1983: My computer has a solid steel chassis, two 360k floppy drives, a green monochrome monitor, and a 300 basis modem. Watch me did into this mainframe to run this program I wrote..
2017: My computer is a slab of black plastic the size of a deck of cards with a touch screen. Watch me listen to concert-fidelity music for twelve hours, communicate with hundreds of people around the world, and render 3d graphics in realtime. Can't code on it, though..
* Optimism caused the Challenger explosion
* Patriotism caused the Holocaust
* Loyalty caused the First World War
* Consistency killed Kurt Godel
* Brand loyalty caused the Crusades
* Confidence is the leading cause of car crashes
These words have positive connotations, but they shouldn't. At best, they are only sometimes desirable.
So, as some of you know, I make music.
I have released in excess of 40 albums since starting in 2007. They are here: http://infocalypse.nfshost.com
A couple people have said they didn't know I had a patreon (because I only list it at the bottom of that page). I've got two patrons right now. I charge upon album releases (not counting generative music releases), which happens only a couple times a year. So, if you have poor taste, #onedollarpatreon http://patreon.com/infocalypse
Hacking my U8 clone is gonna be more of a project than I expected.
did you know
there are more Mastodon users right now
than there are words in the average English speaking vocabulary?
(this may actually be true IIRC, Masto has 150k and the average English speaker has 80k? or less, I think)
<after programming MIDI sequencers, in various forms, for 10 years> I think I'm getting close to figuring out how to write a decent MIDI sequencer
Word of the Day
An inapropriately mixed metaphor which somehow seems to get the point across anyway.
"It isn't rocket surgery, you know!" said Bob. He was totally unaware that his mixed up metaphor was also a malapropism, a malaphor.
[The Oxford Dictionaries Online blog describes this word while the ODO dictionary itself fails to contain a definition. Oddity upon oddity.] https://mastodon.cloud/media/b8_YlbLBLHz3jqCC2tE
Band name of the day: Larks' Tongues In Superposition
"What’s usually forgotten in the story of #Magna #Carta is the companion document that was incorporated into it two years later, the Charter of the Forest. This document explicitly protected the customary rights of #commoners. The Charter of the Forest is a kind of human rights convention that guaranteed commoners (...). In essence, the Charter of the Forest was the first legal #limitation on #privatization."
Your daily reminder that property is state-enforced theft
If it's not running on foglets, it's clown computing, not cloud computing.
It's my sincerely held view that having opinions on anything is bad and invites trouble. I know this because every time someone has an opinion, someone disagrees with it, and this is bad because disagreement is bad. It's my view we should all just get along and not disagree.
You know who you are and you know what you've done.
Cloud computing, I think, can work if we make compute clouds completely public and accept David Brin's thesis in 'The Open Society' that all privacy is a thing of the past.
Short of that, cloud computing is an exceptionally powerful tool - the most powerful technological means yet created in human history - for an unaccountable elite to take control of all personal and corporate information.
It's going to be an interesting next few decades.