On recommendation algorithms
Inspired by @elomatreb's post, https://social.elomatreb.eu/objects/c5dbddf0-73bc-4196-9c62-ef922c03fb92 .
I've actually gotten a lot of mileage out of YouTube recs, and I respect the idea. But I am also very careful with what I allow the site to know I've watched. And I think underneath all of these machines is the incorrect assumption that interests can be deduced from just browsing habits. If I stopped watching a video partway, I could have wanted to finish it later, left out of disgust, or simply gotten bored. If I finished the whole thing, I could have really liked it, but I could've disliked it and was waiting for a payoff, or I could've even left it playing accidentally. I would love it if Twitter let me query for accounts followed the most by people I follow, but instead I get recommendations based on who it thinks I know IRL (I don't), what profiles I visited last (probably so I could mute them), or advertiser-friendly pigeonholes called "topics." Even Pandora, which I still hail as a gold standard for this sort of thing, partly because it actually lets you give explicit and non-side-affecting feedback, still doesn't know when I'm looking for something new or just the regular; something exciting or something mellow. I guess it would be nice if we could start working our way towards a middle between search and discovery; more exposed query functionality, more explicit control over rec engines.
@firstname.lastname@example.org both the ceo and cto have been accused of various forms of abuse, including some lawsuits, and not just anonymously
(pretty sure some Unity execs have been anonymously accused of abuse)
displacement nap: getting moved during your nap and waking up in a unfamiliar place
texture nap: interesting dreams during the nap
shadow nap: when you take a nap out of stress, procrastinating something that has an imminent deadline and it only gives you a brief respite and the moment you wake up you realize there is even less time left
Normal nap: a regular, directed nap
Diffuse nap: when you take lots of micro-naps and they all blur together
Bump nap: on a train
Height nap: on a plane
oh, and it's up to 43 paid releases, 8 of which are on sale right now
I ended up excluding Arduboy and Occulus Quest because they have open SDKs, but that means I maybe should also remove GP2X, GP32, Dingoo, and possibly others. Let me know what you think.
Final console tally
Master System: 9
GP2X Wiz: 5
Jaguar CD: 4
GCW Zero: 4
PC Engine: 4
Sega SG-1000: 4
PS Vita: 3
Amiga CD32: 2
Dingoo A320: 2
Sega CD: 2
Virtual Boy: 1
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