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  1. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    Came across the site on hackernews. Read design doc. Got invite. Been trying to quit reddit. Bam! Boyish fascination for electricity. Until my late teens, would dream of clasping a live cable with...
    • Came across the site on hackernews. Read design doc. Got invite. Been trying to quit reddit. Bam!
    • Boyish fascination for electricity. Until my late teens, would dream of clasping a live cable with both hands in order to harness electrictity.
    • Philosophy at the intersection of Media and Life.
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  2. Comment on Introductions #7 - It's been a while... Let's have an "Introduce Yourself" post! How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    I've been reading Turtle Geometry, and I really think a lot gets lost at the intersection of mathematics and programming in university curricula. Somehow a well designed high-school course that...

    I've been reading Turtle Geometry, and I really think a lot gets lost at the intersection of mathematics and programming in university curricula. Somehow a well designed high-school course that deeply impresses the student on the relationship between math, algorithm, syntax, structure is then succeeded (at University) by either a dry application-oriented syllabus or a Theorem-proof hall of mirrors. Only an internet community could offer relieving middle ground.

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  3. Comment on Kobe Bryant dead in California helicopter crash in ~sports

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    This is chillingly unbelievable! I can swear the earth just shook in agony.

    This is chillingly unbelievable!
    I can swear the earth just shook in agony.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

  5. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    Kakoune looks like a very thoughtful successor to vim. Going to try it out!

    Kakoune looks like a very thoughtful successor to vim. Going to try it out!

  6. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    I have PTSD from using openmailbox (which I chose over fastmail at the time because I found their "we're open/pure/clean" idealization a bit more compelling) a couple of years ago. The company...

    I have PTSD from using openmailbox (which I chose over fastmail at the time because I found their "we're open/pure/clean" idealization a bit more compelling) a couple of years ago. The company went through an administration change and overnight made all mail inaccessible to users unless they made premium accounts and soon after just went invisible. I've been scared ever since to sign up for personal email outside google, even though I know I should. The question is one of trust: not just trust in the immediate, but long term capital T Trust. Not just "Do no evil", but "Never evil".

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  7. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    That's exactly what I use awesomeWM for! Been using it for a decade now. I think once one gets used to software like i3, awesomeWM, DWM, etc., all standard interfaces feel too imprisoning.

    I'll use i3 because I can cut my distractions down and put my windows precisely where I want them with minimal effort.

    That's exactly what I use awesomeWM for! Been using it for a decade now. I think once one gets used to software like i3, awesomeWM, DWM, etc., all standard interfaces feel too imprisoning.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    Wow! Just learned about Doug McIlroy and came across this: From here

    Wow! Just learned about Doug McIlroy and came across this:

           Summary--what's most important.
    

    To put my strongest concerns into a nutshell:

    1. We should have some ways of coupling programs like
      garden hose--screw in another segment when it becomes when
      it becomes necessary to massage data in another way.
      This is the way of IO also.

    2. Our loader should be able to do link-loading and
      controlled establishment.

    3. Our library filing scheme should allow for rather
      general indexing, responsibility, generations, data path
      switching.

    4. It should be possible to get private system components
      (all routines are system components) for buggering around with.

                                              M. D. McIlroy
                                              October 11, 1964 
      

    From here

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    I'm curious about people's music listening habits: Everyone around me seems to be content with spotify, while I'm the only one who enjoys owning albums, organizing music, converting formats, etc....

    I'm curious about people's music listening habits: Everyone around me seems to be content with spotify, while I'm the only one who enjoys owning albums, organizing music, converting formats, etc. The existence of software like foobar2k and quod libet indicate that there are lots of people like me out there who haven't put all their eggs in spotify (I use mpd+ncmpcpp). I'd really like to see some data on this.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    I will travel back in time and manage to blend in with Hitler's henchmen until I get a good long moment alone with the little H. I show him this very webpage (having downloaded it of course,...

    It can travel to any point in past Earth's history, and it is programmed to automatically and safely return you to the present time as soon as the mission is completed."

    I will travel back in time and manage to blend in with Hitler's henchmen until I get a good long moment alone with the little H. I show him this very webpage (having downloaded it of course, duh!). After first showering me in German spittle, he asks me to tell him more about what happens in World War 2. I show him wikipedia pages: The Nuremberg trials, the Eichman trial, the Dresden bombings, etc. This information gradually cracks the coldest and most unreachable fuse in his neural circuitry, making him quit Nazi life in full American-History-X-except-not-going-to-jail style. I also tell him that in order to return to my time, I will have to kill him as per the- now apparently unnecessarily strict - mission statement, to which he answers in a low and profound monklike register: "Do it", after which I do, shooting him in the neck, to which he gasps a hollow "Thank you."

    I'm transported back to a world I barely recognize.

    11 votes
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  12. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    That's interesting. I shred the carrots, squeeze a lemon on them, add a couple slices of green chili, and wham: the best crunchiest salad ever!

    That's interesting.

    I shred the carrots, squeeze a lemon on them, add a couple slices of green chili, and wham: the best crunchiest salad ever!

    3 votes
  13. Which are your top five computer programs?

    In terms of Utility: It is useful! Reliability: It will always work when you need it to! Uniqueness: It gives you the option of doing things that would never have been necessary before it came...

    In terms of

    1. Utility: It is useful!
    2. Reliability: It will always work when you need it to!
    3. Uniqueness: It gives you the option of doing things that would never have been necessary before it came along.
    4. Aesthetic: It satisfies your sense of beauty: It gives you the same kind of feeling a painting or a poem would.
    5. Transcendence: It transcends the zeitgeist and is the simplest it can and thus ought to be.

    Mine are:

    1. Vim
    2. mutt
    3. The Lucas Arts point and click adventure games
    4. A Lisp interpreter
    5. grep
    32 votes