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@darius A passing thought on Bot ethics: Maybe bots on Mastodon should use a Content Warning for "bot-generated content"? I know you are good about adding transparency to Profile summaries and often use "" to help, but a CW is a clearer bit of transparency for boosts and out-of-context displays in places like Federated Timelines. What do you think?

bread opinions; Subway; veganishism Show more

I liked the Halloween Orange icon for VSCode. It felt like a needed respite from the far too many blue taskbar icons. Blue is boring. RIP orange.

There's a bunch of Google Fiber pole work happening a block from my home, but our neighborhood isn't on the official list and seems unlikely they will actually wire my home, but hey there is hope, I guess.

Why do I have three different Android SDK paths with 12 different SDK versions (many duplicate) installed? Why do none of them work right? Will the real SDK path please stand up?

Mobile development is SUCH a minefield of terrible surprises. Both Android and iOS individually go to such lengths to keep developer productivity low (admittedly not on purpose, but intent doesn't matter/help in this case), and trying to build for both at the same time is just a glutton for misery and accidentally randomly losing limbs every time you accidentally step on a mine. I want to burn both systems to the ground at this point.

Dreamt a silly shaggy dog ghost story about a beligerent drunk in the 1920s-ish who went to stay at a friend's Upstate New York mansion full of ghosts. There was a lamp that would flicker every time he argued with his wife, so she told him to turn it off. It was the kind with a bar you click back and forth. He reached for it and was shocked, not with electrical but electoral energy. He became a Senator for a few terms, and died mysteriously while running for President.

That point where you realize the story you are dictating about the contents of a dream within the dream isn't going to get typed up and sent back to your room, no matter how good the staff at the dream inn.

Star Trek: Discovery speculation Show more

This article gets to some of the things bugging me that contributed to the existential dread that led to a recent short story of mine:

Short story:

voice of depression Show more

Fantastic set by _All the Little Pieces_ at tonight's . They played their full album "The Legend of Lavinia Fisher" with narration, plus some beautiful covers. (Dusty's indian entrees and chutney's were great spicy accompaniment.)

It's been merely four days since Halloween and I'm already sick of all the Xmas ads. This War on Thanksgiving keeps getting worse. We may need to add more fortifications around Halloween; candy sales are a good commercial bastion to hide behind, but may not be enough.

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Living downtown it's easy to see the plight of homeless as a leading indicator of the overall economy. When the economy is doing alright grifters mostly just look for spare change for a tiny bit of financial freedom, "luxuries" like a coca-cola on a warm day, or hot coffee on a cool one. The homeless I've talked to (or tried to avoid, based on demeanor) the last few months have me on edge that the economy is not healthy and this is going to be a grim winter.

Saw a comment complaining about the Star Trek DISCO shirt that you wouldn't see NCC-1701 folks proudly displaying The 'Prize... And now I'm thinking they probably have a lot more willpower than I do, because I would totally wear that if I lived/worked on the Enterprise.

Noodling around ideas for the Code of Ethics: "The right to free speech is not a right to a free audience." Some content you couldn't even pay me to pay attention to. Ads could skip the middleman and pay me directly to read them, that would be nice.

I'm slowly trying to figure out a new social media plan in 2017. There's a bunch of things in my head on the subject. I set up a Mastodon instance on Smeap™.com; Facebook may be a write-mostly medium again that I don't read/follow; Twitter may be out of the picture. Real blog post to follow, maybe.

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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.