But the alternative is to approach it from the other angle and open The Art of Electronics tome thats been sitting on my shelf for years and honestly, I could cope with reading Kolmogorov explain set theory but that book makes my brain literally fry from the inside out

Show thread

the most use i ever got out of my raspberry pi was using it as a server to run IRC on permanently, and using it to flash libreboot onto my X200. And the latter project was just hooking up some wires, running a script, and praying

Show thread

But I'll be honest a lot of the projects seem like excuses to buy things like the arduino uno and make a thing that's never used and just bitrots in storage over the next 2 or 3 decades

Show thread

idk maybe the way to get into it is to go into the acoustics side because at least you get some kind of feedback - "sounds good" / "sounds bad" / "blew up my piezoelectric speaker"

Show thread

I can throw someone autohotkey or xdotool and they can hack something together to consistently make their life easier in like a day but I have yet to see an example of how electronics can do that and it's been a major blocker.

Like I want to learn electronics but the beginner projects range from "make a light flash" to "an electric garage opener" and its like. ok, first, I do not have a garage,,,

Show thread

I have to say after seeing a *lot* of "Cool projects to build with X electronics!!!" videos in my lifetime, the one universal theme is that in a list of ten projects only one is actually useful

@twisterghost oh, it might falled under "social semiotics" maybe and has ended up classified differently 🤔

@twisterghost not saying that the papers are Woo, just that I'd expect a field like this to be exciting to at least one linguist outside of eastern europe / russia, so there's a reason why it *isn't* exciting and that's causing it to smell a bit funky

@twisterghost Hmm maybe. It feels off because there are only 3 citations in the last 6 years and they are all from a handful of regions and about a "new field" called "informational linguistics", so it gives me warning vibes that this "new field of informational linguistics" doesn't seem to have been picked up in the broader linguistics community,,

Lisp Witch relayed

There's also another one who is too shy for pictures, and a fourth one living under the shed still. Those ones are also up for adoption.

The calico in this picture is mine. It was too weak to run away from me and bonded with my fiancee almost immediately. Only kitten that didn't use claws when I picked it up.

Show thread
Lisp Witch relayed

I can't find any no-kill shelters for these kittens so someone please adopt them

and relationship dynamics??? there are like 5 or 6 states at most when dealing with neurotypicals but neurodivergents have a FAR more complex, almost combinatorial, decision tree when figuring out their actions. it fries my brain

Show thread

in neurotypicals, if someone doesn't talk to you they are either busy or they don't like you. and the display of "I like this person" is reasonably well mapped out even if some of the more complex situations are difficult to parse or predict

in neurodivergents, if someone doesn't talk to you their brain could have gone blank, or they could have something difficult to say and not be able to say it, or they could be busy, or they could be avoidant or depressed or half a dozen other things. they could be pissed off with you but have anxiety. they could be hyperfixating on something. and then none of this goes into possible broad friendship intents which you see much much more complex variation with in neurodivergents because of autism and adhd and on top of that, masking, anxiety, bpd, bipolar, plurality, disability, social dynamics, in-group/out-group dynamics, etc etc etc

it is a fucking NIGHTMARE to untangle

Show thread

whereas there are many many many kinds of different forms of interaction that come into play with ND folks that i am still figuring out and its exhausting, because even ND folks will do the "im not going to say what i mean" thing but theres many many more reasons why they do that, so creating causal links between interaction and behaviour and response is fraught by an excess of hidden and unknowable variables

as far as i can tell literally nobody talks about this and the tagline is "autistic folk just say what they mean". uh no they dont. we have anxiety and stress and masking and half a dozen other things going on.

even worse is a lot of ND folks have been trained to pre-empt responses (myself included) and will hedge bets and guard against certain outcomes that NT folks wouldn't bother with predicting in the first place

Show thread

the reason why fellow neurodivergent folks are more difficult to navigate is because i spent like 90% of my childhood being a little anthropologist (like most autistic kids) and figuring out the social protocols and shit, I have it mapped out reasonably well.

like i dont know them as well as neurotypicals seem to but they all seem to follow kinda the same plan and it's reasonably easy these days to at least categorize the baseline of "yes this interaction is fine" versus "haha fuck no my little fool"

Show thread

like social interactions, and especially queer social interactions, with the lack of any clear social-definition of acceptable and with much broader leeway for behaviour, make it difficult to reason about my own ways of interacting with others and make it difficult to form a baseline of "is this weird, is this tmi, or is this normal"

it gets doubly difficult in one on one interactions when im not sure how to read intent and my interpretations often turn out to be flawed. like you would think being among fellow neurodivergent folks makes it easier but it is actually, not easier to navigate, its *worse*

so it turns out like 12 years later im still wishing for this little impossible and technically infeasible box

Show thread

when i was a young autistic kid i used to wish for a little ai that could reason about the world, but only because humans are difficult to navigate.

Show older
Cybrespace

cybrespace: the social hub of the information superhighway jack in to the mastodon fediverse today and surf the dataflow through our cybrepunk, slightly glitchy web portal support us on patreon or liberapay!