I started to write this New Year's reflection as a FB post and realized I kind of missed having a blog but also didn't want to bother setting up a whole new thing so I slapped it on Medium. Starts off being about Louis CK but I promise it's not a hot take. medium.com/@sjml/being-done-bb

First post-semester "idea I had but didn't let myself make until I was done" that I execute: a website that randomly plays the Annihilation sound at you. Leave the tab open and terrorize yourself. shaneliesegang.com/annihilate/

Was sitting in a philosophy class just now, struggling to wrap my mind around various definitions of the First Principle of Practical Reason, and had a sudden moment of intense consolation when I remembered that there is a new episode of The Good Place tonight.

What made you laugh the hardest?

Who took a chance on you?

What piece of art changed the way you saw the world?

Who do you miss the most?

What can you do better than anyone you know?

What do you still have to learn?

Give thanks for all of it.


I'd like the following sticker--

"Voting: necessary but not sufficient."


Front Page Designer: I want to put user comments prominently on the front page.

Manager: Apart from being a phenomenally bad idea, aren’t you worried it might look like a sub-headline or related story?

FPD: Nah, I got this.

visual pun 

Throwback to the last time I had a remotely good costume...

Pro tabletop gaming tip: in a pinch, a cereal box makes a good DM screen. (Jesuit dice box custom made by Wyrmwood before I entered. 💞)

@darius Was it Curious Expedition or Renowned Explorers that you were enamored with?

This is a useful playlist I made and since it's the start of the semester I'll put it back out there. (Now including some new stuff recommended by @rich_lem !) If you need something gently non-melodic to occupy the audio part of your brain that otherwise sings earworms to you all day long, this is helpful. open.spotify.com/playlist/2Gdf

Was rooting through an old email account and came across this signal diagram I made when I was in charge of our annual showcase in grad school 1.0. So many redundancies! Four computers to run a single experience! I got chills and shudders just seeing this.

Facebook has all these "post a movie/book/game/whatever every day for 10 days" chain letter things going right now, and they all start with "I have been nominated by [x]" and my stupid Charlie-Brown-kicking-the-football heart keeps getting briefly excited for my friends and their potential award before being deflated by seeing "oh, right, they just really like David Lynch movies."

This is literally the first section of the first chapter of this intro economics textbook and... I kind of want to problematize the core bedrock assumptions of the entire field?

“Why is my phone blowing up during this meeting?”

(After the meeting)

“Oh, my housemates are arguing on the group text… in Latin.”

😑 Marking a library book
😬 In pen
☹️ With a useless note
😧 That just confesses your own limitations

I mean, I don’t love Natural Law either, but there’s no cause for any of this.

I thought I would transition from birdsite to Mastodon but it turns out I'm just doing... neither? I dunno, I kinda miss the interaction, but I also feel like nobody wants to hear from anybody wearing the outfit from my profile picture right now. (Which is totally fair.)

I've made a deliberate choice against a quoting feature because it inevitably adds toxicity to people's behaviours. You are tempted to quote when you should be replying, and so you speak at your audience instead of with the person you are talking to. It becomes performative. Even when doing it for "good" like ridiculing awful comments, you are giving awful comments more eyeballs that way. No quote toots. Thank's

All my stress hormones are up today, and I don't have any discernable reason why. So this is fun.

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