A thread of optimistic science/fiction art.
First up, Bryan Larsen's joyful inspiration: https://www.bryanlarsen.com/gallery/
Nazis are not subhuman. Make no mistake. They are every bit as human as you or I. This is why they must be destroyed. Because they have just as much ability as you or I to not be nazis. They hold that capability, but instead they rationalize, justify and choose to be one every single day. They aren't less human than any of us. That is why they are so disgusting.
Here's an example from Pittsburgh. The first screenshot shows a map of libraries that Google will tell you about. In the second are libraries that the Allegheny County Library Association website will tell you about, including the very nice enormous library we visited just today. There are so many more than Google's willing to show!
(why the heck would an advertising company like Google bother to tell you about libraries? They lend books out for free! Not much advertising potential there.)
Announcing Hellraver (2020)
I am so pleased that this mostly came out the way I wanted it to the first go round. There are tweaks I want to make, and I still have to make a jig to actually permanently affix the sides together, but goddamn. Sometimes a dumb idea works out almost exactly how you envisioned it.
Also it still smells absolutely TERRIBLE XD
Have you tried DuckDuckGo recently? I find its results as good or better than Google 99% of the time, and has the advantage of not being Google in any way.
For the remaining 1%, adding "!g" to the search sends it through Google.
I'll be honest, I use !w to search Wikipeida 20x more.
More shortcuts: https://duckduckgo.com/bang
Fascinating deaths in AD 79
A lot of weird disgusting details about all the ways the eruption of Vesuvius killed people, including turning brains to soap and/or glass.
Gives you an idea of How serious the new coronavirus strain is: China is putting Wuhan under quarantine - this is a city of 11 million people, with all public transportation shut down on short notice. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/22/coronavirus-china-measures-rein-spread-mutate-disease-death-toll
A young developer sits next to me at the coffee shop. After a few curious looks at my laptop he asks, "What is that?"
I give it's name.
"What's that?" he asked again.
I consider. It's a development environment that was once cutting edge and that I pioneered the use of. It took over the world. Now it's so obsolete that the name is forgotten, and I'm working to end-of-life a project that I've shepherded for two decades.
I sigh. "Nothing," I say. "What are you working on?
Trouble with words. Writing Speculative Fiction, Exploration Non-Fiction. Pragmatic optimism.
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