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glitch girl – working on a vr game, announcements at @mermaidvr – current avatar by @egypturnash – also at — she/her — 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈
13 May
1. Vehemently, nationally dismiss the idea of people being able to prove whether they've been vaccinated or not ("papers")
2. Say it's fine to go unmasked if you're vaccinated
3. It is now basically impossible for any private business, church, etc to enforce any kind of mask rule
If we get unlucky & a variant mutates which is properly vaccine-resistant, & we suddenly see out-of-control community spread, 2 more things will happen
4. People will be personally shamed for failure to wear masks
5. It will be harder to reintroduce mask rules you lifted already
You know how a 4yo will stare at the bath for 10 minutes, then dip one toe in, yank it out, and yell "MOM I TOOK A BATH"? That's how America has approached pandemic safety
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13 May
So we have spent the last half a year watching the entire original series of "Sukeban Deka" ("Juvenile Delinquent Cop"), a Japanese children's television show from 1985, and now we've finished I am now ready to declare it the greatest piece of filmic media ever made
This is not a joke. It is the most amazing fusion of high camp and wildly unnecessary directorial competence I have ever seen. It is just going at 200% every moment right up until the end
Like, the problem with loving bad media is a lot of it is… you know, bad. But Sukeban Deka dares to ask the question, what if bad television… were good?
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12 May
Got recommended this on the grounds of it being a "compact" android phone and got excited, but I looked it up and it's literally a full 1.3 inches bigger than my current phone. We're converging on a point where the "compact" phones of today would have been a "phablet" last decade
On top of this THE SCREEN IS NON RECTANGULAR *AND* THERE ARE HOLES IN IT?? BOTH?? Why. Why would anyone pay money for a monitor that literally has holes in it, I literally cannot understand
Incidentally something that is really weird to me is its surprisingly hard to find out the size of a phone anymore, all they'll tell you is the size of the screen. ??? I guess it's assumed phones just don't have any space that isn't taken up by a screen anymore???
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6 May
Twitter's talking about ORSON WELLES today so I want to talk about a lesser-known film of his I'm obsessed with, TOUCH OF EVIL

What to know about Touch of Evil is there are three versions:

1. 1958 "studio" cut (OK)
2. 1976 "restored" cut (AVOID)
3. 1998 "Murch" cut (VERY GOOD)
The 1958 version is the original theatrical release. The studio stepped in late, took the picture away from Welles, recut & rescored. And some of the changes were… good! Welles sent a detailed memo saying "I'll approve this version—IF" certain changes were made. (It was ignored)
The 1976 cut was, from what I have read, kind of a mistake. Sometime in the early 70s a workprint of "Touch of Evil" was found, and it wound up getting screened and released as the "restored" version. Unfortunately, it's just a workprint.
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6 May
Okay so do I have this right: a file named CON is illegal, a file named COM1 is illegal, but COM is legal and that's why Java classpaths having directory structures like "com/oracle/swing" and therefore directories named "com" is not a problem?
Today in cursed knowledge: WSL will allow you to create and read back a file named "com1" on the NTFS partition, and Windows Explorer can see and interact with it in a basic way, but win32 apps such as Notepad will fail if they attempt to open it
If you attempt to *delete* the "com1" file from Windows Explorer, it announces it needs administrator privileges. I did not attempt to do this with administrator privileges in case it deletes a Windows global device handle or something similarly catastrophic
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5 May
Okay new twitter crop rules just hit me on Android and my opinion is I would like a twitter app that is able to display more than one tweet on the screen at once. I'm now routinely finding single tweets that cannot fit on a screen
I'd say it's great that Twitter is finally taking steps against screenshot tweets by making tweets so big you can't screenshot them but I think this is probably just assuming everyone on earth has an iPhone 12 and there's no reason to ever let people control their own UI at all
Current serious plan is to just sideload an APK old enough it can't display "fleets"
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5 May
Me, from Houston, at the edge of the Influence Zone: Let's go to House of Pies
Does House of Pies even exist anymore. Are they going to survive the pandemic lockdown
Houston was not a good place or a place that treated me well but the psychogeology of its restaurants has imprinted on me forever. I have not set foot in the city in maybe 14 or 15 years.
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2 May
Sometimes the government will just up and sue a statue, or sue a car or a suitcase full of cocaine. Like just go to a federal court and say "we want to file a lawsuit against this suitcase full of cocaine". This is just a fact of life. Never sure how many people are aware of that
I wandered into the kitchen and was like "does the Canadian government ever sue inanimate objects?" and my roommates were like I don't know so I went and looked it up and came back and was like "it turns out yes but the only inanimate objects you sue are boats"
The Canadian Government: Sometimes It Will Sue A Boat
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30 Apr
I've started watching literally random anime. I found this one anime where the first two minutes were literally taken up by a fourth wall breaking Hot Take about "games should be fun and not make you worry too hard about real world issues!". Actually, it was decently argued Image
(If you have seen this anime please don't reply to tell me what happens in episode 8 or whatever. Content-warning me of actual left field CSA subplots is okay I guess)
Both of the last two video game isekai animes I've watched this way have had a main character whose first name was "Hiro". Okay. We get it. I get the joke.
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30 Apr
A website I have been very happy with lately is . It does exactly one thing and it does it extremely competently. Nothing about it makes me angry, scared, or miserable. I am aware of no evidence it is owned by nazis
It is rare enough to be noteworthy, lately, when a piece of software does not make me angry. It is difficult to say for sure if this is the fault of me or the fault of the software
The comment above about "not owned by nazis" was a reference to how often tech cos turn out to have awful founders. I looked it up and Calendly is founded by Tope Awotona, a Nigerian immigrant who appears to have overcome incredible legitimate personal hardship to get where he is
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30 Apr
I need graph paper.
I go to the grocery store. They have no office supplies at all.
The next day I go to the drugstore. They have lined paper but no graph paper.
There's an art store nearby. I walk over. There's a sign saying no walk ins, have your exact order number ready.
I think: I see the sign, but surely saying "I need graph paper" is no worse than saying "I need order 32". I knock on the door. Someone comes out and says I have to order off the website. I stand outside bringing up the website. Someone else comes out.
They explain to me there's often a one-day processing time on the website so I don't want to order and stand waiting for it. So that's two separate face-to-face conversations, probably exactly what the policy they're bound by was designed to prevent. And I can't get graph paper.
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8 Apr
New Hainbach album dropping on YouTube in a livestream premier thing in like 9 minutes, or that's what YouTube tells me anyhow
I'm currently listening to music in the format of
- A vinyl record
- Being played into a digital audio interface, then lossy-compressed to AAC, then streamed to another continent
The music likely contains magnetic tape echo effects so we've prolly got 80 years of artifacting here
I asked and there are no magnetic tapes on the album but some of the mastering equipment used vacuum tubes so at least we've got some of the character
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8 Apr
So I'm reading this Greg Egan book, and this section of the book is Tenet, it's just Tenet, except he worked out all the math for how physics would work in a universe where the Einstein metric tensor was such as to make Tenet possible, and there's a full treatment of entropy
Also Egan wrote this book in 2013, so to be clear Egan did not get the *idea* from Tenet, unless Greg Egan himself is moving backward through time, presumably due to the corolois effect (he's Australian). That's how it works right? You flush the toilet & water rushes up into it?
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7 Apr
Occasionally I see confused people suggesting trans people should avoid cosmetic surgery through self acceptance and, ok, WPATH explains why that's wrong, but also I kind of want to flip up "MAYBE CIS PEOPLE SHOULD DESTIGMATIZE HAVING PLASTIC SURGERY THEMSELVES" like a trap card
Under the most recent rules, insurance will sometimes cover procedures otherwise considered "cosmetic" for trans people, because WPATH considers congruent self image "medically necessary". What if insurance covered nosejobs for cis people? Shit, why not?? You're paying enough!!
Ladies and men who don't like how you look with beards: Permanent hair removal!! It's great!! It's cheap, compared to some other things!! Got like three hairs on your chin you're always shaving off? Zap 'em off! It'll take like one, two sessions, cost like a hundred bucks, $300
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6 Apr
I have obtained… PHYSICAL OBJECTS
Of late I felt a certain disenchantment with the idea of possessing physical objects but I think these are some good objects
The "Until the End of the World" disc is not mine, it is @spookysquid's, I'm just holding on to it until we no longer all live in bomb shelters
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6 Apr
Not good: This is a cryptocurrency, but they don't immediately disclose that

Good: It is apparently not a proof of work cryptocurrency, so it doesn't destroy the earth

Not good: Uses Intel SGX, which is a DRM tech and should therefore IMO be illegal
If I'm reading this cryptocoin's documentation right, part of how their algorithm works is they literally gave Intel a hardware monopoly on servers operating the coin's network, via their use of SGX on the servers
I'm struggling to understand what the blockchain resolution method is. It appears to be byzantine agreement and they don't say they're using DBA, which to me means it's centralized (IE, it would mean every server has to be whitelisted by the mobilecoin company?)
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6 Apr
I couldn't sleep so I thought I'd just get up for a bit and do trigonometry until my brain got so miserable I would have to go to sleep
Have you ever encountered a trigonometry problem so annoying you were immediately forced to go to sleep

Well neither have I but I'm hoping I can achieve this in the next hour
This is a nightmare. I am already dreaming, and this is a nightmare.
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5 Apr

ME: Hi can you set some animal carcasses on fire for a bit and give them to me in a bag

CASHIER: Obviously we can do that
Do you think if we tried to explain bread to a robot they'd be really weirded out
ROBOT: So you have cultures of living nanomachines

ME: Yeast, right

ROBOT: Imprisoned

ME: We keep them in little packets

ROBOT: And you use them exclusively to... inject air bubbles into your wheat paste?

ME: Generally yeah

ROBOT: ...why?

ME: Well for the texture
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26 Mar
Oh snap that's the game Eric Chahi who did Out Of This World worked on! Eric Chahi did a VR game and it's out now and it's free on PSN right now! Uh. For everybody?? Not just PSN Plus subscribers?! I just got a free copy??
"The Witness" and "Thumper" are also free right now if you look upthread. Free is a good amount of money to spend for the Witness. You should get The Witness if it's free. Also $10 is a good amount to pay for Thumper, you should… download it free and buy a Lightning Bolt album?
I don't even actually know which Lightning Bolt album to recommend?? I usually just recommend looking for their live sets? They're kind of an "experience"…

(This tweet is probably wholly incoherent. Thumper is designed by the guitarist from Lightning Bolt)
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26 Mar
Look, it's the hardest thing I do all day
I get paid to program computers, which is the nice part of the day, but then I have to sleep for free, and I have to *pay money* to eat?? Like, literally, I pay money?? What a rip off
Food, man. What a terrible idea. Who came up with this stuff
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25 Mar
The final song in the Beatles discography is
- This one's odd because The End was specifically *intended* as the final Beatles song but by all chronological methods except one it goes before those other 3
- I apologize that I Me Mine is not an option here but Twitter limits you to 4 choices
Hold on, this position is defensible! "Real Love" was being earnestly recorded by Lennon circa 1979, almost made it on Double Fantasy and was actually released on the 1988 "Imagine: John Lennon" album. "Free as a Bird" legitimately got first release 1995
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