web surfing has become all but impossible. nothing links anymore, it's all narcissistic inside linking if anything. i used to surf links across the network, stumbling from one thing to the next, surprises and missteps. now it's all search hubs and feeds rather than networks.

what we use now via the http protocol isn't really the web anymore. there's no web here. it's all silos, standing alone and trying desperately to keep me from leaving. no longer a digital ocean, now small tide pools with no path between, left in the receding wake of the surf.

remember that time a north african merchant(?) named constantine was in italy and a guy in the hostel was sick and they called a doctor and constantine was like "uhh aren't you gonna take a urine sample" and the doctor was like "a what" and constantine was like "…" and the doctor was like "…" and then constantine africanus moved to the monastery of monte cassino and spent the rest of his life translating arabic medical texts into latin,

because i think about this probably every single week

more: constantinusafricanus.com/2017 🐘

What does anti-bias training have to do with audio engineering? 

What does anti-bias training have to do with audio engineering?

One time, a film maker called me up because she wanted to use a hubub of voices as a music statement but it wasn't coming off. I listened to the audio and knew just the thing! A resonant 70s style low pass filter would keep the timbres but jettison the words. I ran her vocal recording through my synthesiser and proudly returned with the improved audio.

She listened. "This does sound a lot better," she said, "but you've completely prioritised the men's voices and removed the women."

Cis normativity aside, she was right. My process had made altos much softer and pretty much nuked sopranos. I had to go back and organise each audio sample by vocal range and run the filter multiple times. It was time consuming, but the result was much nicer.

She noticed this because she knew what it was to be silenced according to vocal range - something that has gradually faded from my mind as its no longer a regular occurrence for me. If I'd been working with a fellow tenor or a bass, we might never have noticed. The audio would have been worse and the while project subtly effected by unconscious bias.

Instead, when the film was released, a reviewer praised the sound in that section.

Unconscious bias isn't just unfair, it makes *your* work worse.

Just finished my class at kingdom university on Deep Diving into sources - in this case the Register of Freemen of York. It went pretty well.

Things I figured out how to do yesterday which may have ... repercussions:

run Steam via x2go on my Ubuntu server.

I wouldn't want to try to do anything other than turn based on it, though, and nothing graphics intensive. That leaves a lot of options, though.

The schedule for kingdom university is up. ku.drachenwald.sca.org/ It's , online and free to attend, and has an / re-enactor focus.

Tuesday, mushroom and onion pizza. For those playing at home, that means we've still got the courgettes. There would be no box this week since we would be away, and a plan was in place for the courgettes.

Courgette parmigiana!

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Sunday, BLT sandwiches! Toms from the garden, bacon from the shops, lettuce from the box.

Monday, I made black pudding with buckwheat rather than barley, and stuffed the red pepper with it. I also stuffed some of the onion tubes from that giant from the garden.

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Look at this magnificent fellow from our garden! That's an onion not a leek, and those greens at the top are hollow. That's peak performance, that is, and the inspiration for a meal to come.We also had tomatoes from our garden, which were in the sandwiches we had Thursday

Saturday, if I remember rightly, I decided to take some of the young sauerkraut and make frittery things. My notes suggest leftover pork to go with.

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As we often do, we had pasta on the Wednesday, with a side salad using some of the lettuce, and tomatoes from our garden. For Thursday we decided on toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches. Some cabbage and carrots would go to coleslaw and the rest to sauerkraut for later.

Friday we opted for a gratin with sweet potato, cod, and onions. And speaking of onions ...

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I'm behind on my menu planning/food toots since we were away a week or so ago at a event. (For those in the , it was crown tourney. I came fourth;-)

Each week we get a veg box from Riverford Organic Farms - highly recommended if you are in the UK and in their service catchment. Then we sit down and plan our meals around what was in the box. A few weeks ago it was:
carrots, sweet potato, savoy cabbage, lettuce, red pepper, courgettes, and mushrooms.

Based on a post by @ljwrites it seems that the easiest way we can try to confuse the recent brigading by anti-trans bots is to put "trans-" words somewhere in your bio.

If everyone says "TRANS RIGHTS" in their profile they'll oddly materially be helping trans people on here (100% more effective than thoughts and prayers!)

If you can't handle the bots, though, don't worry and just boost this please! :heart_trans: :heart_trans_black: :boost_requested:

#fediblock #transrights

clocks roll back in the US this weekend, so it's time (as always) for Cousin Oskaar youtube.com/watch?v=q5q77MQzU2

There is an online event coming up in a few weeks - ku.drachenwald.sca.org/ - with classes on a variety of subjects. Although the schedule hasn't been posted yet, this is a repeat of last year's event which had a great selection.

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