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i'll say this again so i can pin it:

if your software doesn't require a manual, it isn't software, and could be a regular document

if your software does real computational work that justifies its existence, it requires a manual

document. your. software.

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I am a / radical.

This is because I understand some things that many people do not, or do not want to. This isn’t because those people are stupid or purpousely ignorant; rather, my circumstances forced me to part with some of the comforts of predatory software, and it opened my eyes to the world that universal software freedom could create.

While all this is going on, the system is building a relationship. The game ends when, with the support of your system members, you come out to your SO. They tell you they'll need some time to take this all in, but that they love you for who you are. They ask your name, and you realize you don't have one.

After the name selection menu, the screen goes black and the credits roll.

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if I had any time, and the requisite skills, I'd really enjoy making a game where the player plays as a new walk-in to an existing system

like many games you just wake up one day, no context, and have to find your way about

as time goes on, you lose lots of time and your headmates start to figure out where their extra lost time is going, and start leaving you little notes telling you what's going on

eventually you start to be able to communicate with them more readily

magic isn't like programming. that's a lie techbros tell you to convince you that their skills transfer over well enough to automate it.

magic is like the humanities. spells carry their creator's name because the context their creator wrote them in is vital to practicing the spell. you're trying to think the same set of thoughts as the writer. you're replicating a mindset, valueset, pattern of linked ideas and concepts that can't be mapped on a flowchart. contexts, subtle implications, conceptual links all make a spell take effect in the way it was intended. missing those little extra pieces will dramatically reduce its effectiveness. if you don't understand why homer described the ocean as wine-dark, forget learning the spells hidden in the forgotten verses of the odyssey.

you can never quite tell when a spell has worked; there may always be little improvements you can make to your perspective - or changes you can think of within the pattern that change the spell to fit your whims.

maybe now that i have some inductors i will design an oscillator

There is no trans terminology that will ever be unproblematic and timeless because every new generation brings internalized transphobia that associates to the terminology they learnt in regards to trans people before coming out.

Okay electronics folks: why do most schematics put a 10nF capacitor on the CONT pin on the 555? Since the internal voltage divider general has non-negligible load on it, wouldn't leaving it disconnected not cause a problem?

Casual reminder: Do not apply "move fast and break things" to systems that affect people.

selfie, eye contact 

Moose in the river...
There's a moose in the river...

that social isolation feel when your cs class is so boring you design and build an entire simple circuit from scratch while the prof is lecturing...

(flashing lights)

that social isolation feel when your cs class is so boring you design and build an entire simple circuit from scratch while the prof is lecturing...

(flashing lights)

Today is .
Please remember that means only two things: abolishing harmful gender stereotypes, and affirming people's bodily autonomy.

If you believe in those two ideas, you believe in trans rights.

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If I didn't have to start a job I would just take a vacation semester and take physics and complex analysis in the fall

i'm watching the disney Alice in Wonderland and i'm impressed by how much of the interesting stuff was removed while still leaving so much of the structure

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