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I have a magic rectangle. One side of it is metal, the other glass. Inside it are crystals of exceptional fineness, metal etched into intricate patterns, and traces of many exotic elements, all from different faraway lands. Symbols appear on the glass, and if touched in the right order, many wondrous and terrible things can happen. Just as often, they do not, and I have to spend an hour working out which part of the ritual I messed up.

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This morning’s run: Chill, rain, Boxnoggin trotting with dainty paws. (He hates the wet.)

But… something magic happened, too.

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Eventually we'll be at the point that by 5pm, all the work we've done that day will need to be securely destroyed and the drive burned because if you leave it on your computer overnight you'll wake up to a swarm of locusts

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@cypnk @galaxis “If your child is doing all these things, invest in their startup fund.”

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The #cyberpunk future is here

I ran out of character space trying to type out the caption in Amaroq

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A lot of people are confused by git. Most of these people, I reckon, learned it from the outside in - from the command-line interface down. If you started with git by asking "how do I sync up my changes with my peers", then you might get the answer, but you will be missing the foundation on which that answer is built. This is the main source of confusion with git.

The better way is to learn git from the inside out. You should first learn about what objects are and how they're stored and identified, and how they relate to each other. You should learn what blobs, trees, and commits actually are, and how they relate to each other, and how commits form a linked list from which a graph of all objects can be derived.

Then you should learn how the ref database gives friendly names like "master" and "feature/foobar" to objects, and how the reflog tracks changes to references over time.

THEN, and only then, should you learn how to use the CLI. Then you can learn about using the staging area to add objects to the database and create commits, and how doing this updates the reflog.

Git makes total sense when you approach it from this angle. Supposedly hard tools like git rebase are totally understandable when you view them with the appropriate foundational knowledge.

Git is a tool which you will reach for hundreds of times a day, every day, for your entire career. Maybe it's worth learning about properly.

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@iconography If Godzilla is imaginary then he can never be truly defeated

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What do you get when you put a billion people into citywide quarantine lockdown with looming food and medical shortages, mix in recent sudden mass unemployment and mass distrust of the government, and then make that population only able to communicate via highly censored and ban-happy social media apps which also double as everyone's only banking system and identity card?

I dunno either but I think China's about to find out.

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"The growing inaccessibility of science"

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"Access options"

😂

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reverse Monster Hunter where we play as monsters and we attack hunters to protect the environment.

instead of getting better weapons from their skin, we get an improved ecosystem (more animals&plants&clear water etc.) and that makes us stronger. that's the grind, instead of bigger armour you watch your forest flourish more and more. this also attracts worse hunters, creating the difficulty curve.

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I'll consider not blocking ads when ads stop autoplaying *and* stop becoming vectors for malicious software.

Cripes, it's like mosquitoes lobbying humans to stop sleeping under netting.

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In 1998, a programmer who had been working on Y2K fixes started to get anxious because he couldn't believe how pervasive the problem was. He switched from company to company trying to get away from it, but everywhere he went he became regarded as the Y2K expert and immediately became the team lead for that company's Y2K contingencies. He finally had a nervous breakdown, quit his job, and decided he wanted to be knocked unconscious when the Y2K actually came about.

A month before Y2K he was put into an artificial coma and cooled down to a near cryogenic easily sustained long term life support.

Unfortunately the life support notification system had a Y2K bug, and no one revived him for 8000 years.

Finally he was found and revived. He woke up, and saw himself surrounded by lots of glass, light, stainless steel, and tall beautiful people in white robes. He asked if he was in Heaven.

They replied, "No, this is Chicago. Actually but it's a lot like Heaven to someone like you."

"Someone like me?"

"You are from the 20th century. Many of the problems that existed in your lifetime have been solved for thousands of years. There is no hunger and no disease. There is no scarcity, or strife between races and creeds."

"What year is it now?"

"Yeah, about that - it's the year 9,998. You see, the year 10,000 is coming up, and we understand you know something called COBOL?"
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*4,000 BC*
Cats: hey I've noticed that theres a lot of small vermin I can kill and eat around your settlements on account of all the grain y'all got lying around, so I've decided I'm just gonna hang around you guys for the foreseeable future
Humans: ok cool. that sounds pretty good actually. do you like, wanna form a symbiotic partnership like we did with dogs or
Cats: no im good

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