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The usual pictures. No more descriptions because it’s always the same: delicate red and white giant flowers slowly opening, sometimes two per stalk, sometimes four.

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The Latvian Radio Choir singing Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers". The best music for crying and programming, both at the same time. Here I am, tears streaming down my face, thinking about getting data into a Postgres database. And I keep thinking: this is the time we live in. Crying, chagrined, as the world slowly turns into a swamp. And yet. Music is going to turn me into a believer, yet. "For his mercy endureth for ever. Alleluia." We are all in desperate need of it.

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"I’m feeling small because all these giants are standing on my shoulders!" – me, when thinking about copyright

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A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I don’t think they have much value going back months and years. I never read through years of tweeting history! This only benefits your enemies, never your friends."

And then I discover that the code could have been simpler, haha.

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Now I'm reading about Rule 90, which is apparently the name given to the kind of cellular automaton I ended up writing.

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I am so proud of myself: I managed to write a little program using , the 8-bit virtual computer inspired by forth-machines programmable in its own esoteric assembly language! 😅

Screenshot of the output: it looks like a Sierpiński triangle.


when the fuck did people start using words like 'consumer', 'franchise', 'intellectual property', and 'content' to talk about shows and shit, i do hate it so very much

fool! doctor doom posts as he pleases!

(graphic redacted as it's no longer relevant to its own memetic placement)

If all you’re posting is hot air, you can’t complain if your user interface says “toot!”

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“But, much like Java is useless for most organisations but loved by the enterprise, this encapsulation is just a huge pain in the ass for everybody else.” by @baldur

I mean, I’m all in favor of calling them “post” when talking about the fediverse, when emphasizing how posts get distributed and are mangled by Mastodon as half the HTML gets stripped (blockquote!) … but I also enjoy the thought of the German data protection guy on Mastodon pressing the toot button (“trööt” in German, which is very much not serious because serious elephants “trompeten”).

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Post/Toot Discourse 

I've let my TAKE cool down a bit, and this really isn't a big deal. It's pretty much down to an interface language change that honestly seems like the right idea.

The folks who wanna call them toots are gonna carry right on calling them toots. They're still gonna be called toots in ten years' time. Every now and then a newbie will ask "Why do you all call posts toots" and you'll say "They were actually called toots in the interface years ago" and that's basically it.

To change a word from funny (toot) to corpocaca speak (post) is to give in to the Grey Men. Well, I guess you can change it to “post” everywhere and still leave the button to say “toot!!”

When using MS Outlook, answers are colored blue by default. The two narcissist bosses I know of both (independently?) decided to use green. I’m going to use that as an early warning sign from now on.

There's something incredibly... wonderful about writing a person an email after you've read their gemlog which you randomly stumbled over. And if they answer and you actually end up having a real conversation. This. This is peak internet.

What wellness is marketed as:
-Body lotions
-Fancy juices

What wellness ACTUALLY looks like:
-Health care coverage
-Access to therapy
-Walkable cities
-Green spaces
-Living wages
-Paid time off
-Physical activity
-Close knit communities

well over half of my programming interviews in the first half of my career occurred over lunch with three or four other programmers from the company/project I was interviewing for, and they'd describe the whatever, and I'd ask the right questions, and they'd nod and we'd talk and then it got turned over to the paperwork people. no whiteboards, no coding tests, pretty much just talking. simpler times.

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So, for all Europeans on this wavelength: there is a initiative for a EU wide Unconditional Basic Income that needs to either get 1 million signatures or reach the threshold in 7 countries until March 25th 2022 to be successful. Here's why this is a good idea:

police violence in the abstract, re: don't post videos of police violence 

I'm going to post my concurrence to the "we don't need to have videos of the violence in our timelines.

As someone who is unlikely to be subject to police violence, I'm going to say that, if I know that some bit of police violence has occurred, I don't need to see the video. I don't need the images of what happened taking up space in my head. If I know that a thing happened, I can pretty well assume what the process looked like.

We don't need those images taking up space in our timelines or in our head. I already know that the police are terrible. A lot of people already know that.

What we need isn't images to drain our emotional energy and enrage us.

We need people to be taking that energy and putting it into mutual aid and support. We don't need to fall into the trap of letting ourselves be consumed by one atrocity after another.

We need to build each other up, making us stronger, through our support, through the love that we show to each other, to our vulnerable allies, friends, and associates.

I don't want to have to numb myself to the atrocities. I want to feel free to express feelings of support to all of the people who need it, to show them that they're not alone.

Images of atrocities don't build us up. Reaching out and helping who we can, where we can. That builds us up. Don't forget that.

I wish there was a way to filter news so I just learn about things that happened at a higher/systemic level.

I don't want to know about individual occurences really. Just trends. Systemic shifts. My brain can grok those things more easily.

Individual stories are too confusing and nuanced, and I don't want something that is either extraordinarily bad or extraordinarily good excessively coloring my understanding of How Things Generally Are.

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