Apparently Mojang hired Anakin Skywalker to write the captions for block descriptions in #Minecraft Earth.
Covid news, Africa (+)
Wow. Comparing these numbers for an *entire continent* to the numbers in the US alone is amazing: "Slightly more than 34,000 deaths have been confirmed on the continent of 1.3 billion people....Africa is doing a lot of things right the rest of the world isn't"
Awesome. Studio Ghibli is providing images from their movies.
From a Google Translation: "From this month, we will provide scene photos of all Studio Ghibli works in sequence. This month, we will provide 8 works, mainly new works, for a total of 400 pieces.
Feel free to use it within the bounds of common sense."
And that's why, for instance, you can run Gmail on anything, MS Office on almost anything, but the main Apple program that runs on other operating systems is designed primarily to hook you up with an iPhone (previously an iPod).
It's an older post and predates the rise of smart speakers, but it still fits remarkably well. Remember how the Echo originally was mostly a way to place orders through Amazon?
It reminds me of a blog post I read a few years back comparing the core business of various major tech players:
Apple sells hardware, and they sell software & media to give you something to do with the HW.
MS sells software, and the HW is to give you something to run their software on.
Google sells ads on services, and provides HW & SW to connect to those services.
Amazon sells stuff, and their HW is a way to sell you virtual stuff.
Interesting point about Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda: for the most part, MS doesn't care what hardware you run their stuff on, they just want you to buy the software. So it's less likely to be about trying to gain Xbox exclusives and more likely to be about getting more games for Game Pass.
Announcing LearnAwesome.org - an open-source, ActivityPub-compliant alternative to GoodReads, Coursera etc.
The goal is to build humanity's universal learning map by tagging learning resources with rich metadata such as topics, format, length, cost etc. There's a companion browser extension, a mobile app and peer-groups for project-based learning, mentored by selected experts and more.
The webapp is built with Ruby, Rails and PostgreSQL. Inviting devs: https://github.com/learn-awesome/learn
USPOL, RBG, Your Cynicism
You cannot expect to do good without acting inside the system to triage, and working without the system to force change.
Both of these things matter.
Exercising your right to vote doesn't mean you are supporting the system, it means you are manipulating as best you can from within.
Exercising your right to protest, and force change by holding politico's feet to the fire? Just as important.
At this point if you are of the belief that not voting is a good idea, you are either a manipulated fool, or a mouthpiece trying to disenfranchise others.
Get over your ego, and go do both.
I'm not asking you to even like it. But know how you are leveraged, and maximize your free will.
Make plans because you believe that tomorrow will arrive, that the sun will rise and there will be things to do. Perhaps not pleasant, perhaps even painful, but tomorrow will come and there will be work to be done.
It's all you can do. That's both reassuring and not, like many things, but it's not bad.
Make plans. Remember tomorrow is a new day, that you don't know everything. Make the plans anyway, and be flexible if they need to change.
That's the key to contentedness, I think.
Enough tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic this year that NOAA has run out of names. For the second time ever. Any further storms will be named using Greek letters.
The last time this happened was 2005. The year of Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
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