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You can win bonus votes towards a character in the replies in each match by:

* Being the first to name the (voice) actor [1 vote]
* Being the first to name the show the character's from [1 vote]
* Being the first to make an oblique reference to the character (superpower, alter ego, distinctive quote, etc) without naming the show or character [2 votes]
* Drawing fan art [3 votes each]

I'll boost these replies once I've counted their votes.

Sounds fun?


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Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.

Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
* etc

Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!

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Maybe it's just because this is where my interest lies, but reading a few takes on how to Fix The Web yesterday I really think a major issue are the discovery hueristics we use. Their incomprehensibility and shallowness promotes the bad and buries the good.

There's PLENTY of good links! Otherwise I'd be wanting to tear The Web down rather than just JS...

I created Odysseus to explore some partial solutions, but I'm keen to see others address the problem from a different angle! Links? Advice?

Tested that now, it works right away!

Also attempted to make a correction to my "related tags" first. Switching from set intersection to set union, but I'm having unexpected problems there...

Should be easy enough to fix, but I didn't expect to have to...

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Using TUI based apps are working well for me.

Just installed for RSS feed.

I'm on Arch and I'm mostly relying on command line applications.

I just want to see which TUI note-taking apps suits well for me now.

Don't be afraid to say no to what people say you must do to grow your startup.

This will leave you with more time to actually focus on and excel at one particular activity that you believe has the most potential to unlock growth

I've written that code now to render bookmark searches as "tokens" now, & it compiles at least...

This is actually about a bit more than looks. It's an affordance, and communication sidechannel to the bookmarks autocompleter, allowing you to quickly perform non-trivial bookmark searches!

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Today I'm working towards prettying up bookmark searches in Odysseus. The other day I reverted to showing plain URLs, and today I'm going to handle these URLs as tags.

So far I've made very minor yet necessary refactor... Now the BrowserWindow isn't peering into the addressbar's internal text entry (which the whole thing resembles)!

@alcinnz But not specific enough to send a very important newsagent to those bastards.

@njoseph ... and worst: A lot of "FLOSS" projects are sponsored and backed nowadays by large industry donors who possibly don't care much about "free" / libre ideas (looking at you, GSoC). 馃槓

Being amazed to learn a new customer uses #syncthing for syncing data between production servers, after giving it a try again I still also had to learn that syncthing and my use cases and environments still possibly will never be friends. 馃槦

Round 2 

In Round 3 The Gray Fox will face off against Huntokar The Destroyer. Let's see if The Gray Fox learnt anything from The Flying Squirrel!

And I don't yet know who'll face off against The Red Panda, that's what rematches are for!

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Round 2 

No change to the final results, Damien and Professor Zombie are still tying so they'll be entered into the Round 2 rematches. No bonus votes to count.


In Cosmos Laundromat Frank was convinced by Victor to take a shape-shifting multiverse adventure through those washing machines. Using a collar with "variable spin speed, excellent tumble performance in one handy device. Squeaky clean!"

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Dana Cardinal was the only Night Vale Public Radio intern who went on to do anything... interesting! And you might recognized her voice actor as Astrid from Fringe, though I was very surprised when I learned that.

Agent Green works for the Atypical Monitors who surveils, and suppresses knowledge about, superpowered individuals.

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Round 2 

Yesterday The Gray Fox defeated former radio intern and mayor Dana Cardinal (Jesika Nicole) from Welcome to Night Vale at 2 to nil.

Huntokar The Destroyer defeated Agent Green (Ian McQuown) from The Bright Sessions at 2 to nil.

Damien and Professor Zombie are currently tied at 1 vote each. There's time for this to change!

And The Red Panda is defeating Frank the suicidal blacksheep (Pierre Bokma) from Blender's Cosmos Laundromat at 1 to nil.

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@alcinnz @tshrinivasan @njoseph @elementary @federico3 tagging #ElementaryOS was a good hint. I run Debian, and always need to recommend to non-techies what I don't run: Ubuntu. Not ElementaryOS. Secondly, it would need persuasion that paying for it is a good thing. Firstly, its a bad start that I don't run what I recommend.

Maybe techies have to pay for a non-techie distribution and develop on it, to get othwrs to.

I was pretty fed up with the behavior of 'df', so I wrote my own diskfree tool.

It's called 'duf', it's written in #golang, and you can get it here:

On ArchLinux, you can simply install 'duf' from the AUR.

People discount oral history from indigenous communities especially aboriginal Australians and Indigenous circumpolar peoples despite following religious texts that was written hundreds of years after the death of the prophet.

I think people seem to recognize the flaws that oral history can hold in the exaggeration or dramatization of its tales but don't realize that this often assists in deciphering history by allowing people to conceptualize ideas they don't yet have a full understanding of.

can someone recommend a dictionary that's searchable by phonemes?

i want to find words that contain a specific syllable or homophones of the syllable

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If you're wondering, I'm hoping that FreeType, FontConfig, & Harfbuzz would handle *most* of the text rendering complexities for me in Haphaestus...

Also: I won't implement text selection (how would you even do that on a TV remote?) or font-specified length units. Those are headaches I'm not ready to deal with!

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The Social Dilemma and instrumenalization 

One of the things that I liked from the Social Dilemma is that they pointed out that the problem isn't necessarily the existence of the technology, or the algorithms, or social communication platforms in themselves... but that a major issue arises when we turn those algorithms back on to ourselves.

It was kind of a subtle point made in passing, but in my opinion this is the whole point: Instrumentalizing people through the application of algorithms on people produces bad outcomes for people.

It's not just that the algorithms are biased (they are), but simply the fact that they are being used to measure and sort people and then provide or enforce different outcomes on people based on how someone gets sorted.

I'm curious if there are any exceptions or if this instrumentalization is universally unhealthy for humans (because it is inherently dehumanizing)?

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Okay, people, we have the #Samizdat Overview:

I think it's reasonably complete, and I *hope* it is reasonably informative. Thank you to everyone who provided their input and feedback, couldn't have done it without you.

This is a complex project trying to solve a complicated issue. Boiling it down to a single readable document is Hard. Here's hoping it's good enough, but suggestions on how to improve are welcome, as always.

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