You know, once upon a time I thought things mattered. I'm a big enough man to admit when I'm wrong.
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Nov 27 11 tweets 2 min read
I know I'm supposed to be all horrified and outraged about this – but honestly, isn't society better if some of those people opt out?

1/11 I know, I know! "Every life is sacred. Every soul is meaningful."

But is it though? 2/11
Nov 27 26 tweets 5 min read
It occurs to me that the current of session with the transgendered at an elite sociological level, is very close in nature to the trope of the Magical Negro, which has been with us among the same group for quite a while.… I mean, consider the Magical Tranny, as we will now refer to them, in a technical sense. Consider the stories which are considered "received wisdom" about their power and majesty.…
Nov 25 13 tweets 2 min read
The problem with this statement is not that it's factually incorrect – it's that the developers of blockchain technology talked a lot about trust but didn't mean it as human beings talk about it.

"Trust" in a mathematical/procedural sense is all about what you can literally verify in parallel. "Zero trust systems" aren't about real trust, they are about mathematical assertion versus mathematical validity.
Nov 12 41 tweets 6 min read
@mode7games The problem is not that you have overlapping validation criteria. A system can work with overlapping validation criteria. Human society has been working for hundreds of thousands of years that way. /1 No, the problem is that Twitter has a deliberately extremely constrained namespace. It is radically constrained to a monolithic ID which is inevitably coupled to the verbal identifier.

And that's stupid and wrong for a social media network. /2
Nov 7 18 tweets 4 min read
I continue to find the terrifying influx to Mastodon from Twitter, with the battle cry "NO OWNERS!" painfully hilarious.

Because this kind of drama has been the status quo since – ever.… 1/18 Let's do a quick rundown of what Mastodon and of the Fediverse is. Because some of you rats are running down the cables and don't know what the dock looks like. 2/18
Nov 7 22 tweets 3 min read
I don't think these words mean what he thinks they mean.

1/22 That's not as much of a slam as it sounds. Mostly. 2/22
Nov 6 5 tweets 1 min read
This has been one of the most amazing and pleasurable experiences that I've ever had in my life, watching the safe-space needy Twitteratti jump into an actual federated network with only local administrative scope. I saw one ex-bluecheck crowing about going someplace with "NO OWNERS," and I laughed myself sick. They traded one owner for 10,000 owners, most of which have no reason to care about them individually at all.
Nov 6 20 tweets 4 min read
Hey there, @elonmusk . I know I'm just another random idjit drifting past your Tesla window on the side of the information superhighway, but can I interest you in some ideas you may not have been exposed to about social media systems? 1/20 First, a little about me. I've been on the Internet since before there was a web. I've run my own USENET server. In fact, I think USENET would be a wonderful model to build off of to construct a federated social media architecture. But that's not what I want to talk about. 2/20
Nov 4 6 tweets 2 min read
In a weird twist of fate, the #LBRY news this week is ABSOLUTELY STACKED. Like – Christina Hendricks stacked. 1/6 Stuff about alternate approaches to the Desktop, the dissolution of the community version of the Desktop, various bits about creators who are active, and even some #Odysee promotions which are adult, interesting, and focused. 2/6
Nov 4 52 tweets 8 min read
Does it strike anyone else as strange that this is the strategy that we see bandied about from the Democrats? Going out of their way to invest in promoting opposition figures they think are easy targets. 1/52 Image We will leave aside, just for the moment, the question of whether or not this is a real thing that is happening. The fact that I can bring it up, multiple pundits have said it, and it's completely believable really goes to the heart of the problem. 2/52
Oct 27 19 tweets 3 min read
This is a much overlooked point, and one which is ignored both willfully and largely as a sign of stupidity.

1/19 It's like running around shouting "DEFUND THE POLICE!" while willfully ignoring that the police are what keep the average citizen from simply maiming or killing a supposed criminal outright upon suspicion. 2/19
Oct 20 24 tweets 5 min read
So, the new hotness (literally) is passing around the Plan A video from Princeton envisionins what a "plausible escalating war between the United States and Russia using realistic nuclear force postures, targets and fatality estimates" would look like. 1/24

They estimate a rough 90 million people dead within the first few hours of the conflict. Which is pretty lightweight and I think that if so, I would be embarrassed at the low bar of desired achievement. 2/24
Oct 19 14 tweets 3 min read
You know a game that never got its due?

Frozen Synapse 2.… 1/14 Yes, I know you've never heard of it before. Yes, I know you're looking at some of the videos and screenshots and wondering why in the world your eyes are seeing these things. Yes, I know you have no idea what this is. 2/14
Oct 18 12 tweets 2 min read
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to one of the reasons why modern journalism, and that includes blogging in this case, is absolute shit.

This is what someone thinks is a good way to develop content. 1/12 Have you ever wondered at the ridiculous explosion of listicles and other low traction garbage in what purports to be online news and opinion sources? This. 2/12
Oct 16 20 tweets 3 min read
You know, this little contretemps between @elonmusk and the US government reminds me of something. What is it? What could it be?…

Oh yeah, Tony Stark testifying before Congress. 1/20 Back when Marvel movies were good and not written by six year olds with developmental disabilities.

Oct 13 12 tweets 2 min read
This just reminds me all of the TV show that I really, really want to do it some point, called "IT AIN'T REAL."… 1/12 Every episode would involve a start like you would find in any of the ghost hunter shows or any of the little woo woo shows like this, with a group of people – always random – who are roaming around looking for paranormal activity. 2/12
Oct 10 10 tweets 2 min read
I'd say that sums up the current economic situation pretty well.

1/10 Of course, there are going to be people who say, "I don't see any of this happening!" And those people are either lying or lives so far from actually paying for their own stuff that they wouldn't distinguish an increase in the cost of food from a hole in the ground. 2/10
Oct 7 6 tweets 1 min read
I will never stop being amused by people who are happy to spew their opinion in a public space but cannot brook a dissenting one expressed in the same.

If you don't like the public responding to your opinion, maybe you ought not say it in public? The underlying assumption that any idea is inviolate and should never be debated or discussed, and that there are no possible arguments the other way?

I can only assume it's a failure in basic education.

The basics of rhetoric have been lost.
Oct 5 33 tweets 6 min read
Sarah Hoyt wrote a very interesting blog post sometime over in the night and because I woke up entirely too early, I'm surfing all that kind of good stuff as part of my morning routine. This piece struck me as something worth getting out there.

I have some thoughts. 1/33 > This morning a young friend did the “We can’t abandon education. It’s this bad because we abandoned it, and the left loves a vacuum.” I hadn’t had coffee yet, and I about put my head through my desk. (This is very bad.) 2/33
Oct 4 9 tweets 2 min read
Things I've never seen include a black African getting a PhD in cultural evolution or social anthropology, who then moves to the US to study American regional culture and receives an award for it.

1/9 I'm sure it has to have happened at least once, right? Right? There are universities in Africa outside of South Africa, or so I'm reliably told. They have PhD programs. Social anthropology exists as a concept there. 2/9
Oct 4 5 tweets 1 min read
You know, there are multiple things wrong with this. Inherent, reasonable, purely narrative things wrong with this. But that the writers think that this is okay? It's schizophrenic.…

I mean, firstly – the frumpy, chubby chick is a lesbian? 1/5 Haven't they been telling us that typecasting LGBT characters is wrong? And can you put a finger on a more stereotypical casting?

No. If she starts wearing flannel and shaves one side of her hair before coloring it blue, it couldn't get more obvious or painful. 2/5