Feel free to ask me to explain anything I say.
You can ask me to explain other things, too. I might not know the answer, but you can if you want to.
If I were a superhero my weakness would be explaining things. Lex Luthor would be able to rob a bank by sending a few schoolkids to ask me basic physics questions while he got away.
transhumanism, immortality, shade (+)
I find people who say that living for millennia would be agonizingly boring to be a bit pathetic.
On some occasions I've told acquaintances that I'd like to have the lifespan and patience to subtly sculpt landscapes with nothing more than hand tools and patience - carve the start of a river, plant trees or cut them down *just so* to adjust wind patterns, and then sit back for a bit and let these subtle microclimate adjustments sculpt a mountain.
In 2001, Sonja Lang was going through a period of depression, and she created Toki Pona to help her through that. Her thinking was that by forcing Toki Pona speakers to use the strategically restricted vocabulary, they are encouraged to make more positive statements and really think through things before they speak. This mindfulness, combined with the cute-sounding vocabulary, can help speakers relax and let go of their ills.
Ooh. This isn't so bad. I feel a tiny bit stiff but I've moved around and loosened things up, I bet I'll be right as rain tomorrow.
Fudge. I have to go to the bathroom but even rolling over to get out of bed hurts.
At least loosening up again is fairly easy and pays off quick once I get started.
Woo-hoo! WHERE THE TORRENTS FAIL SOULSEEK SUCCEEDS!
There's something soul-sucking and immiserating about the form of technical debt that consists in unreliability and flakiness in testing apparatus. Either because code that break the test suite get merged anyway and allowed to stay forever, or because the test suite is just flakey and has nondeterministic bugs in it.
I am always rather disappointed and a bit surprised by people who think that various groups of people should 'get the bullet' in the same way I am by people who favor /TOUGH ON CRIME/ laws. It suggests strongly that they either believe things about goodness that I don't (that 'punishing' people has value in itself), or things about people that I don't (that there is a mystical, magical trap door of Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeviiiiiillllll that someone falls into and then can't ever stop doing Eeeeeeeeeviiiillll things.)
This doesn't mean I'm going to jump up and down and scream at them, make rude noises, or refuse to speak to them or any of that other nonsense. But it /does/ mean the first goal of conversation is going to be figuring out exactly what the basic disagreement is, how pronounced it is, and how consistent it is with their other beliefs.
So I finally understand the phrase "one advantage of Racket's macro system is that macros can communicate". I never understood wtf that meant until today when going through https://school.racket-lang.org/2019/plan/fri-mor-lecture.html and the section on syntax-local-value.
That's what it means, right there. That's how macros can communicate.
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