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in the entire git "master" debate, remember this:

- hg has default

- svn and fossil have trunk

- clearcase has main

only, AFAIK, bitkeeper and git have master.

the language could have been different, and imo should have been different. in particular, "hg" was developed at about the same time. A choice *was* made.

Replace "believe" with "click-on and read".

“The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder... Electric Monks clicked and read clickbait articles for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of clicking through to all the things the world expected you to click through to.”

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Such a service sounds like something Douglas Adams would have invented. From "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency": “The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder... Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.”

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Clickbait headlines that bury the lede create an opportunity for GPT-3 natural-language processor to summarize such articles. There exists an entire Twitter account (I forget which one) about burying the lede; it posts a link to a clickbait article, and just tells you the one-sentence answer to the question posed in the headline. A GPT-3 text generator might be able to automate this at-scale, perhaps even directly in search results, destroying the clickbait business model.

It's really hard for me to express how big of a deal it is that I now have most of a functioning CapTP in #Spritely Goblins.

It will probably take a while for it to be obvious to the rest of the world as well.

But this is big: the foundation for a distributed, mutually-suspicious programming environment. In the long run, this is a bigger accomplishment and will have a more important long-term effect than getting ActivityPub standardized did (which I still think was a big deal).


I'm just gonna start posting this during every major wave of current events.

"[COVID] is perhaps the most foreseen (and foreseeable) disaster of its kind in history. ideological simulation lens that revealed it looming has proved particularly helpful for seeing what comes after, which is after all the important question now."

-Venkatesh Rao

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"...progressives “saw [COVID] coming” through the lens of public health funding being slashed dangerously. Ethnonationalists “saw it coming” through the lens of dangerous dependence on China and globalized production. Singularitarians “saw it coming” through the lens of a generic existential-risk fetishism. The religious right “saw it coming” through the lens of verses in Revelations. Hollywood “saw it coming” through the lens of the “competent man” narrative archetype."

a commission drawing; relaxingdragon1 shelled out good money for this scene
in which Theo and Klusek are on an eggspedition to find great riches. Theo looks out for fowl traps determined to ensure the yolk isn't on them. Presumably they have eluded omelette so far but the slightest deviled device may send both ovum scrambling for safety.

the most ambitions traditional thing i made in last six years - fruits of a python-plant

#painting #gouache #MastoArt #snake #python

i totally get why authors are saying they wish they were consulted before the Internet Archive started offering their works for unlimited borrowing during the coronavirus crisis.

but a lot of them are also implying or outright stating that the internet archive's program was some sort of existential threat to writers, which seems completely off base.

It's digital feudalism, in which an elite owns all the property and we get to use it in ways they proscribe. The difference is that today, our aristocracy isn't even human.

It's the immortal, remorseless colony organism called the Limited Liability Corporation, to which we are mere inconvenient gut flora.


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A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Convention info: