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 🤷♂️
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."
@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
#mozilla has done a lot of good for the web, but the hybrid "for-profit owned by non-profit" model is and always has been a mistake.
You get the worst of both worlds -- a layer of nonprofit bureaucracy on top of for-profit business practices, compensation structures, and decision-making.
It reflects Mozilla's history, being born in the ideological swamp of hypercapitalist Silicon Valley, which frowns upon nonprofits, and which pursues profit, growth & "disruption" above all else.
Mozilla laying off 1/4 of staff https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/08/11/changing-world-changing-mozilla/
Confusingly COVID-19 is blamed, but I don't understand how that could be the case unless it directly correlated with losing specific funders. COVID-19 seems like it could also be an opportunity to close unnecessary offices, dramatically reducing costs.
- This probably means even more browser takeover by chrome
- Vague "pivot to products" talk
- Executive pay keeps going up https://twitter.com/withoutboats/status/1293188958705168384
mozilla / general pessimism
that is: the web is exactly as fucked as it was yesterday, the writing on the wall is just slightly better lit.
well, then what? you quite reasonably ask. what are we supposed to do about this?
as i would have said yesterday: i have absolutely no idea, apart from laying low and building tiny network enclaves for your friends & family where possible.
this latter model is, probably not coincidentally, much of how i'm thinking about the world generally now.
"There are No Girls on the Internet" seems like a pretty tilde-feels relevant podcast -- https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-there-are-no-girls-on-the-65877505/episode/how-women-built-the-internet-67251360/ -- 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.
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.
Getting Involved With Funkwhale: https://blog.funkwhale.audio/~/Community/getting-involved-with-funkwhale
"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. "
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.
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.
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 sdf.org 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.
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
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.
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: https://reddit.com/r/lisp/comments/i05dr1/online_lisp_meeting_6/
Thanks to @phoe for organising this wonderful series!
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