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A common communication issue I have is that collaborators can't tell whether any given part of my plan is a joke.

A simple rule of thumb: Yes, it's a joke. Also, yes I'm really going to do it.

Glittermitten Grove is $8 right now. I would probably pay that much for it!


My new office building is lit entirely by motion-sensitive lighting. TIL all the basement cafe sensors are near the doors, and if you sit at a table long enough with nobody coming into the room, all the lights go out while you're eating lunch, and no amount of arm-waving turns them back on.

Really though why wouldn't the mimics just start mimicking the "not a mimic" notes too.

TFW when your dad's dying wish is for you to temporarily imprint a symbol of his profession on a bunch of strangers' thighs.

Here's a pretty neat essay about what happens when creators build a culture around tools rather than the creative product.


Broke: hot dogs are sandwiches
Woke: hot dogs aren't sandwiches
Bespoke: arguing about arbitrary category boundaries is boring

Real talk, does the open source OS community still have desktop aspirations? Because now that the commercial space's best new ideas are "force a restart while you're in the middle of working" and "take away the escape key" there seems to be a real opportunity here.

A cursor blinks so you can easily find it on the screen. Why doesn't the mouse pointer blink?

Here's a pretty interesting thread about how in water-constrained biomes (such as California) eating meat is more sustainable than eating crops.


Example: "When a person fails to begin a project that they care about, it's typically due to either a) anxiety about their attempts not being 'good enough' or b) confusion about what the first steps of the task are. Not laziness."

"It’s really helpful to respond to a person’s ineffective behavior with curiosity rather than judgment.

If a person’s behavior doesn’t make sense to you, it is because you are missing a part of their context."


PSA: the Stanford Prison Experiment was a sham. Subjects were explicitly coached about how to behave.


The most beautiful code I have ever see. It modifies itself to spin a world globe: aem1k.com/world/

From now on when I walk into someone on the street instead of just apologizing I'm going to ask for a short biography

I know I've grown as a person because now I find E3 Twitter exactly as stultifying as WWDC Twitter.

IQ measurement tip: if someone brags about their genius-level IQ and they give an exact figure, they're full of shit. IQ tests are calibrated statistically and only give precise results when the results are close to the average.