“What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

FAANG Is an acronym for Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google. It's commonly used in investing contexts because these stocks end up in a lot of portfolios. Either directly or in the index funds/ETFs they've bought. Also in most retirement plans, usually unbeknownst to their clients

If you're wondering why breaking these up is hard, it's because the market has put its eggs in one basket

For size and profit, there's only one basket

And probably it also says a lot that this is my excited face -> :|

Show thread

It says a lot about my life right now that I excited that my new chair is being delivered today. :|

There is a perception, by a surprisingly big number of high profile companies, that just throwing more money at projects solve all their issues.

While it is true that time, budget and quality are all connected (expecting high quality on a low budget and short turnaround is unrealistic), it is also true that a solid due diligence, good planning and good management of resources achieve so much more than letting problems pile up and then hope that money will fix them.

Proceed to look at your work email because what else can you do? It's 4 am, you can't sleep, you are in the middle of a pandemic and you have no life outside of work anyway.

Show thread

If you have $4 and like cyberpunk, help me put some food in my kids' mouths!
"This is secretly the greatest and also funniest cyberpunk point and click adventure game on Steam. Very low-fi art style but the gags are just too good to pass up, and a lot closer to a "real" cyberpunk dystopian future than most favorites of the genre."
Itch: silverspook.itch.io/neofeud
Steam: store.steampowered.com/app/673

Release 15 SKUs in 8 days.
Take a day off work so you can rest.
Wake up at 4 am with anxiety and an upset stomach.

The wind just knocked on my door twice:
"knock knock"
It wasn't bangs, vibrations, or anything like that. Just actual knocks.
Obviously nobody was on the other side of the door.
Not creepy at all... 😅

Always cite your sources.
As Carl Sagan would say, paraphrasing Laplace in 'Théorie analytique des probabilités':
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".
Nothing makes me want to leave a page/post/book/website/blog more than a bold claim with no evidence.
Maybe what you are saying is absolutely correct, and its impact is huge, so why deprive it of its value by not citing your sources and not providing proof?

Wow, that was different.

Today I read an article on a Gemini[1] website, and used the email the author shared to write them a long-form comment on their work.

It struck me how foreign this once-natural interaction felt. I think it helped give a bit more form to my feelings around how social media has encouraged us to 1) let such platforms control how we share content, 2) use shorter messages, 3) have shallower interactions, and 4) forget historic data.

Fuck. I miss this. I miss really connecting to people.

[1] gemini.circumlunar.space

Apologies for the long silence.
I promise I will be more active going forward!
Currently just finished "IndieWeb-ifying" my website at melyanna.net .
Now I'd like to figure out how to make it prettier. :)

Following snopes.com's feed at the time of US elections is unsettling. The amount of daily new politics-related hoaxes is absurd, and they are so predictable, repetitive and superficial, it almost feels like they are being generated by some kind of bot.
Interestingly, 99% of them is aimed at discrediting one specific side, and focused on one specific person.
Anyway, it feels like reality is matching the type of dystopic fiction I'd read or watch years ago.

"Often injustice lies in what you aren't doing, not only in what you are doing."
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.5

_Years_ ago, I wish someone had seen my paper copy of 'What Colour [sic] Is Your Parachute?', just walked up to me and paraphrased this quote. After learning how to learn, learning mastery has to be _the_ key life skill.

"A better motto for most youth [than 'Follow your bliss'] is 'Master something, anything.' Through mastery... you can drift towards extensions... that bring you more joy, and eventually discover where your bliss is." kk.org/thetechnium/68-bits-of-

#career #advice #parachute #mastery

Day 72 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

I've been living at work for the last four months, and I need that to stop.

mikestone.me/working-from-home

My internet hiatus was so intense that when cloudflare accidentally turned off half of the internet, I didn't even notice.

Show more
Mastodon for Tech Folks

This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!