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Words to live by for those of us building machines:

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”

~ Charlie Chaplin

A friend recently asked what it would be like if Roam Research made their own hardware.

I had a few thoughts crystalize on this that I shared in reply, but one that carries deep weight for me:

You will be owned by the maker of your tools. Be your own toolmaker.

This is the essence of why open source matters. You will be owned by the maker of your tools.

Being your own toolmaker - contributing to and using open source - is about liberty.

Loving @cwebber presentation today. You act differently in your different communities. To some extent privacy isn't just individual, it's to protect different social norms from community to community. Social dynamics vary and the centralised, surveillance focused internet threatens those communities and their cohesity. Again it also comes down to different behaviours may be the norms for your community, but can harm your reputation elsewhere.

The longer I work as an engineer, the more I am convinced that event sourcing solves a lot of problems down the road.

If only it were easier to adopt and train on so it was the default way of building software.

In some ways, this is just another web browser - but perhaps it would be designed to reject websites that don't keep it simple and focused. Twitter and Mastodon would likely be out, in that sense.

Perhaps, though, if Twitter and Mastodon supported a reasonable protocol that clients could consume on their own (ActivityPub or RSS might work), then when you enter such a room would look like a conveyor belt, or maybe a pool that as you stare in it stares back with recent posts.

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The style, lighting, ambiance, and more of each room would be 100% derived from the contents of the note. If you edit a note, it may subtly or drastically remodel its virtual room.

On the walls are paintings or notable segments from the text. As you approach them, text-to-speech would read or describe them to you.

Mix in some GPT-3 so that an avatar of the note itself could talk to you about the contents of the note, and recommend other rooms to explore.

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Idea: Build a generative, virtual world around a blog or memex/zettelkasten. The world would inspect the contents of each note, derive some signals from it (e.g. using NLP to understand tone, attitude, work out content). Imagine a museum where each hall is for a given note, or a tightly-clustered collection of notes. Paintings and segments hang from the wall depicting your content. Links between notes are doorways to other rooms.

Go read @genmon’s Memexes, mountain lakes, and the serendipity of old ideas:

“And it’s interesting, right, this accretive note-taking and the process of taking core samples through the deep time of your own ideas.”

@spritelyproject Probably needs a whole blogpost explaining the gravity of this current moment, and what this means is now open to us.

But in short: secure, distributed object programming in mutually suspicious peer to peer networks? Open for business!

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Following the @spritelyproject - what are the best ways to support the project without knowing Racket or Guile?

I lurk on mastodon but find the platform fascinating. I wonder how many do the same?

Going much better. Up to about 50 words per minute and 95% accuracy on colemak, not my usual speed but not bad. Still a ways to go before I feel fully comfortable doing all my work on the moonlander, but it’s a start.

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I'm a few weeks into this keyboard and I am finding it hard to balance productivity and practice. Although I seem to be able to switch between Colemak and qwerty just fine between this ergo keyboard and my trusty apple keyboard, I am still in desperate need of practice to get my typing speed up. Hopefully I can master qwerty and colemak on the two separate keyboards so that switching is seamless, apart. from still trying to munch the caps lock for backspace on the apple keyboard. :P

Getting a soon. Cant wait for the shipping notice to drop! Hopefully in the next 48 hours. Looking at trying Coleman-DHk plus a few bells and whistles.

covid19 aerosol transmission 

"A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air.

Here is an overview of the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure":

Thinking about getting a Yubikey - anyone using one, or a competitor? Any fun parts apart from 2FA all the things?

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