Sigh, another person who advises audiobooks for someone (not me) who wants to read but finds it hard to concentrate. And won't understand "that doesn't work for me because audio requires even more concentration". I'm in the advisee's camp. It takes MUCH more effort to focus on audio-only. After a while I sort of tune out.
Courtesy of the GNU Project's annotated list, I just discovered the Free Art License: https://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/
Ten years' worth of writing about interactive fiction in one place: 18 articles I wrote between 2011 and 2020, and finally gathered together: https://felix.plesoianu.ro/intfic/
We have the same problem in tech: people telling the rest of us what we're supposed to want. What we're supposed to need. "No no, trust me, you're better off without that feature!" Sounds familiar? "I'm beating you up / restraining you for your own good."
Except the various Communist revolutions throughout the world didn't fail. They achieved their real goal, which was *dictatorship*. Marx's ideals were a pretext. If those revolutionaries cared at all, they must have known it wouldn't work in practice: https://www.filfre.net/2021/06/bob-stein-and-voyager/
A real-life story from the 1980s / 1990s that makes Philip K. Dick seem unimaginative: https://if50.substack.com/p/1992-silverwolf
Fans of #SolarPunk will be happy to hear this: https://aeon.co/essays/the-tragedy-of-the-commons-is-a-false-and-dangerous-myth
Turns out computers in general and AI in particular are great at revealing which human activities are mechanical and easily automated, and which aren't. Case in point: self-driving cars: https://blog.piekniewski.info/2021/05/12/ai-mid-2021/
Sci-fi writers and fans alike might be interested in this (short and sweet) scientific paper about the problems with real-world artificial intelligence research: https://arxiv.org/abs/2104.12871
Nate’s Rules of Social Media Marketing (excellent advice from someone I know): https://natehoffelder.com/blog/nates-rules-of-social-media-marketing/
Just a lonely orange cat watching the moon from the windowsill on a starry night.
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