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- introduction thread -
(FOSS "mon" simulation game)

most recent game demo:
=> codeberg.org/Valenoern/zenseka

[further links / info about the game inside thread]

full thread archive:
=> distributary.network/bop/valen

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clearly, it was named D&D because you must roll various Ds

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I'm considering adding instance blocking to bop

this is a challenge when it's not a dynamic application,
but I can maybe imagine an nginx config file that blocks domains.

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uspol, defederate truthsocial 

so, truthsocial.com 'kinda' still exists and everybody is steadily blocking them; if you have the power to get the trump cult instance* defederated from yours, you should too

(* I'd like to use more neutral words, but when they have to make their own special instance instead of just going to gab - which i think is still alive? - it's hard not to see it that way.)

really long number 

"
The value
277811237605152928273028232167407452165786566600195375481578498000361125404397802025831069845253254594392610430099200897142409446471782488808866796824092664929201[... too many digits to even fit here ...]63044312734600196456617206863644424990960829285004817479293005233384424971020596161993355558932618766527917135895391688972285688641111747938274023628224540516384877264499664306640624999999999999999999999999999999

is not of type
(INTEGER 1 4294967295)
"

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today I'm still doing mathematical formulas, but of a different kind

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today I took a lengthy comment I'd used as 'scratch paper' and turned it into an actual package where each formula became a commented lisp function

I love the ability to use lisp as a way to 'show work' for calculations.
I could probably do the same thing in python or something,
but S-expressions are one of the nicest compromises I've found between Proper mathematical notation and the horizontal mess of ascii symbols you make up trying to scrawl formulas into a text editor

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explanation 

in my brain, it makes total sense that an rss/atom feed is a device for broadcasting a specific kind of 'article',

a feedreader is a a device for somewhat indiscriminately taking in several prepackaged article 'channels',

and the reverse of a feedreader is a device that organises information and packages it into a feed

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small brain: is a card box

big brain: bop is a thing collector

expanding brain: bop is a thing reorganiser

galaxy brain: bop is a reverse feedreader

political news, youtube Algorithm 

as I said before, the real kicker with the feedreader extension would be that if you *do* like desktop feedreaders, you could use "bop publish" to spit out a single personally curated atom feed,
and then open that in your desktop feed reader.

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political news, youtube Algorithm 

i have a feeling that only when i finish this thing will it become apparent how much every timeline or feedreader we commonly use sucks and fails to give us a way to actually organise anything well enough to actually schedule when to read it.

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political news, youtube Algorithm 

what I really need is a feedreader that can be 'sort of' desktop but also 'sort of' usable in a browser where all the actual 'articles' will open anyway

and I think I will have to build my feedreader - save bookmark + save new bookmarks from feeds + render feed item bookmarks nicely inside bop threads - to have a 'feed item collector' which is as usable on a daily basis as 'social media' timelines

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political news, youtube Algorithm 

> neither have worked out for me

if the feedreader is SaaS, I can forget to visit the website, or the site can start imposing strange freemium features I'd rather just didn't exist

if the feedreader is on a personal server, my server could implode and rebuilding web app installations with all their data is a pain

if the feedreader is desktop, I'll again neglect ever opening it the same way I do with email programs, or find opening up video tabs too awkward

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political news, youtube Algorithm 

youtube's recommendations column is so unsatisfactory,
and yet I 'have' to use youtube because I don't have a web-platform-independent feedreader just for videos & audio

feedreaders suck.
they're only useful if I can open a list of feed items in my browser from which to open all the various 'articles' as new tabs.
but this encourages the feedreader to be hosted online or on a personal server, and neither have worked out for me, nor has a 'desktop' application

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political news, youtube Algorithm 

I think part of what contributes to this is the inability to mute channels on youtube.

no matter how many times I "Dismiss" short news clips to try to steer the Algorithm away from them, in the right conditions they always come back.

while if youtube were as sensibly designed as mastodon I could mute every channel that's awful or simply uninteresting to me and have the Algorithm only recommend based on unmuted ones

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political news, youtube Algorithm 

lately about 2 or 3 times I've ended up in a very nasty spiral of clicking off Good videos into short news clips because they have a bit of new information,
looking at the comments to gauge people's attitudes on what will happen after the event,
then clicking another short news clip because they're short, even though I know each turn of this cycle is an axe blow to my mood

I should know better than this, yet I really have to remind myself

today I took a lengthy comment I'd used as 'scratch paper' and turned it into an actual package where each formula became a commented lisp function

I love the ability to use lisp as a way to 'show work' for calculations.
I could probably do the same thing in python or something,
but S-expressions are one of the nicest compromises I've found between Proper mathematical notation and the horizontal mess of ascii symbols you make up trying to scrawl formulas into a text editor

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this week I'm working on porting some outdated code to the new 'kaichain demo',
which is a prototype for the 'headless asekai core'.

I just ported the spawn grid generator yesterday, and it's kind of astounding how it's much faster to write this program in lisp versus a low-level language.
I instantly started thinking about how to improve it and make it do more than it did before

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this week I'm working on porting some outdated code to the new 'kaichain demo',
which is a prototype for the 'headless asekai core'.

I just ported the spawn grid generator yesterday, and it's kind of astounding how it's much faster to write this program in lisp versus a low-level language.
I instantly started thinking about how to improve it and make it do more than it did before

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