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.
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.
"Tourism industry" is such a weird phrase.
If you asked me "Do you want to manage your state in such a way that it's a beautiful area people enjoy being in and visiting." I'd say 'YES!"
(Also 'manage your state so it's a beautiful area people want to be in' to me means dropping Arlo Guthrie's Un-Neutron bomb on every last suburb and strip mall to replace them with wildflowers and forests…then build some renewable and nuclear powered rail through it to connect up all the cities. But that's beside the point.)
But you call it 'tourist industry' and I just kinda' shrug.
Someone just got arrested for driving a car with an inflatable pool filled with water on top with children playing in it‽
Oh, my goodness. If I were a child I would have loved that!
I looooved riding around in the back of pickup trucks even as an adult, and putting a pool in that would be wooonderful. (Maybe put a net around it, though. You know. Just to be careful.)
If A Fox in Space had stayed an animated musical comedy the way it was originally imagined, I would have DEFINITELY been a Star Wolf fan.
The side that introduces itself by showing up and shouting, "CAN YOU SHOOT THE VERY STARS FROM THE SKY?" is the side I'll root for unless they do something particularly awful, and in the original format anyone doing anything awful seems very unlikely.
The Vulpine Club is a friendly and welcoming community of foxes and their associates, friends, and fans! =^^=