me: after taking organic chemistry, I have a fear of hydroxyl groups

my therapist: oh


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/ >💾 U want this?

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/ >💾 Ok, here u go, frend

I'm not sure why but today feels like a day good things will happen, starting with the first toot in months.

@tom79 just got an error message in mastalab because I restarted Orbot while getting newest toots. Noticed that it got changed to one of those "Oops, an error has occurred" style messages, is there an option to get proper errors back?

New year started with Cards Against Humanity, rockets and NES games. Pretty good way to start it if you ask me.

I guess I've found all the gifts I can for this christmas. It's a weird feeling when you don't know one of your family members well enough to get them a good gift.

Ugh, Christmas shopping. Don't really know what to get for my relatives.

If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.

When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Mastodon 2.6 will introduce a new privacy setting, better suited for your most important toots.

Went out, got drenched even though I had an umbrella. Rainy nights are beautiful.

I knew I could've gotten Metal Gear Solid V to work on Linux by installing a certain combination of programs, but it's still rather impressive that Valve packed all that behind couple of clicks. I just hope having this option doesn't cause publishers and studios to stop making proper Linux ports.

Please don't demand content warnings from strangers. Content warnings are a sort of social contract between an author and their followers; if you are not happy with how someone chooses to use them, do not follow that person or outright mute them, or mute words.

One of the most alienating experiences on Mastodon I've observed is when someone posts about something they're passionate about or is part of their identity and the first response is "please cw that" from a complete stranger.


Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset .

People with a 'fixed mindset' believe that abilities are mostly innate and interpret failure as the lack of necessary basic abilities, people with a 'growth mindset' believe that they can acquire any given ability provided they invest effort or study.

Our abilities are shaped both by our decisions and by our genetics/environment, but people who believe they have more control end up sticking with their goals for longer and are less likely to give up.

Human: What do we want!?

Computer: Natural language processing!

Human: When do we want it!?

Computer: When do we want what?

It's honestly amazing how fast technology progresses. I still feel like full 3D graphics on a device that fits in my pocket is incredible, yet this cheap 5-year-old smartphone of mine can emulate PSP games at full speed.

@cwebber Funny thing is I find most Americans and Brits are so concerned with not hurting feelings that their criticisms are sugar coated to the point of being effectively useless even honest.

If I were to follow the golden rule I'd be harsh, to the point most people would see it as almost mean. Because thats how I want people to be with me, brutally honest.

The golden rule only tends to work when everyone has the same sensitivities as you.

The point wasn't that Chrome sucks, or that having many tabs open sucks.

The point is that the web browser sucks. The web, HTML, the DOM, and an immense hodge-podge of largely unused code cobbled up together code sucks when you need to work on non-trivial tasks.

It's fine for reading toots and email. *Maybe*
But for reading non-trivial text, and doing anything that isn't consumerist internet applications... all other knowledge work suffers.

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