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4/ If there had been bad blood between E and her friends before the onset of dementia, I would have known.

I’m really curious to know how widespread this social abandonment of friends with dementia is.

I’m also curious about why people act this way. Is there a superstition that bad luck is contagious?


3/ As I said, E doesn’t go to the dining room any more, but I still run into her friends in the building when I visit. Then, invariably, the friend will ask after E with a solicitous smile. It’s all I can do to not reply “why don’t you knock on her door and find out for yourself how she’s doing?”

One of the people who dropped E is someone who became her friend more than sixty years ago!

2/ E has lived there for many years, and she has lots of friends there. Or, should I say, she *used to* have lots of friends. For as soon as she started showing the signs of dementia—forgetfulness, loss of focus, chiefly—her friends started shying away from her. It shocked me to see the people at “her” table in the dining room act as if she weren’t there.

The weirdest thing about it is, these are old people who can definitely imagine the same thing happening to them.

1/ Someone very close to me—call her E—has been gradually sliding deeper into over the last several years. She lives in a retirement home in NYC that provides room and board (the latter by means of a dining room downstairs), but the building doesn’t furnish any other services.

E is far beyond the point where she could go downstairs and navigate the dining room. She now has home health care aides to get her food and, honestly, do pretty much everything else needed to sustain her.

It’s nice that designers of autonomous vehicle systems are thinking about remote humans intervening when the onboard software is flummoxed: nyti.ms/2FJg5Uq

But in production will they hire enough able people? Or will it be like a dozing rent-a-guard sitting in front of a bank of security cameras in a big commercial building these days?

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This is your periodic reminder that there are ante-millennials who aren’t anti-millennials.

Dept. of There’ll Always Be A _New Yorker_: So they italicize “P.M.”? Is that to tell you they know it’s borrowed from a foreign language?


Can this cab be saved? An auto body shop on Coney Island Ave., thinks so.

Yesterday I had a meeting at work via one of those Internet meeting apps. At one point, this imperious popup appeared on the screen of the colleague who hosted the meeting.

“Junk”?! Is that how software is supposed to talk to its user? (I suppose the answer is, the real user is the IT department that imposed that software on my colleague.)

Note that there’s only one button—knucklng under is the only way to make it go away.

What does Jeff Bezos’s laugh sound like?


I bet it doesn’t sound like Jaron Lanier’s.

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A novice of the temple once approached the Master Programmer with a question: “Master, does #Emacs have the Buddha nature?” the novice asked.

The Master Programmer had been in the temple for many years and could be relied upon to know these things. He thought for several minutes before replying: “I don’t see why not. It’s bloody well got everything else.”

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"Programming is Forgetting: Towards a new Hacker Ethic" by @aparrish (Open Hardware Summit 2016 Keynote)


As an early-'80s kid who was enamored by the "Jargon File" and reverent descriptions of Hacker Culture, now too often disappointed by what grew out of it, this talk resonated with me so much. Highly recommended.

Thank you @catonano for the link

Just when you thought couldn’t get any more artisanal, someone starts brewing sake in Industry City: nyti.ms/2FMijmU

Ok, I just installed—and I’m now using—Gboard, which lets you move the cursor by sliding from the space bar. Too early to know if I’ll prefer it, of course…