ross' lifestream

Two drinks max or else

The bartender at Berreta is asking if I like bitterness and I answer yes. At this point I’m open to interpretation and open to interpretations. I get Cynar, a hefty portmanteau that smoothes out my technologies of resistance across the bar plane. An incubation space for monsters. To the right …

Sunday Prayer before heading to altitude

Saying no to Lucy Ives everywhere and hitchhiking Leather Blvd. sipping cool aid Kita anak-anak keren

Hangry

Can you eat here Can you get food here I can get food here I will get food here This place is too expensive for you I will eat at this place There is another food for you over there

Relationships in this economy

“I didn’t realize what we had.” He couldn’t see from the view within his stomach. Nerves are too high. Well, you work full-time, overtime frequently because it’s only a five-day work week. Your hands are full cutting a path through what the racists made today. Your …

Kelsey Blackwell's Race and the Body: Why Somatic Practices Are Essential for Racial Justice

“Racism is a visceral experience” - Coates && “Including the body…towards social justice…is the primary path forward” - Blackwell && “We focused our efforts in the wrong direction…white supremacy doesn’t live in our thinking …

Class warfare on Duolingo 🌹

My sparse margin note couplet from Jon Bentley's Programming Pearls, also bit of a book review, and a whole ass

In 2015 I bought this book. 7, or 8 years ago. Year one into my software career. This book is canon. I've had little use for its studies of algorithms. # thus far, see below I don't think Bentley would be offended. First sentence: "Computer programming has many faces." I’m sure …

Rutabagas Vol. 3: The Softest Ware: Is "human error" useful rhetoric, do I need to (re)watch Melrose Place?, jenniferplusplus on the hard things and AI, tobi on contempt culture in software

What are probably appropriate attacks on assigning calamity to the hand-wavy concept of “human error”. Lorin strengthens his theory that human error probably doesn’t exist by considering complex, fault-tolerant systems like Amazon S3 incapable of receiving “human error” …

Goings on about town: Iowa teen grew 7,000 pounds of veggies, then gave them all away

Over morning coffee, mixed with used iron goddess king tea leaves. Questions about things in paper. kopi pagi tambah daun teh raja dewi besi Why ya why ya why ya why ya why ya wanna why ya wanna Some people just have acres of arable land lying around to play with Why didn’t Lauren work with …

Modern cities are inhuman: Vol 1

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Le Guin on write what you know

I slept pretty well last night

Rutabagas: Vol. 2: Japan transform , museums saving the web, c apitalism makes software bad again, and more

Aaron Straup Cope’s talk notes for Wishful Thinking VIBES. I read this post a few days ago and have since wandered through the hyperlinks to his other stuff. It’s clear that for some time Cope has been baking thoughts about the cultural heritage sector and its responsibility - …

Rutabagas: Vol. 1: Careful with Octavia Butler, the Sex Forest Movement, Nat King Cole Sampler, and of course tech doomsayers

Originally posted as a micro website at https://ross-rutabagas.neocities.org/. Rutabagas are now sprouting here when the time is right. Volume 1 includes “found dates” – but later volumes will be less temporally registered (I think). (Why “Rutabagas”? This was …

But night software is not like that. It’s not written for the day job. It’s not written to see the light of day at all. It’s not written to be looked at and scrutinized by anybody. It’s intimate and personal, it’s messy and buggy. To take a look is to transgress. Boundary cross. Sex. From a small …

DEI Grieving and AI Skepticism

IYKYK DEI in tech is all but dead. If you’re an outsider, it’s important to understand that employee-led efforts to make workplaces less racist – which began in earnest at the onset of the Obama years – have been steadily blotted out since Trump. The Tech aristocracy has …

From the hunter to the tactical tornado. Man and his-story!

Book review: Event Factory

I’m not sure how far Gladman’s fantastic Ravickian worlding has spread betond smaller literary, artistic, critical conclaves. She reached me by way of Lucy Ives' article on the “weak novel” (after listening to Ives on a BISR’s podcast paneling the same topic). …

Book review: The Hospital Ship

Bax evades a typically satisfying narrative arc for recondite reprints of medical texts and war-time dispatches/memoir peppered among a minor smatter of pro forma obligations to a novel about people surviving large-scale tragedy. But readers should consider this as a book at play with the …

Collected turns of phrase

“wish embroidering” - Eugene Lim, Dear Cyborgs “the air quicken before rain” - Robert Glück, Margery Kempe “His ears and tongue felt carbonated” - Samuel Delaney, Troble on Triton

I watched Eastern Promises last night and this morning And Donnie Brasco And The Departed Before

Lament for Tafteria: sailing the Apollo's docs

Documentation, naming things. Hard. Let’s see this hardness compound at the intersection of these two phenomena in the real world. I’m casually scanning the Apollo docs, reading up on subscriptions because my wife is writing graphql client code at work. (I had vague memories of how we …

My soft animal body in the family of things

Passing along this Mary Oliver poem shared by Nate Mullen last week at the Metaspore Symposium in San Francisco. One his of white lady heroes. It’s the least my soft animal body in the family of things can do. You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred …

City Pop (Vibes) Immaculate Delusions

It’s a bizarre aesthetic (and rhetorical) leap from Richard Mayhew’s Delusions to the similar strong chromas, hues, and deep values of Japanese City Pop album art. But how many colors are there in the world. Every visit to SFMOMA I drift to Mayhew. Into his drives, spirals, through …

Things I like: Jazz Vol. 1