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Hello!

I'm CJ, a classical guitarist who dropped out of a music doctoral program and became a cloud engineer with _a lot_ of steps in between ( barista to IT help desk to community manager for @write_as )

I'm interested in the spectrum between analog and digital, from playing guitar & reading to tinkering with raspberry pi's & contributing to small web stuff.

Mostly write on my blog (blog.cjeller.site).

Excited to contribute and learn from y'all!

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This new publication is looking for articles about computer history! I think there may be some folks here with some stuff to say about such thing -- https://history.computer

Fascinating web app from @mistertim :

>I did a little experiment to see if I could surface and ‘ritually eulogise’ deleted wikipedia articles at the point at which they’re deleted, using the MediaWiki Recent Changes API. Here’s the result: a tiny web app which listens to the feed and produces a eulogy (the name of the article, it’s life dates, and its reason for deletion, if given), and rings a bell for each one.

requiem.vercel.app/

This post is worth a read also: timcowlishaw.co.uk/a-note-on-g

I've been keeping up with guitar and I'd like a place to share the music I've been learning/making that isn't a space to promote myself as an artist a la Bandcamp but rather an amateur music corner of sorts.

@m15o 's ichi seems like it'll be the perfect spot to share music in a delightfully idiosyncratic way.

ceej.ichi.city/sounds.html

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here's more than anyone should want to read about text editors.
akstuhl.net/blog/2022-07-16-te
TLDR I think gedit is great.

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The "paper internet" link on the collapseOS mailing list got my hopes up that it would be a paper based sneakernet, and then I realized that that already exists and is called a postal service. 🤦‍♂️

Buuut... maybe it's worth asking what a post-collapse postal service would look like? 🤔
Maybe with some low-power computer aid...

A response to @steinea 's lovely collection of quotations on Compost Epistemology: blog.cjeller.site/communities-

(ps: it's great to be part a community that helps me change my mind for the better.)

Half way through reading Gal Beckerman's _The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas_ and highly recommend it (especially to those on the instance) — it's been an eye opening look at the history of media & its relationship to social/political change.

bookshop.org/books/the-quiet-b

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"Compost Epistemology"—a new piece of writing, or rather, a bundle of clippings, put together in the time since reading "Garbage Heap" by @cj steinea.github.io/notes/2022/0

A curious anecdote of current technology coloring the thinking & approaches of newer technology (from Marshall McLuhan's _Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man_):

>Edison was delayed in his approach to the solution of [the phonograph's] problems by considering it at first as a "telephone repeater"; that is, a storehouse of data from the telephone, enabling the telephone to provide "invaluable records, instead of being the recipient of fleeting and momentary communication.

A blog post that attempts to connect my experience with classical guitar to lately learning Vim: blog.cjeller.site/digits-in-th

@balslev 's sharing of John Cage's computer based music made me dig up a curious quote from Cage that's worth pondering over (can't pinpoint the exact source):

>What we need is a computer that isn't labor-saving but which increases the work for us to do.

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since a couple people asked this arvo, i did a lil writeup abt my "now playing" script - full instructions & tips for if you'd like to do the same thing <33

ajbooker.co/lastbio

>All means of interchange and of human interassociation tend to improve by acceleration. Speed, in turn, accentuates problems of form and structure. The older arrangements had not been made with a view to such speeds, and people begin to sense a draining-away of life values as they try to make the old physical forms adjust to the new and speedier movement.

~ Marshall McLuhan, _Understanding Media_

Makes me think of where this sense of "draining-away of life values" occurs in modern media...

@akstuhl 's thesis on analog fetishism in sound recording cultures is a great read: akstuhl.net/assets/AndyStuhlTh

I've only finished the introduction but it's already making me rethink things, especially how analog fetishism imbues analog tools with a magic similarly attributed to digital tools. How? Why?

Love this quote from William Leiss:

>Commodities are not straight-forward ‘objects’ but are rather
progressively more unstable, temporary collections of objective and imputed characteristics.

@balslev 's thoughts on the digital / analogue reminds me of Special Projects, an agency which focuses on the blend of digital & analogue in their projects/designs.

Their paper phone comes to mind as an example: specialprojects.studio/project

Latest blog post exploring Borges & the detritus of personal knowledge management: blog.cjeller.site/garbage-heap

>Deprogramming, we decided, can mean many things: disrupting routines, inverting diagrams, restoring relations to space, rupturing the ordinary, transporting while disorienting, flipping what’s public and what’s private in listening, offering footholds in the unscalable walls of communication systems, or perhaps dismantling the very medium-ness of a medium.

Love this idea of deprogramming from @akstuhl 's workshop. Some great prompts here: deprogramming.radio/deprogramm

Hello!

I'm CJ, a classical guitarist who dropped out of a music doctoral program and became a cloud engineer with _a lot_ of steps in between ( barista to IT help desk to community manager for @write_as )

I'm interested in the spectrum between analog and digital, from playing guitar & reading to tinkering with raspberry pi's & contributing to small web stuff.

Mostly write on my blog (blog.cjeller.site).

Excited to contribute and learn from y'all!

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