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It's fascinating to have only a monochrome vt100 terminal emulator in hand and discover how many "command line" and "terminal UI" programs require colors, UTF-8, and emoji. Even our command line apps are leaving the retro world wholly incompatible.

Drew Devault gets me. This is ultimately why I don't throw myself into Rust-- it's a heavy, rapidly moving target with no standards for the language or ABI.

@neauoire You might find it funny that, because of our various interactions, search engines seem to know your websites matter to me. When I go looking for ORCA/C, the Apple iigs C compiler, your ORCA comes up first.

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The Real Novelty of the ARPANET

"Physical distance was conquered well before the ARPANET by the telegraph. The kind of distance conquered by the ARPANET was instead the logical distance between the operating systems, character codes, programming languages, and organizational policies employed at each host site. Implementing the first packet-switched network was of course a major feat of engineering that should also be mentioned, but the problem of agreeing on standards to connect computers that had never been designed to play nice with each other was the harder of the two big problems involved in building the ARPANET—and its solution was the most miraculous part of the ARPANET story."

Tooting this from a terminal app on an Apple iiGS emulator. Pretty damn cool.

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"Remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."

-- Abigail Adams, March 1776

I've spent years lamenting that my output, both at work and in my side projects, is sporadic and below my real ability. The honest but sad truth is that I really lost the sense of wonder and fun in hacking a long time ago and I've never been able to get it back.

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Fungi growing on agar media in pairwise competitive interactions.

Published in:

Crowther, T. W., Boddy, L., & Maynard, D. S. (2018). The use of artificial media in fungal ecology. Fungal Ecology.

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“2000 me: Wow you still work on the web, that’s amazing. It must be so easy to publish really interesting web pages.

2020 me: Uhhhhh. [Very long pause.] Look, you can pay a low monthly fee and listen to any album anyone ever made.

’00: That must create some amazing opportunities for musicians!

’20: Well.”

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OK, fellow vim users, we’re now called vimbos. It’s already done. Just get along and make it known.

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Who by fire, who by water, who in the sunshine, who in the nighttime, who by high ordeal, who by common trial, who in your merry merry month of May, who by very slow decay, and who, shall I say, is calling?

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Happy Kwanzaa to everyone that celebrates it :Sparkles_Kwanzaa:

Have created some emoji for the ocasion :fuchsia:.

:Heart_Kwanzaa: Heart_Kwanzaa
:Flag_Kwanzaa: Flag_Kwanzaa
:KwanzaaCat: KwanzaaCat
:Sparkles_Kwanzaa: Sparkles_Kwanzaa

#Kwanzaa #MastoArt #Emoji

"To run, to explore without consequence, to wander without meaning, to play. To love and enjoy our own world." ... "It's all we've ever wanted." (Ibid)

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"I look at myself and I see imperfections."..."These imperfections will persist until the end of time, and there's nothing I can do about that. My life will never be a perfect one. Those lakes, and the ruins that stick out of them, remind me that it's not supposed to be. This isn't Heaven. Waters rise and batteries fail. This is a universe in which things can still fuck up. And that's where I belong. I BELONG here. I can't tell you how good that feels."


Sometimes I'll stop and think that I'm maybe not that great an engineer. Sometimes my work takes longer than I think it should. Sometimes I cut corners. Sometimes I make hacks I'm not proud of.

Then I remember how many engineers are involved in the F-35 fighter jet, and I realize I'm probably not that bad an engineer.

@in_lieu_of_fiction if you're looking for folx to follow, try clicking on the federated timeline button, which will show you a lot of the transitive traffic that comes through here. We've got a lot of great hackers, activists, and assorted eccentrics coming through here.

family, it's been a while since we said hello to a new member. But...please extend a welcome to @in_lieu_of_fiction, an old friend of mine. He's a documentarian, silicon hacker, political satirist, civil rights activist, and one of my first inspirations for going weird. That is to say I think he'll fit right in in the Fediverse.

@in_lieu_of_fiction you may wish to pin the hashtag, since that's where we discuss business and make announcements. Welcome!

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