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An open letter to Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Events of the last week - open letter

This is perhaps the most difficult letter I've found myself in a position to write in my entire lifetime.

A couple of days ago, I was reading the cypherpunks mailing list when I came across a thread with news articles and commentary indicating you had been constructively removed from both your positions as Free Software Foundation...

Planning on watching the debates tonight?

I'm asking you to do me a favor:

Read about the IWW during the breaks.

Political parties are cool, like parties should be, but unions are how work gets done.

Has anybody noticed an uptick on spam accounts on the mastodon.social domain?

"Hi, what can I do for you?"
"There is a large, but finite, number of syllable combinations."
"Um. Yes?"
"One of those is the name of God."
"If I combine random syllables, I can find the name of God."
"Sir, this is a Starb-"
"Venti Mocha Praline Macchiato."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Very brief status update, 2019 September
I realize I have not posted in a while. Due to a variety of factors I have decided to take a break from competitive pinball, but I hope to resume before the end of the year. I have remained active doing some research related to the video game high score record attempts (the "record quest" in the original site's domain name).

I would prefer not to reveal too much, as the...

So personal ornamentation -- jewelry and makeup and fashion and body modification and all that -- is largely seen by our culture as frivolous and not worth prioritizing in terms of money or effort.

But like. Ornamentation of some kind is present in pretty much every society on the planet both current and historic, all the way back to prehistory. Cosmetics are also often some of the most highly valued trade items.

Choosing how to decorate the self is fundamental to the human construction of identity!

So like. It's cool. Spend money on that new tattoo or whatever.

I tried looking for a good citation here but it turns out finding just one is really difficult because this is anthropological and sociological consensus going back decades.

Stupid math tricks on social media

Recently as documented by this New York Times article, this rather ambiguous math problem (middle-school pre-algebra level) has been making the rounds. The article references the Yanny/Laurel controversy as well as the dress that people saw as different colors. I didn't really take a side in either of those,...
-math media

hewwo i am Officially™️ going to go by anthony now :))) my parents have said they will keep calling me ashley but they’re happy for me to change it legally and use it outside the family if it makes me more comfortable !!! so i’m v happy with that

Recent face painting practice: one stroke butterfly, geometric abstract, stripe with stencils.

Did you know?

Mars is the only known planet completely inhabited by robots.


OOPS. Just now realized that two old posts, which I originally made pre-Mastodon but edited just today after noticing mistakes/deficiencies in them, were tooted out after those edits when arguably they should not have been. The good news is at least they are getting reads now...

"You’ve read 4 stories this month. There’s a lot more where that came from. Ready to make Medium yours?"

Medium, please fuck off, I'm just trying to read this article

How not to handle a student suicide
(Editorial note: I'm going to try not to rush these, but I've got a pretty big backlog to work through. Some of these posts may have lost some of their timeliness, as I have had things to deal with which have taken huge chunks out of the time I would normally use for blogging. Hopefully I'll be back to "normal" in a few weeks.)...
-middle-school -nichols

Another pharmacy mishap, another young life cut short
Once again, we visit the issue of pharmacy mishaps.

CW39.com recently reported on the death of an 8-year old boy which the mother blames on a mistake made by a compounding pharmacy months prior. The boy, Jake Steinbrecher from Loveland, Colorado, had originally been taking clonidine in pill form. The pills...

TIL: The freedom to run the program, for any purpose. = Whatever feature I want has to be already present there.

If you use an app to access Mastodon, there's a good chance it's getting review-bombed right now.

Now would be a good time to give it an honest review, if you haven't already.

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