ST: Picard Season 1 thoughts (finale spoilers)
Lovely show overall, some very emotional moments. True to Star Trek TNG's morality. Could have done w/o the Pixar-style grief-and-resurrection at the end.
We had theorized that they might tie the evil-AI-from-the-dark-portal back to the Borg origin story. Instead these things looked like Matrix Sentinels. Hope they get an interesting backstory of their own and aren't just throwaway baddies.
I'm only 55 years late to this party, but here's my review of Frank Herbert's original Dune (1965):
In short, if you're like me and have put this one off so far, and if you can allow yourself the luxury of escapism, I highly encourage you to add it to your reading list.
Looks like Google is determined to make maintaining open source extensions for Chrome/Chromium an utterly demoralizing experience.
Updates to extensions that have been published for years being rejected for critical bugfixes with robo-rejection emails, no way to reach a human. One forum, not really advertised anywhere, is getting flooded with developer requests:
The only times I've seen Bloomberg ads have been in public places. I'm grateful I can prevent people like him from hijacking my attention, no matter how much of his $60B he spends on blanketing the airwaves.
Especially recommend uBlock Origin, which does an amazing job preventing garbage from coming through the pipes of the Internet, and is fully open source:
Getting ever closer to Qubesy goodness for SecureDrop:
I like Liz Warren. I'm also honestly baffled by her take on capitalism.
She goes after Bloomberg with exactly the right energy. She also endorses a profit-driven system that unavoidably produces people like him, and power like his.
It's a weird mixed message. It says to me: "I love a toxic economic system as long as we pay _some_ attention to its most toxic outcomes."
If we want a less toxic culture, we need a less toxic economic system that's based on a different set of values.
Finally finished Dune over the weekend (just the first one for now). Duly impressed by how well it still holds up in 2020 compared with other sci-fi classics from the 1950s or 1960s. Breathtakingly imaginative.
I look forward to reading at least the next one or two books to get to know this world Herbert created a little bit better.
If you're using Keybase, you may have gotten a bunch of Stellar cryptocurrency that you have no use for. If so, please consider giving it to a charity that supports Stellar -- it is worth real money (near $20 last time I checked) and an easy way to do a little bit of good.
My employer, Freedom of the Press Foundation, supports Stellar ( https://freedom.press/donate/cryptocurrency/ ) but so do Internet Archive and others.
regarding the new resident of 10 downing street
Well did you hear, there's a natural order
Those most deserving will end up with the most
That the cream cannot help but always rise up to the top
Well I say, "Shit floats"
If you thought things had changed
Friend, you'd better think again
Bluntly put, in the fewest of words:
Cunts are still running the world
-- Jarvis Cocker
We are quickly approaching the long-awaited 1.0 release of Inkscape!
To allow you to test the latest updates and improvements more easily, we just released the 1.0-beta2 version.
(currently available: AppImage for Linux OSs, dmg file for macOS, source code. A download for Windows will be added soon.)
Another quick review from the weekend, this one of Tacoma, a 2017 exploration game by the makers of "Gone Home". I found it more atmospheric than its predecessor, but experienced the story as less compelling. Still a recommended game if you get it on a sale.
Panpsychism, which posits that consciousness is continuous with nonliving matter, has always struck me as a hypothesis that merits more serious consideration than it is commonly given, due to biases that may themselves be more rooted in religion than in science.
Philip Goff makes this argument more cogently than I could, in his new book "Galileo's Error". Here's my review:
Photos can't do it justice (especially the no-flash one below) but if you're in Oregon I highly recommend visiting the "Exquisite Creatures" exhibit at OMSI (open until February 17). A combination of art and science, it presents carefully preserved creatures in beautiful arrangements. All vertebrates are reclaimed, all insects obtained sustainably.
This is a huge exhibit on two floors, so plan for a couple of hours, and more if you want to see the rest of OMSI.
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