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RT @dcousineau@twitter.com
Friend: Do dates make you nervous?
Me: omg yes especially when doing math across timezone boundaries

After death, an angel gave her a paper.
"Write your sins."
She wrote small, and filled it.
The angel held a book. "We wrote your kindness."

> Entrepreneurship is like one of those carnival games where you throw darts or something.

> Middle class kids can afford one throw. Most miss. A few hit the target and get a small prize. A very few hit the center bullseye and get a bigger prize. Rags to riches! The American Dream lives on.

> Rich kids can afford many throws. If they want to, they can try over and over and over again until they hit something and feel good about themselves. Some keep going until they hit the center bullseye, then they give speeches or write blog posts about "meritocracy" and the salutary effects of hard work.

> Poor kids aren't visiting the carnival. They're the ones working it.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15659076

> Every inspirational speech by someone successful should have to start with a disclaimer about survivorship bias

https://xkcd.com/1827/

/via https://twitter.com/Afelia/status/930059141653127168

Boost if you are happy to not have to constantly think about how to maximize your impact and leverage your personal brand in each and every interaction

Just a reminder that Firefox Quantum, the new and immensely fast version of Firefox comes out tomorrow. It drops the performance compromises of old versions of Firefox, but doesn't take the liberties with your privacy that Chrome does.

If you used to use Firefox and switched to Chrome, or if you never used Firefox at all, now is the time to check it out.

mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/quan

WebAssembly support now shipping in all major browsers
blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/11/

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I think one thing that's important to remember is that isn't trying to kill Twitter. Twitter is doing a fine job of that on its own and doesn't really need the help.

What it is trying to do is create a good, safe service where we can all have a good time and be productive and share art and writing and music and oats, and generally be a bunch of doofuses with a thing for large, ice age mammals together.

Do you ever feel the sun on your face when you're sitting at your desk and think about how it's radiation from a star that literally had to travel 8 minutes through space at the speed of light, filter through the atmosphere, then through your window, and it STILL feels warm? And meanwhile you're like... too busy to pay any attention, somehow.

I guess the thing that worries me here is that as consumers we're used to complaining to management as our only way of getting things fixed.

But mastodon is a community effort, built and administered by people who care, so just criticizing stuff in a huffy mood just makes you seem entitled and unwilling to help.

Seeing a couple popular twitter users join up here and say things like "Hopefully Mastodon is noticing these comments" and while they're helpful critiques, I wonder if they missed the memo that Mastodon is not a monolithic entity with a big switchboard.

You know one weird thing? One reason I might choose C over Rust for implementing a language runtime is that Rust is not garbage collected, whereas C has the Boehm GC library.

@cypnk I also have an intuition that the phenomenon of political bots on birbsite and bookface is less of a well-organized and understood Russian intelligence operation, and more like the versions of those procedurally-generated children's channels that use human actors; just aimed at exploiting adult cognitive weaknesses rather than toddlers.

@cypnk
The obvious and well-known pre-existing problems like this are wealth inequality and global warming, which are just being exacerbated and accelerated.

But then there's the truly weird shit like those procedurally generated children's video channels on YouTube. This is some next-generation madness and I can see basically all of our culture being systematically replaced by this kind of thing.

@cypnk The real concern is less killer robots, and more that the combination of deep learning and capitalism will produce outcomes that are not only unintended, but incomprehensible, and increasingly incompatible with human survival, but which we will be unable to reverse because of our society's incentive structures.