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 some data import into an Oracle database. And I keep thinking: this is the time we live in. Crying, chagrined, as the world slowly turns into a swamp.
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." https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-04-27_Record_Keeping
We’ve built a towering pile of shite
Today I learned that red mangroves are basically viviparous, as the things they drop aren't seeds, they're tiny trees, ready to take root and they're called propagules. They can stay alive in brackish water for a year, apparently. Mangroves are also super important to protect shore lines from erosion and flooding, serve as safe havens for baby sharks, baby rays, and on an on. Mangroves are basically the best.
Basics of game design: if it looks different enough, it doesn't matter how old the idea is. Today I set up my Gemini client with a client certificate where the Common Name is my username and connected to Astrobotany in order to play Botany. I watered my seed and then I went to the garden directory and watered @Shufei's plant as well.
How strange. 😄
Dave Winer on Bad Apples
“If we can't find the bad apples, we could just start firing police randomly. Maybe at that point, they'll see the value in helping find, remove and prosecute the bad ones.”
— Dave Winer
For many years I worked with man who insisted a company our size should fire somebody every month. There’s always somebody who *should* be fired and if management doesn’t know who that is, just ask the other employees. They know and can’t imagine why the person wasn’t fired long ago. Cops know, too
Animals and landscapes from the Galápagos. Days 6 & 7. If you like @birds.
Yeah, I'm super duper late picking those pictures.
AudioKit Synth One is a pretty cool free app. For immediate pling pling Pianorolle happiness on my phone (as somebody who can’t play the piano) I’m enjoying their AudioKit Retro Piano.
I discovered that my iOS podcatcher (iCatcher) has a tip jar feature which is basically an in-app purchase that does nothing and I really like the idea. Probably Apple takes a cut ☹️ but that was an easy tip to make and felt better than being forced to buy a new version just in order to support the person developing the app.
Saw @sheogorath writing about Microsoft having bought LGTM.com. Me not knowing anything about the, I decide to take a look. Hm, but how to visit a new site, safely? I know! Let's use a text browser, like eww (part of Emacs).
Problem loading page
There was a problem loading our website. We currently support the following browsers:
* Internet Explorer 11
* Safari 9+
There's your answer why I despise a lot of the modern web.
Is there a #Trunk instance for French speaking users?
The police arrested Michael Harriot? Are they stupid or what?
WeChat has your plaintext password and censors your account based on it
uspol (-) as seen from Switzerland
Sorry that the disease is spreading. The entire Western world needs to reject the wave neo-fascists who act like it's 1939 all over again.
re: uspol (-) as seen from Switzerland
@kensanata yeah. it's been in motion for a while. in some ways the 1930s germany comparison holds up eerily well, but in others not so much -- after all, police brutality is an age-old american institution. racism isn't trumpian, it's at the heart of the US.
the other place the comparison breaks down for me is that the US is HUGE. my home state of oregon is about the size of germany, and we're a bit player in the broader scene -- the left hand of greater california, or maybe just its big toe. there is a lot of uncertainty about how the game ends because of the distribution of power geographically and economically. the military is effectively a federal apparatus -- would they carry out a coup? and if they did, how would the nation's police react? the federal as a civilian institution is melting, creating the opportunity for states to become nation-states, as california is moving to do -- but does the federal then become a military institution with a dictator-general, or an empty facade?
my money is on a slow collapse, which we're already experiencing. the federal becomes a dead apparatus, the military maintains its foreign interests autonomously (so the CIA keeps toppling south american democracies), and states band together into sub-unions (aka "compacts") so that the greater union is never formally dissolved but still becomes practically inert. once the federal does come into existential question, then all hell breaks loose and you get Civil War The Sequel.
Like, it's not even covert either. Hunger Games, for instance, was super popular and the idea of police-state-where-rich-people-overindulge-while-poor-people-are-horribly-oppressed is baked into the storyline. If you can look at stories like these, then look at the real world with its vast class disparity and the way the police have behaved protests all across the world, and still not see any parallels at all? It's not even privilege anymore. It's just wanton ignorance.
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