I'm a scientist and really like what I'm learning about the foss/anticapitalist communities here on mastodon. It's great people are taking tech into their own hands to help free up people from surveillance. In the back of my mind, I am always thinking of ways to do something similar in molecular biology, but the cost for R&D is astronomical, the applications for everyday consumers, not quite as straightforward.

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In my spare time I usually am doing some hobby; I like painting, graffiti, and writing sci fi things (glowing.surf, I'll send over a copy of my book, too if you like!) I also started a fediverse group to pool computing power for alien signal analysis (setiathome.berkeley.edu/team_d)
Toots largely center on US politics, science fiction and type stuff.
I'm also trying to save enough money and learn enough to get mostly off grid but this will take many years!

to expand on the first point, foss can clearly empower people; how can we do similar with biotechnology? Low-hanging fruit is providing cheap diy medicines. But what else is there? Biological energy? Biological replacements of household appliances/items? How many of these are practical, or soon to be practical with more technological advancement?

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@data i found your book recently! <_<

I read a fair bit of it one evening but then misplaced it until yesterday!

it's so good.

@data (also: deconstruct the grid in your heart <3 and you will find yourself off the grid even if it is all around you)

@emsenn rad, I'm trying to get back into the swing of creating things but I'm coming off a long period of life chaos. maybe soon

@data give me a fungus i can feed food waste to that'll keep itself at a solid temperature so i can use it as a lining in a contianer to inoculate yogurt; that's my first notion, but again I don't know anything!

@data also waterless toilets or faster processing of that waste

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ELECTRIC GLOWING SURF: a neon, buzzing phenomenon that can occur when many electronic, memory-filled devices come into close contact, especially in heavily polluted waters. See also Tamagotchi, CD-RW, VHS, VirtualBoy, Keytar