But there's another thing about Harry Potter... the story can be frustrating because of how unfair Harry's world is. Why does the school employ a janitor who hates kids and is out to get them? And it struck me on this read-through that this is the world through a tween's eyes... teachers are out to get you, they have favorites who can do no wrong, the rules are applied unfairly. It's a world of being powerless to defend yourself against those in power.
Rereading Harry Potter and one thing that strikes me... they're essentially mysteries, but the clues just aren't there. There's lots of misdirection, but there isn't enough information for the reader to figure out what's really going on. Is that intentional? Wanting the big reveal to be a surprise the reader didn't see coming, so the lack of clues is on purpose? I suspect so.
@CarlCravens Clearly when people buy a wing-brake the algo has noticed they subsequently need repair parts for vehicles they don't even own.
It's Amazon's daily recommendations that convinces me machine learning combined with detailed info about me isn't _too_ dangerous yet. Today's recommendation was a 100 pack of automobile fuses. They regularly offer me parts specific to vehicles I have never owned (and I've told them what models I own). I bought one thing related to a car (but not a repair part) six months ago.
It is proven! I am ravenx99 on Keybase: https://keybase.io/ravenx99/sigchain#6c7724af6486da633e74ce0890ffe5f0d4579239e236ff4d6c8fd42f8da8daf50f
i bought one of the dice advent calendars from @silverseams and i am *pumped* for it
here's day 1!
That feeling when a web cartoonist I've followed for many years has refused to start a Patreon because he wants readers to get something physical for their money instead of just the webcomic that is already free (and I don't want physical books), and I discover he started a Patreon some time ago and hasn't really promoted it. :|
Seriously, who thinks, "no, next-day delivery of a book of comic strips is NOT FAST ENOUGH, I need it by 8am."
Who thinks, "You know what, Amazon delivery trucks are not killing enough people after school and work, we need them to be racing around on the roads during the morning rush hour as well. We need those desperate gig workers struggling to meet a morning deadline as well as the unrealistic evening one."
(The second thought: Jeff Bezos, apparently. The first thought: I dunno but not me.)