I’ve added a bunch of old blog posts that I removed from my main blog. Most of them are from 2005-2006, and when I started tweeting seriously they tailed off a lot. Check the archives if you feel interested.
PSA: unmaintained project channels on Freenode automatically redirect to #freenode
During the management changes at Freenode in Jul 2021, all access lists and channel ownerships were reset. Existing channels that were not reclaimed by projects now automatically redirect to the main channel, which is #freenode.
If you have a specific question about a project, please make sure you’re actually in a maintained channel, and not in the main channel.
If the channel is not maintained, try checking the project’s homepage for their IRC presence. It’s usually under the “Community” section.
Shorter Russia, crying like a wojak behind a smirking mask…
“We pulled troops from the Finnish border to invade Ukraine, which spooked Finland to join NATO, but now we can’t invade Finland to force them to not join NATO because all our troops are in Ukraine getting killed in the invasion we started to force Ukraine not joining NATO.”
“Russia is so weak now they couldn’t risk another humiliating defeat,” Toveri said. If Russia were to attempt to send troops into Finland “in a couple of days they would be wiped out. The risk of humiliating defeat is high.”
Interesting submission about a super simple way to blog.
I must say I’m pleasantly surprised how fast this blog setup is. All data (basically most tweets since 2007 plus stuff I’ve written since the end of April) is 1.8MB of text in fortune format, and takes under 3s to render to HTML from Markdown.
Anyway, people should do whatever. I’ve long held the opinion that manually writing HTML/XML (closing tags etc) is a huge pain, and the advent of Markdown was a sweet release from that pain. For some unfathomable reason static site generators have ballooned in complexity. If you just want a frikkin’ site, MD + some perl has you covered.
Man it’s hard for me to resist going back to Twitter to snark-tweet.
CZE: should have a flashing light warning
SUI: this is causing depression
FRA: what language were they singing in? - it was Breton
NOR: I am at a loss for words
SPA: ¡muy caliente!
AZE: defeated by ARM in this competition
ISL: The Corrs go to Iceland
MDA: Russia, please invade and put a stop to this
SWE: Go Cornelia!
UK: it’s like the BeeGees and David Bowie had a love child
SRB: at least they tried
La Suisse: null points
What has Putin wrought.
@michel_v: Allemagne ou Royaume-Uni pour la dernière place cette année ? #Eurovision
@gerikson: La France, par chance?
@michel_v: Our Belgian vassals would never let us down.
@gerikson: at least FRA has 1 more point than GER right now, they have 0. But GBR in the lead :D
@michel_v: [Narrator’s voice] Of course the Belgian vassals let us down.
Danish far-right “activist” Rasmus Paludan burnt 3 Qur’ans in Sweden yesterday. There’s a tendency to claim that people who criticize these acts are “against free speech.” That’s not only intellectually juvenile, but shows a lack of understanding about how free speech works.
Critiquing the MANNER in which free speech is exercised isn’t the same thing as saying the right should be revoked or speech banned. For example, I was opposed to the US occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. I was also opposed to any bans on protesting against these occupations.
But, if anti-war protesters staged a protest at the funeral of a soldier killed in the war with signs saying the solder deserved to die, I’d critique both the MANNER and CONTENT of their speech. That doesn’t mean I’d ban either their right to gather or their right to speak.
Citizens exercising their free speech rights to question how others have exercised their free speech rights is actually the perfect crystallization of free speech and democratic engagement in action. To suggest hard critique of speech stifles free speech is counterintuitive.
When Paludan wraps his Islamophobia in “free speech,” don’t be surprised if others exercise their rights to then call out what they consider a transparent attack on a religious group. Labeling those who do so as “anti-free speech” is, ironically, an attempt to stifle speech.
Journalists, politicians, pundits forever whine about behavior that’s perfectly legal, but they consider anti-social. The message? Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right/responsible/democratic decision. Precisely what critics tell Paludan.
It’s amusing to see opinion leaders who spend a huge amount of time telling citizens about the “correct” and “incorrect” way to exercise their freedoms – like, say, telling Muslim women what they should wear – suddenly wetting their pants when Qur’an-burners are criticized.
What this comes down to is how framing of freedoms/rights varies dramatically depending on whose rights are discussed. Paludan? Then it’s the letter of the law that matters. Immigrants? Well, then we begin to critique based on things like “values.” Legal rights less important.
(@bruces tweet, not linkable, ID 1525077147332886528):
The amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of the Milky Way, gnawing hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes
15:05 < gerikson> ok let's see if his fans have some hissy fits
15:06 < Brekkjern> Maybe he should try what angersock did and become Lugnduke?
15:06 < gerikson> badum-tisch
15:07 < gerikson> right now he's Lögnduke
15:07 < Brekkjern> Hahaha
Austrian Economics (gold, crypto) is rooted in a desire to make the world work in the way some people think it should work.
The problem is… it doesn’t actually work that way, unless you are a sociopath. And even then, there are limits.
“People will move to where tax rates are cheaper,” they say. But most people don’t choose where they live based on tax rates. Sociopaths do, sometimes. Time after time this analysis never holds up, despite the alarming chatter. https://t.co/HSjMRK1H40
The other big myth is that increasing the monetary supply alone contributes to inflation. In the current moment, we know that cartel influence over energy prices gives the oil+gas industry special leverage outside of monetary supply.
Inflation doesn’t always directly correlate to increased monetary supply; and oil+gas cartels can “juke the stats” to achieve whatever outcome they like. As usual, complex chaotic systems don’t lend themselves to reductive theses. Behavioral economics and complexity theory exist for a reason, to understand actual vs. surmised behavior. Why would proponents go to such lengths to disregard actual behavior and reality to impose their deductive (wrong) ideas about how money works on everyone? Because they think it will advantage them.
It also enables various shady activities and Ponzi schemes; crypto is just playing back every financial scheme ever invented before regulators catch up. Tech often is a medium through which social misfits and miscreants reshape the world in ways that make them comfortable and fit in. Rather than try to adapt to a world they don’t understand, they wish to remake the world in a way that suits their view of it.
We should all resist this. We definitely need to have big hairy messy conversations about money and its regulation. But reliance on poorly conceived and mostly wrong frameworks that make sense primarily to teen boys and sociopaths, and has no bearing on data, human behavior, or reality, is not the way. It’s time to discard this bad hand and move on.
“Ban abortion, ban trans people, ban words, ban kneeling during the national anthem, ban books, ban masks, ban vaccine mandates, ban history, ban science, ban math, ban cartoons… TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!”
(context: a draft decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade was leaked from the US Supreme Court. Abortion rights in the US are under concerted attack by misogynist ideologues, closely tied to the global Right)
Oh, and there’s a tired re-hash of “free speech” on Gemini. Here’s my take.
I spent a lot of time last night reflecting on how one of dominant narratives of my lifetime has been that freedom of speech is the most fundamental freedom, and how only a bunch of white guys who have never had their bodily autonomy threatened could have constructed that concept
Welp, looks like Russia wants a fight with Israel. Russian Foreign Ministry says that Israel “supports the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv” and that Lapid saying ““The Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust” is “anti-historical.”
Jag är kluven i frågan om Sverige ska ansluta sig till NATO. Men jag tycker att det är viktigt att Sverige har ett starkt och avskräckande försvar. Om ett NATO-medlemskap är det som krävs för att det ska vara fallet så kanske det är bäst ändå.