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concept: get on my lawn software.
a software design philosophy that believes good software ages like a fine wine. it shuns trends and salesmen disguised as programmers, shuns the fancy new framework. instead, gomls curates quality old software like a carefully tended forest. software that has stood the test of time, and, though it seems antiquated, it’s as robust as cast iron anvil.

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Principles of UI, A Thread:
1. natural mapping
2. visibility of system state
3. discoverability
4. constraints and affordances
5. habits and spatial memory
6. locus of attention
7. no modes
8. fast feedback
9. do not cause harm to a user's data or through inaction allow user data to come to harm
10. prefer undo to confirmation boxes. For actions that can't be undone, force a "cooling off" period of at least 30 seconds.
11. measure using Fitt's, Hick's, GOMS, etc. but always test with real users.

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big list, nerd stuff. 

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going to very slowly rebuild my procgen links thread here.
first up, the procgen wiki.
a little sparse, but not so bad.

1. pcg.wikidot.com

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the "Green Lantern" movie gets a lot of shit, but it was still wayyy better and more coherent than the Justice League movie.

what do you call a Renaissance dog artist?
Ruffael

has anyone invented the app yet that lets me badly vocalise the 4 or 5 notes that I can remember from a song, and search based on that?

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This is more than definitely a glitch, but if this is the direction Call of Duty is going then I would be all for it.

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zelda fans, every time a new zelda game comes out: this doesnt feel like a zelda game

zelda fans, years after a zelda game comes out: oh yeah that was the best one

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glimpse is objectively a better name for an image editor than [other name here] but boomer linux boys wont change it because they love ableism

@ben are you having trouble with your mastodon instance? it seems like you’ve blocked me? it’s okay if you have, buut you have a pinned note to let you know if this happened.

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lots of xenophyophores (single celled organisms that live on the sea floor and add sediment to their body into a structure [a SINGLE CELL] that can be 8 inches wide)

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Do you see Skeksis or UrRu? Your answer may reveal a preference for dark or light...

our dog has telekinetic barks.

they work.

don’t ask me how, I have no idea, but we can’t put stuff on a table to keep it from him, he just… barks it off.

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things that make you seem relatable and trustworthy:

swearing a lot.

things that alienate people and make you seem unfriendly and unapproachable:

swearing a lot.

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Here are some nice common sayings in Danish for the language nerds out there 😊

programming languages are weirdly tribal, and encourage a lot of really unjustified condescension towards members of the lesser tribes. Whichever corporation owns the IP to your programming language thanks you for your service to them. but don’t expect loyalty from them, I promise.

maybe you’ve made “knows a lot about computers” or knowing some specific programming language into an important part of your identity.
hey, me too!
whatever programming language it is, it is the worst one.
and it hurts to hear people critical of your fave doesn’t it?

it is still the worst language. the absolute worst. I promise.

do you compulsively post to some social network over and over again, like I am? maybe you are stuck in a dopamine loop. randomised rewards are very addictive. it’s why slot machines are so successful.

do you think you are smarter than the average user, because your software is more complicated?

maybe you are experiencing a cognitive dissonance- humans are very good at justifying sunk costs to themselves.

do you think you’re saving time by memorising hotkeys?

well, it turns out that human perception of time is not all that accurate. in tests, it’s been found that users actually spend more time remembering the hotkey combo than just using menu items.

but the hotkeys feel faster because remembering and using them is more interesting.

okay so you all know that human brains are kinda broken, and have all these heuristics that produce cognitive biases, and are exploited by advertisers, politicians, cssinos and russian propagandists, right?

what if I told you that your favourite software has also exploited your cognitive biases, and maybe that is blinding you to the software not actually being very good?

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