Cold weather is underrated.
It prevents that summer heat lethargy.
It's better for your skin.
Have you ever tried sleeping when it's hot and humid? Then the next day in cold? You sleep much better, which affects the rest of your day.
There seem to be some weird stigma re working really hard, which is so weird. Like, “you can have a nice balanced life and only dabble in X and then you’ll be great at it.” No, you gotta work really really hard to be great at something. Embrace hard work. Forget shortcuts.
The purpose of the church is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comforted.
What's the easiest way to get your boss to like you? Do you get coffee with them? No. Do you sweet talk them? No. Do you make excuses for why the work isn't done? No. Do you try your hardest to become their friend, so that the work doesn't matter as much? No.
Why did your boss hire you? They had work to be done, and they needed somebody to do it. If they hire you and you don't do the work, that's the worst. Now they have an extra expense, an extra headache, and the work still isn't done.
It doesn't matter how much you sweet talk the boss. At the end of the day, if their life is easier because they can trust you with a particular job, to at some point carry on that job without so much as a word from them, that's when the boss will like you. Like you so much that the boss might even hang out with you outside of work.
Solve the other person's problem.
Chronological social media feeds suffer from a fatal flaw, one that may cause a person to prefer an "algorithmic" feed. Luckily, it's easy to fix.
Suppose you follow many people, and some post more frequently than others. Some once a month, and others multiple times a day. The once a month posts are valuable, but drowned out by the people who post more often. Is the solution to fabricate a feed based on mystery criteria?
Actually, here's a better idea. What if there was an option in a chronological feed to group by time period? For example, grouping by "day", you would see only the most recent post from a person who posted multiple times that day, with perhaps a link to see more. This gives the less frequent posters equal weight. You could also have week and month groupings.
Essentially, an option to show at most 1 post per person per time period.
This would solve a problem I encounter a lot, even on Are.na, where the most active people completely drown out everything else in the feed.
Books are a self-contained medium. Unlike digital formats, books don't require electricity. They don't stand on the shoulders of giants, who stand on the shoulders of giants. A note in a text document on a computer needs so much to survive. It depends on all the components of the computer working well. The power switch, the drive, the memory, the screen. It depends on all the software it sits upon, from user space programs to open the file, to the kernel that connects the software to its hardware, without which it doesn't exist.
It's true, both can be destroyed in a fire, but both can have backups.
In museums across the world, you'll find books from hundreds of years ago. Thousand year old books are not that uncommon. Their paper may be fragile, but they can still pass on knowledge. I don't think we yet have a computer that will power on, no problem, in a thousand years.
The App Store was a huge mistake.
It may be good for business, but from a technologist point of view, it’s a fraction of what it could have been.
The alternative I’m thinking of is essentially progressive web apps, but on steroids. Apps that are lighting quick, that can be saved on your phone or used once and discarded. Why even have the concept of an app “download”? Get rid of those details, people just want to use the apps at the end of the day.
Hosting? Apple could provide a service to do that, if you don't wish to host yourself. Then only those apps would be subject to the App Store improvement Notice.
WebAssembly has gone far, and runs at near-native performance, and supports nearly all programming languages.
The whole app update concept cracks at the seams. First, phones have auto-update on by default. Second, have you ever seen the release notes for phone apps? Apart from the silly few who write them, most are just the good ole’ bug fixes and improvements. The ability to make instant updates that the web brought was lost in app stores. A step backwards.
I was reading about Begriffsschrift, and it occurred to me how peculiar mathematical language is. Previously, descriptions of mathematical thought were terribly convoluted.
“Spheres are to one another in triplicate ratio of their respective diameters.”
Euclid’s statement as a modern formula is trivial, but what barrier to understanding, the spoken language that is not suitable for the purpose. A specially designed language can make understanding the concepts far easier, even if we must learn that language. In a few characters, we can grasp arguments of logic and complex propositions.
Romanian sounds a lot like Italian, and no surprise, it has evolved over time from the Italic family of languages. What is a little surprising is how well it has retained a distinct sound even though the country where it is mainly spoken has been sandwiched in the area where Balto-Slavic languages have been spoken for a long time.
(of written words) from right to left and from left to right in alternate lines. Boustrophedon is a type of bi-directional text, mostly seen in ancient manuscripts and other inscriptions. Every other line of writing is flipped or reversed, with reversed letters.