@cwebber @emacsen @Cadeon @varx my favorite config method is a Turing complete language that eventually generates a single data blob. The blob can be analyzed but you still get the flexibility of code.

@enkiv2 @natecull Also, you sure that's not Kurt? It sure sounds like him.

@enkiv2 @natecull It's on their "Hack" album. I still have it... on cassette tape.

@natecull @enkiv2 I recommend "Mirrorshades" (with its album) by Information Society as auxiliary media.

“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.

@natecull The twelfth month is called "December" because the Roman year used to start in March (also why leap year occurs at the end of February). July and August replaced Quintillus and Sextillus, IIRC.

I think finding connections with our ancient past is awesome.

the original storyline ended with this quote from Dune:

I know the evil of my ancestors because I am those people. [...] I know that few of you who read my words have ever thought about your ancestors this way. It has not occurred to you that your ancestors were survivors and that the survival itself sometimes involved savage decisions, a kind of wanton brutality which [civilization] works very hard to suppress. What price will you pay for that suppression? Will you accept your own extinction?

On the other hand, as accurate as this turned out to be, I didn't notice any grand utopias coming from the post-Butlerian Jihad, either.

In the future, it's unsettlingly possible we're going to need all the machine intelligence we can get. Either to solve the problems of our own making or to compete against those that have embraced them.

“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.”
— Frank Herbert, Dune

@tw Start a mastodon instance for foodies!

My cantos.social domain registration just auto-renewed. I guess I'm stuck running it for another year.

@galaxis @nolan all the more reason to be conservative in your promises.

@nolan your Kickstarter example seems like a classic crowdfunding pitfall. Don't make your thing grander, just deliver to more people and rake in the profits. People want the thing, not the ultra version of the thing that might fall through.

If you want real consistency:

1mol = 1e10
1s = 1mol cesium-133 oscillations
1m = c/1mol s

Mood: wishing the standards people had fudged SI definitions to nice round numbers, so that:

1s = 1e10 cesium-133 oscillations
1m = c/3e8 s
1mol = 6e23

Obviously too late now.

I think this may actually represent almost the entire office here.

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