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Thursday, 30 November 2023


🔗 Mouthbreathing Machiavellis Dream of a Silicon Reich (2014)

Tuesday, 28 November 2023


Re-reading last year’s Advent of Code solutions and I have NFC what I was thinking.

(and no it’s not (just) because I used Perl)


To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand SlateStarCodex. The racismphilosophy is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of rhetoric most of the points will go over a typical viewer’s head. There’s also Scott’s rationalist outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Eliezer Yudkowsky’s self-insert fanfic, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these points, to realise that they’re not just trite- they say something deep about SOCIETY. As a consequence people who dislike SlateStarCodex truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the value of Scott’s upholding of the “principle of charity”, which itself is a cryptic reference to not punching Nazisneoreaction. I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Scott Alexander’s genius wit unfolds itself on their computer screens. What fools.. how I pity them. 😂

And yes, by the way, i DO have a MIRI tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It’s for the ladies’ eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they’re within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid 😎


Monday, 27 November 2023


🇸🇪 Få, färre, färst – att fylla luckor i böjningsmönster

Sunday, 26 November 2023


📷 I looked at some photos


“I, for one, welcome our new AI overlords” seems to be a regrettably common credo among nerds.

Friday, 24 November 2023


🔗📺🇬🇧 Unforgotten S05

The show is back after the departure of Nikola Walker in one of the lead roles, and it’s still good.


When Apple Pay fucks with the interaction of my public transport app, the easiest thing to do to resolve it is to fucking delete my card from Apple Pay.


🔗📺🇺🇸🚀 Scavengers Reign

Man, this is so good. Like Pantheon I got to this via a jwz recco post and he is spot on. This is Miyazaki crossed with Mœbius, a phantasmagoria of a planet that either kills you quick or subjects you to exquisite body horror. And yet among this a few human castaways struggle to survive.

Wednesday, 22 November 2023


🔗 The AI industry turns against its favorite philosophy

Effective Altruism spectacularly imploding will never cease to be funny. First SBF/FTX, now OpenAI. Turns out, when push comes to shove, cold hard cash beats bad SF predictions.

Tuesday, 21 November 2023


🔗 Pivot to AI: Microsoft looks into taking over Torment Nexus development

OpenAI drama is the nerd gift that keeps on giving. It helps that everyone involved is terrible so it’s pure Schadenfreude.

Monday, 20 November 2023


🔗 @david_chisnall explains why BigCorps like IBM and MSFT love “AI”


🔗 What OpenAI shares with Scientology: Strange beliefs, fights over money and bad science fiction


🔗 Erik Hoel: Why I am not an effective altruist

The utilitarian, starting from the (gargantuan) assumption that morality is just calculations along a well-ordered set of good and evil outcomes, is forced into repugnant conclusions over and over every time they compare things that aren’t local in the set, or when they hit a particularly convoluted part of it.

Sunday, 19 November 2023


The number of patients in the emergency department of Chicago Med is only exceeded by the various doctor’s ethical violations.

Saturday, 18 November 2023


Wanna know the difference between Lobste.rs and HN? The news that OpenAI has fired some techbro from their board is currently the third most scored submission at HN, at 4.5k score. On Lobste.rs, the same link is downvoted to the minimum of −5 as off-topic.

As a plus, the mods on lobste.rs don’t have to beg people to log off so the site doesn’t melt: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=38310213.

Friday, 17 November 2023


🔗📺🇺🇸🚀 Pantheon S01-02

A good SF show. It’s interesting that it seems that animation can spend more time exploring the actual story and ramifications of a SF scenario than live action can.

One example of this is that the trope of “going public” is treated realistically. Instead of being the resolution to a story, like so many movies, in this case it doesn’t resolve the situation at all. Demagogues and those in power handle it, and the public reacts with conspiracy theories.

Season 2… goes places.

Wednesday, 15 November 2023


::Guy in corner at a party meme:: No-one I’m arguing with about the early days of the web knows I was once featured on “Cool Site of the Day”.


Damn I miss n-gate.

Tuesday, 14 November 2023


🔗💸 Molly White: The stones left unturned in the Sam Bankman-Fried trial

Bankman-Fried’s criminal trial was focused on securing a fraud conviction, not untangling the knot of curious threads that, if pulled, could unravel dozens of different fraud-sweaters.


Being a bitter Unix greybeard is not an age thing, it’s a syndrome. Some guys become one in their 20s.


Sometimes the modern nattering nabobs of negativity can lead to something worthwhile. After reading a day’s worth of dunking on Canonical for their Ubuntu Pro pricing, I was informed by a friend on IRC that Pro is actually free for personal use and 5 systems. Subscribed and enrolled my two machines. Thanks yrjan, and shame on Canonical for hiding their light under a bushel.


Monday, 13 November 2023


Always entertaining to see HN (re)discovering that the global diamond market is rigged by a few producers and deciding it’s all the fault of feeeeeemales.


🔗🇺🇸 Out Of Options, Parents Of Children With Mental Illness Trade Custody For Treatment

This was a plot point in Chicago Med and amazingly, it’s true.

Sunday, 12 November 2023


It’s ironic to see TV shows set before the pandemic dealing with infectious diseases where the producers still can’t put the beautiful cast members behind masks, so they’re running around breathing in the bad stuff all the time, then visiting uninfected people and spreading the infection. Except they don’t, because they have plot armor.

The same show episode as one of the protagonists reacting to a TV news segment of people wearing protective gear on public transport with “this is the sort of news that gets people killed”. Now it’s possible they were reacting to a previously reported rumor that a Latina food truck was responsible, but the juxtaposition was a bit jarring.

(Show is Chigaco Med S05E04 “Infection: Part II”)


JWZ on The Wheel of Time:

An important reminder is that The Witcher and The Wheel of Time are actually two different shows! They are both an incoherent mess set in an identical thousand-year-long Sixteenth Century With Elves and Portals and Chosen Ones, and incomprehensible politics that drain any of the fun out of the ass kicking, but one of them has…. actually I don’t know. Something must distinguish them but I don’t know what. Good luck with that. Watching this show is like that time I was two hours into Heat before I remembered that Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are completely separate people.

Recent movies and TV

Friday, 10 November 2023


🔗 Memories of a Dame: An encounter with Ngaio Marsh


🔗🚀 Charlie Stross: We’re sorry we created the Torment Nexus

Charlie tears the TESCREALs a new one.


🇸🇪 tycker synd om den stackars Idol-deltagaren som skulle sjunga duett med en kändis och fick dras med Uno Svenningsson.

Uppdatering: hon åkte ut.


🔗✈ An Utterly Uncivil Guide to Cancelled British Airliners

Thursday, 9 November 2023


With all Drew respect to the ambitions of making Hare a 100-year language, I’d let a couple of years pass before passing judgement. The creator has a history of enthusiastically embracing stuff only to drop it later – see gemini.

🔗🐇 Hare aims to become a 100-year programming language

Wednesday, 8 November 2023


🔗💸 patio11: Seeing like a Bank

Tuesday, 7 November 2023


“Why does this open-source project that I despise and constantly denigrate not do the exact things I want them to do?”


“Mozilla is gonna use Github, wholly owned by Microsoft!” my brother in Gnu, Mozilla is wholly owned subsidiary of Google, Inc.


Content warning: about 90% of this blog is me impotently subtweeting idiotswell-meaning people on lobste.rs.

Monday, 6 November 2023


Those who can, code. Those who can’t complain that those who code are using the wrong license.

Saturday, 4 November 2023


🔗🇸🇪 Jack Werner: Flashback: Från förtalad till omtalad

Friday, 3 November 2023


Writing your own static site generator is this generation of programmer’s variant of writing your own IRC client.


almost 20 years of static site publishing

My first blog was a home-grown bash script (long since lost in the mists of time).

Then I blogged using Movable Type, which infamously combines the heft of DB backing with the high latency of static.

Then I ran blosxom dynamically for a while, until the overhead of generating (poorly implemented) Markdown bogged it down. So I used its static publishing option (around 2007).

This blog is more trad SSG.


reason 1,456 we’re in a recession - Swedish biggest commercial TV company is streaming “Bachelorette - Denmark”

Thursday, 2 November 2023


tea time

I used to be quite particular about how I took my tea (lapsang souchong with milk, I know it’s heresy but I was young) but my family hated the smell of lapsang and I started to drink more coffee. So now I use bags, and generic black “English Breakfast” tea.

Teabags used to annoy me because the little tab didn’t really fit into the compost recycling. Enter PG Tips which don’t have a tab and are cheap.

I’m trying to be better at steeping the tea longer.

Wednesday, 1 November 2023


If it’s one thing that dates Far Cry 3 as a game, it’s the inclusion of a poker minigame.


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2023 59 41 61 47 38 27 39 49 29 25 42
2022 3 8 14 23 126 44 47 22 37 40 113 43
2021 21 7 15 7 8 14 1 3 13 13 4
2020 16 13 18 9 7 10 2 7 11 3 18 8
2019 5 21 10 7 23 13 8 10 11 6 12 6
2018 14 28 24 10 9 7 18 7 14 4 7 2
2017 13 26 15 14 21 13 3 13 7 7 25 18
2016 21 56 35 28 36 27 17 8 28 21 13 6
2015 16 10 32 13 11 14 4 16 33 34 44 11
2014 16 37 9 18 17 12 23 28 42 24 9 12
2013 67 88 44 50 33 23 18 19 51 52 47 37
2012 22 56 10 54 95 48 42 48 42 54 36 60
2011 63 41 51 54 38 37 45 31 66 35 23 19
2010 152 188 129 154 111 117 53 115 114 125 102 89
2009 234 246 270 280 270 278 106 164 224 199 186 147
2008 45 121 135 178 146 154 158 154 145 151 133 169
2007 3 1 44 76 38 30 27 76 110 182 68 30
2006 20 14 5 2 9 5 1 12 11 12 4 13
2005 1 1 10 8
2004 1 2

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