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Hey, I'm lachrimae.

My ego ideal is probably something like cyberpunk Jorge Luis Borges, if J.L.B. played guitar like Jonny Greenwood.

I live to love and I love to ride bikes.

I've worked in academic/industrial R&D, and, more recently, DevOps. Talk mathy to me.

currently trying to decide what Ockham, Hegel and Russell have to say to each other about logic.

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The Chinese film regulator has released a new policy document: "Several Opinions on Promoting the Development of Science Fiction Films," which sets out guidelines for new sf movies.

chinafilm.gov.cn/chinafilm/con

Writing in Variety, China Bureau Chief Rebecca Davis breaks down the new rules and gives some context for them.

variety.com/2020/film/news/chi

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But there is nothing intrinsic to a "literature of imagination" that makes it politically radical: the broad reactionary streak in SF/F makes that clear.

I'm looking forward to seeing whether China can figure out how to use SF to solidify the status quo without creating a radical tendency that uses the same stories to tear it down.

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experiments in b_i_g d_a_t_a...
It turns out that writing distributed Hadoop code in Scala is the easy part. Actually putting the 40GB bz2'd XML dump into the cluster is the hard part.

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software vs writing 

software: no one knows what you do, and everyone who does including yourself hates it. there are limitless niches of valuable work to be done — valuable in a social sense, as open source of course goes unpaid — but most such niches are so obscure that the necessary connective tissue required to form the greater whole will never materialize, unless done by capitalists, who will ruin it.

writing: everyone writes. everyone writes better than you. everyone writes so much that editors beyond number are bored of stories better than anything you’ll ever write. they are so bored that even joking about the boredom is cliche. when you receive a $20 check for a work you spent a month shopping around, you will feel grateful. but at least it is much harder to write anything deadly than it is in software.

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Reading about mediaeval ontology... apparently it was a common understanding that "essence = existence", so the whole existentialist/feminist discourse of "existence is prior to essence" is just talking to itself.


Hey, I'm lachrimae.

My ego ideal is probably something like cyberpunk Jorge Luis Borges, if J.L.B. played guitar like Jonny Greenwood.

I live to love and I love to ride bikes.

I've worked in academic/industrial R&D, and, more recently, DevOps. Talk mathy to me.

currently trying to decide what Ockham, Hegel and Russell have to say to each other about logic.

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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.