freud claims that the universal aspect of the tale of oedipus is the subliminal incestuous desire. this is wrong. the universal aspect of oedipus is coming to an understanding of what one has wrought only after it reaches completion; gazing upon it for the first time, and gouging one's eyes out, unable to live or die.
“we need more optimistic sci-fi” was an interesting argument the first time it was made and now it just reads like people writing about which slashfic pairing needs more stories about it
i’m fascinated by how designers will post things like “there is no need to produce a negative world, you don’t need to criticize, you don’t know the constraints the team was under,” etc, etc. Surely a level of consideration is due for the degree to which it takes time to appreciate any thing, surely it’s not always appropriate to draw conclusions about designers from what ships, but I think that if your feelings are hurt by somebody not liking what you made, I dunno, maybe you’re an egotist? Things put into the world should be an act of service towards mankind, and if you make people’s lives worse, them expressing their dissatisfaction is the consequence you must live with. It’s not something to shrink from or hide from, it’s the reason to labor in the first place.
if you tell me that the best “user experiences” are “software” and not “fried chicken sandwiches” i will fight you
hot take but the idea you should “love yourself unconditionally” is self-infantilizing. people love their children unconditionally; their love for their peers—however deep—is rooted in a basic sort of respect. Part of getting better at loving yourself must involve becoming someone who you can respect.
Anki is used by 31% of medical students in the US to study for their exams. It has been developed almost entirely by Damien Elmes.
the followup to the original free software movement must be something you could understand as a “platform baha’iism” — an attempt to slowly, slowly fold together a unified platform out of the meager technical consensuses we have today, a slow plotting towards a universal human software platform.