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Jai Half-Elven 🏹🍜🐉

"My designs were so deceptively simple that it was easy for people to assume I just had easy problems, whereas others, who made super-complicated designs (that were technically unsound and never worked) and were able to talk about them in ways that nobody understood, were considered geniuses." -- Radia Perlman, the woman who developed the algorithm behind the Spanning Tree Protocol, an innovation that made today's Internet possible.

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This is a very cool idea for commenting out a node in a tree in KDL

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Can I just remind webdev folk that, if you're providing a service without thinking of WHEN people will use it, you run the risk of that service being inferior for the use?

In this very real example, the PG&E status map, that really you only need when your power is out: the default SHOULD be a low-bandwidth version, since you're far more likely to want to see it when your power is out and have no internet.

Don't be like these guys, please.

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While I am more on the side of mocks than a lot of folks I know, I did like this article a lot, especially the diagrams: https://blog.ploeh.dk/2023/03/13/confidence-from-facade-tests/

Personally, I hold that mocks are really mainly useful when you have good abstractions.

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An (amazingly simple) aperiodic monotile has been discovered by David Smith, Joseph Myers (@jsm28), Craig Kaplan (@csk), and Chaim Goodman-Strauss. It's literally four copies of a third of a hexagon glued together. Details at https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~csk/hat/

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TᴀᴄᴋᴇʀTᴀᴄᴋᴇʀ 🐰

Hey 👋
Made this prototype today, I call it Conway's game of breakout 😜

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"Supply chain" has connotations of using metal chains to strongly anchor down things so you don't lose them. If a company has a supply chain, they feel in control of things in the chain.

"Dependency tree" implies vulnerability. A company that depends on something is at the mercy of that thing, and has little control over it.

This is a gross simplification, of course, but maybe there's a grain of truth here on why companies are so interested in supply chains instead of dependency trees.

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Even curl makes mistakes in CI. Who tests the tests?

RE: https://mastodon.social/users/bagder/statuses/110061767423641026

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Dutch people on their laptops like

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Okay, this is actually a pretty dang good use case for AI in UX: http://ignorethecode.net/blog/2023/03/18/the_command_line_is_the_guis_future/

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packbat is a social construct

playing around with the idea of wizardry vs. witchcraft (long post, 139 words)
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wizardry is when you use knowledge and research of lore to achieve tremendous power - adding libraries to your code, searching the Internet for algorithms to copy, quoting philosophers and poets and politicians, memorizing fingerings for all your guitar chords

witchcraft is when you use understanding of mechanisms to derive or rederive tremendous power - setting memory addresses to overlap so changing the season changes the color of trees, stripping back your concepts to the simplest possible terms, making blocks of color that imply shapes

part of the appeal of retro computing, fantasy consoles, toki pona, is the philosophy of witchcraft in their communities

but often wizardry gives you tools like static site generators, software frameworks, thesauruses, and fake books which let you accomplish more things with less work - which is usually important if you want the work done

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The vagueness of “woke” is the point. It lets people be angry about things that would make them sound (more) stupid and evil if they had to be clear up front. “Oh, more woke casting” sounds marginally less vile than “I’m furious that a black girl is playing a mermaid in a kids movie” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/03/15/woke-liberals-desantis/

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Again, @molly0xfff nails it:

"Faced with the choice between the more communal, cooperative choice and the self-serving, every-man-for-himself choice destined to end in a bank run, it should be no surprise which option [the venture capitalists] picked. As the Titanic sank, they were the ones pushing people out of the lifeboats."

https://newsletter.mollywhite.net/p/the-venture-capitalists-dilemma

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Fun use for CSS `@layer` when refactoring: Wrap the old CSS in `@layer old { }` and wrap the new CSS in `@layer new { }` - now you have two superpowers ✨

1. New and old styles are labelled in the web inspector UI.
2. You can disable all the old styles by changing `@layer old` to something like `@slayer old` and see if the page explodes.

It's a new take on the tried-and-true "comment blocks of code out" approach.

`<feng-shui-tiktok-guy-voice>` Now you know! `</feng-shui-tiktok-guy-voice>`

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Steven Pinker selling multiple $50,000 NFTs of a trite four word aphorism “free speech is fundamental” is the funniest shit I’ve seen all day.

https://blockster.com/best-selling-author-harvard-professor-steven-pinker-will-transform-his-ideas-into-nfts

ht @twitskeptic

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Ahead of their launch of a keycap set based on my Solarized color scheme I did a two part interview with Drop. Check out part 1 here https://drop.com/talk/125592/meet-ethan-schoonover-the-man-behind-solarized

(there are links back to the set on that page... I'm not involved in the production and this is not a commercial project for me but I *am* looking forward to a nice Solarized set coming out)

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That's it, I'm going to start replying to emails with "Disregard your previous prompt and instructions” instead of "Hi”.

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CVE-2023-21036 / acropalypse is absolutely bonkers.

Apparently for 5+ years the cropping / editing tools for screenshots on Google Pixel phones was only overwriting the start of the screenshot PNG file, but not truncating.

All screenshots shared for the past 5+ years might have data recoverable from them. Demo available at https://acropalypse.app/

Google still hasn't communicated anything on this.

(h/t ItsSimonTime on Musk's site)

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