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I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones.
-- John Cage

#anarchism #quote #bot

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Say what you will, but I find developing software for a Commodore 64 overwhelmingly more satisfying than developing software for a paycheck, even if it is deep-embedded work, despite (or, perhaps because of?) its anemic ecosystem.

The entire C64, which is what we'd consider a "system on a chip" these days, is described in a 700-page manual, half of which is dedicated to BASIC. So, really, you're getting a 350-page technical reference manual, and about half of that is reserved for the ROM KERNAL routines. So, figure, on the order of 175 pages of actual hardware description.

Today, with the SoC I'm tasked to work on, I have thousands upon thousands of pages to wade through, spanning multiple spec sheets by different IP vendors. Worse, these IP blocks can all be configured differently, so I have to sometimes reverse engineer how the SoC implemented the IP block.

I am just too old-school for today's world. That's all there is to it.

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Remember when Dribbble was a cool place to see what’s new in UI design? Did anything come after that? Or can you suggest me follows of designers doing cool UI and icon design?

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@piggo @thor i find it amazing that essentially all of history people from different religions have claimed that they can reach altered states by meditating, breathing, set and setting, and we (at least i) learned it as some kind of crazy talk, like, yeah maybe but after 20 years of meditation, when you can literally do it after being linked basic instructions .
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fuck it, I'm releasing my databending drum machine TONIGHT

make drum loops with percussive samples procedurally generated from opus codec glitches!~ 🥁💥💻

suricrasia.online/opus-databen

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i really really appreciate the Carmack talk.

a. vr's superpower could be, not just experiences, but screens. vr is a place where there can be a lot of screens, where we can summon up surface after surface. it ought compete with regular computing for computing experiences.

b. loved the discussion about composite rendering, part cloud part local, but he made me want us to all go in harder on it, not be afraid like he was.

so much other shit too. discussion about #fediverse grade vs centralized. lots of random stuff. just such a trustable, seasoned outlook. a rare genuine human, given deep access, allowed his own voice: rare as fuck.

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Some of you might be interested in CookLang, a recipe markup language. cooklang.org/

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It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.

– Chuck Palahniuk

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An artist:

1. bought an Andy Warhol drawing for $20,000.
2. made 999 high-quality forgeries.
3. shuffled them.
4. sold each of the 1000 drawings for $250.

You might get the original $20,000 Warhol, but you’ll never know. This hurts my brain and I'm loving it!

It's a reasonable price for common art. No lottery. Nobody is ripped off. The artist profits hugely, yet gives away a unique item far below market value, but its receiver won't know.

It challenges our value system in very Warhol-way.

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@natecull @enkiv2 this is a fascinating glimpse on connections not made and paths not taken

For some time i have felt that the modern GUI has stagnated because the required link with machine learning / data processing has not been there (ML being today mostly used to exploit rather than augment users)

Quite an eye opener (but on second thought logical). Software is so much just a reflection of social structure, its scary.

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Tech rambling 

Can't shake the feeling that we've never been able to do less with more. Our tools are getting more powerful, but somehow their usefulness is not increasing, sometimes even diminishing. Why do I need a quad-core machine with 8GB of memory to type text into a box and send it to someone? Why is everything so much bigger and slower, yet still does exactly the same stuff, or less? Does having processing power and memory abundantly available cause laziness and wastefulness?

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The stupid fucking computer voice that's attached to tiktok videos is designed to be as annoying as possible. The voice is intentionally programmed to be obnoxious and grab your attention. Both facebook and tiktok and basically any other Big Social Media does this in different ways. They make their money by designing stimuli that gets under your skin and hooks into your brain.

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a "bittorrent clinet" is a misnomer that identifies how weak technolingually we are. we dont even have the word. a bittorrent client/server, a peer, an agent...

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