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For reasons unknowable, Mastalab does not work on the campus network. Notifications load, but nothing else.

I picture it like sitting outside a cafe with all the conversations going on inside, just out of earshot.

Making doodles. Inspired by the Mantissa. Will see about Gif version when I finish rendering. #b3d #abstract #motiongraphic Show more

well, in one of those after midnight decisions, I formed a time logging app that caught my eye, and started figuring out how to convert it's JavaScript to ClojureScript.

call it a learning experience.

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Got my laptop back from a warranty request, and it has windows installed and no license key. I can find my license key, and I'm really glad I backed up my data. Even happier I was using in the first place, and will not need a license key.
Only question remaining is what to install on it.

A friend and I parted on a dour subject in the conversation, and I remarked about it being a bad note. They said it was a practical note, and I responded "Practical music is a metronome."

Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart is hard to read. Not through any fault on it's own, but for the way it keeps laying out what we do wrong in industry, and how we could improve. It never goes to 'I told you so' but one feels disappointed when one realises that we could be being eco-effective (net-positive for the environment and us) already, and we aren't.

Well worth the read, and great and inspiring piece, if very, very bittersweet.

For reasons unknowable, Mastalab does not work on the campus network. Notifications load, but nothing else.

I picture it like sitting outside a cafe with all the conversations going on inside, just out of earshot.

back to campus, will be interesting to see what has changed and not. I'm trying not to think of the omens of a solar eclipse on the first day of classes.

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A reason why I get grumpy about software stability:

I see software - a relatively pure knowledge-production endeavour - as a fast-forward scale model and coal-mine canary of *science*.

The big claim of science is that it finds *truth*: that its knowledge claims converge over time to smaller and smaller changes.

But in software, we see the opposite of that.

We see increasingly rapid cycles of breaking changes that invalidate old knowledge.

If science is like software, this should worry us.

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We started a #Patreon to support the development of #GodotEngine!


As arguably the best #FOSS game engine out there, you should definitely check out the video showcasing the upcoming features in Godot 3.0!

So, part of the reason I joined this instance was liking the mix of membership it described. So in the interests of the arts, here's todays digital doodle.


So here is my solution. Have everyone agree on future time, and then have them each choose a number. They might want to use their own local RNGs, they might choose it themselves. At the given time, everyone discloses their number simultaneously, if anyone is late the process is restarted. The sum of all numbers is calculated, and then the modulus is computed of the sum and six. Add one and you have your virtual d6. I don't see how it could be steered, but it is likely not fully random. Thoughts?

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Learn about the new glTF 2.0 and support #GodotEngine's call to make it the new industry standard for #3D assets exchange, both for #modelling and #gamedev.


how the heck, between windows installed by default, and ubiquity, did I end up with neither leaving a bootloader...

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It's live! I'm doing the gamedev thing!


Thanks for all of the testing and proof-reading and advice folks. You've been so great helping me get this ready that I'm almost embarrassed to ask you to help get the word out.

Almost... but not quite! 😅

Please boost this here and blast it out everywhere else!


So the question becomes, what happens on the ends?
Will we find something beyond the universe, or below quantum mechanics? I don't know, but it starts moving towards xenos paradox. If we can slice everything into arbitrary layers, then we have the impression of infinity. Which then makes one feel uncertain that it could be bounded.
anyway, I think I may have answered my own thought, but it's still worth sharing.

That is... yeah. I had a similiar thought, more along the lines of Plato's cave, that the 'shadow' of objects was what we interacted with. No one looks at a glass and thinks of all the silicate molecules, they just look and see an abstracted substance, known as glass, shaped into the shape of a glass. If my understanding of quantum implications is right, then even molelcues are shadow/interface/idea/abstractions

I have a brainteaser, and a possible solution:
Say you have a number of agents, greater than five. They wish to decide on a random number, say the equivalent of a roll of a six sided die.
They have no common source of randomness, and as each has a an interest in controlling the result, they cannot trust any one of their number to act fairly.
They can only send messages publicly, to all, and for simplicity, we will assume there is a common time.
How can they arrive at a reasonably random number?

On the other hand, my linux kernel can't read the sensors of the new cpu, so I only know that during rendering, the space under my desk is significantly warmer. This would be handy in winter perhaps, but I think I'd prefer to know how hot I'm running.

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