • someone made a joke about how the work I’ve spent months on has made their life slightly more inconvenient, so that pissed me off
  • i’ve spent my whole life letting myself be disrespected by people who were meant to be my friends because they didn’t understand me, or they thought i was insane. if you don’t respect me now, you can fuck off, im busy.
  • been listening to ELECTRIC SHOCK by FUFU on repeat all week
    • they are a trap artist from Costa Rica
    • they are non-binary
    • they are so cool
    • they switch between English and Spanish while they are rapping, sometimes in the middle of lines, and it sounds so good. it’s like they’re doing skateboarding tricks in my ears. they’re so cool
    • i found it in a playlist called TRAP DIVAS but then i read their twitter profile and one time they tweeted “i am a boy.. and i am a girl…. no es difícil de entender”
    • before that they tweeted “blue boy”
  • I had a delivery from mexgrocer.co.uk on Friday and have been living quite the life of tacos and chili con carne
    • this morning i started the day with a kind of improvised huevos divorciados; in this case two eggs (sunny side up, lightly steamed) separated by a river of refried beans. one egg with salsa verde and the other with pickled red onions, sour cream (both of which I made yesterday) and hot sauce. I had no red salsa.
  • my life is finally a good balance of work, cooking, art and raves.
  • i’m working on a game for the PicoSystem called CHICKEN EGG HOLE
  • in which the chicken puts the egg in the hole
animation of chicken egg hole being played. it shows that the chicken avoids colonel sanders to put the egg in the hole. if the chicken goes in the hole, the screen goes black and display "chicken hole :-("
CHICKEN EGG HOLE
  • chicken egg hole teaches you to load sprites, take user input, and have win and loss states
    • colonel sanders is only an obstacle. but maybe the obstacle should be piles of straw and maybe colonel sanders should eat the chicken and maybe colonel sanders should eat the egg.