I own many of Basset's pieces now, and so when I happened on a link to a Ukrainian steampunk mask-maker on Etsy, I wondered if he'd branched out of spare leatherworking to baroque, greeble-encrusted assemblages.
Artcreativehands is an altogether different amazing Ukrainan steampunk maskmaker -- actually a pair of artists, Dmitriy and Aleksandra Bragin.
There's this story about a dystopian world where corporations own everything (worse than how it is now) and this guy gets invited to this utopia in Australia where they have this nervous system implant that makes your like amazing. I don't remember what it's called and I can't find it. Does anyone know the title?
I think about that all the time.
Very much like this as a way of thinking about definitions of science fiction. (John Reider, quoted in an essay by Farah Mendlesohn):
“SF is not a set of texts, but rather a way of using texts and of drawing relationships among them;
SF’s identity is a differentially articulated position in an historical and mutable field of genres;
Attribution of the identity of SF to a text constitutes an active intervention in its distribution and reception.”
"Twitter and companies like it are essential to our national dialogue, to our economy, and to our democracy. We need to start treating them that way, and that means both requiring them to do a better job on security and breaking them up." -- Bruce Schneier
On the Twitter Hack
Grace is a 15-year-old Black kid with ADHD who was on parole for briefly stealing a fellow student's phone when lockdown started. She failed to turn in her distance-education homework, so she was jailed for violating her parole. She's still in jail.
Grace's story became a center of national outrage after a Propublica story about it last week.
At least Mastodon is still up. But this is some kind of major issue. I can't resolve DNS to mastodon.social (which still used Cloudflare, my bad), but I also can't resolve DNS to mastodon.online, which uses Exoscale for DNS. Both still work for me from the browser, I think because all the DNS is cached, but god knows what's actually going on with the internet right now.
@aparrish I have been wondering something for a while, about the use of language on the internet.
You know how sometimes, a social media post starts with words in square brackets to express something about speech that cannot be conveyed in text? For example:
[falsetto] *barbecue saaauuuce*
Is there a name for that? Does it count as "diagetic"?
For all you glasses wearers who steamed up with your mask on and missed this :)
How to stop your glasses steaming up with a face mask on
if you make a joke on Mastodon, no matter WHAT the content is, after 50+ boosts people will appear in the replies that take it completely at literal face value.
you could post "a man walks into a bar, says ouch!" and if it receives 50+ boosts, then you will begin seeing replies like "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN STEEL BAR PLACEMENT IS DEREGULATED BY PROFIT DRIVEN CROOKS!"
this theory is commonly known as Eugen's Gambit. and i love it.
Just wait until this thing is fed the entirety of #StackOverflow - we'll probably be having automated templates for literally anything in a matter of years
This is mind blowing.
With GPT-3, I built a layout generator where you just describe any layout you want, and it generates the JSX code for you.
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: https://penguicon.org