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.
Guido van Rossum (ex-BDFL of Python) "Transfer of Power": https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-committers/2018-July/005664.html
A coworker just mentioned 'That Disney animated movie, Brave New World' and I just.. slipped into an alternate timeline for a bit
MUSTAPHA MOND (sings):
I can clone you a world
Alpha, Gamma, and Epsilon
Tell me, Savage, why don't you let
Wiser brains decide?
I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over skyways and under
On a taxicopter ride
A brave new world!
A new fantastic point of view!
Thanks to our Henry Ford
And Sigmund Freud
We've built ourselves
A brave new world
I'm software RAIDing two bare hard drives with a USB dock in Linux and wondering where I went wrong in life.
Plugspreading is an abomination and it must end today https://www.cnet.com/news/plug-spreading-is-an-abomination-and-it-must-end-today/#ftag=CAD0610abe0f
Gödel, Escher, Bach as a kid Show more
When I was a kid, like 9 or 10, I picked up my dad's copy of Gödel, Escher, Bach and noted, delightedly, that there were fun little stories at the beginning of each chapter starring Achilles and a Tortoise (ignoring the dense text). I read every one multiple times, and it gave me exposure to the ideas far, far earlier that I otherwise would have.
Don't ever criticize a book for having really simple parts.
The creation of Missile Command and the haunting of its creator, Dave Theurer | Polygon https://www.polygon.com/features/2013/8/15/4528228/missile-command-dave-theurer
mechanical keyboards Show more
I'm a big fan of keyboards with mechanical switches. I love Cherry Browns for typing on - when you type, the keys activate before bottoming out, so it's less stress on your fingers. However, I'm starting think they're actually bad for gaming, since one does tend to mash the keys pretty hard. Thinking about getting another keyboard for gaming (with blues, maybe?)
Dungeons & Dragons is in the business of selling fantasy. Not the stuff with the magic and monsters -- the part where you *actually believe* that you and several other likeminded adults will be able to coordinate your schedules on a regular basis.
Node9 is a hosted 64-bit operating system based on Bell Lab's Inferno OS, but using the Lua scripting language instead of Limbo and the LuaJIT high performance virtual machine instead of the Dis virtual machine. It also uses the libuv I/O library for maximum portability, efficient event processing and thread management.
It's official, #GetTogether now supports ActivityPub!
This is my first attempt at AP/AS, so somebody please let me know if I'm doing it wrong.
Microsoft buying GitHub means they have access to every private repository on the site. Microsoft also has a large patent portfolio that it isn't afraid to use. Maybe this will make the $7.5b figure seem more reasonable.
Becoming a parent subtly altered my perspective on the value of human life...
OMG, do you know how hard it is to make one of those things?!? Treat them with some respect!
Community server dreams Show more
A new idea for a community server keeps swirling in my head. You get an account with multiple auth methods (username/pw, fb, google, github, openid, keybase, whatever) including 2FA (mobile text, TOTP, U2F). Lots of redundancy.
Once you get an account, you have access to a masto instance, an email address, access to internal IRC, photo sharing, shared wiki,
private wiki, maybe a gitlab. You know, stuff.
The parts are out there. Just need to bring them together.
Fb, Boston Show more
Facebook has bought every single ad space (like 15 spots per car) on this subway, filling it with smarmy propaganda ads about how great they're going to treat clickbait and your data. This is on the Red Line subway in Boston, used by Harvard, MIT, and a lot of tech workers.
Given the timing, I am even less convinced now of their goodwill now than I was.