Could you recommend me any books (fiction/nonfiction) that helped you to either

* self-reflect,
* strongly reconsider the relation between yourself and the society you live in,
* or grow/change as a person?

If yes, which book(s)?

(Boosts welcome, I guess.)

A look back at Hong Kong a few years ago, in case you need some context for the current situation:
And if you’re interested in some pictures: we spent a few days in HK before visiting Australia and we liked it very much.

@michel_slm I wonder why it apparently had so many warm years in the past. Did global warming make itself known so much earlier than elsewhere?

@TreacherousNexus Yeah, sometimes, rarely, side by side is important: mostly when organizing files using a file manager. But that’s because many are so clumsy! Sometimes I think about orthodox file managers (OFM), but then I end up doing most of my file organizing in Emacs or the shell. And for documents, it’s Emacs and a PDF viewer but the laptop screen is too small to make side-by-side usable with PDF files. So... it turns out that I rarely use it even if I think I need it.

@freakazoid I guess because I simply don’t care enough. If all my windows are maximized, no virtual desktops, then why spend time picking the right tool when apparently any of them will do?

For a long time I wanted a tiling window manager but these days I almost always just use maximized windows. Perhaps it’s cheating because I use Emacs in one of them, and sometimes I use two windows within Emacs... but still, the longer I’m at it the less important a window manager actually seems.

πŸ• πŸ’­ Humans sometimes don't know how to play. Today I saw a couple walking in the evening, looking at me, looking at my favourite deflated ball, and I got up immediately and brought them ball, tried to shove it into their hands, even stood on their foot, wagging my tail like crazy! I wanted to play! But the humans don't know how to grab the ball. They gave up after a few seconds of tug-o'-the-ball and walked on. Poor humans. Nobody taught them how to play.

Dogs sometimes don't know how to play. Today we saw a young Golden Retriever with its favourite deflated ball, and it saw us, got up immediately and brought us the ball, tried to shove it into our hands, even stood on my foot, wagging its tail like crazy! It wanted to play! But the dog doesn't know that it has to let go of the damn ball if it wants me to throw the ball! So we're playing tug-o'-the-ball for a few seconds before we walk on. Poor doggo. Nobody taught it how to play.

@22 "In conclusion, by providing the customers with explicit language laying out why a specific word or percentage was selected, they can make their own independent calculations of the probability of event occurring." Yes!

Me in 1993: Ugh, my parents are the worst. They never give me money for the Scholastic Book Fair.

Me in 2019, watching an elementary school librarian bring every class into the library one-by-one, sitting the children down, forcing them to watch a 15 minute sales pitch video, then talking to them about how they should ask their parents for money. Even the kindergardeners.: "Capitalism is a nightmare."

@alephnull I console myself with the fact that it’s mostly fruit and therefore probably healthy. Uhm… I think.

#NP You all know I've been working on an #Evangelion Remix album for a few months now- here it is:

Please check it out, boost it if you like it.

CryptPad has had a surge of visitors this week-end from Hong-Kong (the purple in the weekly stats here). We wonder if it’s related to the Hong Kong massive protests. CryptPad continues to grow fast ! #zeroknowledge #encryptedcollaboration #cryptpad

@22 I'm more concerned about the language used by doctors when talking about risks: "oh, don't worry, these complications are rare!" But then you check the documentation and you'll find something like "rare: less than 10%" and you think to yourself: "WHAAAAT 10% chance of heart problems!?" I don't want to roll the dice with these odds! I'm sure there's more to it, like slow onsets, close supervision, etc. But sometimes those words used just don't match my intuition regarding probabilities.

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