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Been rewatching Halt and Catch Fire with a friend and got into a conversation about why it holds
such sway over me.

There are many reasons but a crucial one is this:

It depicts a time in the history of computing where discoveries were still being made and development was "hacker focused" more than "entrepreneurship focused".

I find it borderline impossible to feel anything novel is being done in webdev these days. Also maybe text chat and basic pages are 95% of what I want from the web 🤷‍♂️

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So much more interested in thinking about software in general, abstractions, and teaching than shipping features. How am I an engineer lol?

One day I will figure out a career which is approximately "Think real hard about how computers work, what is good and bad about it, and how to empower individual users to make their computers work how they see fit."

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techwork griping 

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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."

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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

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The web can't be saved under capitalism

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Mozilla take 

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THIS…is actually a bit alarming.

Mozilla laying people off because of financial trouble I can understand.

Mozilla wanting to have more revenue than just getting Google I can understand.


> Yesterday's layoffs reflect this plan, with Mozilla shuttering its threat management security team, software engineers working on Mozilla's experimental Servo browser engine, developers curating the Mozilla Developer Network portal, and the team behind Firefox's developer tools. Sources have described the layoffs as over-staffing in areas the organization was not planning to prioritize going forward.

Is much more concerning. Mozilla ditching the things Mozilla is supposed to be doing to focus on Mozilla continuing to exist with no purpose but to exist isn't really worthwhile. I'd be willing to buy VPN access whether I need it or not, as well as other subscriptions, or make an outright donation to support Servo, the Mozilla Developer Network, and Firefox Developer tools.

But if I actually did want a VPN, why would I take Mozilla's? From the preview it's a bit too tied to the web to be of general use.

> Work on open standards and protocols will take a backseat to commercialization efforts in the short-term, but Mozilla doesn't plan to phase out its work in the web development community completely and will most likely come back to its role of web custodian once its subscription-based services ensure long-term business survivability.

isn't really reassuring. YES it's nice to know they /plan/ to go back to doing the thing they're supposed to be doing. But that doesn't really sound concordant with all the layoffs. "Let's throw out all the talent and experience in these areas, but I promise they're important and we'll be back to working on them! One day! Maybe!" Plus they've basically thrown away a pile of good will and one of the main reasons anyone would want to buy from THEM in particular.

And 'acquiring new tech ventures' just looks like it's flailing around trying to find something new to do after throwing out its reason to exist.
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layoffs, mozilla 

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mozilla / general pessimism 

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"There are No Girls on the Internet" seems like a pretty tilde-feels relevant podcast -- -- things felt really wide open when anonymity on the Internet was _positive_ thing (which it is so frequently _not_, now).

One thing that I think helps make @tildetown (and other tildes) great is that you're just represented by a username.

You're not asked to fill in your real name, or upload an avatar picture. Just going by your Unix username is a kind of ~90's pseudonym.

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:betty: Hello, #Funkwhale friend! We are looking for contributors, and maybe you could help us!

We're currently looking for development help, but there's lots of other ways to contribute. Give this new blog a read, and share with anyone you think might be interested. And @ us with any questions.

:wanda: Getting Involved With Funkwhale:

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"Everything we do to make it harder to create a website or edit a web page, and harder to learn to code by viewing source, promotes that consumerist vision of the web.

Pretending that one needs a team of professionals to put simple articles online will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Overcomplicating the web means lifting up the ladder that used to make it possible for people to teach themselves and surprise everyone with unexpected new ideas. "

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I hope Comradery ends up as promising as it looks. A co-op for ongoing creative support instead of having to use Patreon. Personally, wanting to focus more on my writing and having more options in the future for being financially supported is exciting.

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We have decided to focus on documenting, and archiving, means of reusing and repairing older devices and programs. All of our tools are designed to work offline first, operate with little-power on older devices and operating systems. Operating this way, we can keep creating content while off-grid, and when our power and connectivity is limited.

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Lately I've been working through a collectivist instinct when it comes to internet "spatiality"? Like the 2000s started a trend of using "professional domains" with your name, but to me that seems less cool than, for eg., having an email. To belong somewhere. To be in a community.

At the same time it leads toward some really weird power dynamics — I essentially become a "subject" and willingly accept the terms of the agreement.

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I keep hearing “my success wasn’t luck, I worked hard for it!” and I just wonder if people genuinely think those are mutually exclusive?

If you’re INCREDIBLY lucky, you might not need to work hard. But most people need a good bit of luck and have to work hard to take advantage of it in order to succeed at something

And bad luck can mean you work very hard but never realize success

I genuinely feel “not being aware of how luck contributes to success” is one of the primary signs of unexamined privilege

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Sometime between Smalltalk (1972 to 1980), C++ (1979 to 1985), and CORBA (1991) / COM (1993)...

... the sprawling and diverse object-oriented community somehow settled on a generally accepted praxis of "It is actively encouraged to copy stateless object Classes between systems, but we either don't care about or actively discourage copying stateful object Instances between systems".

I'm wondering how this happened? Because, for a paradigm *based on state*, it is not at all an intuitive idea.

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posting this here for future use, 2020 feels like I need this tattooed on my soul.

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in a few years we won't measure CPUs by saying like "32 cores at 5 GHz boost clock" we'll say "32 browser tabs"

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Next Tuesday at 13:00 CEST online-lisp-meets with

⭐️ Jan Moringen about the new and improved version of Clouseau, the McCLIM inspector facility
⭐️ Hayley Patton about ideas from developing the Netfarm distributed object system in common-lisp (concurrency)

links, titles, and abstracts:

Thanks to @phoe for organising this wonderful series!

@lisp @commonlisp

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📰 Future of Coding Newsletter is out

Glamorous Toolkit is now beta, enso_org updates, weekly demos, the future of education, Dreams VR and more

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