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

societal apathy benefits only the elites

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!

"Fire and fear, good servants, bad lords" - The Left Hand of Darkness

crazy how elephants laboriously dig through the dirt to access salt(or at least I assume it's laborious), while, where I'm from, during the winter trucks casually dump gallons of the stuff on the road to melt away ice.


The three gates of speech, but for a holistic, ecological awareness when deciding whether you should create a new tool, toy, product, program, etc.

h/t @neauoire


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There are hard problems. But there are also problems that are hard only because the designers are operating in a flawed frame. Most people spend their lives working within the frames crafted for them by their employers, never seeking out their own.

(In fact, If you operate outside of a commercial frame, the solution often is to do nothing - creating unnecessary things too often adds needless noise and discord to the world.)

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Which OS/distro projects have an explicit goal of minimizing power consumption? I'm interested in the inevitable tradeoffs against UX, and the measurement techniques involved.【拾】

I've had this image in my head of these photo comics showing simultaneous views of vegetation. Trying to recreate the feeling of going on a walk and encountering an interesting tree or bush, carefully observing it and taking note of its idiosyncrasies.

I took the photos in these studies in July and attempted arranging them today. They didn't quite come together the way I expected but I'll make another attempt with some fresh photos soon.

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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.