Habanero: These people feed me, give me crinkley balls to chase (even throw them for me!), let me visit the neighbours, but you know what? Fuck that gerbera.

Oh, I managed to fix the X server problem with Firefox that I mentioned a while ago. Turns out I needed a graphics driver installed. Unsure when this new requirement showed up, but there ya go.

Weeeeeeeeeee!

"A number of governments around the world are now funding research on systems powered by artificial intelligence that can help to assess travellers at border crossings."

bbc.com/future/story/20190416-

"Chinese courts have now added 13.5 million entries to a list of dishonest persons subject to enforcement, as authorities improve their ability to collect and share information, according to new statistics unveiled on Thursday by the National Development and Reform Commission."

theglobeandmail.com/world/arti

As I read about economics and economists, I can't shake the notion that they are profoundly wrong about a lot of things. That said, I can see the appeal of the simplicity on which their field is based.

Reading Graeber's "Debt: The First 5000 Years". Great stuff.

I don't like linking to a Twitter thread, but this one struck a chord.

It ends with this, if you don't want to read the whole thing:

"The fact is if it wasn’t for the years 1932-1970 when our government mostly rightly ignored those fucking dickheads [economists] and didn’t wait for some Brookings asshole to run a regression to decide to do the right thing, America would probably be a third world country."

twitter.com/neoliberal_dad/sta

Not really sure what to make of this, but it's kind of neat.

"NASA Hand Soldering Training"

sal.wisc.edu/docs/Soldering%20

I think I've had a bit of a moment of zen: economics is more akin to nutrition science than it is social science.

"The financial industry has been both a major source of waste and inequality over the last four decades."

cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/

By the way, I always make an effort to remove the utm junk in URLs I post.

"In April 1950, the US federal government raided the offices of Scientific American Magazine to destroy every printed issue."

muckrock.com/news/archives/201

And I thought the elderly anarchists were weird.

"Male startup founders. Do you respect women who couldn't run a company? Are you attracted to women who could?"

That's why developing web apps is pain. And making pages is pain. We're tearing web apart with different goals and priorities and it sucks for all use cases.

"I believe the relative ease—not to mention the lack of tangible cost—of software updates has created a cultural laziness within the software engineering community."

Yes. And I HATE it.

spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/av

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.