Counting Myself In

Now that I am feeling better, I have taken steps to ‘count myself in’ at the Midland Public Library MakerPlace rather than being stuck on the idea that I have included myself out . I have volunteered to do a couple of (short) presentations in August on topics that are more ‘techie’ (including one that will make use of an A.I. project I did many years ago, while in university , along with other notes I am digging out from various A....

Mon Jul 19, 2021 · 2 min · Daniel F. Dickinson

No, I Have Not Sold My Soul

This is true despite the fact that I am moving my websites (including this one) away from OVHcloud and/or self-hosting, including a shift to using Microsoft 365. Some of you will never believe that and not accept what I have to say about it, but for me it’s the right decision. Some think of proprietary companies as akin to ‘the devil’ or some global conspiracy, but the reality is that the reason open source and non-profit companies are not what provide most services for most people is that people don’t put their money where their mouth is....

Thu Jul 1, 2021 · 3 min · Daniel F. Dickinson

Including Yourself Out

[AUTHOR’S NOTE]: I have now Counted myself in the MakerPlace, now that I’m feeling better ‘They’ keep saying in mental health that you’ve got to remember to take care of yourself rather than focussing only on other’s needs. That sounds selfish, but I realized the frustration I expressed in the post Wear Your Name With Pride on my politics blog is an example of this. When participating as part of the Makerspace Advisory Group for the Midland Public Library I wanted to be inclusive and ‘big tent’, so I suggested and promoted the idea of including STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering ,Arts and Math) instead of just Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as including crossovers between traditional ‘making’ and technology making....

Fri May 14, 2021 · 2 min · Daniel F. Dickinson

Person Imperfect

I'm not perfect, neither are you: "Suck it up buttercup!" Okay, I have hard time saying things like that, even though there are times I am a bit of an ass. As the little quote says, “I’m not perfect”. The thing of which I have to remind myself is that neither is anyone else. We therefore need to learn how to forgive each other the little, or at least not major, stupid mistakes we make socially....

Sun Feb 21, 2021 · 2 min · Daniel F. Dickinson

Not So Indefatigable

I may sometimes seem like I “keep on ticking” no matter what happens, or am constantly ‘making noise’ about things. In truth though this is as much acting that way in order to try to make it reality as it a reflection of myself. Unfortunately I am not really so indefatigable, and in fact lately I’m been feeling a bit of discouragement and in a slump. [AUTHOR’S NOTE: Apparently I’m still in a proofreading slump too…]...

Thu Feb 18, 2021 · 2 min · Daniel F. Dickinson