I spend way too much time on social media and I intend not to anymore. I just don't have much fun with it anymore and I've been realizing how much of an addiction it is.

So I'm putting Mastodon to sleep for the time being.

Maybe I'll start blogging more; maybe not. But that will probably be my main online presence going forward.

So long, and thanks for all the fish. :)

A quality of code I never see being praised anywhere: how _greppable_ it is. When picking names of things, I'm always thinking "how easy will it be to grep all uses of this later without a bunch of false-positives"?

Corollary: Being greppable is the first step to being seddable.

Can someone give me a good explanation, suitable for non technical people, of why an image with pixels representing text is not the same fucking thing as unicode test? or ASCII test? Or whatever text with formatting information but text? I tried, but tried very hard many many times in my life. I didn't succeed. #a11y.

"The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere."

theguardian.com/world/2018/aug

Windows 2000 emulated in WebAssembly, bellard.org/jslinux/vm.html?ur … by Fabrice Bellard.

That's totally crazy!

I've Firefox running inside Windows, emulated in Firefox through WebAssembly…!

And it crashes just like the original 🤣.

#windows #webassembly #wasm #emulator

These new distros are getting crazy

Anyway, reminds me it's been a while since the last time I did a backup.

The fun thing is it would just reset with no indication of what went wrong. Then it said "all boot methods failed". I thought the hard disk had blown up. I only got an actual error message mentioning a 'verification error' or something to that effect after trying to boot with an USB stick.

Thought computer had given up the ghost, but what happened is that the BIOS reset to factory defaults and enabled the "Secure Boot" thing. I didn't even know it had that "feature".

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#introductions Hi! I'm Esther Seyffarth, PhD student in computational linguistics. I work at the syntax-semantics interface, currently attempting to solve verbs.

Follow if you're interested in toots about language, linguistics, programming, computers, my way through academia, etc.

Few children are born to us out there, among the stars. Maybe we need the right magnetosphere, or maybe there are no souls. So we return to Earth, like sea turtles returning to their beach, and every time, we find you have forgotten us.
Come, will you come with us to the stars?

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