When I was about two years old, I had a recurring nightmare about a stick hand that had me waking up in unexplained terror at all hours of the night… for weeks.
My poor mother had no idea what a stick hand was, but once, in the middle of the night, she opened the window and threw it out.
I never had the dream again.
I just opened my door to walk the dog, and I'm afraid that after all these years, it's finally caught up with me.
Zach Weinersmith's joke on SMBC today cuts a little bit deep.
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Today I learned that the LAPD actually has a pre-crime task force.
Peter Thiel's company created the software that powers it. They worked with the Intelligence Community after 9/11 and then police departments, and now they're branching out to corporate customers, hoping to post their first profitable quarter.
"Palantir Knows Everything About You": https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-palantir-peter-thiel/
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I haven't done cleared work in a dozen years, but seeing this particular sort of vocabulary and wording layered on a stock photo in that specific way still rankles my anxiety just a little bit. It's a bit surreal.
I hadn't read 1984 until years after I quit using my clearance, but I identified pretty strongly with poor Winston at work. We even had memory holes.
Recording vocals for the first time in my life. Even though it's just me in here, I've vastly underestimated how terrifying it is.
I bought a pen tablet. Now, I just need to learn how to draw. https://wandering.shop/media/Ll3yvv9FR8VcU-C71To
Software engineer by day, sporadic spewer of words by evening. Author groupie. Proponent of living beings. May do something awesome one day.
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