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physical illness (---) 

Update: antibiotics started working, so it looks like I'm in the clear for this.

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physical illness (---) 

Convalescing and hoping that my fate isn't to die by a butt infection. I was really hoping for something more dignified, and also extremely far in the future.

Bilbo is the kind of badass that will spend his whole life living in bucolic suburbia, blowing smoke rings and entertaining petty gentry, but when he overhears some asshole who just ate the last of his biscuits saying that he doesn't think Bilbo's really a burglar he bursts in saying "Fuck you I'll burgle anything let's do this"

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I've really burned bridges on this issue. Maybe the problem is me?

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Unsolicited attempts to "educate" strangers pisses me off so badly. It's so condescending, I just can't keep my mouth shut, especially if it's not me on the receiving end.

Seems like all the pieces were there for to write a solid core backend which communicated with any number of web and mobile frontends for different purposes. Worth thinking about or should we be focusing on the Next Thing?

I get the strange feeling people don't feel strongly about the blog software some rando uses. The lowest possible effort thing is to use my channel, so I guess I'll do that.

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Thinking about posting some long-form thoughts on a bloggy thing. Do I use:

The end of the American era and the passing of the torch to Asia is no occasion for celebration, no time to gloat.

I doubt this is wrong.

rollingstone.com/politics/poli

this article is crushingly depressing for anyone who's been involved in FOSS but also undisputably correct

> the free software movement died long ago... [what] died with mozilla is the idea that the open source movement could have any other principles than corporate exploitation. i wouldn’t say that the open source movement died per se. it was undead from the moment it began; it won, and with its victory it has stopped pretending to be anything other than a lich.

boringcactus.com/2020/08/13/po

@alex @theruran @phryk @alcinnz @humanetech

imo, the problem with JavaScript from a #smalltech perspective isn't that it's running in a VM – it's that it's running in a VM *written in 2 million lines of C++*.

That means there's no on-ramp for people who develop *in* javascript to become people who develop javascript. Which keeps big tech dominant

In comparison, many self-hosted/bootstrapped languages encourage users to engage in compiler hacking, which further encourages simplicity in design

This looks useful for those new to the Fediverse (and anyone looking to find people to follow on a given subject)

communitywiki.org/trunk

Climate change 

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems.

I was wrong.

The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation.

And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”

- Gus Speth, Author and Top U.S. Advisor on Climate Change

It strikes me, watching some of the great kid's shows with my young kids, is that they are masterfully designed to also educate parents. They demonstrate strategies for teaching, conflict resolution, modeling what a good relationship even looks like. For parents that came from unhealthy families themselves, this is incredibly valuable and hard to obtain info.

being a senior software engineer means being able to architect an entire end-to-end application in your head but having to Google how to check if a JS array contains an element because you can only remember how to do it in three other languages

@feonixrift I got a Boox Note 2 after reading your thoughts on it, and it is very much my cup of jam. Thank you!

covid19 humor 

We have both kinds of Americans here: the kind that refuses to wear a mask and the kind that buys up all the medical masks.

Mikel Evins explains eloquently how the design
of old-style Lisp and Smalltalk systems create an extremely fun sort of programming: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

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Daniel Lowe's choices:

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