Does anyone know Sascha from

I've been running his quizbot on for years.

Listening to Robert Sapolsky teach a behavioral biology course. A class act.

Complexity seems to be the only way to reliability in the messy reality we inhabit. Also, "there is no room for free will in behaviour".

The podcast app I use:

> Since its launch nine years ago, Pocket Casts had been available as a paid app but the company thinks that approach behind the one-time download fee is “antiquated” and this is why they are removing the price from the one-time download.

Yes, its subscription now. I've been riding the free train for nine years. I think I've got my money's worth.

Bought a UHK. The good: its amazing. The bad: I can't type.

I was today years old when I learnt that the size of cells is determined by Navier-Stokes.

I just dropped $500 on the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard with all the fixings. The desi in me is ashamed but I don't care.

@cwebber Too bad the screen is cut off in the YouTube version.

@cwebber Hugely enjoyed "The Lisp machine and GNU". GNU has been such an enormous influence in our industry with so little power.

Ever wondered what it would be like if Quentin Tarantino directed an episode of Cold Case Files? Well, now you know.

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.

The German post-war communists had a very clear idea of the natural consequences of nationalism. History doesn't repeat itself but it certainly rhymes.

In the Mahabharata, the conflict between the nagas and everyone else is much longer than any petty squabble between cousins.
It is easy to read it as a "civilizational" conflict (esp. Khandava burning) but I'm not sure what to make of it.

D. Shyam Babu brings up the point that the story of Kashmir is parallel to that of Hyderabad. The most telling evidence is the fact that the Naxal movement is led by Telugus. The foot soldiers are entirely tribal.

The tribals of India have been fighting a guerrilla war against the state for at least two millennia. I can't help but think that if you've been enemies for this long, you're almost good friends. But no, there are enough willing to kill and be killed.

I shall imagine all of you with tooters henceforth.

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I turned 40 yesterday. It was not bad. I did blaze the joint of the decade though.

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Regarding "open source" versus "free software"... I understand the distinction deeply, but I think being strict on the terminology weakens the free software argument. Pendantry turns people off. On the other hand, using the terms interchangably while pushing a free software philosophy does a much better job at weakening "open source". It puts the principles first and the terminology last. Principles are compelling, pendantry is not.

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