Link: Why Cider Means Something Completely Different in America and Europe https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-is-american-cider-nonalcoholic
Imagine if we actually *had* user agents.
Like, imagine if our computers were doing things we wanted them to do, automatically, on the network. And, it was our computers doing these things, instead of a rental service like ifttt or google alerts that's selling info on the back end. Imagine if they stopped doing things when we told them to stop.
Imagine if non-technical users had this too.
'User agent' is a great idea that has been weirdly perverted.
Nobody these days (even highly technical people) has a user agent. (Maybe @drwho does.)
A user agent is a piece of software controlled by the *user*, that performs the automatic tasks the *user* has instructed it to. It communicates with other user agents, automatically, on the user's behalf.
Today, the term 'user agent' means 'long, misleading browser-lineage-identification string'. It identifies one of ~3 corporations.
Let's Save Blogging, by @ernie
Great article about starting up an independent blog in 2019. In it, I also talk a bit about how Write.as is trying to make blogging a little more social, and how our business model keeps you free from ads and personal data collection.
If I've learned anything this year, it's that AI has no clue what it's doing.
Here are 10 of my favorite experiments from aiweirdness.com this year.
Upstairs neighbors dropped something on the floor. It bounced in a perfect "shave and a haircut..." rhythm.
Knocked twice to finish it before I could stop myself.
12-year-old explaining social media to his younger brother: “Twitter is where famous people yell at each other and Facebook is just for old people”
Beware: the creature code-named "Frosty." https://qwantz.com/index.php?comic=3384
Science in media
Sometimes I'm amazed at how much popular media demonizes science/scientists, even in the most seemingly benign ways.
From superhero movies showing scientists helping the villains create world-destroying machines to scientists in Pokemon Red/Blue creating Mewtwo, a dangerous creature they abused and then could not control.
Jurassic Park is a major one, with many anti-science themes. Rick and Morty is another. Even Back To The Future had Doc's inventions ruin lives.
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