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Source is easily visible if you inspect the page and is amazingly small ~20 LOC

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Just for fun: wrote a random pixel pattern generator, refresh to see a new pattern:

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Started working the 100R gemini site, drew a boat :D

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In the pursuit of learning,
something is acquired every day.
In the pursuit of the Tao,
every day something is relinquished.

Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

–from the Tao Te Ching, ch. 48

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I am newly reminded that I'm sad that modern English has largely eliminated six of its nine major prepositional locative adverbs. Each had a prefix indicating the place and a suffix indicating the direction:

h-: "this place"
th-: "that place"
wh-: "what place?"
-ere: "in such a place"
-ence: "from such a place"
-ither: "to such a place"

The surviving forms, of course, are "here" ("in this place"), "there" ("in that place"), and "where" ("in what place?"). But we used to have

hence: "from this place"
hither: "to this place"
thence: "from that place"
thither: "to that place"
whence: "from what place?"
whither: "to what place?"

and I think our language is poorer for their elimination.

Positive nihilism 

Nothing that you say or do matters in the grand scheme of things, and this is pathetic, but more pathetic is the refusal to accept that fact, instead of conforming to it (and making it the only thing you conform to):

Your achievements don't matter, so no point in being dishonest.

You failures don't matter, so no point in giving up.

Your strive to perfection is vain, so no point in pressuring yourself.

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I'm glad nLab exists. I never understand any of what they're saying but I'm glad it's there. Seems cool in an abstract sense

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I used to think it was good that teenagers went through “phases” because I kind of believe that it’s their job to try on personalities until they find one that fits but I’m going to amend that to say: it’s also good for adults.

Go through “phases” and fuck all the boring motherfuckers whose personality for the past 40 years has been to like 2 movies, 1 book, and 3 bands from when they were 15.

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All in all, I nominate Dan Brown for the lames author ever.

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Except that Eco is a professor of semiotics (the study of signs) and it seems that Dan Brown didn't even know that semiotics existed (called it "symbology" in his book).

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TIL that Dan Brown stole a lot of stuff for his "Da Vinci Code" from a novel by Umberto Eco called "Foucault's Pendulum" except that Eco's novel is a satire, making fun of nut jobs who always see connections that aren't there.

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kant: we should only do that which we could posit as universal law. for example, were everyone to steal, this would destroy the concept of property,

me: hell yea

kant: it would contradict—

me: 'steal everything always'. got it

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Reminder: Springer has released a lot of digital textbooks for free in the last few months, and their special offer is ending on July 31st. There is no need to sign up to download the PDF and ePub files.

This lovely page has the full list of available titles:

Here it is different, here I sometimes feel like a traveller who stops by in a remote village where he can only speak to other travellers but still feel that this village can one day be their home.

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