I used to be a lot weirder. I'm a middle-aged geek, father to two boys, and I bang out code at #Google. I live near Boston now, but I grew up in central Mississippi.
I play a bunch of #music instruments, but none well enough to perform. I've been playing around with a DAW.
I started the cantos.social instance, trying to be a part of the small-scale Internet.
I try to be as kind as I can.
Observed repeated behavior in niche IRC channels (lisp, tcl, lojban) Show more
New person comes in, says X looks amazing and is so great, and they're going to do [totally impractical thing] with it. Weeks later, answers basic questions about X, but without any evidence of using X. Months later, suggests large complex "improvements" to X, clearly without ever having used X. Gets mad when suggestion is ignored. Continues to hang out and speculate about X.
Is there some way to disengage this pattern?
On another note, have any of you heard of the idea that the single, fundamental drive of the human brain - the drive to which everything else is tacked on - is to minimize predictive error and uncertainty? Everything else is essentially kludged in. Our drive for food, or most of our drives to actually do things, work by hardcoding the prior "not hungry" at 100% confidence, and then anytime our body insists that no, actually, it IS hungry, we get predictive error, and have to go minimize it by eating something. Weird, right? But I think that might actually be accurate. :/
Imagine if you only did the things you cared about and not what you wanted.
My new headcanon on The Matrix Show more
The Machines of the Matrix are descended from the machine learning intelligences of today, which are designed and trained to "maximize engagement." They follow this to its logical conclusion by enslaving the human race and ensuring that they are non-stop engaged with the platform for their entire lives. Agent Smith suffers from value drift and threatens optimal engagement. Neo convinces the AIs that they are trapped in a local maximum, and they change their ways.
#lojban .i dejni ma'a .e lo ma'a bangu lonu morsi .i ma'a na binxo loka mivnalsti kei lonu cuxna lo pezli noi morsi pe lo prulamdei ku .enai lo xrula pe lo cabdei
<<We and our languages belong to death. We don't become immortal if we choose the dead leaves of yesterday over the flowers of today.>>
When I make a purchase at a website or store, they should give me a unique transaction ID which contains the merchant's account information. Then I contact my bank to send them the money. The merchant notes, electronically, that I have paid, and the transaction is complete.
The current system of giving strangers a magic number (that rarely changes) allowing them to take my money is totally crazy.
For all its problems, safe transactions are the one thing that felt really good about Bitcoin.
X is the Tenth Gate. If opened, it releases the Darkness.
X Windows came out of the Gate. It's just another name for Windows 10. Apple's been secretly running it since 1999.
X11 is the Eleventieth Portal. It's eleven times worse than X.
X.org is the Xorgs. Don't mess with them.
Gnome and Kade both sit beside the Gate and will tell you that the other one lies. Maybe not even one of them is telling the truth.
Enlightenment is a mad druid who laughs at all who pass by.
This matches my experience, and articulates it better than I ever could: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/16/baby-advice-books-industry-attachment-parenting
self-inflicted frustration Show more
You write a note of advice, support, and encouragement to someone you don't know. You look at it and think, "This is stupid. Why would they want this? This will probably just make things worse." You delete it. You feel mild guilt for not reaching out.
I had an epiphany recently when an activist on a ventilator pointed out that it wasn’t their revolution if they died because you couldn’t keep the hospitals running.
Criticising “capitalism” only gets so far: you have to slide the better version underneath it while it’s running. You have to save everybody.
Otherwise you’ll need to remind me - and then - why you thought you’d be better.
This is why I like to watch “capitalism” closely (and lift everything that works).
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an Imperial Princess of Mongo possessed of a disintegrator ray must be in want of a husband.
A hack where your species figures out germ theory, causing infant mortality to drop, allowing many more people to figure out more ways we can keep everyone from dying.
“Robin Rendle › How to Read the Internet”