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Tip: when using your phone at night and the screen is too bright? Hold it at arm's length. It will be harder to read, but also less light will reach your eyes.

You reinvent the wheel. It works so much better than old wheels, with all these nifty added conveniences. It's also far more difficult to manufacture, impossible to fix, wears down quickly, and doesn't work on the same roads.

Not sure if anyone is interested in tabletop RPGs around here, but I just released one. For certain values of tabletop, anyway:

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How to stop illegal immigration 

Make all immigration legal.

On a related note, it occurs to me that modern post-apocalyptic fiction basically says, "if we can't have civilization as we know it, then we can't have anything at all". Which amounts to the same.

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On the one hand, time travel stories revolving around attempts to preserve history as we know it saves writers from having to make up believable counterfactuals, which is hard even for people who know their stuff.

On the other hand, it helped cement into the popular imagination the idea that we live in the best possible world.

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When something goes wrong with software from some large corporation, users are likely to blame themselves and assume they have done something "wrong". When similar problems happen using small FLOSS projects, users are likely to curse the developers.

The success of commercial software has a lot to do with the power dynamics. The user has to conform to the conditions set by the all-powerful publisher. But with FLOSS things are more equal and assigning blame is messier.

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Ours was now a country in which the cost of replacing a broken machine with a newer model was typically lower than the cost of having it fixed by an expert, which itself was typically lower than the cost of sourcing the parts and figuring out how to fix it yourself. This fact alone virtually guaranteed technological tyranny, which was perpetuated not by the technology itself but by the ignorance of everyone who used it daily and yet failed to understand it. To refuse to inform yourself about the basic operation and maintenance of the equipment you depended on was to passively accept that tyranny and agree to its terms: when your equipment works, you'll work, but when your equipment breaks down you'll break down, too. Your possessions would possess you.

- Edward Snowden, Permanent Record

Today I made my first 88x31 web buttons in at least fifteen years.

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Tired: Blog software that generates RSS feeds from your Web pages.
Wired: Manually writing an RSS-only blog.

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Adam Smith, David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill believed that there was a limit to economic growth. The myth of unlimited economic growth dates only from the 1950s.


It occurs to me that web directories didn't go anywhere. We just call them awesome lists now.

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My phone: "Delete large files?"
Me: er, no, everything you're suggesting is my music!

TFW you spend a lot of time talking to fellow writers about apps and file formats instead of writing techniques and all that.

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Great to see "How to Fork a Book: The Radical Transformation of Publishing" by Mark Marino and Sarah Ciston - about their fork of Aesthetic Programming by me and Winnie Soon!

Saying people should sacrifice themselves for the is like saying bricks should break themselves to keep the house standing. A house is *made* of bricks. Break enough of them, the house crumbles.

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I want books with minority characters, disabled characters, LGBTQ characters, who have adventures like anyone else and being [whatever] is not ALL of their identity. Representation is a good thing but it shouldn't be the WHOLE of the appeal of the work.

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domino is a web tool for creating mind maps / thought collages / essays and sharing them as standalone web pages

check it out and gimme feedback

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"Tiny tools and the ephemeral nature of digital art…"
i wrote about tools again! featuring interesting glitch art tools, image distortion, tiny drawing tools, KidPix for the browser... and musings about the impermanence of the digital art that we make.

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