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Hi, I am Zen. A bisexual polyamorous Jedi Knight.

I like to write, code, and build electronic gadgets. Avid roleplayer either tabletop or in the virtual world of Second Life.

Both mentally ill (Bipolar I) and chronically ill (Dermatomyositis with Interstitial Lung Disease) and while people may think I should not let my illnesses define me, they impact every moment of my life and are not easily dismissed. This is my lived reality.

Constantly evolving.

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I am a very tired non-binary bisexual.

So how did you spend bisexual visibility day. I did it by educating people who have the misconception that bi attraction doesn't include non-binary, agender, or trans people. One friend decided to start identifying as bisexual instead of pan and the other tried to tone police me. So mixed results.

I hate that the YouTube ad algorithm thinks I am a man. The ads aimed at men on YouTube are just awful. How do I teach the algorithm that I am a non-binary person?

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A fun way to spend an hour if you like coding, art, or music.

I just got the email that my submission to 2600 the Hacker Quarterly has been selected for publication in an upcoming issue! This will be my second article in the magazine as I had one appear 10 years ago in the Autumn 2011 issue.

So I coded a script today to grab a list of files in a @GitHub repo and make hyperlinks for each file for my archive for Virtual Worlds.

Here is video from my Adafruit Conway's Game of Life kit.

So I built this Conway's Game of Life kit from Adafruit. A few hours of soldering and it worked first try!

I made with a for Pocket I-Ching today. They are a little sloppy but I did the best I could with what I had on hand.

I have been experimenting with a VR app called Liminal that feels like something I could have read about in Mondo 2000 back in the day. It presents experiences designed to alter one's state of mind. Very cyberpsychedelic. Available in Occulus app lab.

Ugh I just saw an email from LinkedIn asking to connect to the person who stole IP from me because we have one connection in common. Gross.

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Ever felt deceived by UX design? For example: sites that make the email opt-out checkbox on a checkout page harder to see? Introducing the Dark Patterns Tip Line! Share dark patterns you spot to fight back against designs that harm: #DumpDarkPatterns

I am giving my new credit card a workout. I bought some prescription lenses that can snap onto my VR rig so I don't have to deal with glasses while playing.

Listening to the Oral Arguments before the SCOTUS in the Google v. Oracle case on what was ruled for recently for Google, which in my opinion (and that of the @EFF ) was the right call. Law fascinates me and Law AND Tech? yes, please.

Medical (+/-) 

This gives me time to address some things which will make me a better candidate for transplant. Losing weight, weaning of Opiods for my chronic pain, and addressing the possible bladder cancer that was found this week.

I now realize that time is the most precious thing I have, and I have a bit more of it now to finish my work.

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