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Don't mind me, I'm just kinda gushing over here because this is such a wholesome community of honestly decent people being decent to each other.

Corporate social media would lead you to believe that everyone is at everyone else's throats 24/7.

Not here.

Tooters,
You is kind.
You is good.
You is downright nerdy.

Rock on. 🖖🏼

@RL_Dane grab joy where you can, even in just moments. Kind words, a silly meme, it's all good.

I've found a lot more human empathy here.

@bright_helpings @TakeV Having recently been playing with GPT-3 I can definitively say that good language skills are not an indicator of intelligence.

I have some great prompts and examples of well written, computer generated output, that reads better than many human authored pieces, but the content engine that created them is neither intelligent nor sentient.

But it does produce solid, textual output *like* a person could.

@Ventronik hah. When I started following you, I looked back over old toots to get a sense of the content you posted.

@Ventronik so all uuebsites uuould look like uuuuuuu.example.com ?

@maddiefuzz check out any archives of "Nibble" magazine from the 80s. They had program examples and write ups of all sorts of stuff. Oh look, the Internet archive has a trove of info.

web.archive.org/web/2020112201

@maddiefuzz Awesome! Surprised I recalled that correctly. As I remember, that was the best book. I think there may have been something called the "gazetter" (???) That was just page after page of all the assembly memory locations.

Thrilled that an other generation gets to play with this stuff. I learned to program on the Apple][e.

Had a whole disk of programs and games I wrote. Thanks for the nostalgia.

@maddiefuzz OMG, an other human familiar with RWTS on 6502. I wrote an article for "Nibble" magazine (refused for being 'too technical') for the Apple ][e about how to change the track, to hide the "catalog" information. It's a single memory location you can "peek" and "poke" from Applesoft basic, or read directly in assembly.

@maddiefuzz was that image from "Beneath Apple DOS"? I recognize it, but can't place it for sure. I know I had the book it came from.

] Call -151
* 3D0G
]

Still burned into my memory after... four decades or so.

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Please feed me? I like food...

I am in my little burrow right now though..

@BathysphereHat "I'll never not be by your side."

"Turning Red" was so good.

@BathysphereHat wild guess here, brain is always simulating possible "what if" futures for threat detection, trying to be ready and plan. The cliff is an obvious, big, threat. So just like planning for "what do I do if a tiger jumps out of that bush?" Brain is planning for "what if I fell/jumped/were thrown in by a sudden gust of gravity?"

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Alright, tell me a true, one sentence story from your life that raises more questions than answers... I'll start.

John Malkovich once brought my dog home when it got out of the backyard.

Dishwasher broken (it was old enough to buy beer in the US, so not surprising) so now I have to wash dishes by hand, like some caveman, with running clean water, dish soap, and dish towels. Barbaric, I say.

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@pixouls tracking down and fixing an obscure bug in code older than I was, in /bin/sh. AT&T SVR4 Unix. My first software dev job, back in the 90s.

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Science is real
From the Big Bang to DNA
Science is real

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Instead of making everybody take Computer Literacy, make anyone who wants to be a programmer take People Literacy

@warriorstar I'd add that we wield powers that were literally the sole province of gods, in many mythos. The ability to communicate with nearly anyone in the world, or see images of things happening far away.

The list goes on and on. But like you, I try to remember that in the history of the world, I and my family enjoy luxury beyond kings and emperors, with indoor plumbing, running water, refrigeration, and safe food .

Humbling.

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It’s so easy to forget so here I am reminding myself again

The fact that I have

- a roof over my head
- clean water
- safe, sanitary food
- access to medical services
- stable and disposable income
- leisure time for personal pursuits

puts my existence on par with a level of luxury completely inaccessible to nearly every human alive

and unfathomable to nearly every single human who has ever lived and died

It’s so easy to forget

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