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I never did a real introduction on here, so here goes...

Hello Mastodon!

I am a former criminology academic, although I do what I can to stay up on current research for it. Despite nodding my head in agreement to the Unix-Haters Handbook, I am an avowed Unix fan. My current and long-time Unix of choice is macOS. I'm trying to fit Linux into my life, but am sure what role it can play for me.

My main hobbies include programming, reading, and relaxing with computer games.

"Fundamentally I think C trusts developers while C++ trusts compilers. This is a massive difference that sharing the same native types or syntax for while loop cannot hide."

cor3ntin.github.io/posts/c/

Every week when I update everything I have installed with Homebrew, I am reminded that while I appreciate it's defaults and how it functions overall, I wish it was not this huge behemoth of a Ruby application. 'brew update' takes way too long to run and tell me what all has been updated.

Upgrading itself at least works fast enough at least.

Nova, the new web development application from Panic that is a "sequel" to Coda, is pretty spiffy. I don't dive too heavily into web stuff anymore, preferring to just sync Markdown files that get passed through a simple HTML template. But this makes me want to take on a bigger project, just to justify keeping it around.

Reminds me of how much fun it was when I first tried Coda back in the day.

"Izzy set: A set of more than 4300 dream reports recorded by Izzy, a young woman passionate about collecting her dreams, over the course of 13 years from age 12 to age 25."

The dedication to chronicling your dreams that often is impressive.

My project for learning WidgetKit is just a random generator of death messages from NieR:Automata. A simple project, but fun to see how widgets work in iOS.

The most barest of bare bones client for iOS. But my first foray into doing anything network related is at least a success.

Tons more to do yet though.

Started working on a client for iOS. Since I've never touched networking of this type before, I'm having to learn a bit as i go, but it's turning into a fun little project.

Virtual reality is pretty experimental right now, and I love it. It reminds me of the earlier days of PC gaming when games were more experimental and no single formula was found to be the way to do things. So many novel ideas that might not stick around for long, but it's fun to experience everyone figuring out what works and doesn't work.

Excited to see Perseverance is now on its way to Mars! Can't wait for February when it gets to work.

This paper on linguistic divergence is fascinating to think out, especially as we (hopefully) begin to get further into space travel as a species. The closest that I had previously thought on this topic dealt with being unable to communicate due to technological changes, but languages themselves changing would present a whole new issue.

zenodo.org/record/3747353

"Twitter soft-launches its new application programming interface, and in the process demonstrates conclusively that advertising on the platform absolutely does not work."

n-gate.com/hackernews/2020/07/

VRChat is a trip. It's what the internet in all the early 90's cyberpunk books dreamed it would be: kitschy and over the top.

It's still a blast though, and pretty cool tech to see how it matches your avatar to your actual body movements.

@cadence Thanks for the write up on your site about the problematic nature of Discord. I've read bits and pieces before about some of the privacy issues, but your post consolidates a lot of info down nicely.

Now I have to come to terms with to what extent Discord will remain in my life.

It's time to sacrifice the iPad to the beta OS gods.

I'm cautiously optimistic about everything Apple announced today. The ARM transition following the same path as the Intel transition is good, since that worked pretty well overall. I'm very happy to see Apple not wanting to leave x86 behind in one go, since it will take some time for some more complex apps to make the transition. The other tooling improvements they're doing look good too.

It wasn't the most exciting WWDC, but so far, I'm liking what Apple is planning for the next few years.

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