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It's ya boi Bytemoth back at it again with some outdated magick and old K6 PCs. I've been procrastinating on an open-source sci-fan universe for the past 9 years, and a website about it for 6; Stopped working on them to run some Tumblr RP blogs for a while.

I'm very asocial, so there won't be much interaction from me unless I think I can add something useful/helpful.

One, two, three, four, five
Everybody in the car, so come on, let's ride
To the liquor store around the corner
The boys say they want some gin and juice
But I really don't wanna

LOL research has discovered that if you respect a cat's boundaries, they're more likely to be affectionate and less likely to scratch you.

Which of course the articles phrased as letting the cat be "in charge" because asking somebody if you can touch them aka *consent* has to be phrased as a control issue, and the "cats have staff" jokes come out. A dog's consent should be respected too!

Since "let the chat choose" is seen in all the articles I assume it's also in the university press release.

If you think about it, any text-file, any image or video, any executable on your machine is just stored as a series of 1's and 0's, and can simply be interpreted as a very, very large integer.

You're not running Excel, you're just running a number. You're not watching the latest episode of your favorite show, this is 180983984839912343232899016056542024...

On Eldritch Beasts and the "Witnessing this descends you into madness" trope 

I hadn't thought of this in words before, but it's definitely a resonant feeling and I'm seriously glad someone did.

Also racists like Lovecraft and xenophobes of all stripes can get fuuuuuuucked

this is almost definitely going to be controversial but...

if your fallback thought to deal with how terrible everything is is something like "it's okay because god has a plan for us we can't know"...

think about that for a second. if someone has a plan for your life that you can't even know about, let alone consent to, then in any other circumstance that is abuse.

if the entire point of our lives is to prove some sort of cosmic point, then i want no part of it. i didn't ask to be part of the world and i didn't ask to be part of whatever thing you're doing.

Visualizing new and terrible types of internet drama:

acting differently from your assigned zodiac sign is astrological appropriation

@onan @ajroach42

So, yeah, no, I find the arguments given highly unpersuasive.

There are other arguments which could be made:

Authors restricting access to works. Here my feeling is that peer pressure form dead people should have an expiry date. The argument largely stems from copyright. Either an author should take responsibility for deleting works, or it becomes the common heritage of later generations.
Cataloguing and classification. I'm surprised this didn't feature in the video. It's a huge problem with current online archives. Essentially, the problem should already be a major part of an archive's work, and translating metadata to digital formats already a part of existing practice.
Integrity and control. This is the elephant in the room for much of the talk. Again, ultimately the works from the past belong to all of the current generation, and future ones. Archivists are their custodians, but not the gatekeepers to them.


#Archives #Archival #copyright #digitisation #DigitalArchives #BadArguments #libraries #BedfordshireArchives

poot (pooptoot) 

the real generational divide is whether someone's instinctual definition of 'flash' involves nudity, EPROMs, or web games

if you put background music on your youtube video while you're talking, can you not

Based on what I was able to find, this is a common issue with rasterbar libtorrent clients (which all three of the previous were), so I got Transmission 3. Started out good, but then kept dropping connections and crashing.

Grabbed Tixati. Decently stable, then some comedy of errors nuked my browser's RSS feeds. Limits itself to 2GB program + 2GB modified memory, but completely driveblocks the system when verifying local files.

Guess I'll try shoving it into a VM?

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Today's moment is brought to you by three different BitTorrent clients each conspiring with the Windows file cache to crash my PC by shoving huge files into 'modified memory' instead of actually writing them to disk, regardless of whether write caching and/or pagefiles are enabled.

So if anyone knows one that *doesn't* do that dumb shit (or a way to purge mapped files that actually works) then I'm listening.

I must remind yall that this friday, youtube will be breaking the links to all of your unlisted videos from 2016 and before

you can opt out here

you ever think about how games got divided into “games” and “indie games” when originally every game was made by a small team and big AAA productions are the newer kind, and how that frames AAA studios as the Real Way To Make Games and indie games as a deviant career path for industry washouts but also calling it “indie” turns it into a specific gated internet subculture run by a smattering of white Great Men on Twitter with everything else being disposable when it used to be that any five jerks with computers could write a video game and run some CDs and be a game studio

haha me neither

"Can you believe that East German security service employees used to listen to citizens' phone-calls," I say, as a US tech megacorp algorithm analyses my words and incorporates the resulting threat level into my profile and determines whether I should be reported to the US government, with a level of efficiency that those DDR fools could only dream of.


Lots of people talking about bad wages in the US right now. This is all good.

"Yeah, but businesses can't afford to pay that..."

If they can't pay their people, they don't deserve to be in business...

"Yeah, but the economic climate doesn't allow the businesses to pay much..."

By "economic climate" you really mean ECONOMIC SYSTEM. And if the economic system doesn't allow people to at least live, and survive with dignity, it needs to go.

70s sci-fi is frustrating because authors will present you with these wildly interesting concepts like a species of sapient geometric shapes who form gestalt personalities by stacking, but can't imagine motivations for female characters more complex than 'women be shopping'

uspol, Gen X adulthood 

There's a particular kind of depression & ennui which results from being an American child in the 1980s, watching Schoolhouse Rock and getting all that indoctrination about how great and free and dedicated to equality this country is, and ending up... here, now, with society the way it is.

I mean a lot of it has to do with how much more KNOWN all the bad stuff is, the bad stuff isn't NEW, but still. Disillusionment abounds.

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