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Harry Potter and the Wizard's QUILTBAG 

Harry Potter and the Wizard's QUILTBAG 

My biggest DWeb proposal I've been meaning to proof of concept: Avatar Auth. Hear me out: Drive social identity keys from folks' Avatar photo files. The process of cropping/panning/resizing/curving the edges of an avatar is already a sort of hash algorithm. You get a sort of reverse steganography from data lost that can form a decent Key derivation input. Original file protection is no worse than most password schemes and better than some.

Software developer problems 

I started toying with the idea of high fantasy races in a steampunk Weird West setting, given that's not something I'd seen and it seems an obvious missing link in between usual fantasy stuff and say Shadowrun.

Wrote about a paragraph before getting side tracked into Pirates by what was meant to be a throwaway reference, with my Western anti-hero elf suddenly the maybe untrustworthy Captain of a morally questionable privateer quest. At least that gave me the character's name. Such weird.

I've heard it joked before that if someone has a bottle opener on their keychain, that's a likely sign they went to college. Appreciating the simple things: A trusty bottle opener I got as swag from my summer high school job. The Coca-Cola logo and Olympic Rings faded away years ago, but the bottle opener is still little the best one I have.

Does it bother anyone else that XCX is not a proper Roman Numeral? Like, how disappointed must Neo-Roman Pop Empress Charli XCIX be? Will the mistake be fixed for Charli CI?

Software developer rage 😡 

Saw a local TV ad on a TV in a bar that finally explained a mural I'd walked past for years and been confused by.

That realization how users may have other typing/clicking habits than you. Finally realized that I could reproduce a bug only if I released the enter key slower. No wonder I never saw this in my own testing, I'm much more deliberate and staccato in my own habits.

Star Wars shitpost 

What if Elder Scrolls finally discovered its Eldest Scroll, and it turns out to be one Final Fantasy?

Noodling on how a Heart of Darkness take could have worked for Star Trek where STiD failed: 1) No Khan, 2) start an off-screen "war on terrorism" with Romulus because Nero, 3) A strong Romulus and a war of attrition could have many Vietnam War parallels. It still would suffer from hugely diverging Kelvin timeline from Prime, but it would have been a more interesting story.

The best thing about the new "Global Clipboard" thing in Windows Insider Previews right now is the happy, smiling clipboard icon when it is empty. Sure, it's finally a better version of what Windows 3.1's Clipboard Organizer thought it was (and Office's enhanced Clipboard tools sometimes actually are), but I'm here for the service with a smile.

I still haven't written that manifesto on AI and Bot ethics I've threatened to several times, but YouTube's terrible Autoplay feature reminded me that I should.

The AI algorithms haven't had some major breakthrough from the last AI booms/binges. We've just accelerated GIGO.

Sea of Thieves Skellies never seem to understand the elegance of Parlay, nor the proper art of Insult Swordfighting, and yet I will never stop trying to them.

Max boosted

Saw an ad for a Pirate-themed ICO. They aren't even trying to hide the skeeve, huh? 🤣

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Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.