Hey Merveilles Town!
I just wanted to share that I'm launching my own newsletter: Errata Exist.
I'll be writing about things like software development and self improvement.
If that sounds interesting, you can subscribe to it here: https://buttondown.email/maxdeviant
Shout out to @ian for inspiring me through their newsletter!
Youtube isn't interested in keeping videos forever. Or even for a long time. They'd rather not keep old videos at all.
New terms of service add a clause to terminate your access "if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable."
Started training a bot that tries to analyze and identify hate-speech on Twitter.
A few things became quite apparent after only a few days:
1. There are huge networks of (seemingly) fake accounts that like and retweet each other's posts. Someone is operating this at a _massive_ scale.
2. Reporting and banning fake accounts seems futile. You're fighting a hydra that spawns new accounts quicker than one can report them.
3. I'm feeling sick to my stomach just browsing through the logs.
Speaking of rainbow shapes, check this out! 🌈🔬
Nerilso G. Bocchi and Romeu C. Rocha-Filho, at the Federal University of São Carlos, have translated my reproduction of J. F. Hyde's spiraling Periodic Table into Portuguese, and made it into a
to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev's table. 🍾
And they did a super good job too! One of them has got SERIOUS vector graphics chops. It was probably a pain in the butt to do! I'm super impressed.
"So i just came out to my dad abt being #nb, and he said something really wise about names, i think.
He said “Gifts are not obligations. You give things to people, and you hope they like them. And your name was a gift from us to you. If it doesn’t work for you anymore, you’re not obligated to keep it.”
and i just thought maybe other people could use hearing something like that."
I mean, yes, I’m broadcasting some serious white privilege here, and travel sucks for lots of people in lots of ways, air travel especially.
But I like the feeling of being Diet Rez. Rez On A Chip. No worries except what’s on the itinerary, no baggage except what I can carry.
A sleek reprieve.
Does anybody else here secretly love air travel and hotels? The wait at the gate, the flight crew’s routine, the baggage claim, the lobby, the weird hallways, the prepared room? The Brian Eno soundtrack? The ice bucket you won’t use? The RFID door lock?
The notion that you’re a guest someplace distinctly different from home— and the notion that you slit the atmosphere to get there?
The version of your life that fits in a fifty pound checked bag?
The sense that you’re lightweight and portable?
The Yiddish roots of "glitch"
You've probably already seen it, but I made some progress on my personal site.
Feedback is welcome! 😃
I finally put that 3D logo gizmo together, and get this: you can click it, and it goes through modes. 😊 I'll add more or swap them out from time to time.
There's also a basic Beliefs page and a stubbed Links page. They'll be built like the webring's other sites, lots of little snippets indexed for easy perusal.
( @neauoire may I join the webring? 🙏 )
Part of uploading my new site to my webspace involves picking through the detritus I've uploaded over the years. Like BitmapEditor, my early Flash playground for developing brushlike art tools. The motley brush, for example, was only ever really good at producing blurry technicolor swishy shapes.
I spent way too long overthinking BitmapEditor.
It costs next to nothing to do the digital equivalent of hoarding, but who would truly miss BitmapEditor if I deleted it for good?
It’s official, folks! We’re married! 🤩 This is our traditional Jewish marriage contract; the wreath is composed from illustrations are from an artist on Etsy who I’ll look up and credit later 😅
Chelsea Manning is still in jail...she has spent the bulk of 2019 in jail, with no due process, bail or charge...she simply refuses to testify to a grand jury that already has access to the testimony from her court martial.
This is pure retribution, hatred and bigotry of trans people by the criminal and corrupt Trump administration and extremist conservatives that support him.
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.