Shopping malls 

The machine does not accept money, so I guess the ice cream of the future will have to wait for post-scarcity economics

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Shopping malls 

Walking around Stonestown mall and it really sunk in that almost none of the businesses that were here when I was in high school 20 years ago have lasted.

Like, the GameStop is still there. Maybe one or two of the food court options, and likewise with the fashion brands. Mc'Ds has stuck it out, as has Foot Locker. But there are different anchor tenants - Target and one of the movieplex chains(forgetting) instead of Macy's and Nordstrom. A lot of the new food chains are Asian-Pacific brands - I got a coffee from Gram just now. We also have here a Quickly, an 85°c, there is a revolving sushi place coming soon...

But there used to be Borders and KB Toys. Since they left, no bookstores, no toy stores. A good number of spaces are filled with phone companies, and there's an Apple store.

I am intrigued by the Dippin' Dots vending machine. Somehow I have never had that stuff despite many opportunities.

It's funny looking back on 80's media and noticing that it is Peak Balloon. Every party scene is just full of them.

Plus the whole disaster of Balloonfest '86.

Taffy file format 

Something I am looking forward to having soon is some demonstration of interactive editing of a Taffy document, and I'm gradually building up to that by giving it trials with various categories of data and seeing how they could be constructed in this form.

Since Taffy is text-like and therefore presented 2D, the document can often follow an easy-to-read-and-edit structure. But because it has features like types and key association built in, it doesn't require complex parsing code, and it discourages explicit hierarchical structure(error-prone) in favor of reference by key(which can be described flat and used for relations of one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-one, many-to-many by toggling the lowest bit to describe the "side" of the relation).

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Taffy file format 

It's finally hitting the point where tests and uses are exceeding redesigns.

The current format is, in broad strokes:

An 8 byte header: TAFY <version>
Followed by cells of 16 bytes:
8 byte header: <parse type> <user type> <flags> <enumerated feature> <comment id>
And 8 byte value, determined by parse type.

Parse types include various numbers, bytes, UTF-8 strings, enumerations and flags, key-value pairs, as well as space and line end types. That is, it is a binary format with textual properties. To support arbitrary lengths for some values there is an extension "X" form for certain parse types which indicates that the value should continue into the next cell. The space type allows Taffy to describe "words" as collections of cells(independent from textual spacing) and "lines" as collections of words.

The front of the document bootstraps dictionary data, giving readable names to cell types, enumerated features, flags, and comments. It does this by writing lines of the form <dictionary field name> <values...> <line end>.

The format is quite sparse and most of the time, in most of the cells, the header has empty data. However this quality also makes it convenient to manipulate as a source format. The core structures are currently <900 lines of Haxe code.

Things my barber says 

First time visiting in over a year. He has gone appointment-only with the pandemic, and says he'll never go back to drop-ins.

He is into cryptocurrency now, and specifically Shiba Inu(a total meme coin). Good thing he is not deeply in it.

The cut is good, maybe I'll take a selfie later.

sf pol, historical muse 

An interesting fact about San Francisco is its construction as a gold rush town - one of the most famous ones in history - and the resulting "echoes" this has created.

In its early boomtown years after 1848, the city hosted a melting pot of immigrants, gambling and hedonism, complete with fluid gender roles. It was not a safe place, though, so vigilante groups formed and killed or exiled whomever they thought was the problem. The first vigilante group actually took power and then got kicked out by a later one.

By the 1870's the usual Puritanical colonizing elements had come in, and on the back of much-desired law-and-order policies, moved to exclude immigrants, curtail the gambling, and ban public queerness, thus normalizing the city into the prevailing American value structure.

And yet today, it's a "sanctuary city", and has been since 1989. Unregulated gambling is still out, but SV startup culture basically follows the pattern of gold rushes. And the gay culture has grown into a major political force. It's a gradually resolving tick-tock between two extremes.

Right now things feel they're swinging very fast towards the "opening up freedoms" end of the spectrum, though maybe that's pandemic-influenced.

Although I'll probably get sniped, 17th in the world at Slipways doesn't sound so bad

attention furries!

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its novella length just so you are aware, but PLEASE read this! its a shame that this is at +28 and not over +100

(PLEASE READ IT)

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ODDTAXI is my anime of the season, it builds up a great thriller plot, the furry characters are meaningful and it's funny too

Have been playing Slipways. Completed my first 5-star on Tough.

I'll die on this hill: Wolves and Foxes are legally Doggos

panquake social network 

I am learning about Panquake: panquake.com/

This is a

Flat-fee, subscription-based
Moderated
Decentralized, Open (public blockchain used to record actions, including moderation acts)
User-centric
Activist-friendly

platform, with a bunch of features intended to support those goals. Not released but funded.

So, it won't do some of the granular privacy things that fediverse does, at least not in the form it's pitched. But the paywalled moderated aspect does address low-level spam and harassment, albeit the proposed price is definitely on the high end. And several other classes of low-level malice(censoring, rewriting history, implying falsehoods) are cut down by the public record. There's a sense of "you would have an account on this as an investment in your ability to be honest", which is perhaps inhumane given that we can't even be honest to ourselves.

A downside of being an "activist network" is that activism is a magnet for justifiable grifts sandwiched against smear campaigns, and one of the main people on this project, Suzie Dawson, apparently is in one of those categories, or maybe both. So maybe it isn't even real, or maybe it's real enough that it has been conspired against. A fun puzzle.

more parent things 

I got her to agree to let me test the tray idea on the fridge top shelf. "Just don't make me look," she said. Then, after it was back, predictably: "Oh, you put everything in the wrong place, Dad will never find the salsa there." But she didn't make me redo it because "they have an argument in there anyway."

A cafe tray fully loaded with stuff in packaging is actually extremely heavy, but it does still slide out. She didn't want to try sliding it, though, she reached in to get her open creamer bottle by bending and looking away(to minimize shoulder movement). Maybe this won't work.

re: How many trips does it take to change a lightbulb? (long, mh, aging) 4/ 

"The bulb says, 40W/120V. 60hz is a function of our power grid, it's going to be the same," I explained.

"I KNOW that." she snapped. "It's not 40 watts."

"It says it on the box, 40W equivalent", I pointed.

"It was printed too large for me."

Then she worried about whether this was a mistake and we would waste $13, despite having covered all the possible angles for such. I said I didn't care if we wasted it at this point and opened the package, and said I would now unplug the fridge.

"WHAT?? WHY??"

"Because that is the manufacturer recommendation. I watched the video."

"Oh." (She had just unscrewed the thing straight away and proclaimed, in the same way as when she told me that I could get it "at the supermarket", that it would be fine.)

In my rush to get it done I actually unplugged the dishwasher, not the fridge, so as I screwed in the bulb it turned on. Success. Mom shook my hand both ways twice.

Now, if only I could get her to actually organize the fridge with trays like I suggested months ago - trays that we literally already have - instead of crying that she can't find or reach anything in it and then doing nothing to address the problem.

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re: How many trips does it take to change a lightbulb? (long, mh, aging) 3/ 

I think she may have question-begged herself into a rationale for reusing old boxes because I literally had the box there with the bulb in it already, I just hadn't found the right lid for it. Anyway, she conceded the point when I realized this was the argument we had to have, and after securing it with the sports pages I had something I could transport safely.

Day 3

I went back to Cole Hardware and made the return without incident, and this time found something of apparently the same socket(if it had been on the label of the old bulb, it was smeared off at this point) that said "40W equivalent" (since everything new now is LED equivalent). It was 120V, so, probably correct.

I got back and put it on the table and Mom immediately declared that it was wrong. "It's too big," she began. It's true, the bulb was slightly wider than the original, and the socket design had minor variations.

"It's a light bulb, Mom. The socket is the same size, if it physically fits and uses the same power output it will work." She counted the number of threads on the socket.

"But it's not the same," she frowned. "This box says 60hz, 120V. What does the bulb say?"

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re: How many trips does it take to change a lightbulb? (long, mh, aging) 1/ 

Day 2

I went to the hardware(actually a different one, Cole, which is better than the neighborhood store anyway) and soon discovered that the manufacturer spec did not help me at all. The manual said "replace the bulb according to your specific model." So I took a guess and got a bulb labelled "refrigerator bulb". Mom took one look at it and gasped hysterically, "oh, this doesn't work!" It was the wrong socket type. Fortunately I had the receipt. She suggested bagging up the original bulb to compare them.

I decided Mom was too incompetent at directing me to pay attention to at this point and said, "No, I am going to use a hard container like the plastic food boxes". This prompted her to walk down with me to the recycling bin(?) and fish out a cardboard box she had already tossed. "Why are we engineering a box," I said. "We already have a box and it has a lid."

"But it doesn't fit in those."

"Uh, yes it does."

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How many trips does it take to change a lightbulb? (long, mh, aging) 1/ 

Three, plus dealing with an aging parent.

The fridge bulb burned out this past weekend so I was sent to find a new one. My mom waved the old one in front of me late at night when I was already in bed. "Just go to the supermarket, they will have them," she declared.

The backstory to this is that Mom has become wary of dealing with light bulbs because she tried to get the new LED equivalent bulbs years ago and they were, for some reason that I am not clear on, the wrong type for our fixtures - "they will overheat and burn the house down", I think she said, and she did not back down when I pointed out that the LED bulbs are more efficient and so make less heat - so after much searching she found some terrible incandescents online that burn out on something like six week intervals.

The next day I opened the fridge and found the manufacturer spec printed on the side so I took a picture of that. I went to the supermarket. They had bulbs but there was was a probably homeless guy with luggage pacing back and forth over my shoulder and the latent anxiety made me bail; not long after I heard him cursing out the staff, so probably right call.

I tried going to the hardware next but they closed early for Memorial Day.

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