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[93 updates]
# run this to follow @xandkar in the app
twtxt follow xandkar https://xandkar.net/twtxt.txt
[1.7 months ago]
@prologic Joined. Oh, duh! I see the "Ordering" section now... Thanks! :)
[1.7 months ago]
@prologic How is the AoC leaderboard ordered, by completion time? I see 3 of us have all the coins, but different points.
[1.7 months ago]
I gave in to peer pressure and joined the online sensation: https://github.com/xandkar/aoc2020
[1.9 months ago]
@hjacobs Welcome to the revolution! :)
[2.2 months ago]
The man responsible for the beautiful algorithmic art on the covers of "The Scheme Programming Language" editions, Jean-Pierre H├ębert, is on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jeanpierrehebert/
[2.2 months ago]
A lot of random new things to get used to... evil mode is helping. I have to say though - Elisp is far more motivating than VimL!
[2.2 months ago]
It's that point on the Maya calendar cycle again where I get Emacs-curious ... https://github.com/xandkar/khome/commit/555542f35618fddf55eedfceae173ce0131814c4
[2.3 months ago]
Hmmm - having a hard time generating a minimal example...
[2.3 months ago]
Whoa - just noticed that git detects that a file was copied and marks the operation as so.
[2.3 months ago]
Poetry: "As the number of lines of code in your software shrinks, the more skilled you have become and the less your software sucks." - had a re-read of this today after referring a colleague to the site: https://suckless.org/philosophy/
[2.3 months ago]
The main idea is to not have a master "following" file, but to choose a desired subset on each run, for example: tt <(grep foo following)
[2.3 months ago]
@deadguy Have basic instructions and CI now: https://github.com/xandkar/tt . Note that it is only a reader at the moment. Takes a single argument: a file with <nick><whitespace><uri> lines. Your info it tries to read...
[2.4 months ago]
@prologic Moreover, using a URI as the host/reference-point of a _conversation_ (which differs from a mention) - feels like it detracts from the goal of decentralization. I understand the desire to disambigua...
[2.4 months ago]
@prologic Checking-out how you guys used hashtags to track conversations - it is undoubtedly clever! It doesn't quite feel right to me though - too-heavyweight, too-specific and clutters the text-only reading...
[2.4 months ago]
There's something noticeably distinguished about the personalities I see involved in the circles of Lisps. A certain intellectual bravery and broadness of curiosity that just feels different from anywhere else, including other FP circles (some examples...
[2.5 months ago]
@deadguy Sweet! It's very much half-baked at the moment though. No setup or usage instructions, lack of features (other than downloading and displaying a timeline), etc. I'll post a heads-up when it's a bit more usab...
[2.5 months ago]
peeve: use of double quotes in shell scripts where no expansion is desired
[2.6 months ago]
vs 30-40 seconds for a single thread.
[2.6 months ago]
Added concurrency to tt: https://github.com/xandkar/tt/commit/895a32cff82bc984f865d2012897797bc84d4c85 . Fetching all 48 of we-are-twtxt.txt feeds in under 3 seconds with 15 threads.
[2.6 months ago]
Drew DeVault's "Mailing lists are resistant to censorship" https://sourcehut.org/blog/2020-10-29-how-mailing-lists-prevent-censorship/ h/t @jb55
[2.6 months ago]
@hecanjog Looks good now!
[2.6 months ago]
A nice backlog for rainy weekends :)
[2.6 months ago]
Have a bunch of improvement ideas too. Like virtual "channels" based on hashtags and virtual timelines based feed-set combinations.
[2.6 months ago]
It is very much WIP, but already useful. Decided to show as an IRC-like log with RFC2822 timestamps.
[2.6 months ago]
Official twtxt client had a bunch of dependencies problems, so instead of debugging I decided to make my own: https://github.com/xandkar/tt
[11.5 months 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
[1.0 year ago]
Great read about idea-making: https://amasad.me/carmack
[1.0 year 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.
[1.0 year 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)
[1.0 year 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.
[1.0 year ago]
1) it is useful to be conscious of our non-freedom;
[1.0 year ago]
From there, (at least) 2 more things follow:
[1.0 year ago]
It follows that 100% freedom is impractical, but must be nonetheless be aimed at.
[1.0 year ago]
Most who say "I'm democratizing X", really mean "I'm honeypotting surfs". Implementing is freedom, using is slavery.
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years ago]
[1.1 years ago]
"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
[1.1 years ago]
@lucidiot systems to get rid of ideas - I'm stealing that one :)
[1.1 years ago]
The Freehackers Guild. Featuring esoteric Unix rites and master belts of parenthesis.
[1.1 years 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?!"
[1.1 years ago]
Program evaluation is topological sorting. An in retrospect obvious thought.
[1.1 years ago]
@johanbove I registered twtxt.club - plan to put a simple twtxt crawler and aggregator there when I get a chance.
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years 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'...
[1.1 years ago]
[1.1 years ago]
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.
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years ago]
"What I cannot create, I do not understand." - just for this reason alone, is AI a worthwhile intellectual pursuit.
[1.1 years 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!
[1.1 years ago]
telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years 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...
[1.1 years 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
[1.1 years ago]
@johanbove Thank you! Fixed.
[1.1 years ago]
I have a hunch that phylogenetics could be applicable to distributed systems debugging...
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years 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...
[1.1 years ago]
My 9yo: I'm thinking of a game where all pictures are made from letters. I want to call it "computer graphics".
[1.1 years ago]
Minimalist screen temperature adjuster: https://github.com/Tookmund/setcolortemperature
[1.1 years ago]
Blocking particular browsers is most-definitely evil. I'm done with Google for good.
[1.1 years 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?!!
[1.1 years ago]
@lahvak very cool!
[1.1 years ago]
@kas I'll see if I have time to implement a prototype over the next week or so.
[1.1 years ago]
@kas the code is fairly pseudocody, but not far from what a valid OCaml would be.
[1.1 years ago]
@kas I just outlined a basic idea for a peer-discoverer/crawler at https://xandkar.net/twtxt_peer_discovery_proposal.ml.txt
[1.1 years ago]
2/2) quality - Debian pkg is much more likely to just work.
[1.1 years 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);
[1.1 years ago]
Sure, one could also search Github or another distro or whatever, but:
[1.1 years ago]
One of peripheral reasons I enjoy using Debian is serendipitous discovery of interesting pkgs. Today I searched for 'timestamp' and found 'strip-nondeterminism'
[1.1 years ago]
@kas also lol @ the MS in "MS Github" - gives it such a different feel
[1.1 years ago]
@kas, @jb55: Sweet! This is more or less what I had in mind. Except my filename ideas were not as clever! :)
[1.1 years ago]
Realizing that complexity-management is complexity. Now life feels broken.
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years ago]
OCaml: FP people adopting objects. F#: OOP people adopting functions. Neither changed their original worldview.
[1.1 years ago]
@kas Love those shower ideas! Keep em coming
[1.1 years ago]
@kas Thank you and you're welcome! :)
[1.1 years ago]
Just stumbled upon exa, a pretty sweet and colorful ls _and_ tree alternative: https://the.exa.website
[1.1 years ago]
What do you wish you could see, but aren't sure how and/or in what form it would even make sense to?
[1.1 years 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.
[1.1 years ago]
tscrape is awesome! Textify all your twitterz: https://www.codemadness.org/git/tscrape/file/README.html
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[1.1 years ago]
My kids taught me of Gnome Chompsky - most hilarious thing I heard this week
[1.1 years ago]
Abandoning one, de-values the other. It's a symbiotic relationship and it is good for each to be fed.
[1.1 years ago]
Centralization is coherent, but is dishonest/corruptible. Decentralization is honest, but incoherent.
[1.1 years ago]
Starting to sound an awful lot like ii ...
[1.1 years ago]
Had the best/simplest idea for khatus re-design yet: simply create and select on N numbered fifos.
[1.1 years ago]
next thing you know i'll be setting up gopher or something... :)
[1.1 years ago]
testing tweet-and-sync wrapper script
[1.1 years ago]
hello txt world!