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i wrote a pouchdb plugin that mirrors a database with a dat archive, if that's a thing you've ever wanted to do. it's called combox

A few months ago I found a programmer's personal blog where they had one post for every single official HTTP status code. I can't find it for the life of me because all the search terms I can think of are really noisy. Any ideas what I was looking at???

Masto admins, character limit 

There were so many parts of DQ11 that just felt Skyrim-y to me, especially the entire Sniflheim region. But also the Kingsbarrow, and a lot of the incidental design stuff like architecture in the dungeons. It's mostly reflected in the environmental design rather than like the combat system but it's fascinating to me

One really interesting thing about playing Dragon Quest XI was it's further proof of the immense influence Skyrim has had on the last decade of Japanese game development. I can't recall actual numbers but I remember hearing anecdotally that it was a mega-hit there in ways that American RPGs almost never are. It seems like it's only surpassed by Wizardry in terms of "American RPGs that have a lasting effect on JRPG design" (since, uh, Dragon Quest 1 was basically a Japanese take on Wizardry).

Update: I finished it. Turns out I'm a fast reader when I'm not deliberately reading slowly. Verdict: very good book but I'll have more to say when I've stewed on it

I've been reading more books than usual recently and it's been nice!!! A big thing that helps is not taking the time to savor every word. Turns out there aren't very many authors whose words are worth savoring. Sometimes you just read the words and extract meaning from denotation

Everyone who says “you are your own worst critic” has obviously never met a regional sales manager

the NYer profile of the publishing grifter (Dan Mallory) upset me the same way the Fyre fest docs did. Media/art/publishing institutions hand opportunities to people like that. Gatekeepers have been trained to eat up that kind of toxic charisma, while actual talent — modestly packaged — has very little chance of going anywhere.

If I was playing Dark Souls, I would simply damage all the enemies, while not taking any damage.

Take me down to the future perfect tense city,
where the grass will have been green and the girls will have been pretty

Dragon Quest XI story thoughts 

@jalcine @wakest the https site has a .well-known/dat file which beaker checks for so it knows it should shunt you to the dat site

"Fairness in Precision Medicine", a report by Kadija Ferryman and Mikaela Pitcan. It's examining bias in health care algorithms (think fitbit and other forms of personal data used to inform diagnosis, prevention, and deployment of healthcare resources)

I'm reminded by keynote speaker Leslie Chan: share your contracts, share your salary or hourly pay rate. If illegal to share contracts (NDA), do it clandestinely. (My suggestion not his.) Compare/contrast. You'll be shocked who gets paid 2x for doing the same work, especially where gender/race is concerned.

I shared this doc of every salary I ever earned a few years ago.

And yes: I have been paid literally too much money for several jobs

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read. Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users. * you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on * they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts" * if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time) * the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers. * there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here * When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here * 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful Important Bit from the Privacy Docs: If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet! Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!