I just dropped my phone into the Puget Sound on accident, and on the plus side I didn’t get to doomscroll about the debate in real-time

I just learned there’s an audio equivalent to the RGB/L*ab scales (measures how humans see color instead of how much light there is) that actually measures how humans hear loudness (instead of simple decibels capturing air movement) and well, it’s time to finally learn calculus.

“During the Vietnam War, which lasted longer than any war we've ever been in - and which we lost - every respectable artist in this country was against the war. It was like a laser beam. We were all aimed in the same direction. The power of this weapon turns out to be that of a custard pie dropped from a stepladder six feet high.” —Kurt Vonnegut

Some glitching pixelsorts I’ve worked up as examples for a talk I’m doing on generative art

Working on my generative art talk and realizing I can just copy audio synth algorithms straight to images

Let's take a 1800 kg block of metal, let's say that we are capable to point this block of metal at almost whatever we want, and let's say that we can make it reach around 200 kmh.

Now, someone comes to you and says: "you know, I have an idea, let's put it on the internet!"

This is self driving cars

My birdsite feed is overrun today with stuff I wish could be behind content warnings

My 3.5y/o can correctly identify certain classes of behavior from tablet/tv apps as “buggy” where buggy means something like “PBS Kids can’t recover from network loss without restarting the app”

“Daddy, Molly of Denali is buggy again, can you reboot the tv?”

And then he wants to know if there are like, ants or bees spiders in the tv or what, and I’m like, well, maybe?

TIL that in the US, you can get advertisers to stop sending you physical mail by telling the post office "that you, *in your own discretion*, believe [the advertisements] to be 'erotically arousing or sexually provocative.'" (Emphasis mine.)

USPS and the advertiser are not legally allowed to contest this.

So if you tell them that CreditOne mailings just make you *too horny*...


It’s amazing how much faster busses are when they’re not burdened by having to collect fare

copied from twitter: For anyone in the US military considering going AWOL, becoming a conscientious objector, or withdrawing your consent in some other way--the GI Rights Hotline is run by civilians and offers free, confidential counseling & information. 1-877-447-4487 girightshotline.org/en


tired: the first decade was only 9 years long
wired: there was no first decade

Decade boundaries change in the popular imagination with the tens digit of the year.

If you need to reconcile this somehow, consider that the first “decade” was only 9 years long, from CE 1-9.

You probably already hold sacred some more irrational belief anyway. What’s one more?

libraries designed to look pretty not function 

Architect: "my new library will have grills for floors for an airy, post-industrial aesthetic"
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Users: "what about people in skirts? or acrophobes? or people with canes or high heels?"
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Architect: "those selfish fools don't understand my vision!" cornellsun.com/2019/11/17/form

puns, fart jokes 

“Brassical Gas”: a cover of “Classical Gas” but with fart sounds

The 3.5y/o picks the gingerbread cookie person with a dress/skirt instead of pants, because (and I quote) “there’s more cookie”

He told the bakery about this today, and they said, “yeah we know, we weighed them, it’s a lot more cookie. You’re a smart kid.” And then he got a free one.

I’m always a bit disappointed when I have to make a phone call because it’s obvious to me that someone somewhere didn’t use a finite state machine.

swearing, more swearing, philosophy, time, programming 

Everyone needs a good all-caps swearing-required rants channel, and as I am currently lacking one I offer up this oldie but goodie as an application to yours.

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