@strangeattractor 1. I like that I'm adjacent to undeveloped land. 2. I would/will repair/replace all the stuff the previous owner neglected. 3. I would include a soundproof office.

@technomancy Basic was around when a computer terminal was just a keyboard and a printer. When I struggled to learn Basic it was because I couldn't understand how the REM command (for comments) allowed it to understand English. Why don't we just write the whole program in REM commands?

@space_cadet @machado I believe he’s on record saying he named it after himself.

@machado @ykgoon I’m not sure these classifications are completely orthogonal. It seems to me that 2 and 3 are the same thing at different scale. With regards to public advocacy, if it qualifies for #4 then it’s inherently worthy of advocacy then not living up to it is fallibility not hypocrisy.

My daughters were watching a show and there was a record scratch sound when someone interrupted the party. I wondered, “do they even know what a record scratch is?” And then I wondered, “do I even know if that’s what a record scratch actually sounds like?”

@machado @ykgoon if it’s a moral ideal kind of virtue then I’d say pursuit of the virtue is sufficient. But if it’s a cultural-based virtue they’re probably just fake status signaling and should be shamed. Or they could be promoting a virtue that makes you easier to trick, in which case they should be shot. (Like televangelists promoting tithing to their business.)

@ykgoon @machado I don't look at it from a brand perspective, I look at it from a commodity perspective. Most brands these days just put a custom shell on commodity parts. If I'm buying a commodity I go on price. But when I'm buying non-commodity I go by quality, whether branded or boutique.

@machado Seriously though. My desktop computer has screens behind all the fans. The down side is that they collect a lot of dust and I have to clean them often.

@machado I resist the temptation to store cookies inside my computer.

@kureshii @strangeattractor @machado I have a friend who changes corporate culture for a living. He says it usually takes about 5 years.

@machado I, however, have an above average number of testicles. Two, to be precise.

@ykgoon @machado You can’t change the world by trying to change the world. But you you can shine one corner of the world, as they say in Zen.


@machado @nindokag Where I draw the line is when the attacker is using an uninvolved 3rd party as a force amplifier. It would be very hard for me to ruin someones life, but if I can get their employer to do it for me then it's canceling. It's an abuse of power. Most cancelers would say they are the underdog, except if they can cancel someone, they are clearly not the underdog. It's like a wimpy guy with a gun killing someone and saying it's okay because I'm a wimp.


@machado @nindokag I don't consider #4 and #5 to be cancel culture. Everyone has a right to not support things they don't approve of. And making fun of people is just normal behavior. Even #3 is situational, if the CEO is the public face of the company then it's not cancel because you're punishing a company for what the company says. But if it's a behind the scenes person that does not represent the company triggering the boycott then it is cancel culture.


@machado @nindokag I haven't followed the Smash Bros stuff too close but in general I don't consider a community evicting a community member for not following community standards to be cancel culture.

I just received a work email that says (paraphrased), “We will be making a system change on Friday. Effective immediately, do things the current way until Friday.”

@machado @alper It's also discounting the role that charitable giving has in society. By 'wasting' your money on emotional causes it builds social capital because everyone wants associate with that kind of person. This nature is also exploited by charities. They hold fancy networking events for all their big donors. While this brings in the money, it makes these charities less efficient at helping people due to this dead weight loss.

@alper @machado Effective altruism is about going against human sentimental tendencies and deliberately looking at the data and deciding on that basis.

@alper @machado unfortunately not. (Though I can only speak for American charities). Most charities are doing good but that doesn’t mean they’re effective. The whole industry is based around making the giver feel good because that’s what brings the money in. The science shows that people are happiest as soon as they write the check. Any information they get about effectiveness can only make them feel worse. Donors rarely ask and charities don’t volunteer that info.

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