What life throws at us is nobody's fault. How we act in the face of disaster is all on us.

Everyone: "Linux sucks! It's for rocket scientists! How do you expect me to use it?"

Linux developers: *spend decades making it more friendly*

Everyone: "Ha ha, Linux is still around? Suckers!"

People: "Reply guys are the worst. So what if I posted on the public timeline? It wasn't an invitation to dialogue!"

Also people: "Why does posting on social media often feel like shouting into the void?"

@oppen I just saw the question on the Ariane homepage. Hadn't even noticed the large gemtext option. It's nice, but minding system settings will be better.

Everyone talks about technologies that don't scale (up), but what about those that don't scale *down*? Imagine wanting to buy a city car but all you can find in dealerships is an 18-wheeler.

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The point is not to _remove the need for trust_ but to _develop mechanisms for demonstrating trust_.

Trust-less systems are not safe systems; trust-full systems are. So much of engineering effort is about navigating low/no trust systems; as opposed to developing systems that _generate_ trust.

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Modest proposal to reconcile British and American spelling: we could simply remember that the separation was forced in the first place and learn to mix them up freely again. Of course, we'd first have to fix spell checkers...

I noticed people using emoji in their Gemini capsules, and started doing the same. I should do it here, too, in fact. Emoji are nice. A spot of color.

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Re-linking to this blog post from a couple of years back for, oh, no specific reason...

Free Software and Failed Ideals


Hmm, it's one of the posts I've already imported to my gemlog too...


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To imply that every human interaction is a value transaction is to reduce the human experience to a spreadsheet.


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Kids, always remember:

"You wouldn't download an education."

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Has anyone else noticed the recent trend of ending page titles with a period? I started spotting it in online newspaper articles a few short years ago. Now it's everywhere. Am I getting old?

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Things autism research could be about:

- How does autism radar work?
- Do we have an easier time communucating with other autistics because our ways of communication are similar, or because we've all had to learn to accomodate the people we're talking to?
- What can be done to prevent and treat autistic burnout?
- What even *is* autistic burnout exactly?
- What effects does masking have on your mental health?
- What autistic traits are actually traits of autism, and which ones are trauma responses?
- How is a non-traumatized autistic brain work?
- How can we better accomodate autistic people?

What autism research is about:
- How do we make the autistic people stop existing?

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New blog post, More Clocks than Time, inspired by having to change so many of them last night for the switch to DST.

Cross-posted to both web and gemini.



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People who complain or joke about "distractions" from writing worry me. If you lack the self-discipline to abstain from browsing the web for one hour while you type in a book page, you have a problem.

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