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About Me, Outlook on Technology 

I don't care what is technically possible. I care about what actual people using the software, product, or service will or have experienced.

"Actual people" is inclusive and includes you, too. Screen readers, text-only email, TUI web browsers, system administrator experience are all relevant. So are GMail, Outlook, Chrome, and iOS.

Telling me to disregard an entire category of users without good reason is not welcome.

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oh heck right, shark week money <_< 

there we go. dang, I didn't realize that comment was going to be that visible <_< but hey.

I wanted to be sure my bird's vet bills weren't stupidly large before donating, but they were not so just needed my ADHD brain to remember some obligations.

for transparency, yeah I made 1169USD off of sharkweek art.

389.66~ USD turns to 280.56 pounds

sharktrust.org/appeal/great-eg if you'd like to read my perhaps too personal dontation message XD

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Oh now why might a cool queer shirt and a messy mask be on my mind today I wonder... hm...

We may never know!

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this is the downside of not having an algorithmic timeline. they don't *have* to maximize ad clicks. an opt-in digest mode might be useful for noisy posters, or a "popular stuff you missed from people you're following while you were asleep" mode.

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imagine how fucked up it would be to live on a tidally locked planet

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callout post for aoife 

-impressed my seamen

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I feel like the big difference in PR messaging between Silicon Valley of the 1990s-2000s and Silicon Valley of the 2010s-2020s is that the message went from:

"Personal Computers And The Internet Let You Express Yourself And Be The Best Possible You, And We're Just Happy To Be Here To Help You Do That"

to

"The Cloud And Artificial Intelligence Means That Soon We, The Rich, Just Won't Need Any Of You At All. Good Luck With Your Future Prospects, Lol. Maybe Learn To Code? But Not For Long"

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Wow, these horrible “rules” regarding “Personal Game” development Amazon employees have to agree to before taking employment are so cartoonishly villainous they actually made me laugh out loud.

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This is delightful.

A major problem in finance is that a lot of lawyers became lawyers because they did not like math, while a lot of bankers and traders became bankers and traders because they did not like to read. So lots of financial contracts will consist of 10 or 50 or 200 pages of text, which a lawyer will cheerfully write (or sullenly copy and paste, fine) but which her client will not read, and buried within those pages there will be like three formulas, which the lawyer will write and which might be wrong. The lawyer, who fears math, will write the formula wrong, and her client, who knows math but fears words, will not read it, and so the wrong formula will be enshrined in the contract. (It does not help that the formula will generally be written in words — it will look like a very long sentence rather than a formula — due mostly to typographical limitations. So it won’t look appealing to anybody.)

The U.K. court sided with the tenant because you get to correct obvious mistakes, the landlord appealed, and the appeals court also sided with the tenant because honestly come on we live in a society.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-07-07/owning-chinese-companies-is-complicated

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Bad horror idea of the day: An evil spirit tracks down people who say "I know teenagers are irrational because I was irrational when I was a teenager", and punishes them by forcing them to relive their teenage years and realize that a lot of their "new-found wisdom" is only useful when you're an adult, and isn't actually that helpful when they have to cope with the struggles of being a teenager in our society.

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* The feature overall, for the company, was kind of a marketing (scare-ish) tactic to promote its private registry service

* This isn't to say it was malicious: there was, and still is, a loud clamour for this kind of security visibility/improvement of the ecosystem.

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"As modernity seems to have reached some sort of plateau, postmodernity turns progress inside out and the focus of industry is not so much to produce objects that we need and then sell them, but rather to produce objects and afterward sell us the need for them. No progress is accomplished by Internet-connected toasters. What is sold to the customer is not an innovation that is needed, it is the idea of innovation."

Julie d’Audrey Julie d'Aubigny youtube.com/watch?v=6QaBYLAOaS

seeding this for future title confused people

re: philosophy 

The "art by elephant" experiments show that the elephant can be extremely dextrous with their snout, and have sufficient visual perception to create art.

But the singular manipulation appendage holds them back. You need two.

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philosophy 

The critical evolution enabling human civilization, I believe, is handheld tool use, and the "hardware assist" in our brains for it.

If we examine other species, presume they might have higher intelligence and ask why they do not have sprawling civilization - I believe the answer is tool use.

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