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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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Firefox admits they will eventually be sending all of your DNS to Cloudflare. Cloudflare will monetize your internet browsing, no matter how much their PR people say they are.

If you want to disable that, go to "about:config", and set "network.trr.mode" to 5.

The values are: 0 - default off, 1 - race, 2 TRR first, 3 TRR only, 4 shadow, 5 off by choice

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the GRUB manual contains the phrase "We hope that you enjoy using GNU GRUB as much as we did writing it." which is either rather nice or extremely threatening

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the iot teapot that exposes an http api which only responds with 418s

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a naive look at the problem suggests that survival of the fittest selects for belief in "success is due to hard work" over "success is due to luck"

but that is a bit of a straw man because "success is due solely to luck" is a belief held only by the very superstitious; I suspect the truth is closer to "the lower bound of success is determined by effort and the upper bound is determined by luck"

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believing in meritocracy is fundamentally just making the same mistake as the fundamental attribution error, but in the other direction.

instead of mistakenly believing someone else's mistake is due to their inherent flaws rather than circumstances, you're believing your own success is due to your inherent qualities instead of your luck at having been in the right place at the right time.

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one group of internet users: I need to delete all my old tweets so they don't come back to haunt me

another group: we must preserve everything always for the benefit of future generations

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Thinking about... the fundamental attribution error. You know, the error where you attribute someone's behavior to a fundamental (internal) reason rather than a circumstantial (external) one.

When someone's causing problems for me, it's good to know and remember that it's almost always a mistake to think that it's because they're rude, lazy, stupid, or malicious.

Some days I feel really tempted by that "almost."

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Metalinks in Pharo:

slideshare.net/mobile/MarcusDe

This is an elegant way of taking the AST of running code and attaching modifiers to it: logging, tracing, override (think advice or AOP).

Pharo feels like the most open, dynamic language I've seen outside of f-expression based PLs.

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Intellectual denial of service attacks - Techiavellian

Identifying ways of thinking that shut down the possibility of progress

techiavellian.com/intellectual

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This is your reminder that someone had a balloon lift flowers into the stratosphere and it was absolutely beautiful

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Did you know that the videogame cartridge was created by a black man named Jerry Lawson in the 70s? His work would later be used by small names such as Atari, Nintendo, and Sega. We have well and truly been out here forever.

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we live in a world where the two following things are true at the same time:

- the current industry standard way to find out if someone is a human or a machine is to see if they know what a stop sign is

- self-driving cars exist

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When mentoring junior developers, it's important to be available to unblock them. It's equally important to show them how *you* found the answer, so they become empowered

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OOP literature such as “Working with Legacy Code” is useful for functional programming because most of the techniques are not so much about objects but about working with modules and abstractions
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