Noah writes, "Fabienne Serriere, a hacker and machine knitting enthusiast, is running a Kickstarter currently for provably unique mathematical scarves modeled off of cellular automaton and made of Merino wool.
$150 gets you a custom scarf. As with all Kickstarters, you could pay and get nothing, but FBZ has a history of shipping the stuff she makes, making this a pretty good bet in my view. Caveat emptor, though, as always.
Fabienne has been instrumental in the knitting machine hacking community for as long as I can remember, and supported the hacking of Brother KH-series knitting machines. Now she's hoping to get enough money to scale up her operation from a hand cranked hacked machine from the 80s to a modern day industrial machine allowing her to make enough unique scarves for all of her backers.
The Kickstarter page is full of beautiful images of cellular automaton scarves and wraps, as well as the code that generates them (written by fabienne). I've seen some of Fabienne's works in person and they are stunning, now's your chance to have one of your very own.
KnitYak: Custom mathematical knit scarves [FBZ/Kickstarter]
I'm in the midst of couple of weeks' worth of lectures, public events and teaching, and you can catch me in Toronto (for Word on the Street, Seeding Utopias and Resisting Dystopias and 6 Degrees); Newry, ME (Maine Library Association) and Portland, ME (in conversation with James Patrick Kelly).
Octavia Butler (previously), the brilliant Afrofuturist, McArthur Genius Grant-winning science fiction writer, died far, far too soon, leaving behind a corpus of incredible, voraciously readable novels, and a community of writers who were inspired by her example.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
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