Little, intense lightning storm.

Oppressive heat in bedroom.

Wind. Trees. The sound of trucks and air conditioners.

The quiet of 0430.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is insufficiently documented

imagine if my brain let me turn all the cool and viable ideas i have into shareable projects

The most common question raised by Galactic Federation students of uncontacted sophonts is "Why did they do that?" and it is almost always asked about Earth Humans.
The common answer is "To show the impossible is possible".
The follow-up question "So is it?" has no firm answer.
#MicroFiction #SmallStories

Very excited about showing off two robotic vision demos at AUTOMATE 2022, this June 6-9, at Huntington Place in Detroit, MI.

We will be booth 3100, right inside the gate.

Not only have I had a lot of fun hyperfocusing on these, I got paid to do it!

A new fictional work at -- Things That Make Things: "...This is the beginning of a new era for mankind. The era of man's cosmic existence..."
The voice cuts off as I put Lavernge into park and turn her ignition off. A massive building, covered in blue glass and white steel, looms over us as I get out of my yellow car. I immediately wrinkle

its messing me up so bad thinking about how pretty girls are

A new blog post at -- Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq.: I sorta recently discovered a new artist and I have yet to hear a single one of his that is not somehow a random Brit guy distilling my thoughts into song.

"I've No More Fucks To Give" waxes poetic about how 100

A new fictional work at -- The Explainer: Moira fiddles with a nickel-sized black-and-silver enamel pin on her lapel. Across the conference table, the man whose name she has never remembered is apparently still talking. Alan? Aaron? Probably something with an A...
With great reluctant effort, she wills herself to focus on him.

oh huh this looks like an actual useful use of a TPM

encrypting hibernate files with the hardware state so it's ~impossible to yank the disk and extract a memory dump from it elsewhere

Occasionally, you'll see someone argue that a topic is too important to "censor" behind a content warning.

The purpose of CWs is not to prevent people from seeing the warned-about content, but rather to prepare them to see it. That's especially necessary in a forum where posts come through in a steady stream, with barely any transition from one thought to the next. It helps people fight numbness, keep from feeling overwhelmed, and ultimately maintain their engagement with important issues.

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don't keep cool knowledge to yourself!!!

- the world is better when more people know more things
- infodumping is really sexy
- uhhhhhhhhh i forgot what i was saying i was thinking about girls and enbies who infodump at me

i finally have something resembling data from when @SuricrasiaOnline posted a link to yesterday! (hi it's me, owner and proprietor of haha dot business)

the graph in the first image shows the next 15 minutes after the post was made, split out by mastodon instances in blue, non-mastodon fediverse instances in orange, and everything else in green.

the data in the second image shows the per-second request counts in the first 10 seconds after posting the link.

some thoughts in a thread 🧵

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Would you drink it?

covid: still killing the shit out of people


each mirrormine contains a swirling speck of Elsewhere, enough to trap its victim in a tiny pocket of space with what they could be, enough to let that form return.

those who tread on a mirrormine all eventually come back. some who cursed the shape they wore return glorified, and understanding the blessing received, switch sides, or depart the battlefield in peace. some simply become more exciting opponents.

mirrormines also register metaphorical mass in, and metaphorical mass out. for those who are certain of themselves, those who can look in a mirror without disgust, these will be exactly the same, with not even the weight of insight or lightness of relief. for this case, mirrormines have a more prosaic payload of ONC and tungsten spikes: a mere warning shot for a combat doll, but then, only a very foolish combat doll would not sense a mirrormine in the first place — the mines were built to lie where less careful feet step.

the Witch of the Eastern Pines has been called "soft", "weak", and "absolutely gooftroop" for sowing mirrormines in her forests, instead of more certain defenses.

in her youth, she was often given the questionable advice to "be all that you can be", and found it very funny. □

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