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Praises to @salamander

bring me your dreams so that I may make them kings and queens and presidents and, Musicians

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Suddenly internalised the oppressive reality of the existence of math.

We can prove that there exist sequences of letters that not even god could compress.

We can prove that there are true statements that not even god could prove.

No one will ever do those things.

The universe is FULL of METAPHYSICAL WALLS that NOTHING can ever break through ⬛ 💀

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Sue reminds me of me. A compulsion to dig at peoples' incongruities, an unshakeable faith- often misplaced- that all can be fixed. But what if we're right?

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One of the things I'm looking forward to in crycog is putting the player in situations where most of the puzzles are known to be unsolvable, and they have to convince themselves of this.

The player must develop the character to be able to seek solutions in spaces where there might not be any, and then also to be extremely careful before accepting any impossibility proofs they come up with just in case they trick themselves into entering a cynicism trap.

Every morning I open youtube just to frown at the bad recommendations and not watch any of them. This ceremony reconfirms my commitments and prepares me for a productive day.

Issue: Are they able to copy games between devices?
if yes: Then they're going to end up playing games they get from other households that they don't directly know the authors of.
if no: Then they can't really collaborate on the games very well which is sad.

Maybe just let them copy but make sure they understand the point of it: you get to participate in a creative ecosystem, you get to make your own games.

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A portable games console with a fun to use game editor/IDE and nothing else. Can only play games that were made by the device owner, or a nearby device owner they're hanging out with. Give these to all of the children and simply don't ever tell them about the big bad world outside.

(oh wait no yeah, three books have already come through, I was confused by the way she was talking about the fourth because I thought it had already been pretty much finished, but I think she suggests it's receiving more work?)

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But I dunno. Apparently there's going to be a fourth book in the Terra Ignota series after the third that's coming soon. So far, Terra Ignota has dealt a lot with the longtermist archetype (The Utopians), living gods, technological power assymetries, war and peace, that's all extremely relevant to alignmentism, so she might get into it eventually. And a bunch of popular accounts of longtermist x-risk came out recently that someone has hopefully gotten her to read..

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I didn't find what she had to say about the singularity all that incisive though, the fact that the interview took place on this goofy singularity podcast is kind of just funny.

I get this weird sense of indifference from technohistorians about the AGI phase shift. Despite studying technological phase shifts their whole lives they sort of don't seem interested in trying to exercise any agency and apprehend one before becoming subject to it.

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Sci fi author and historian Ada Palmer's passion for the history of thought is fully transmitted, here, extremely good interview

I teared up a couple of times during this because it's... it's essentially the story of our creation, not the biological part, the intellectual part, and I hadn't heard this part of it before, she shows us each of the sparks that had to take before any of our unprecedented hopes could birth

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Fool: When Twitter and Furaffinity finally destroy themselves, many of their users will move to Mastodon

Wise Man: When Twitter and Furaffinity finally destroy themselves, their users will come together across cultures and creeds to build a single replacement website from scratch, called, "GrunkYapperz". It will be built on a new platform called "PHP-VR" and completely controlled by a single mysterious admin known only as "SlurpyGryphon"

While scrounging for plain black sweatshirt recommendations (still looking), I decided to check in on our aesthetic cousins, lot2046, known for their standard issue minimal industrialgoth subscription service.

Found a lot of baffling shit that deserves a complete discussion rather than a side-eye from someone who doesn't know them very well, although one thing that I would like to report is that they are trying to make this trailer home thing and it cute.

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MNT Reform (open hardware laptop) campaign is live:

And here's the Launch Announcement:

Thanks to everyone who helped and supported us to make this happen.

They are too small, but yet, consider, I love them. No one can deny this logic. I love them.

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Maybe I should make Witching Lands' cards bigger. They're adorable like this but inherently annoying to handle (shuffling in any usual way is basically impossible) and trying to fit unambiguous visual explanations of the spells onto them is causing me a lot of suffering.

Even the land cards may kind of need to be bigger to make it clear that everyone can crowd into the same tile at once (if they want to)

@glyph idle question, do you know much about fungi conservation issues?

Aotearoa's Kauri trees are dying mysteriously and I've been wondering if it might have anything to do with invasive fungi in the mycorrhizome. It seems like the kind of thing that would be very hard to study, an invisible war, invisible combatants, moving invisibly, displacing other invisible combatants who were never given names

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. @body is informing me that

- lots of people train wild crows to collect things (why doesn't every adult in my culture know how to do that already)

- we should maybe think about using crow collection training to contain the giant hornets that have just started popping up in Washington State
we can't really imagine anything short of that working

look at this weird thing I can make my brain/computer/culture do. It doesn't feel bad so it must be extremely good and wise

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hi fedi!

us in the cabal club are spending the next 7 weeks creating a subjective moderation system for cabal: a volunteer-driven & open source p2p project for resilient chat. [1]

we think it's important to ground the implementation in lived experiences, hearing concerns, and just listening to other people a bit

we're looking for people to interview & prioritizing those who identify as trans and/or women. please dm me if you are interested

thank you!


@cblgh can I read your WOT thesis now so that I know where you're at/what kinda language to use to describe something/where the field is at

Perpetually bamboozled about how there was only one very brief stage of our evolutionary history where we might have resembled anything anybody would have a fursona of.

We clawed our way up from being a horrid fish thing, to being a lizard, to finally getting to be a nice lemur thing, and then too quickly it ended, and we had to be monkeys until the end. Not ONCE did we get to be canids.

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