GoT hot take, no spoilers Show more
All the "GoT is just like real human history unlike other epic fantasy!!!!" talk is very exhausting because the forced comparison only serves to really highlight how most people only understand history as a bullet point list of events, of alternating summers and winters. Which is mostly the fault of past generations of historians that will not leave because of the school system, but gosh.
Eurovision Show more
Iceland didn't win unfortunately, which means capitalism will not be destroyed... Or maybe, not winning was their plan... ?
GoT hot take from someone who has only seen 1 season, read 2.5 books and a bunch of wiki articles Show more
Dany's heel turn was always foreshadowed in how she would not let go of her crown ambitions no matter what, even though there is really not a single good reason for her to want it beyond blind greed.
another year, another person falsely claims to have decoded the Voynich Manuscript
I don't think I've fully realised why Catullus' fifth poem stuck with me so much, but it's because it fully, perfectly reads as an anthem of lesbian love despite being written by a man for his female lover. Unlike other reinterpretations like this, it's not remotely even a stretch.
Let us live, my Lesbia, and let us love
and value the the rumors of more severe old men at only a penny!
I love all programming languages. all of them. I love that they exist. I love that they're good at some things, bad at others. I love going over their designs, intentions, and outcomes - and seeing how well they landed with regards to their goals. I love reading their goals. I love seeing history, evolution, and stagnation. I love all of it, and I love using them under their intended mental space. I love using them for things they weren't made for.
It's really frustrating that programming /
Long post on the relationship between science and art Show more
Can't tell you how many times I've tried to explain to professionals working in Computer Science that algorithms are art and programming languages are media for expressing that art. I've been saying this since I was a middle schooler, but I've expanded on it significantly in years since.
They almost invariably seem to think I mean that CSS produces pretty typography or that video games can have great assets, but I don't. I mean that science itself is artistic.
I think this is because so many people believe that art is inherently useless. They know that there is functional value to their smartphone, but they are ignorant to the functional value of sharing stories and feelings and expressions of our experiences.
As a result, they don't want philosophy to be art. They don't want politics to be art. They don't want engineering to be art. They don't want science to be art.
Art is subjective and experiential and its meaning is derived from its creators and those who engage with it. Science is no different in this regard. The fruits of both labors matter because they matter to the people they are done by and the communities they are done for.
Science isn't more important than art because science is art.
horror, implied cannibalism Show more
[Transcript: Screenshot of an error message reading "TypeError: Body has already been consumed"]
I've been looking at the new Humble Bundle that has a bunch of advice literature for writers, and I just cannot stand that around 80% of writing advice seems to center on selling your work and the rest is on how to be more productive.
I get it, capitalism is inescapable and we all have to eat, but I'm really taken aback every time I'm looking for a creative connection in these spaces and then I get something like "don't have typos in your query letter"
On one hand, I am absolutely annoyed by artists whose expectation is for their art to last forever, on the other hand I can't stop thinking about preservation issues every time I come up with a new project. How can I write it so it works without images? How can I design games that work as physical games too?
I just want to make the art I enjoy making and I don't know what that is anymore.
climate change, massive condescension Show more
I saw a huge spray writing on a local wall that said something like "Greta should go to school to learn things, plants need CO2 to breathe" and it's the most ridiculous thing I have ever read, so much so that the only way I can cope with it is to pretend some sort of supervillain whose ultimate goal is fixing climate change by covering earth in plants wrote it.
I have to display the birthplaces of of a bunch of people on a map for an university project, which involves manually searching them on wikipedia and entering birthplace name and coordinates on a spreadsheet. My professor just informed me that I should do more than the 60 members I've already looked up, so now I've decided to try to automate the data entry, can't be that hard, right? (Dunning Krugering it up here)
I few weeks ago I watched an interview with one of the representatives for the Notre Dame, and she said they were going to rebuild it exactly as it was, and would "certainly not add new stuff". She said it in such an incredibly dismissive tone and I just wondered, why not? Why NOT?
I guess that is how we'll add ourselves to this collaborative artwork of generations. It'll say a lot about our age.
Sometimes it makes me sad how fluent I've become in English, because I could have been raised bilingual. I see how easily and naturally English slotted into my brain and get sad that this space could've, *should've* belonged to Kurdish, if world history and personal history had shook out differently.
I keep getting youtube prerolls that try to aggressively shame me into learning German, and I got some bad news for the ad department:
Despite people saying my German is so bad it couldn't be from a native speaker, I am in fact a native German speaker, not even been raised bilingual.
(I consider myself bilingual in English and German because of how my brain works now, but I didn't start learning it in my teens)
I'm Toad and I trying things out. What's a failure or sixty if there's a thing at the end??
Profile picture is mine, header is my great-grandmother's.
Revel in the marvels of the universe.