A wonderful piece on paper jams and the mundane materialities of tech https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/why-paper-jams-persist https://mastodon.social/media/L16OZ0P-EEXJmyM3OZ0
I need to commission some icons for an open source package manager. If this is the kind of thing you might be interested in (pretty much any style welcome), please ping me.
It pays money. €€€€
In light of all the melodramatic hype about "the future", it is a charming irony that one of the more popular uses of 3-D printing turns out to be making replacement parts to keep old equipment running longer.
I love the idea of keybase but in the 3 or so years I've had it installed, I have never used it. Not even once. And it thrashes the disk ever night at 7:30 and demands that I update the software twice a week. Am I missing something amazing?
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I trained a neural network to generate new candy heart messages - some more successful than others. http://aiweirdness.com/post/170685749687/candy-heart-messages-written-by-a-neural-network
Bowie is alright but kind of obvious. I would likely have opted for Squarepusher in the throbbing red tip of an automotive space phallus. "I'm gonna f*ck you with my red-hot car":
Image from page 14 of "Dreer's market gardeners' wholesale price list : reliable vegetable seeds, flower seeds, garden requisites, implements, insecticides, etc" (1914)
Image from page 87 of "Phallic worship : an outline of the worship of the generative organs, as being, or as representing, the Divine Creator, with suggestions as to the influence of the phallic idea on religious creeds, ceremonies, customs and symbolism,
A 1920s prediction of the horror and inconvenience that would occur if anyone ever invented a pocket telephone...