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facebook ranting 

yeah, many of my friends also work on things which are very bad for the world, and my own household economy depends in a massive way on an evil megacorp (both directly and indirectly), so yeah, i have some understanding

and hey, people are probably _dying_ right now because of how much facebook is just the network now and for how many people. i'm sure the damage is vast.

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software rambling 

people (maybe especially smart people with lots of detailed domain models floating around in their heads) are *constantly* overfitting for intent.

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software rambling 

relatedly, i think a lot about all the times i, as a maker of software, have had conversations with users of that software where some emergent behavior or property has extrapolated into an entire model of design and intent. elaborate arguments are prepared, evidence is marshaled, a desperate case is made for changing the obstinate programmer's minds.

...and the programmers have absolutely no idea what the users are talking about. it's just a thing no one thought about much.

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a whole lot of furious typing could probably be saved if we'd all just keep the realities of the adhocracy firmly in mind even when we're currently mired in some committees-about-committees signing-shit-off-in-triplicate scenario.

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what happened is one or more harried programmers made a best effort guess and did a thing, and now it's come up again. that is how these things actually work.

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a meta-thought about a whole lot of discussions that crop up in long-lived technical / governance / whatever projects:

no, there wasn't a detailed and rigorous evidence-based policy discussion consulting all stakeholders when that number was set in a config file a decade ago, and no, changing it now is not now retroactive evidence of contradiction in years of some specific well-articulated policy.

duvets are the "why do europeans all insist on putting tobacco in the joint" of bedcovers, really

cryptononsense 

further to all of this, i think it just suddenly crystallized in my mind how close the blockchain cultists actually are to successfully overloading the idea of "decentralization" with cryptocurrency bullshit in the mainstream memespace, much as they've already done with "crypto".

this... i do not like.

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cryptononsense 

i'm pretty sure this is on purpose.

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cryptononsense 

cloudflare, one of the organizations most singlehandedly responsible for centralizing control of the network, earnestly extruding word salad about blockchain to convince us how much they believe in a decentralized network: this is the essence of... something. like, this is emblematic of a whole thing that's happening right now, and i can't quite get my head around it because looking directly at the word salad just makes me feel like i'm losing my ability to model reality.

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it is currently 4:19pm and i have gotten enough of the stuff i wasn't planning to do today done to start on the stuff i was planning to do.

it's unfortunate that i can't remember what any of that was.

food 

there is so much stuff that could go in this soup. i'm going to try and limit myself to:

- onion, carrot, sweet pepper base
- 2x potatoes
- stock
- a bit over a cup of lentils & millet
- a couple tomatoes & some greens right at the end

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food 

it's soup weather, motherfuckers

giant cartoon shrimp 

i was looking up "apex predator" on wikipedia and found this charmer of a monster prehistoric shrimp:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apex_pre

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomaloc

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(elision? obfuscation? dingbatification? there's some comics word for this i'm sure. whatever. computers have made me too stupid to use a computer to find the word i'm looking for.)

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