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In the Cold War, Americans used their country's norms of female makeup to emphasize they could be feminine and do their jobs better than the reds:
racked.com/2017/8/28/16164052/

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decentralization experts: do you know of any successful "user brings their own backend" type apps (that implement the app logic/ui but not storage mechanism/account management), particularly ones that are not trapped within the Google ecosystem?

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Just finished Conspiracy, the book about Thiel’s secret plan to take down Gawker, and came away rather disappointed and underwhelmed.

I guess the disappointment mostly came from the overrated insight porn that the author thought readers would appreciate, but it was underwhelming because so much bluster and meandering was generated over what seemed to me like a pretty straightforward issue. I want to get to the sea, but I don't necessarily want to follow every little twist and turn of the river.

I wasn't brought up like this, but I remember subconsciously playing a similar game with myself. It's a simple game with only one rule: you get upset, you lose.

wired.com/story/russian-hacker

"Russia is really the best adversary," [...] "We’ve engaged with them on investigations, discovering and combatting them, and this breakout time is a real proxy for how good they are. It really captures that operational tempo... they're just incredibly fast, almost eight times as fast as the next adversary."

wired.com/story/ai-text-genera

The narrative that things can't go to hell because truth will always prevail is crumbling. The weirding is happening.

Thinking on some cultural norms: specifically, stupid questions.

What are stupid questions? To me, it goes beyond the knowability of the answer; often it seems like the mood of the questioned determines the stupidity of the question rather than the other way round. Why do people do that?

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me writing programming tools: we need to make it easier to code! liberate the code! make it accessible to all!

me debugging someone else's code: you should need to train for 10 years before you can even touch a text editor, and we need a central guild body that randomly audits members, and if your code quality is bad enough you are immediately executed

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I live in Houston, moved to the US a year and half back. I remember reading @vgr Breaking Smart season 1 and thinking “ I want to be among the Prometheans stealing fire” 😆. I work as a marketer for a small bootstrap start up in Texas. I write half baked things thoughts on bicameral.me . New year resolution is to use more of Mastodon and less Twitter 🤔

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Hey, Mastodon: is there a way to always "Show More" without breaking out Greasemonkey or the like?

The past 6 months for me have been an emotional oscillation between "this normie life might not be so bad after all" and "what am I doing I have no idea I am clearly unqualified to be normie".

Not sure if I should be hoping/striving for convergence in 2019.

The interesting discovery for me is that similar to infinite space-time loops from popular media, you kind of do find yourself repeating a thought loop if you try to think your way out of it through familiar patterns.

And similar to space-time loops, just stopping yourself from walking/thinking forward is insufficient. You practically have to alter your brain chemistry or jar it into a new mode of thinking.

Ughh. I've noticed I keep falling into the same negative thought spiral whenever my partner gets upset, and I'm still figuring how to snap myself out of it when it happens.

I guess it's a first for me because I don't usually let criticism get to me but somehow it's different coming from my partner.

I'm writing this for people I know on Facebook, but if you know someone who might benefit from this, feel free to point them to buttondown.email/laymansguide :)

There seems to be little in the way of glue between 4 and 5, for folks who are interested but have little idea where to begin.

After a quick survey on Facebook, I decided to start a weekly newsletter. One concept in computing per week, written for layfolk, as much as I can manage in an hour or less of writing. It is assumed that subscribers know what an address bar or web browser or wifi is, but not HTTP or API. With as little jargon, and as many screenshots, as I can.

Folks who want to learn more about computing (not the same as programming) seem to have a few options, in decreasing order of granularity/increasing ease of approach by the general public:

1. Developer documentation
2. Detailed, often informal, accounts of how things work, usually written by devs for other devs (on YC, HN, etc)
3. AMAs
4. Wikipedia, community wikis
5. Technology journalism

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neuroscience question: Show more

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Early unit of computing power: one "kilogirl" was equivalent to a thousand hours of manual computing labor

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