My future blog title: I've known this three minutes longer than you
"How ironic that a simple scholar, with no ambition, beyond a modest measure of seclusion, should out of the clear sky, find himself besieged by an army of fellow creatures, all grimly determined to be of service."
-- Dr. Edward Morbius, Forbidden Planet
One of the odd things with assumed identities is how the garment tends to subsume the wearer.
controversial take on rationality Show more
Science has apparently shown that most of our decisions are made irrationally.
The implication drawn is that we aren't fundamentally rational beings; we think we're being rational, but we're ruled by emotion and intuitive connections we can't explain.
I maintain that the first sentence is only true because most of the time there *is no clear right or wrong answer*, and we fall back on feelings and intuition to break the tie -- a rational coping mechanism.
Is there a 3-D H-R Diagram, with a time axis?
Note stellar lives frrom ~2my (blue supergiants) to 6gy (Sun). Reed dwarves can last trillions of years.
That' a log scale of 6 , 9, 12.
I want a 14 MK colour-balace light.
Or do I?
Type-1a supernova Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram.
If your company uses the Degreed learning system and you're offered integration with Pocket. DON'T.
It imports all your Pocket articles (1505) and makes them visible to anyone who can see your profile.
That sex-toy review you saved for your partner? It's there.
That NSFW blog post from a friend? It's there.
Your strong political views? Absolutely.
And if you disable Pocket integration? The articles stay.
A Space Alien Cat's Practical Guide to Essential Browserser Extensions, 2018 Edition
uBlock Origin, uMatrix, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, Stylus
"Get better enemies."
"...By and large, individual people make pretty terrible enemies. Our monkey brains are wired to experience prevailing over an opponent — even just a perceived opponent, and possibly even just a perceived prevailing, if social media is any indication — as pleasurable, but the pleasure is short-lived. You won, great. Now go do everything else you were neglecting in favor of the fight...."
From the incomparable @maradydd
Mental health Show more
An excellent curation of readers' letters on depression, mental health, and suicide, at the NYTimes.
"...Before each of my three severe depressions, one or more shattering events had taken place that knocked me to the ground — a divorce, Hurricane Katrina, a huge home fire. I became unable to sleep, eat and, eventually, even get out bed...."
i just got a card jacked by a skimmer at a local gas station, and when i dialed the fraud prevention number i got put on hold for 5 minutes and then it was a _robot voice complete with fake throat clearing noises_ and i didn't twig that it was failing the turing test until it berated me to read the full name on my card instead of responding to what i'd said and then condescendingly told me "that's better".
the actual cyberpunk dystopia is so fucking lame.
This is very important:
"Article 13 of the Copyright Directive will force internet platforms (social networks, video sites, image hosts, etc.) to install upload filters to monitor all user uploads for copyrighted content, including in images – and thus block most memes, which are usually based on copyrighted images.
It will come down to every single vote. (...) The NGO EDRi has made a list of key swing votes: https://edri.org/files/Copyright_JURI_MEPs_undecided.pdf."
This will affect #Fediverse.
It's like this:
- outside: Normal looking cafe with a kind of spacey name.
- Inside: everything is exposed steel and aluminum and shiny and curved and space-shippy.
-Instead of windows, there are monitors showing video renderings of deep space.
-It's a Cafe! They sell food and drinks. There are tables and a register.
- Normal people are sitting at some of the tables.
- Space Aliens and people in spacefleet uniforms are sitting at some of the tables. (So much more)
Okay, here's some changes I did to https://joinmastodon.org/
For the individual/for the organization section with calls to action
Updated additional features with things like custom emojis, delete & redraft, focal points, over a million people
Link to the Mastodon bridge below list of servers ("Find Twitter friends")
Added link to masto.host in the "install your own" section (not affiliated)
Replaced "how it works" section with shorter, more concise blurbs
Lop off (or change) the antenna. Go with "morbius" or"dredmorbius" for the text.
By the way, it's probably time to retire this avatar...
Or redesign it a smidge.