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vim, childish sex joke 

Every time I delete text up to the letter 'f' I think "dtf... lol"

@requiem @mhoye this is a recommendation for a resource one step prior to the thing you requested, but it might still be super useful to help make sense of all the other recommendations you're going to be getting:

cc: @darius

jojolion ending spoilers 

@jplebreton Well!!!? What did you think? I was incredibly hyped to see Joseph 2, and I am hoping against hope that he is in part 9. And I loved that the last chapter was all about drawing the line directly from SBR to Jojolion, and all about family and lineage in general which is obviously The Most Jojo Theme

sci fi game recommendation 

The Fermi Paradox is an early-access game about "galactic gardening" -- you shepherd civilizations across a galaxy on a very high level (like making decisions for them once or twice per major "era" of their civ). Still a bit rough (since it's early access) but there aren't a lot of games like it out there. (Windows only.)

hi fediverse, I just posted transcripts of a few talks and lectures I've given over the past few years, mostly concerning the connections between machine learning, language and poetry:

(notes and summaries in individual posts below)

It's the early evening busy birb time if anyone wants to watch some birbs for a bit before the birbs turn in for the night :D

very thankful to the taliban for finally displacing covid on youtube's home page

Invading Afghanistan and trying to set up a puppet govt for 20 years was a disaster from the start. Today, remembering my first protest and my first reporting gig: a quixotic protest in late 2001 against the inevitable invasion.

They were right.

Nice mini-site from Alvy Ray Smith, one of the cofounders of Pixar, debunking a lot of the myths about Steve Jobs' involvement in the company.

TLDR; he was a very useful investor for them but the idea that his "vision" shaped the company is incorrect. Around the time Toy Story was poised to be a hit, he positioned himself to *look* like a visionary.

I have some exciting professional news to share!

The Sloan Foundation has generously funded "Collaborating on Software Archiving for Institutions" #CoSAI, with 3 streams of work:

1) technical development on open source, decentralized toolkit for software archiving & replay; 2) community building and education on software archiving; and 3) optimizing machine and human workflows

Psyched that this is a big collaborative project, feat. the one and only @wilkie

Read more:

Water 🀝 children
being able to wet your clothes

Every. single. university:

"We're transforming education for the 21st century and our new digital environment."


Personal inbox down from 2800 unread messages to 1400. Tomorrow I'll try and hit 700.

All part of my strategy I like to call... Inbox Zeno 😎

My biggest Ubuntu woes, fixed 

Figured out the two things that were making Ubuntu 20 slow for me.

1: It installed with 1GB of swap space. This is comically low for a machine with 16GB of RAM. Increased it to 16GB and that helped a lot. But my GUI was still really slow, at which point I realized

2: I had "fractional scaling" enabled for one of my displays. I turned it off and suddenly everything is butter-smooth. It means I have to run my high-DPI screen at a lower resolution but I'll take it.

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"Apps Getting Worse" by Tim Bray

My wife and I have a running joke where she'll complain about some awful new "feature" in an app that makes the experience worse, and I'll say "Somebody got a promotion for that." The sad thing is it's probably true.

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