Apparently Mojang hired Anakin Skywalker to write the captions for block descriptions in Earth.

Covid news, Africa (+) 

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Finally decided to stop postponing my dentist appointments and get it over with. They were running late so I had some time to spend outside and encountered some of their small neighbors.

#lizards #flowers
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Awesome. Studio Ghibli is providing images from their movies.

ghibli.jp/info/013344/

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."

#StudioGhibli #Movies #Art

I was in the area because my dentist is there and I decided it was time to stop postponing the appointments. It was also my first drive on the freeway since March and my first time out of the county since March.

Stopped by my parents' today to say hi across the driveway. First time I'd seen them in person in months. We stood something like 10 feet apart on the driveway wearing masks, but we were in the same place for the first time since...February? Not sure exactly. Talked for about an hour.

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.

linkedin.com/pulse/20131030165

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.

theverge.com/21449178/microsof

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The phrase "hot take" wasn't invented to mean saying something Controversial™. It's supposed to mean an opinion that you're giving immediately, without stopping to fully think about it first. It's a quick impression which hasn't had time to mature or brew. You're serving it while it's still hot.

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Ok, but what about physically distanced board games.

Like, played in person but with really big pieces that you push around on long sticks, like those giant wall chessboards they used to use to show the audience what was going on

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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: github.com/learn-awesome/learn

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USPOL, RBG, Your Cynicism 

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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.

hurricane season 

OMG, I just realized that the other two kids with the same first name have the same *last* initial as each other.

9YO is in a small-group breakout school video session with 2 classmates who have the same first name, and all 3 of them have the same first initial. It's a little confusing

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What if you could upgrade your apps without interrupting them because there was a separate display layer and business logic layer

oh shit i just invented the web again

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