Eclipse is one IDE that I just cannot abide. It lacks anything even resembling decent UX, and flies in the face of every other IDE/text editor workflow I've encountered.

Iโ€™m also annoyed at the people who say โ€œitโ€™s just all your browsing data so whatโ€™s the big deal?โ€ Itโ€™s my *browsing data* thatโ€™s exactly why itโ€™s a big deal!!!

twitter.com/matthew_d_green/st

Really enjoying Stephen Pinker's "Enlightenment Now" - it's a well-cited and uplifting read, but the bigger takeaway for me so far is that it has made me realise that not reading the latest news headlines may not be such a bad thing. Always felt a bit of an ignoramus in not keeping up.

Especially in these times of news from all sides being often partisan, biased and occasionally outright fabricated, you're likely to get a better pulse on the state of the world by brushing up on your history and statistics.

@TheKinrar I'm getting a lot of duplicates in the instances.social endpoint. I'm sending the next_id as min_id in the instances list request. How should I fix this? The API response contains the duplicates.

How do I use the instances.social API to get the URL of the instance? The response doesn't contain it. This is the response for one of the instances:

pastebin.com/5x64bWJc

Doctor: I'm terribly sorry but the tests are back. Your child is artistic.

Parents: (sob)

Doctor: Now don't worry, it's not the end of the world. Your child will never have the mind of an executive, but with modern innovations like Etsy, Patreon and Kickstarter, they may be able to pay rent well into their mid-20s.

Parent: Did... did crayons do this

Doctor: Who can say? We're exposed to so many forms of art every day: music, poetry, language, geometry..

Parent: We're getting crayons BANNED

During my early pre-adult life, one of my father figureheads would never do anything unless they made monetary profit or could hold it against someone for future "favours."

Growing up, I lost all interest in doing something, if money ever became involved. I hated (and still hate) how money turns people into monsters.

I would have all the passion and drive to build / program / design / learn for a project, so long as it was beneficial to others. As soon as I accepted any sort of salary, I very quickly wanted to get out.

I still feel this way, and I dislike the idea that I may need to accept money from some shit company to continue to make ends meet.

I really need to realign my life so I am building on things that are beneficial for everybody.

There are many projects that I know I could contribute to, but somewhere along the last few years, I have somehow built up an anxiety against doing anything I actually desire to. :/

Quick question: What is obs_rank in the Mastodon instances API? For example, this is the response for mastdon.technology:

name: "mastodon.technology"
obs_rank: "B "
obs_score: 75
open_registrations: true
statuses: "283433"

I think the best thing about Vim is that it's so much faster to use than Nano.

For example: to save and quit, Nano makes you press control, w and y, whereas in Vim you only have to press escape, shift, colon, q, w and enter so that saves you negative three keystrokes.

But also it's easier to use because Nano makes you read the instructions from the screen whereas in Vim they're helpfully stored in Google so you can access them from a browser assuming you have internet and a GUI.

@TheKinrar Quick question: How should I use the instances.social API to specify prohibited content? Thanks in advance.

I downloaded Chrome and then stopped using Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera, and Safari. Damnit its fast. I know they're using all my data and tracking me everywhere and it makes me angry but its SO RESPONSIVE! I really hate myself.

Gartner's Magic Quadrants: A summary of cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers over the last 5 years

"I recently read Gartnerโ€™s โ€œMagic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwideโ€ for 2018, which considers the leading cloud IaaS providersโ€™ market positions and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses, and I was tempted to go further back and review what had happened in the Magic Quadrants over the last 5 years. Below is a summary of these reports."

notes.ayushsharma.in/2018/09/g

is an amazing love-story, of two people trying to stay together while their home is being taken over and re-created.

+ Story is fun and compelling to explore.
+ From the creators of Bastion.
+ Action has a lot of variation, does not feel repetitive, even for such a small game.
+ Soundtrack by Darren Korb!
+ Gorgeous visuals; stopping and seeing the sights is very rewarding.
+ One of those gems that stays close to your heart, and is a joy to have in your game collection.

Just found this excellent podcast "Everything Is Alive". Each week, they sit down with an inanimate object and talk about his/her life experiences. I just listened to the one with the can of coke, and it was quite surreal and surprisingly though-provoking. Have a listen:

everythingisalive.com

For those in Florence's path:

- Please have your evacuation plans ready. You can never over prepare.

- Locate your nearest storm shelter now. Ensure that it does not have any large windows (e.g. gymnasiums).

- Bring resources up from lower levels of your abode, as they're serve you better while close by.

- DO NOT be coerced into working in the day leading up to, let alone hours before landfall.

Stay safe, y'all!

Finished playing

Its a video game about "humans" vs the "augmented". It is what video games were supposed to be, to have the conversations we never could.

+ Rich story about technological determinism, class struggles, and bio-augmentation.
+ Believable characters.
+ Augmentations allow for creative gameplay.
+ Excellent replay value; Breach-mode has amazing mini-games.
+ Photogenic visuals.

- Few weapons, small world.
- Designed for stealth, not open combat.

store.steampowered.com/app/337

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