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Stuart Langridge @sil@mastodon.social

@bignimbus bit of trivia; the original plan for The Matrix was that the machines used people's brains to make a huge neural network, but executives canned the idea, hence them ending up with the machines using humans to produce energy instead

@Tom4hawk Well, a number of reasons, in my opinion:
1. most friends don't actually compliment one another in detail very much because it's a bit embarrassing
2. if you think someone's great at something, you may not feel close enough to them to tell them that without it feeling creepy, even if you are acquainted
3. being complimented is nice. It's a good pick-me-up for someone to hear nice things about themselves without having to worry about ulterior motives

@shellkr then you'll never get a notification and you'll forget about it, most likely :) I think most people's pool of mutual followers on Mastodon is likely too small for it to be effective, though...

The tbh app basically has you add your friends and then asks you questions like: who's really good at being a friend? You choose someone, and it tells them someone said it about them, but not who did. Anonymous compliments. One of the few apps I know which actually tries to create a positive vibe. It has a network problem, though; most people aren't on it. I wonder if a similar thing could work where your friends are those you follow and are followed by on Mastodon? Could be lovely.

@mairin that's fair. This is a cool thing you're doing; brave to go into that audience. I hope it goes well.

@nolan my lonely struggle against the war machine ;-)

Random idea for an app: Tinder for cocktails. Show someone a cocktail -- nice picture, short description -- and then swipe left or right. Attempt to learn the sorts of things they like, and tune stuff you show so they'll like it more, and have a list of "stuff I swiped right" which you can try out in the next cocktail bar you're in.

@mairin Are you proposing to include some stuff on not only how it might get fixed, but how we convince everyone that it's fixed once it is? That seems important to me ("open source is crap at UX" has the status of a meme which can't be argued against these days, in my experience, and it makes me sad) but it might be outside the scope of what you plan to talk about? I mean, Fedora and Ubuntu have had design teams for ages, but I can't convince anyone this is even the case...

@grumpygamer for "testing" real games (not pointless unit testing), Zarf's PlotEx (eblong.com/zarf/plotex/) and stuff like it is useful to me -- map out the decisions, rather than low-level boring detail

@RAOF blimes. I may suggest it to Darling Daughter. Do you have a link for such a thing?

@si I’m not. Different audiences, I think.

@RAOF wood is good at this?? Although your hair is twenty times the length of mine :)

@rtsn @si it is. Never occurred to me that they were permitted!

@si huh, nice. Although I'd have to not have the Langridge Standard Avatar™ then :)

@si hey! how have you got a little raining circle on your avatar? are animated gifs allowed?

Ported canute to Qt/QML, so I can make it look pretty. Quite pleased. Now I can launch stuff again. mastodon.social/media/pe0WneWq

massively annoyed with Gtk. Why can't I put box-shadow on loads of things? ListBox: nope. EventBox: nope. TreeView: nope. Entry is fine. And CSS applies to these things; I can set borders and background colours, but if I set a box-shadow, it's just not there. There is no indication of why this is, or anything. I've got plenty of margin room for it to show up in.

Baffled. How do I apply a drop shadow to a Gtk3 TreeView? If I set box-shadow in CSS it applies the shadow to each row in the TreeView. And I can't just put the TreeView in a Box and put a shadow on the Box, because Boxes aren't visible. This is really annoying!