Advertising; Social Media Show more
I suspect the reason that sites like FB and Twitter focus on the content they do goes beyond driving engagement with the platform. The type of content they push tends to bypass people's rational thinking and really hits at our emotional, tribalist, lizard brains. Once we're in that mode, I would guess that we're far more likely to be influenced by advertisements. I wonder if increased engagement is just a side-effect of content that makes people more susceptible to ads
Found on Facebook.
I think this is very apt. The whole point here is to try and change things going forward and for those who still want to learn.
Step 1: Create some awful blockchain/gig economy company
Step 2: Hire a 20something white cis man to be a fake co-founder so you can get VC money
Step 3: Instead of wasting tons of VC money on SF office space and free beer, run the company frugally and burn through the rest of the cash on social welfare projects
Step 4: Still don't make profit and fail, just like all of the other startups in the space, but fail with a legacy of turning VC money into actual social good
hate speech Show more
Let's start a repository of responses to pro-hate-speech trolling and alt-right comments so that we have a repository of anti-nazi talking points, because apparently we're at the point where we need that.
Here's one I put together to counter the "free speech!" arguments:
I was looking through some old photos tonight and found a mock-up I made for a friend. He described to me a basic ikea style sit/stand desk and I thought the concept was interesting (I’d never heard of them before), and this image was what I thought was an elegant solution. There are a lot of small details you can’t see- I’ve long since lost the model, but it’s such a great reminder of how hard simplicity can be- and how much effort it really takes to distill a need into a usable product.
Having a parrot is kind of like playing an old school point-and-click adventure. I'll have him on my hand and he'll communicate that he wants to go *somewhere*- but no other clues are given, so I end up waving him vaguely in the direction of every thing in the apartment until I find the one object he was demanding to go to.
Programming Show more
My single most unhealthy development practice is trying to irrationally justify the number of yaks I've just shaved.
Our landlord left large (> 1 square foot) holes in the wall behind our stove and cabinets near the dishwasher, plus never attached baseboards to places in our kitchen. Instead of fixing them apparently he just wrote into our lease that mouse control is our responsibility. I’m glad we have family that was physically able to move appliances to help us track where they were getting in and can help us patch up the holes since our landlord is completely unresponsive.
I wonder how much would change if people were required to be paid market rate for their time if the interview process went past a certain point. How many broken things in tech are caused by the fact that costs of hiring and of bad hires are so heavily externalized and put on candidates. If companies were forced to realize a larger portion of the cost for their process would we see things change for the better?
Elm on the frontend is kinda starting to make me feel the same way I feel about Go on the backend. It makes a lot of things really easy and the APIs are very nice. It always seems like a good choice right up until I find a huge wall caused by the intentional omission of some feature or another, and then I'm back to wondering if I actually like it or not.
I wish folks from these languages with great communities and APIs would work more on languages that are more powerful and expressive.
medical, health care Show more
Update: it’s probably not hantavirus. Need to monitor but prognosis is good.
medical, health care Show more
Currently waiting at an urgent care facility very very hoping to be okay because of exposure to aerosolized rodent droppings. If you’re in the US and have mice never ever vaccume or sweep up droppings. Some of the viruses carried by the deer mouse have a nearly 40% mortality rate and the biggest exposure risk is dust in the air that’s had contact with their droppings, urine, or saliva.
Principal Software Developer; Haskeller; Vegan; Queer; WIT
Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more