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  • Wee­knote 28: Squirt the Cor­rect Chem­i­cals

  • Used By Tech­nol­ogy

    I will use technology when I judge it to be in my favor to do so. I resist being used by it. In some cases I may have a moral objection. But in most instances, my objection is practical, and reason tells me to measure the results from that point of view. Reason also advises…

  • Be Cu­ri­ous, Not Judg­men­tal

    Be curious, not judgmental. Ted Lasso This quote is often misattributed to Walt Whitman, but the actual origins of the phrase are unknown. Since I first heard it on Ted Lasso, I’m simply going to assume Lasso came up with it.

  • Peter Sagal’s Rules of Twit­ter

    Peter Sagal is a radio host, writer, and humorist. Here are his ten rules of Twitter: Since tweets have a habit of disappearing, I’ve transcribed the ten rules below:

  • There’s No Refuge From the Supra­cul­ture

    Joyce Messier: Yes, you and I belong to the supraculture. We’re common, the herd. The music on the radio, the food in the chain restaurant — those are all too popular for the girl in the old-lady rags. She prefers a fantasy world — an infraculture with its own dress code and vernacular. It is an illusion, I’m afraid.…

  • Create

    When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. So create. why the lucky stiff

  • Week of 29 No­vem­ber, 2021

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  • Week of 28 June, 2021

  • The Mere-​Exposure Ef­fect

    The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. Mere-Exposure Effect (Wikipedia) Whenever someone on the Internet says “things used to be so much better in my day” or “why did they…

  • Week of 21 June, 2021

    Where I take notes, play Zelda, and hang out with vaccinated friends.

  • I played Fire Emblem: Three Houses

    After over 70 hours of gameplay spread across three months, I finally finished the Blue Lions route in Fire Emblem: Three Houses last Saturday. This was my third attempt at playing this game. I had to quit playing the first two times because the hundreds of options the game offers for customizing character builds made…

  • The Noonday Sun

    Emacs outshines all other editing software in approximately the same way that the noonday sun does the stars. It is not just bigger and brighter; it simply makes everything else vanish. Neal Stephenson, In the Beginning was the Command Line (1998)

  • Rust is Hard

    Lowering my expectations of how good I’ll ever get at writing Rust.

  • Emacs Sparks Joy

    Emacs is a tinkerer’s dream, a creative outlet that provides endless hours of entertainment and joy.

  • Week of 2 November, 2020

  • We do bones

    Her adept said: “I’ll keep it off you. Nav, show them what the Ninth House does.” Gideon lifted her sword. The construct worked itself free of its last confines of masonry and rotten wood and heaved before them, flexing itself like a butterfly. “We do bones, motherfucker,” she said. Tamsyn Muir, Gideon the Ninth

  • Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television

    There is skill to it. More importantly, it has to be joyful, effortless, fun. TV defeats its own purpose when it’s pushing an agenda, or trying to defeat other TV or being proud or ashamed of itself for existing. It’s TV; it’s comfort. It’s a friend you’ve known so well, and for so long you…

  • Week of 27 July, 2020

  • The Interviews and Short Fiction of Tamsyn Muir

    Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth is not only my favorite book of 2020 so far, it has also become one of my favorite books ever. Since Harrow the Ninth, the sequel to Gideon, is coming out this month, I’ve been trawling the Web for news, interviews, AMAs, and anything else I can find about the…

  • Week of 13 July, 2020

  • Week of 6 July, 2020

    The anxiety medication has been hitting me hard this entire week, making me feel drowsy and tired pretty much 24/7. I feel markedly less anxious, though, so maybe this is progress? My brain is slush, and this is just about as much as I can manage to write today. I’m hoping next week will be…

  • Learning Mandarin, Japanese, and Russian Through Hindi

    I recently discovered several resources for learning foreign languages through Hindi, which I found intriguing. Some of these resources are decades old, others are from the Internet age. Mandarin: https://avtans.com/2020/07/04/learning-chinese-through-hindi/ Japanese: https://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/hindi/ Russian 1: https://ia801603.us.archive.org/13/items/in.ernet.dli.2015.482818/2015.482818.Roosii-Praambhik.pdf Russian 2: https://ia801602.us.archive.org/15/items/in.ernet.dli.2015.482819/2015.482819.Roosii-Praambhik.pdf

  • Week of 29 June, 2020