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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.


The disks are floppy disk form factor. We bought an LS-120 drive one time but never got to install it. I liked the concept but Iomega basically crushed it with ZIp drives/disks which were a similar form factor.

@ajroach42 @dbucklin Basically it sends files between two computers, encrypted. It can also route between other nodes if told to do so and there is also a way to set it up to allow sending mail.

@tauroid Ah. It looked just close enough to Forth that I thought it might be at first but then I figured out it wasn't

@ajroach42 @dbucklin The question is how to get it started. Would the local 2600 meetings be a good place?

@lnxw48a1 Last I heard, it's going to miss most of Texas and hit mainly Louisiana and points east. Thank $deity.

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...

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