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@Downes Agreed! I’ve heard of Feed2toot, which is a Python script that does this, but haven’t tried it mainly since I don’t have an always-on computer (though, I guess if it’s good with caching, it should be able to run on an intermittently-on laptop huh?): gitlab.com/chaica/feed2toot

If you SSH in with X forwarding and run your Python or Julia or whatever inside tmux, and then log in physically into the server, reattach the tmux, and want new windows to show up on the local display instead of the forwarded one, just overwrite the DISPLAY environmental variable to `:0` inside your application! (In Julia, `ENV["DISPLAY"] = ":0"`.)

The fruits of my youth misspent learning what Philip Guo accurately calls “command-line bullshittery”.

I want to find more people who see, e.g., the American politicians working to repeal universal healthcare, as beings who are seeking Buddhahood, just like you and me.

Like. Can you imagine what our society would look like if just 1% of our population responded to political “enemies” by focusing on our interrelatedness, seeing each person as empty of any intrinsic quality like “enemy-ness”, and neutralizing their emotions? That would be… so insane, so amazing.

The point is. I need to re-evaluate the people I follow and give my time to, and find new people who are more compassionate to all—“even the hell-beings are my mother” types.

Also, sorry, I very poorly depicted this meditation on emptiness to cultivate compassion—I was aware of it’s basic outline before but Thurman’s guided meditation was surprisingly rich, detailed, and meticulous. I should transcribe it.

For me it is a really powerful/scary thought experiment—I experienced very ugly emotions in trying to neutralize my feelings towards my spouse and to racists who want me out of “their” country.

I see how a society that practiced this regularly (Tibet) would be a special place.

But also, our society sees this as so UNCOOL. The cool people I follow, Ethan Zuckerman, Ed Yong, make it seem so cool to be snarky–incredulous–angry with the stupid people in the world, so distant from this meditation.

Been working through Thurman’s “Compassion and the Power of Goodness”, on Buddhist psychology hoopladigital.com/title/115832

There’s this one really cool meditation on emptiness (among several): imagine a person you’re neutral towards, then a person whom you love, and then a person whom you hate—it’s a big meditation but you imagine how each of those appear to people who love/hate/neutral them, how your feelings are arbitrary, and neutralizing your emotions about all.

This is the best seventeen minute explanation of the very real societal and psychological problems caused by ad-selling automated news feeds, what I call the Facebook slot machines (addiction precipitated by precisely-timed hits of serotonin to keep you scrolling/gambling), and why you should quit them:

“This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit”


TIL: if you generate random bytes, don’t treat it as a UTF8 string. Just, leave it as a Buffer (binary) and learn the Buffer API.

(Working on writing a client in TypeScript: standardfile.org/)

@marcjones I have often debated the merits of learning Esperanto just so I could stay with Esperantists when I traveled to Japan :)! We’d have to negotiate a practice rate: 33% Esperanto, 33% English, 33% Japanese seems most equitable but is it the most fun??!! 😂

‘Chinese and Japanese are the most prolific publishers of books in Esperanto.’

—“Esperanto as an Asian language - European studies blog” blogs.bl.uk/european/2017/07/e

I dug out this memorable article recommending learning as a “first second language”, to overcome one’s fear of second languages, and to ease the acquisition of a “real” second language:


@DayGloChainsaw Just post whatever you want to say :) reply to whomever you want :) be nice and best of luck.

@DayGloChainsaw Different people call different instances home, and each has its own rules, so different instances’ local timelines have different flavors. See unmung.com/mastoview?random=1

Some people have accounts on >1 instance because they like the local communities and don’t want to follow everyone from those interesting instances (remember you can follow someone from any instance). Octodon federates with 1,826 other instances, so our federated timeline is crazy rich.

Ah, I wasn’t too far from the truth.

‘The result is that even Japan’s “good” jobs can be brutal. People who hold them may earn enough money to support families, but they often don’t have much time to date, or to do anything but work, sleep, and eat. Many are so stressed they can barely function.’

‘Konno published a book in 2012, Evil Corporations: The Monsters Eating Up Japan, that used the phrase “Burakku Kigyo”—which loosely translates to “dark companies” or “evil corporations”—to describe firms that take advantage of workers in this way. That phrase has since become a buzzword in Japan.’


“Burakku kigyou”, i.e., “Black 企業”, “black corporation”!

I have never worked for one (unless university counts) and I’m so grateful. I hope instead to make better jobs.

💀 ‘The surge in irregular jobs doesn’t just create problems for the people working those jobs. It’s also led companies to feel that they can treat their regular workers poorly, because those workers feel so lucky to have a job, Konno told me. Knowing that people in their 20s and 30s are desperate to get regular jobs, companies hire lots of young people and force them to work long hours for little to no overtime pay, assuming that most won’t be able to survive the harsh conditions‘ 😱

‘About a quarter of Japan’s college graduates—a proportion that roughly corresponds with the share of students who go to big-name universities—are set for life in good jobs, he told me. Everyone else, he said, is struggling.’

And that’s the scary statistic I was looking for—how many kids who do the right thing, get into university and graduate, find themselves in the outskirts of life. Maybe not 75%, but that’s a lot.

Friends. Don’t rely on others to teach you valuable skills. Take charge.

‘around 40 percent of the Japanese workforce is “irregular,” meaning they don’t work for companies where they have stable jobs for their whole careers, and instead piece together temporary and part-time jobs with low salaries and no benefits’—The writer fears that this is America in a few years.

‘globalization put more pressure on companies to cut costs, they increasingly relied on a temporary workforce, a trend that intensified during the Great Recession’—trust bosses to make the wrong choice.

The prolific Patrick McKenzie (former salaryman) wrote, “HR department at my former employer still wondering how I could turn down $45k salary and 80+ hour weeks as engineer” (twitter.com/patio11/status/889)!


A Japanese person shared this, explaining ‘finally a decent analysis. Not because we're going herbivore or marry sex dolls. It's economic.’ (twitter.com/tomoakiyama/status)

I thought maybe part of it was that, it took people a couple of generations to wise up to a toxic, lethal business culture, but apparently that business culture is imploding all on its own.