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periodic reminder: "to pull yourself up by your bootstraps" was originally coined to describe an impossibility.

Mid century design is usually more my style but I do have a bit of a soft spot for the 80s aesthetic of clean fonts and the occasional faux woodgrain. Just finished fixing this stereo this weekend, currently using it to listen to NPR at work.

Picture it. Generic fantasy setting #3,507, but it finally reached the modern age in technology.

Healing potions have been scienced until they've been reduced to the basic components responsible for it working, meaning they can be delivered in hospitals through IV.

Vampires and Werewolves are both treated as sufferers of viral diseases, with their conditions manageable with the right medicines. Vampirism is being studied for life extension tech.

Most travel luggage is really a bag of holding. Luggage fees for airplanes are basically not a thing, since anyone not bothering to buy the proper bags probably had it coming.

The entire story is just normal mundane drama but every so often someone remembers a way to magic themselves out of the problem.

websites: if you click "keep me logged in", it will never work
ads/trackers: know exactly who you are at all times with zero effort required on your part

regex crash course! 

If someone had the fortune to be able to save 100% of a six-figure salary (say, $100,000/year in this case), it would take 10 years to save up 1 million. It would take 10,000 years to save up 1 billion.

Billionaires should not exist. Not in a perfect world, and certainly not in our imperfect one.

:drake_dislike: "Beware the quiet ones"
:drake_like: "Befriend the quiet ones"

By becoming our friends, you let us have that ear to listen when we experience problems -- problems whose solutions are often denied to us due to systemic issues designed to give more power to the louder & more masculine/white/cis/straight/neuronormative voices.

By offering that ear, you help us stem the flow that ultimately causes us to "blow up" due to the endless buildup of problems we're prevented from solving.

The future is here and everything needs to be destroyed.

(via jwz)

1995: Computers are "anything machines". You can create music, write programs, do word processing, and network with anyone all over the world. And you can do them all simultaneously.

2019: In order to even think about using our web page you'll want to download the app onto your phone so we can track the living shit out of you and make sure you keep your full attention on US.

I wish that some of the energy that goes into convincing everyone to use https would go towatds taking steps to allow outdated computers to visit https sites.

Do you like sci-fi? Do you write your own stories for fun or profit? Why not join us in a low pressure semi-collaborative journey among the stars:

cosmic.voyage

Cosmic Voyage is a public access unix system focused on storytelling. Practice some command line skills while you write and get motivated from your peers.

Visit us on irc.tilde.chat in the #cosmic room as well.

nothing reminds you of how fucking dystopian advertising is better than when companies put out ads saying "our services are COMPLETELY SAFE and you have NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT"

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