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Hi everyone,

I'm guiot, g?rl (pronouns she or they) from Turin, Italy ; @npisanti and @Merristasis took me here ; i live code electronic music with TidalCycles and SuperCollider, and have fun with tech and code as much as i can ; i'm passionate about music, philosophy, computer science, math, game design.

happy to meet all of you merveilles pals

[github in my bio as soon as i figure mastodon out :3]

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New Rasperry Pi 400, a computer built into a keyboard! Funny, it’s like so many classic 8-bit-era computers in its form factor! Kinda nifty. raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry

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Here is a tree growing game. Race your friends to grow a forest the fastest, but don't let your trees fall down.

microfictiongames.neocities.or

i'm not good enough for NaNoGenMo so I think i'll try to do something like PuzzleScript November this year... just a little cute sokoban-like puzzle a day

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I don't think it can have been more than about a year since I discovered Firefox's "Reader" mode, and in that relatively short time I have gotten to the point that, when I'm on my phone at least, I instinctively check for whether the icon is available on every single site and hit it the moment I see it, even if the page in question hasn't yet loaded/rendered to the point where I can even assess it's readability. I just do it, because I have literally never once seen a single case where switching to Reader mode made the site *less* usable on a mobile. Not even once. I guess this shouldn't surprise me - nobody would have gone through the trouble of writing the feature if it didn't work well. But what does it say that we have gotten to the point where its of real practical value to automate the process of routinely throwing away the entire product of the web design industry?

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Wouldn't it be nice if any and all text presented to users by any kind of computer interface - website, mobile app, desktop app, literally anything - could be easily selected and copied to the clipboard? So that it can be pasted into translation tools, or search engines, or bug reports, or documentation? And when I say "wouldn't it be nice", I guess I mean "how is this not a self-evident truth that the industry didn't realise and achieve decades ago"? As far as I can tell, we are actively moving away from this goal, since text highlighting in websites has become ever more of a crapshoot in recent years, and is often actually impossible.

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Asking for help, financial aid 

Hey everyone. I'm currently financially in a bad situation. Lockdown is back, I have no money, I'm disabled and I can't buy food. If you could help, don't feel obliged to, but any help is welcome. Thank you, boosts appreciated.

paypal.com/paypalme/merristasi

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i made an 'against the clock' video where I try to make sounds in 30 minutes (in TidalCycles + SuperCollider) and explain what I'm doing, v v fun experience

youtube.com/watch?v=qkyDX63M6q

I love usesthis, some posts give me so much inspiration for dream endgame working/writing/living setups

usesthis.com/interviews/nils.m

Been using vimwiki for a month, and the benefits of keeping a personal wiki rather than a series of notes/*.md files are already starting to show. It obviously gets even better with time, as everything becomes hyperlinked and tags start to get populated.

As a side benefit, finally taking actually good digital notes helps me realize what things I need to write on paper: music stuff, diagrams, etc

reminder: don't give your data to corps if you plan to hide and plot Evil Stuff in secret

youtube.com/watch?v=hkelvT10Np

so basically maybe my fav game of 2019, merveilleux 10/10 i love it

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Your goal, then, is to abuse this fact to interpret and classify symbols in a way that will be the most beneficial: the one that will create the most useful categories, that will enable you to work better, that will make categories of the right size compared to the space you want to allocate for them.

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The emphasis here is on "decided". In rabbitduck-like situations, where a symbol has ambiguous meaning, an observer has a lot of agency about what they see, and just a little bit of self-talk can influence perception and classification.

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Lastly, it's a game about smart rabbitducking.

There are many symbols that have different interpretations, especially the more abstract ones. For example, there is a double-curve symbol that most people just file under "abstract shapes", whereas i *decided* to interpret it as the two humps of a camel, which allowed me to file it under "camel stuff". This was good, since there are many abstract shapes, and offloading some of them to other departments helped me not to overload that category.

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(the fact that hierarchical systems (with the extra affordances provided by 2d/3d space at best) leave much to be desired if one wants to create satisfying classifications hints to the idea that operating systems could use much better ways to organize files than a simple filesystem hierarchy / "files inside folders inside folders" metaphor; but more on that at another time)

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This is where most of the fun in the game comes in, as it leads to many breakthroughs like "oh, these three things can go together because [implausible but easy to remember reason]".

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[...] your tasks are remembering where symbols are and delivering them on time, so the only factors that matter are cognitive ease and ease of retrieval. You want to be creative and make up makeshift 'properties' that allow your memory to remember where a symbol is, and that allow your space to be efficiently organized to the point where it can do some thinking for you.

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But there are no links or tagging systems in Wilmot's Warehouse. You have to work in a simple 2d space, with even more limitations than a hapless 17th-century librarian. This requires leaving behind the idea of categorizing by 'perfect science' and embracing a more practical approach, which means you don't care about classifying things by 'what they actually are': [...]

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