It's easy for me to *not* talk about life-quality improvers like clang-format, since (1) your mileage may vary, and (2) there are SO MANY ways to improve life that you've probably just improved your life and want to tell ME about yours.
That said, clang-format gives a very nice quality-of-life improvement.
Also, Japanese-style #bidet. My whole family agrees: bidets are huge quality-of-life improvement. Typesetting your code by hand is only slightly more barbaric than manually wiping your butt.
Typesetting my TypeScript code and—euphoria💞
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2018-01-17/the-producer-and-director-of-mary-and-the-witch-flower/.126544 interviews Studio #Ponoc ringleaders:
‘if this film ends up being more commercial – more welcomed by a broader audience, I must thank a certain girl, my daughter. After I had left Studio #Ghibli she told me, she said “Papa, I love The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and I loved Marnie, but why do you only make sad films? Why don't you make something more fun?” That made me realize that as her father, I wanted to make films that she would enjoy seeing.’ —Producer Nishimura
🤣 "WHAT THE EVER-LOVING *FUCK* ARE YOU PEOPLE SMOKING? HUH? HAVE YOU EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT THIS PROJECT FOR MORE THAN A MILLISECOND? THE SPEC FOR THIS PROJECT WILL BE 5,000 PAGES! IT WILL TAKE THOUSANDS OF MAN-YEARS TO IMPLEMENT, AND *NOBODY* WILL UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS OR HOW TO USE IT…!" 😂
But I hasten to add: just because the exact mechanics of this system will be extraordinarily byzantine does not mean it won't get built, nor that it won't wildly succeed. We've seen crazier things.
https://venturebeat.com/2018/01/14/facebook-punks-partners-again-how-publishers-can-fight-back/ talks about Europe's royalty model for publishing, wherein writers/journalists get paid when their material is posted on social media (i.e., when a social network makes ad money by linking to the content), the same way musicians/labels get paid every time their pieces are played on the radio.
It sounds great.
Then I remembered Steve Yegge's epic post deconstructing how devilishly complicated the details of complex things like this can get: https://steve-yegge.blogspot.com/2009/04/have-you-ever-legalized-marijuana.html
One of these is not like the rest…
This is the list of top-15 viewed English Wikipedia articles in December 2017:https://tools.wmflabs.org/topviews/?project=en.wikipedia.org&platform=all-access&date=last-month&excludes=
Number 6 has me completely befuddled.
(Looking into this because I want to try my hand at establishing VaR (value-at-risk) measures with Wikipedia, e.g., number of daily edits, views, for different languages, etc., a la Aaron Brown.)
Reconstructions of national treasures (at #平等院, #ByodoIn, in #Uji, outside #Kyoto) are so important in conveying the brilliance of the art, and the effect they must have had on visitors a thousand years ago. These pieces are in the famous Phoenix Hall, #鳳凰堂, a thousand year old wood temple.
` * 3`, that is, an array containing a number, multiplied by a number, returns… 12, another number.
Lynn White is dropping righteous acid:
“Since, until recent centuries, technology was chiefly the concern of groups which wrote little, the role which technological development plays in human affairs has been neglected.”
*This* is why people can go around thinking the future was static until three hundred years ago. They were taught this by historians who esteemed books, which became common only three hundred years ago, books in which miners and builders and makers and gunners could speak.
“… Nor was this condition characteristic simply of the lower strata of society. In medieval Europe until the end of the eleventh century we learn of the feudal aristocracy largely from clerical sources which naturally reflect ecclesiastical attitudes: the nights do not speak for themselves. Only later do merchants, manufacturers, and technicians begin to share their thoughts with us. The peasant was the last to find his voice.” —ibid.
“#history is a bag of tricks which the dead have played upon historians. The most remarkable of these illusions is the belief that the surviving written records provide us with a reasonably accurate facsimile of past human activity. ‘Prehistory’ is defined as the period for which such records are not available. But until very recently the vast majority of mankind was living in a subhistory which was a continuation of prehistory.” — Lynn White, Jr., *Medieval technology and social change*
I wrote a bit of longform outlining a better way to look at history and technology and past futures:
Sometimes it strikes me just how *long* we've had rapid communication with people from all over the world, and how transformative that has been.
I do remember a time before there was a modem in my home, but I could still call family thousands of miles away. I had pen-pals in Australia and Ukraine. It felt like a small, warm planet, even then.
“for 99.9% of human existence, the future was static. Then something happened, and the future began to change.”
Charlie Stross's misunderstanding here is as big as the geocentric or creationist one… which is fine, since everyone shares this today-chauvinism, and it probably doesn't cause too much harm, but if you want a better understanding of past & future, try:
- Eric Cline, *1177 BC*
- At least the first chapters of James C Scott's *Against the Grain* & *Art of not Being Governed*