Scared Silicon Valley billionaire:
Look, you're just not grasping the scale of the AI threat. What if an AI one day is built that decides to harvest large chunks of the Earth's biosphere in order to make some numbers in a financial engine go up slightly? What would we all do then?
Climate change and species loss researchers:
Really? That's a thing that could happen? And people might not believe the predictions? Do go on.
Well OBVIOUSLY I don't mean it's happening NOW
@snailix It's morbidly fascinating. I enjoyed reading it.
I'm doing #FizzFreeFebruary. In my case, that's a lot like normal February.
I draw this back in July (2018), but never finished the background as you can see...
For Retar I use a photo of my dog's face + a photo by "Woxys" (Deviantart) as reference (they have really nice photographs of animals!! )
@offby1 The same perpetrator keeps coming up in those examples.
@Holly It depends on the contest. I was once on the panel judging the British Fantasy Awards, and that was really interesting. I learned a lot. But it's also quite intense because you commit to reading a lot, some of it outside of your usual genre preferences.
@irina People can be astonishingly entitled about the time volunteers put in. So you should respond on a volunteer's schedule - when it suits you, if at all.
working to your limit isn't endlessly sustainable and I've only been able to keep up the pace this long because I've been careful to get enough sleep and stick strictly to my break timers, annnd my partner happens to also be in crunch mode this month so my outside obligations have been managable.
it's cool i've been able to get stuff done that i need to but webcomics glorifies overworking too much; this fucking sucks and i would have burnt out ages ago if i did this all the time lmao
There are some interesting points in this behavioural scientist's guide to fairy tales: https://behavioralscientist.org/the-behavioral-scientists-guide-to-fairy-tales/ Although I'd say every good story is "edutainment" - if you're not imparting some kind of social norm, some lesson, or a horrible warning a story isn't working. From extreme emotion comes learning.
Which sucks, because I have a hard time finding authors I can read when I'm in a really bad headspace. But there are limits to the amount of 'OMFG did, you really just say that?!' I can take.
So, kinda random, but if you are an author, maybe put some thought into the kind of trade offs you are making. There are advantages to putting out of a lot of books quickly. But little problems can add up and turn readers off.
That howling you hear tonight is clearly just avante garde choir practice and not the rise of Fenrir. #superbloodmoon
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Oh, yes! I'm really enjoying this new take on Spock, and Pike looks like he'll be an interesting character throughout. Whilst Tillie's nervous chatter is as cute as ever.
@wohali Between that and people talking about geoengineering, it reminds me of The Matrix - we know it was us that scorched the sky.
If ever you feel like you're a terrible person, remember Thomas Midgely: the man who gave us *not only* leaded gasoline (using tetraethyl lead, which caused widespread lead poisoning in the fabs that produced the gas as well as devastating environmental effects that are still felt to this day), but *also* developed the first chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which he felt would be too inert to do any "real harm". (Tell that to the ozone layer.)
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