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# run this to follow @xandkar in the app
twtxt follow xandkar https://xandkar.net/twtxt.txt
[9 days ago]
This should be a legally-required reading for all those that think legally requiring anything is a good idea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeing_Like_a_State
[1.5 months ago]
Great read about idea-making: https://amasad.me/carmack
[1.5 months ago]
@lucidiot He really had a way with words! In one of his C++-attacking posts he mentions having made a living as a writer at one point, which isn't at all surprising.
[1.5 months ago]
@kas: (re: f) neat idea! I often wish for something like that, but then convince myself that "ok... typing {print $n} is not _that_ bad" (even if it kind of is... lol)
[1.5 months ago]
2) what is truly important for the long haul is less-so hairball artifacts of implementations, and more-so clear communications of ideas through small examples and abstractions.
[1.5 months ago]
1) it is useful to be conscious of our non-freedom;
[1.5 months ago]
From there, (at least) 2 more things follow:
[1.5 months ago]
It follows that 100% freedom is impractical, but must be nonetheless be aimed at.
[1.5 months ago]
Most who say "I'm democratizing X", really mean "I'm honeypotting surfs". Implementing is freedom, using is slavery.
[1.6 months ago]
Similarly with project planning/management. I prefer a single text file as the master source of organization, while a ticketing system is a communication tool.
[1.6 months ago]
As a personal tool, I still find a dead-tree planner most useful. An electronic calendar seems best as a group communication medium rather than a personal organization tool.
[1.7 months ago]
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"Why do you glorify doing something new and stupid, when doing good things well is what people really should be admiring." https://www.realworldtech.com/forum/?threadid=96867&curpostid=96882
[1.7 months ago]
@lucidiot systems to get rid of ideas - I'm stealing that one :)
[1.7 months ago]
The Freehackers Guild. Featuring esoteric Unix rites and master belts of parenthesis.
[1.8 months ago]
Whenever I grasp an existing idea for the first time, I tend to feel a sort-of panicked embarrassment - "OMG! Everyone knew this, how could I have been so dense?!"
[1.8 months ago]
Program evaluation is topological sorting. An in retrospect obvious thought.
[1.8 months ago]
@johanbove I registered twtxt.club - plan to put a simple twtxt crawler and aggregator there when I get a chance.
[1.8 months ago]
Another emerging heuristic: people that tend to lean heavily on "X is more empirical than Y" as an argument, lack awareness and/or honesty.
[1.8 months ago]
I often feel that way about Taleb, Wolfram and Musk. Some things I see that they're spinning, but only because I know the things, but I can't tell about other things, while a car salesman is always obvious, even if I know nothing about cars.
[1.8 months ago]
This comment particularly stands-out to me: "Either a work of unparalleled genius, or completely out-to-lunch loopy." My heuristic for whether someone is clearly smarter is when I, without having domain knowledge of the topic, can't quite tell if they'...
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This is inspired by my current reading of Julian Jaynes' "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind". An absolutely fascinating way of looking at the history of thinking.
[1.8 months ago]
The main thing I want to help my kids develop is consciousness. Logic is roughly just short-term memory ability. Consciousness is a certain level of self-awareness that we take for granted, but really shouldn't. I see majority of people lacking it.
[1.8 months ago]
The real math education happens when kids divide pancakes among siblings. Theory shows us how to guess what will happen before it does. The assumption is that you're already burning with desire to guess and are deeply concerned about accuracy.
[2.0 months ago]
"What I cannot create, I do not understand." - just for this reason alone, is AI a worthwhile intellectual pursuit.
[2.1 months ago]
@kas Indeed. Martin Jambon, on Twitter, pointed me at space-filling curves - which is looks exactly like what I had in mind. Very cool!
[2.1 months ago]
telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
[2.1 months ago]
Morning shower philosophy: in a society where common-case given speech is blunt, a giver gains an advantage by sharpening it; while in a society where a sharp(er) speech is expected/required, a receiver gains an advantage by ignoring the requirement.
[2.1 months ago]
Morning toilet philosophy: can a real number somehow map unto a (N?-D) surface by thinking of each recursive division step as a fork in the "road" of the surface? No idea what this means yet, just an association...
[2.2 months ago]
@kar just searched for Delta Chat - nice! Weird that this was not an obvious use-case to begin with: chat is just an alternative UI for messages
[2.2 months ago]
@johanbove Thank you! Fixed.
[2.3 months ago]
I have a hunch that phylogenetics could be applicable to distributed systems debugging...
[2.3 months ago]
Email is underappreciated as a generic message transport. A lot of interesting uses can arise if we think of handling mail messages like we do HTTP requests. Mail.app can be like curl in the hands of an average user.
[2.4 months ago]
Did IRL shopping today. Such a quaint, multisensory experience: people, holiday music, browsing sausages in 3D, a strong touch of hobo smell on cafe seats...
[2.4 months ago]
My 9yo: I'm thinking of a game where all pictures are made from letters. I want to call it "computer graphics".
[2.4 months ago]
Minimalist screen temperature adjuster: https://github.com/Tookmund/setcolortemperature
[2.5 months ago]
Blocking particular browsers is most-definitely evil. I'm done with Google for good.
[2.5 months ago]
It feels surprisingly connecting, to find pencil notes and markings from a previous book owner. But a f#%(!ng HIGHLIGHTER? What savage committed this jarring atrocity?!!
[2.5 months ago]
@lahvak very cool!
[2.5 months ago]
@kas I'll see if I have time to implement a prototype over the next week or so.
[2.5 months ago]
@kas the code is fairly pseudocody, but not far from what a valid OCaml would be.
[2.5 months ago]
@kas I just outlined a basic idea for a peer-discoverer/crawler at https://xandkar.net/twtxt_peer_discovery_proposal.ml.txt
[2.5 months ago]
2/2) quality - Debian pkg is much more likely to just work.
[2.5 months ago]
1/2) serendipity - I don't go looking for it, but just stumble on interesting stuff while looking for something expedient (Debian has the most pkgs);
[2.5 months ago]
Sure, one could also search Github or another distro or whatever, but:
[2.5 months ago]
One of peripheral reasons I enjoy using Debian is serendipitous discovery of interesting pkgs. Today I searched for 'timestamp' and found 'strip-nondeterminism'
[2.5 months ago]
@kas also lol @ the MS in "MS Github" - gives it such a different feel
[2.5 months ago]
@kas, @jb55: Sweet! This is more or less what I had in mind. Except my filename ideas were not as clever! :)
[2.5 months ago]
Realizing that complexity-management is complexity. Now life feels broken.
[2.6 months ago]
It's interesting that a type has 2 simultaneous meanings: 1) how it can be accessed; 2) what part of your domain model it represents.
[2.6 months ago]
OCaml: FP people adopting objects. F#: OOP people adopting functions. Neither changed their original worldview.
[2.6 months ago]
@kas Love those shower ideas! Keep em coming
[2.6 months ago]
@kas Thank you and you're welcome! :)
[2.6 months ago]
Just stumbled upon exa, a pretty sweet and colorful ls _and_ tree alternative: https://the.exa.website
[2.6 months ago]
What do you wish you could see, but aren't sure how and/or in what form it would even make sense to?
[2.6 months ago]
Signature file. Perhaps the most-controversial feature in OCaml. I miss it most in other langs, and other-lang-devs, upon early contact with it, feel it to be the most annoyingly redundant antifeature.
[2.7 months ago]
tscrape is awesome! Textify all your twitterz: https://www.codemadness.org/git/tscrape/file/README.html
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[2.8 months ago]
My kids taught me of Gnome Chompsky - most hilarious thing I heard this week
[2.8 months ago]
Abandoning one, de-values the other. It's a symbiotic relationship and it is good for each to be fed.
[2.8 months ago]
Centralization is coherent, but is dishonest/corruptible. Decentralization is honest, but incoherent.
[2.8 months ago]
Starting to sound an awful lot like ii ...
[2.8 months ago]
Had the best/simplest idea for khatus re-design yet: simply create and select on N numbered fifos.
[2.8 months ago]
next thing you know i'll be setting up gopher or something... :)
[2.8 months ago]
testing tweet-and-sync wrapper script
[2.8 months ago]
hello txt world!