A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
And Proust was right: we need a time machine, whether chemical or mechanical, to recapture that feeling again.
The guy who wrote the anti-diversity manifesto at Google has been fired https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-08/google-fires-employee-behind-controversial-diversity-memo
Reminder that ad blockers don't just make the Web more pleasant, but they're necessary security software.
Use uBlock Origin: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/
God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, a house of many rooms, a watchmaker who left his prize chronometer in the desert, someone who loves you—even, perhaps, against all evidence, a celestial being whose only interest is to make sure your football team, army, business, or marriage thrives, prospers, and triumphs over all opposition.
Finally set up my Mastodon development environment on my Mac.
Since the setup on macOS differs a little from Linux, I wrote up the steps and submitted a pull request for the documentation. Until that’s merged, you can view it here:
The more I played Dwarf Fortress, the more it occurred to me to just start digging under my basement, and never go outside again for fear of the consequent nausea and vomiting.
After I started shopping for pickaxes on Amazon, I realized I had a problem and since then I've been fortress-free for 6 months now.
When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.
When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.
When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
With news of Unroll.me selling user inbox info to Uber, lots of people are repeating "if you're not paying for it, you're the product."
I've said before, and will continue to say, that that is the wrong formulation. Sometimes you pay for it and you're still the product – look at US ISPs. Sometimes you don't pay for it and you're not the product – free software.
The real question is whether a software or service empowers users, which can't be boiled down to whether you paid.
iOS/Mac developer and Beatles fan
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