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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
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
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"
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.
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."
Big Idea Famine https://jods.mitpress.mit.edu/pub/issue3-negroponte
Metalinks in Pharo:
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.
Intellectual denial of service attacks - Techiavellian
Identifying ways of thinking that shut down the possibility of progress
The Complicated Economy of Open Source Software - Motherboard https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43zak3/the-internet-was-built-on-the-free-labor-of-open-source-developers-is-that-sustainable
Nice conversations happening on the guix-devel list about building "guix deploy" https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/guix-devel/2019-02/msg00145.html https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/guix-devel/2019-02/msg00161.html
We NEED this! ... I need this!