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The golden stool

Posted at age 28.

Everyone who spends a week in Black Rock City develops a relationship with the porta potties. Lack of standard toilets is not normally a highlight of outdoor festivals, and thus it is easy to react negatively to this plight. With experience you recognize there are other ways to think, and as with many relationships, truth manifests through highs and lows; moments of relief, disdain, and sometimes pain; feelings of prison, and other times of sanctuary. Smelling freedom requires first letting go – of yourself, everything you hold on to, everything inside you. Keeping it all bottled up only leads to pain. Your satisfaction is commensurate with your contribution.

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People love to express themselves in the toilets.

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Iron filings and a strong magnet

Posted at age 28.

Back in April, I ordered a large magnet to have some fun. I intended to make some sort of art project using pieces of metal suspended by thin strings, but before I got that far, the magnet ended up as a centerpiece on our dining table for most of the year.

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Iron filings on mirror on neodymium magnet

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Crowd funding frustrations

Posted at age 28.

This entry is simply documentation of a phenomenon that might be of interest to future or past historians.

You’d think after years of collective experience, companies relying on crowd funding would get better at their shipping claims. The KANOA earphones I ordered in May were promised around July, then pushed to August, then September, and now October or November. I hoped to have them before the San Francisco Marathon and then before the Burning Man 50K. Now Apple’s launching the AirPods and will probably ship them before I get the KANOA set. Also I ordered a laser projector on Indiegogo, but it was canceled altogether apparently due to issues shipping to the United States. At least I supposedly got a refund on that!

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Better conversation

Posted at age 28.

While eating my tostada salad from The Little Chihuahua, I watched Celeste Headlee’s TED talk “10 ways to have a better conversation”. Following are the ten points and some notes and thoughts.

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Sound reactive fur coat

Posted at age 28.

Two winters ago I bought a faux fur coat at a secondhand store in Milwaukee. I intended to take it to Burning Man in case it got cold. And it did, but I forgot the coat. This year I intend to not forget it, and I also managed to spend some time putting lights into it today. I hope to improve it, but I am documenting it now lest I never get back to this.

Sound reactive fur coat hanging up

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What do you try to do every day?

Posted at age 28.

I haven’t been very social this year, spending most of my time at home. While spending some time with a friend, I pondered posting a question to Facebook and seeing if anyone would respond. I wrote:

For those who want to get to know each other and have the time, please answer:
What do you try to do every day?

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Disabling Facebook, other notifications in Android 6

Posted at age 28.

Facebook app notifications in Android 6.0 are controlled in either of two places, at the system level or from within the app. Totally disabling the notifications can be done in either place, while disabling only some types of notifications must be done within the app.

I created this entry since I was sending my dad instructions anyway.

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