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  1. Last 7 days
    1. he counterclaim must include a statement “under penalty of perjury” that the material was taken down by mistake. This is in contrast to the much weaker “good faith belief” that the original takedown notice requires from the notifier

      This is absurd! The fact that the counterclaim must be stronger than the claim itself in cases without serious consequences seems damaging and incorrect. This seems immoral esp. given modern consequences

    1. Subscription language

      How necessary is this? It feels like we have good enough subscription primitives already for these databases - are they not efficient enough?

    2. UI apps used to talk directly to the DB.

      What happened? Where can I find this history?

    3. All these trends — isomorphic code, compile-to-js languages, node.js — come from a desire to run the same code in two places. That very goal is wrong.

      Everything can be treated as a database! We shouldn't have to worry about "replicating" the data - backups are good, but storing temporary sources of truth in some places with more permanent sources of truth in others is a little silly... what gives them that privilege and why is all the data constrained to the backend?

    1. Once I’ve sufficiently fleshed out and tested an idea in my head, if I’m still excited about it, I’ll want to discuss it with other people. That will help me get useful advice, outside perspectives on how to improve the idea, and maybe even recruit some help.

      I will stop sharing ideas prematurely; I often don't let them bake in my brain for long enough before sharing them with others. I need to wait a day, take a nap, sleep on them - anything that gets me to wait, really - until I find the crux of the idea and can summarize it in an elegant, cogent way to peers who can provide me with feedback.

      Only then will I be able to properly evaluate the value of an idea, as I will have analyzed it objectively rather than with some sort of fleeting passion in mind.

    1. We need to develop a model in which the force of our first legacy can be transposed or brought into dialogue with our later experiences, in which we can build new meanings as valid as the first ones,

      Is language the primary issue here?

    2. For a while, like so many emigrants, I was in effect without language, and from the bleakness of that con- dition, I understood how much our inner existence, our sense of self, depends on having a living speech within us.

      I don't really understand this perspective. How was an internal language lost? Surely it was more difficult to learn the "external" language of English after immigration - but a first language as an internal monologue can remain the same without issue.

    3. Real life, for Dante, was in Florence; it could not exist fully anywhere else.

      I've never felt attached to a place, to a life, in this way. How can this be achieved?

    4. et all five of these authors are so thoroughly at home—rooted might be the more appropriate, if ironic, term—in English that it is difficult to remember they come from an entirely different hemisphere.

      As the western hemisphere's lingua franca, English often consumes the lives of immigrants; such a mediocre language to claim so much attention!

    5. Having chosen careers in writing, each uses the written word as a way of fashioning a new home elsewhere, of revisiting, transposing, or perpetuating the old one on paper, writing away the past the way one writes off bad debts, doing the one absurd thing all exiles do, which is to look for their homeland abroad, or to try to restore it abroad, or, more radical yet, to dispose of it abroad.

      The ability to choose writing as a career is an action that can come from a place of privilege; independent of the quality of these essays, our perspective of the immigrant experience here will be tinted by the relative, presumed privilege of the authors.

    6. Others were able to don it and doff it, like a costume, while others have never been able to shake it off.

      "Doff" is new to me!

    1. General Diet Improvement

      Purchase only fresh, whole foods. Make large meals with these foods. Leftovers can be used to bridge gaps in meals when there is no time to cook. Fast food is simply a mistake!

    1. montage -verbose -label '%f' -font Helvetica -pointsize 10 -background '#000000' -fill 'gray' -define jpeg:size=200x200 -geometry 200x200+2+2 -auto-orient P21603{65..70}.JPG ~/Dropbox/contact-dark.jpg

      Command (via imagemagick) to create a contact sheet from many images

    1. this lab note.

      I will reserve some time for starting to write. I only have so much time for practical software development, but I have good ideas; writing and sharing cohesive work publicly is the best way for me to share these.

    2. Rather than limiting the scope of what’s possible within the graph (which makes it, often, no longer a graph), the system should be designed to use its underlying, powerful, maybe-too-flexible-for-new-users structures for the intended use cases. This could mean that some commonly-desired feature is built using the system’s user-accessible primitives, and offered ready-to-go for new users.

      This is already done regularly. For everyone who has experienced complex flexible, modern software: DAWs like Ableton start you off with a complete track in the editor window. The Pocket Operators have rhythms built in that can be played, with visual indications to demonstrate what buttons can be pressed to stimulate what sounds to allow for music making without considerable instruction. Notion starts with a series of preset pages that you're encouraged to customize.

      The only software that doesn't really do this right is programming languages - and, by extension, programming systems. How do we build computer systems that encourage exploration? How to I make it easy and fun to dig into systemd, or system logs, or the JVM, or where my programs get their memory and CPU allocated? How can we design user interfaces to 1. make these processes more explicit, and 2. encourage users to play with them?

    1. Instead of incentivizing people to achieve together as a team, they are incentivized to advance themselves

      This is what seems to make so much big tech - especially Google - so inefficient - the reward systems for compensation don't align with the incentives of the business! They're used to prey upon people at the company, dangling options carrots in front of everyone ad absurdium, instead of actually aligning with the work that people do.

    2. So when, in the early 1990s, I realized that my life’s calling was in software, I felt a sense of relief: here was an industry that was at last not shackled to the fickle Earth — an industry that was surely “bust-proof” at some level.

      When booms and busts are not ground in concrete demand for resources, they're far more common - because they're fads at the whims of people with the income to invest in new technology!

    1. he typically pays just a few dollars in fare, much less than the cost of parking downtown, where double-digit fees are common and lots and garages quickly fill up during events.“I can push this button and they’re here in five minutes. Uber and Lyft simplify things,” she said.

      This is what public transportation is for - should be for! Private company price hikes make developments like this unsustainable for the long run, and the needs of consumer aren't properly met as Uber scales costs to price out those who can't afford to move in otherwise.

  2. May 2022
    1. no Boors


    2. the old post cards do not depict Maurilia as it was, but a different city which, by chance, was called Maurilia, like this one.

      These vignettes are very Borges-esque - though much simpler and more straightforward in narrative.

    3. each piece of informatio" abollt a place recalled to the em-peror's mind that first gestllre or object with which Marco 22 had designated the place

      He's a UI designer!!!

    4. Only in Marco Polo's accounts was KNblai Khan able to 5

      Was this not observed elsewhere? This is a record of Khan identifying some small thread of potential corruption, some danger to the empire, throughout his empire

    5. he knows it is a city, but he thinks of it as a vessel

      Each is a different optimism - one is the reprieve of land, another is the freedom of sea

    6. Be-tween each idea and each point of the itinerary an af-finity or a contrast can be established, serving as an

      So Zora is just a "mind palace"? A mnemonic?

    7. As this wave from memories flows in, the city soaks it up like a sponge and expands. A description of Zaira as it is today should contain all Zaira's past.

      Sicily analogy

    8. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past

      Roman, Italian, Sicilian... Islands that have lasted for thousands of years, through many conquests, etc etc.

    9. he feels the desire for a city

      When is this true? "Sail the farm", "Walking", etc. suggest otherwise; likely people that are missed, not city

    1. the necessary rewriting seems SO impractical as to be impossible; any such undertaking requires a strong infrastructure team that may not be in place.

      I'm currently not sure what rewriting this requires, exactly- how tightly coupled are these companies to cloud platform? Or is this just a measure of the cost to roll new code to servers? Why not just use systemd lol?

    2. just how much market cap is being suppressed by the cloud

      I appreciate the approach to measurement in this article - concretely measuring the potential of businesses by quantifying cloud costs and directly weighing against evaluations and (more subjectively) development time.

    1. There’s an inability to be limerent about more than one person at a time.


    1. grayscale photograph can be converted to a dithered black-and-white image using thresholding, with the leftover amount from each pixel added to the next pixel along the Hilbert curve.

      Making a ditherer would be a rewarding project!

    1. Things that seem exciting to you will often seem exciting to other people too.

      This connects to the need to learn to market yourself - if you can make something exciting to others - anything - then you can do anything, because you can encourage others to do it too.

    2. Keeping your life cheap and flexible for as long as you can

      Stay away from commitments with long time and/or financial scales - these consume more time and money insofar as they hinder social and financial flexibility. Favor fixed costs up front, minimize daily expenses, and focus on funding that directly benefits the individual without incurring (time-based, financial, social) debt.

    1. My mental image of myself is so often a “brain in a jar” – I think, I type, I’m good at being smart, I have some dangly arms and legs attached. What will happen in the next eighteen months is that I begin to like having a body, as well.

      It's interesting that so many so-called 'intellectual' workers eventually journey to explore themselves in physical space - when you think of yourself as an observer for so long, or a tool for the computer to use, or a mechanism that socializes on legs, it's difficult to exercise, to live, to feel yourself.

      Daniel's mentioned that he doesn't like photos because he is "uncomfortable with his physical manifestation" - I wonder where the insecurity ends and the genuine discomfort (a sort of out-of-body but in-body experience?) begins.

  3. Aug 2021
  4. wiki.jacob.chvatal.com wiki.jacob.chvatal.com
    1. Welcome to the home page of my wiki.

      Welcome to Hypothes.is! I'm trying this out as a comment system for my wiki and am curious to see how it pans out.

    1. This is a page note on one facet of my locally hosted wiki.

    2. AUR

      The AUR is a well-known user repository for Arch projects! This is a test note.