“There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.”

from Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib by the Princess Irulan

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Created a project on sr.ht for these 3 little graphical tools. Each tool is less than 750 lines of C89.


Nasu: Character Editor
Moogle: Wireframe Editor
Dotgrid: Vector Editor

“Instinctive sleeping and resting postures: an anthropological and zoological approach to treatment of low back and joint pain”

Some interesting ideas on how to treat musculoskeletal problems using sleep postures used by older societies and our primate relatives.


I think suits and other kinds of peer-pressured uniforms are bad for people’s health(mental and physical).

I‘m skeptical of IOT and “smart devices” BUT it’d be awesome if my epipen had a thermometer and processor to log its temperature and warn if it goes above the threshold for degrading the adrenaline

Having a lot of fun learning Esperanto. I understand it’s not perfect, but it’s just kinda nice. Reminds me of when I was learning Ruby, it just felt fun.

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It's kind of funny in retrospect that the programming language whose mantra was "There Should Be Only One Way To Do It" featured two separately maintained, incompatible, versions of itself for 11 years.

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Nice summary of the small web by @soapdog: twitter.com/soapdog/status/130

One implication: in the vein of being the change you want to see in the world, all us 'enlightened' folks need to play with a lot more bespoke browsers and user agents and protocols. It's the only way to carve out an oasis in the desert of monopolies and winner-takes-all.

I recently replaced the link to my email everywhere on my website with one to this 'contact' page: akkartik.name/contact

caveat: "[States] did not invent slavery and human bondage, but they did invent “large‐scale societies based systematically on coerced, captive human labor” (p. 180). They did not invent warfare, but they scaled it up (p. 193). They did not always create famine, but they made it more likely: “a crop failure that, without taxes, might mean hunger could, after the state took its taxes, mean utter ruin” (p. 123)."


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"All the early states, without an exception, were slave states" - James C. Scott(youtu.be/RNkkEU7EoOk?t=1385)

"Ancient civilizations relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities" - Andrew Nikiforuk

And yet people still routinely use "civilized" as an adjective describing a more desirable, exalted state of being for humans and their societies.

I like video essays, but a lot of them don't really benefit much from motion as an expressive device, and thus would be just as effective as comics too. And comics come with the added benefits of being amenable to remixing, taking less space, less compute, etc.

Wish more people saw comics as an option, but videos seem to be the dominant visual medium of our times, I wonder why?

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@eel @dualhammers so i stopped open sourcing everything. i couldn't sit with it being used towards violence- corporate or otherwise. but i WANT it to be used! ACSL is an attempt to find a middle. yes- its not easily enforceable and may be more useful as a deterrent and a statement of intent than something ironclad in a court of law. but it gives me a way to state my values, and to share my labor with those- and only those- who need it. and this capacity makes me more willing to share it at all.

I'd like to create a very cozy and fun to use repl.

Playing around with this concept for a semi-structured code editor. Like in org-mode or workflowy, lines can be nested. The nesting is used to express blocks of code, but each line is just normal text with syntax, hence semi-structured.

It'd be interesting to develop a language for this, as the syntax could potentially be more minimal due to hierarchy being unambiguous. I think incremental parsing might be easy to implement too.

Maybe people are too casual about placing the written word down in public. Perhaps the culture should treat it as a very grave act, done only for the most important messages, and only for as long as absolutely necessary.

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We went to the park the other day. We haven't been going out as much as we used to, so there's a lot of stuff we saw with fresh eyes. The biggest thing was the amount of signs.

There's signs everywhere in parks, warning you, admonishing you, criticizing you. Don't let your dog loose. Don't walk into the shrubs. Don't climb this wall. Don't go here, don't do that, etc. etc. etc.

Small signs big signs, once you start seeing them again, they're everywhere!

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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.