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@vilmibm oh hello there! 👋
Thinking about the CS academia stuff, I realized that most interest/research is toward helping us build bigger systems by either improving:
I feel really weird because neither of those things interest me. Software is eating the world already anyway.
My concern: software is the fastest growing store of "how to" knowledge on earth and is mostly inaccessible, not only to the general population but programmers too. 🤔
It's been a little bit hard to figure out how to explain that my on-and-off hobby project for the last 6 years (with a 4 year break) has been a Nintendo emulator in Common Lisp.
I think that's because the emulator isn't the thing it's the thing that leads to the thing.
The real goal is being able to play a ROM and answer questions to help a constraint solver construct a _model_ of the control/data flow of the game. I don't know if this is possible. To quote Zero Cool, "Fucked if I care, man."
Hi, I'm Brit. 31, cis/het white male, born into more privilege than even that descriptor signifies.
I write code for money but miss teaching.
Too much is important to me and I still don't know how to best honor myself.
I delight in looking at trees, watching dogs run, reading Milosz and Neruda.
I can soak in headphones for hours seeking beautiful sounds.
I instinctively distrust many social structures but I love people madly.
I'm anxious about change and always changing. <3
'Worse is better' is a very insidious way of saying 'give up and stop caring', and should never be used as an excuse for anything. Anything that can be defended with 'worse is better' is worse & shouldn't be tolerated.
Subtoot is evolving...
Subtoot evolved into a Rant!
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2010/07/26/a-big-little-idea-called-legibility/
I make the big computing vs small computing distinction primarily based on whether or not, for some particular function, scale & legibility is more important than flexibility and extensibility. If flexibility is more important, we are in a small computing context. I firmly believe that big computing contexts are rare & can be minimized even further, with care and foresight.
With applications that are too opinionated, using them outside the happy path requires identifying glitches. In more flexible applications, the outer fringe of possibility exposes the underlying language. (Think of speedrunning versus modding.) In the latter case, there is a smooth path from user to developer -- and users can turn around as soon as they've gotten the features they need.
I mean, obviously, but it can't hurt to repeat, I guess
The Xerox Alto, Smalltalk, and rewriting a running GUI http://www.righto.com/2017/10/the-xerox-alto-smalltalk-and-rewriting.html
🛎️ since @m455b inquired about it, i published (a simplified version of) the mechanism i use to build my website on tilde.town
it's mostly a makefile and pandoc to render markdown, but it will also run any python script it encounters among your source files, which is how i have it automatically update the list of pages
Hmm. A month in and the teaching gig at Flatiron is still very uneven. They're extremely focused on discretizing the learning process, breaking things down, and focusing on what they can measure. Definitely an engineering approach.
I feel my style is much more holistic and doesn't fit well. I keep wondering what it is that I do to bring value lately. Don't quite feel like an engineer or a teacher. Confused. 😕
Idea: every American city except for Seattle WA, Long Island City NY, and Crystal City VA should launch a "move here! there is no amazon HQ in our city" campaign
computers were much better when computers were computers and the people who made money from making and selling computers were making it by making and selling computers
I am just all over this wood-panel aesthetic. It's like their design consultant reached into my head and said "american computer nerds in their late 30s and early 40s will buy this to relive the electronics of their childhoods" AND I LOVE THEM FOR IT
Has anyone made a "Pablo Naruto" tootbot or tweetbot yet?