hey uhh it's possible to fuck up and still be, like, a good person

doing one bad thing doesn't immediately mean you're an inherently awful person

that kinda puritan rhetoric shoulda died centuries ago

just sayin

I need to figure out what Mastodon insances have the good local community I want to be involved with.

Mastodon doesn't form community quite the way I normally experience it. Pitching in and helping is hard here. It's a bunch of individuals, but not quite a community. Some form anyway, but it's not quite right. I wonder how that can be improved.

I think Twitter might be over for me. Or getting there fast.

There is no counterfactual alternative where the web is built from the ground-up for elegance, power, and speed. That would be like hoping for eyes that don't have holes in them for the nerves to go through.

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Path dependence rules everything. People complain about web technology being a janky pileon of disparate ideas mostly built to correct the shortcomings of what came before, but: Every complex system is that

To complain about the shortcomings of the infrastructure we have, and devise perfect alternatives, is to miss the basic reality that the process of figuring out what the infrastructure must look like is part of the process of building the infrastructure; that everything gets manufactured to fulfill an immediate need.

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Best life advice I've received:

1) Turn a screw backward until you feel a bump to prevent cross-threading.

2) For good posture, think about leading with your sternum. (Thanks, @kurtm!)

3) If you find someone's passions interesting or admirable, tell them so! We don't need to reserve our compliments for achievements.

We have now restored the sun to its normal functioning state. Maintenance was carried out successfully and we anticipate no lingering problems or further downtime. However, please report any experiences of dimness, flickering, altered color balance or other solar phenomena promptly so we may address any issues.

#Eclipse2017

neither vim nor nano will help fend off existential dread.

there probably is an emacs lisp script for that though, but who can remember the key chord for it?

the thing about data in charts is that you don't really see very much about the individual data points. you miss common themes and details if you just sort them by worked/didn't work

Remember how systemd starting as root if the username starts with a digit isn't a bug? Turns out they're technically right. It's not a bug.

It's a bug worthy of a CVE. CVE-2017-1000082, which had to be requested by third parties. Like, I suspect, every systemd CVE ever.

nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2

The correct pronunciation of GIF is actually "yiff."

telling yourself that everything is awful, & nothing can be fixed, is a marvelously expedient way to absolve yourself of responsibility. There is nothing about an apocalyptic worldview that obligates you to give up any of the comforts and conveniences that have accrued to you as a consequence of global injustice; & you get to feel superior to all those tender fools who still believe that a kinder world is possible! (currentaffairs.org/2017/06/the)

There is a “humorous” post in the Chronicle that is supposed to be a prof “joking” about a student asking for a reprieve after two grandmothers died.

How the fuck did academia get to the point where making fun of people who might be suffering—for whatever reason—become funny? No…I entirely know the answer to that. This piece is better than that trash.
tenureshewrote.wordpress.com/2

What if spreadsheets are just 2-dimensional programming languages and the people you're mocking are better hackers than you

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