Kind Words is a "game" where people send very short anonymous requests for letters, and anonymously reply to them. There's no scoring, no reward beyond a mention of thanks and a small collection of stickers. There's no possibility of fame or going viral, and it seems to bring out the best in people. The vibe reminds me of Mastodon's better moments.
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"The concept of what constitutes our lives has changed profoundly. It is no longer the people around us, or even the landscape, our lives now are made up of people who are not here (and landscapes in travel brochures and nature documentaries). That is quite something."
In the 1960s, the ecological notion that "there is no 'away' to throw things" finally became widespread regards pollution, first stated by Barry Commoner.
In the 2010s, the informational notion that "there is no 'other' informatics ecosystem" on which security, privacy, or surveillance practices and principles apply is slowly dawning.
"..things that can be parsed as variable names are treated as variable names in arithmetic contexts. ..bash does this *recursively* until it gets to an integer, or to something that can't be parsed as either an integer or a variable name."
OMG. This is _not_ documented.
My Pebble's vibration motor finally bit the dust, so now I'm smartwatch shopping. The contenders are not promising in comparison.
I found one that looked kind of neat and got rave reviews, but then I looked at the Android app reviews and they were filled with bile and regret.
I sure wish Pebble hadn't gone out of business.
Birdsite, farming demographics
This whole thread is pretty great.
Tweet from @SarahTaber_bww
@SarahTaber_bww: If you've ever wondered how the countryside went from "rank with socialists" to "stodgy good ol' boy stronghold" in 50 years, there it is.
Farm country used to be full of labor. Now it's mostly management.
Long thought-provoking piece about the upper class (in Yale specifically and the US broadly) and their abdication of the responsibilities of privilege.
This is so profound on so many levels I don't know where to begin.
When Having Friends Is More Alluring Than Being Right
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