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  1. 5 points
    Officially have a healthy waist-to-height ratio and body fat percentage. Discovered that from my heaviest/largest non-pregnant point (circa 2015), I've lost about 30 inches from my waist. Pretty proud of myself.
  2. 5 points
    Hi everyone. I miss the WGB. I miss being on here (or rather here) every day. I miss Wraith (RIP) and Lester (RIP) and JohnBellham and hurts Charmakarmakat and Lithos and even the Hydra, a bit. I would say I miss the others, but I see you on Twitter and Insta and whatnot. All of you mitigate my overwhelming feeling that we're now past the jackpot tipping point and are now careening down the slope toward Idiocracy. Anyway the internet is terrible pretty much everywhere but here. So thanks. I kind of miss being the anarchocyclist although, Jesus, was that guy ever a mess.
  3. 5 points
    Congrats man! Neofeud one year anniversary stream! Neofeud has been out officially on all platforms for over 1 year this month! Thanks everyone who has supported me in the making of this game and my other projects, especially WGBers @db@s.smigiel@xen0phile@Noirjyreand @GreenRobot. I was not getting my hopes up on my one-person weird cyberpunk adventure game, expecting potentially to just have a few hundred sales, so I am blown away by how successful the game has been so far: -1000+ sales -Over 10,000 people wishlisted the game -Rated "Top 25 Cyberpunk Games" by Gamers Decide http://www.gamersdecide.com/pc-game-news/best-cyberpunk-games-pc -Voted "Top 100 Indie Games of 2017" on IndieDB (point and click) https://www.indiedb.com/groups/2017-indie-of-the-year-awards/top100 -Featured on Funhaus, a Rooster Teeth production https://roosterteeth.com/episode/gameplay-2017-neofued -Soundtrack of the Year, AGS forums. https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud/devlog/28642/neofeud-soundtrack-best-music-w... And the sales and recognition just seem to continue to grow over time rather than peter off, so that is great! Anyway thanks again to all my continued patrons (most are included in that list up there) and of course to William Gibson for coming on the podcast. Now I just need to get Keanu Reeves on there!
  4. 5 points
    I've successfully completed the "fifty songs in ninety days" challenge for the sixth year running - in fact my song tally is currently 53. You can stream all of the many and varied compositions I've created this summer from the Fifty/Ninety site: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/user/headfirstonly If you've ever thought about creating a song, even if you only write lyrics, I can't recommend Fifty/Ninety and its sister event FAWM (which runs each February) too highly. FAWMers are highly supportive people and taking part is huge fun.
  5. 5 points
    Yesterday, actually, but my afternoon project was using broken closet doors (languishing unused in attic space in the elderly house we live in) and other random bits and pieces to create a more solid division between TM's office space and the Minibots' playspace. It took about 3 hours but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out used some rope and an extra curtain to finish it, now the kiddos can play without being under TM's feet
  6. 5 points
    Picked up a 6-month contract in Redmond. Okay, but not great. $15/hr, full time. It's a livin'
  7. 5 points
    Just cut a 130 foot tree hanging over the house that was going to cost $6,000+ for a professional crew, + I didn't crush the house, myself, or anyone, yay! The arborists layed the scaremongering shit on thick too, "Your family is going to die in there within a month if we don't cut it RIGHT NOW! DO YOU WANT THAT ON YOUR CONSCIENCE?!" Two 1/2 in. braided poly rope: $20 4-ton power pull: $40 Handful o' Nails: $10 2x4 from broken-ass porch: $Free-as-fuck 15-in shit e-chainsaw: $50 Saving $5880 and declaring independence from assholes: priceless.
  8. 5 points
    All of you who are on FB and Twitter probably already saw this... If not: Meru's music project was released today! It consists of an album (free to download), a music video, website (including easter egg) and a bunch of photos. Check it out: ryakomusic.com Here's the video: It's been a massive creative endeavor alright, for both of us. I did a lot of the programming for the site etc, as well as all the photography. But of course the music is all Meru and that's like 99% of the project! So check it out and feel free to spread the word.
  9. 5 points
    Speaking of ... I've been helping Meru with a massive creative endeavor, which is now finally getting quite close to being released. There'll be an update on this soon.
  10. 4 points
    Today is the two-year anniversary of the MinoBot Move. Two years ago today, we packed up our 5-year-old and 2-year-old, two duffel bags, 4 backpacks, and a suitcase with our stuff and boarded a plane from Honolulu to Hilo. We were officially homeless for 7 weeks - first camping out of the back of the Mazda Tribute we bought at the airport (via craigslist), then when that truck suddenly and with great finality DIED we stayed in hotels for a couple nights while finding a replacement vehicle, and then camping out of our right-side-drive Saturn hatchback. When that car decided to be finicky about running we put out a distress signal on a local homeschooling Facebook group and were rescued by two families - one let us stay in their home for 3 days and the other fixed our car. The mechanic's family offered to let us stay with them so we lived in the front room of their home (two adults, 3 teenagers, 2 kids, a baby, 5 cats, a dog, + us). We found a place to live after 3 weeks of that and then we spent a solid month getting the "new" place clean (I have photos that look like they are stills from the show "Hoarders"...) and liveable enough to call it home. Oh, and TM finished Neofeud and released it during this time as well. O.O Two years later I can say I have no regrets at all. Honolulu was slowly draining the life from us - it wasn't living, just existing. With all it's hardships and uncertainty, I'd pick life on the east side of the Big Island, with our seven cats and happy kids, every time.
  11. 4 points
    OMG we got another kitten. Sidney Daredevil Crosby.
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  15. 4 points
    Yes, I was reading the beginning of the thread. Shut up.
  16. 4 points
    Not today, but over the weekend Meru and I met up with Vesper, who was visiting Belgium to take part in an Android: Netrunner tournament. We only got to hang out with him briefly but it was great catching up all the same.
  17. 4 points
    Oh wow I haven’t added any pics of Cammi Granato! (she’s in the wikipedia, hockey non-fans)
  18. 4 points
    Middle school orientation tonight, good times! Big focus on research methods, math, and science. I am more excited than she is, but the little girl is having a blast so far.
  19. 4 points
    So I did a thing, where I make sounds and noises, in front of strangers, on a stage. @db shot the video
  20. 4 points
    The cake was a hit! I got specific compliments for the filling we brought home ONE piece
  21. 4 points
    I have more to say on this topic so buckle up. You know the thing that pisses me off about the idea of someone using "cuck' or "cuckold" just all the time? What pisses me off about that whole community that uses that word with impunity, as an identifier and as an insult? What is it saying about women? That we're just all a faceless same-as-the-next-one mass of female parts and a hate-on for men. That our entire purpose is to sleep with as many "alpha" men as possible, ignoring the rest of the male population, until we need a stable home and then cuckolding whichever "beta" guy we con into being our partner with "alpha" guys. Like what the FUCK. That is not fucking good. That is horrific. And then there's the whole other factor of that community being the internet equivalent of cutting lines in your arms or burning yourself with cigarettes. It's SO fucking toxic. So when I see someone that I have known for so long, like you xen0, using words and phrasings and descriptors that are so common in that community - it worries me. Because I know that you don't think that, for instance, *I* (as a married woman) am out here cuckolding my husband and fleecing him for everything he's got while always being on the lookout for the next guy. But I worry that if you, or anyone, is finding community in those fucking spaces, that because of being surrounded by it... you WILL start to think like that. And that's where the Gilead shit starts. So please. Don't. Use. That. Word. And distance yourself from the spaces where it IS being used and the people who are using it.
  22. 4 points
    Four of the six (yes... six) cats we have now. Z-boy is holding Kaha, Stone is the white one, Lightning is the orange and grey one, and the completely-orange guy is Flame. There's also Nokea (who looks very similar to Stone but where Stone is grey, Nokea is gold) and the Momma Cat, Lovely. 😅
  23. 4 points
    Got recruited for a job as Communications Director for a State Assembly candidate. Maybe if we can raise enough money I can even get paid! This is a somewhat more ramshackle group (that hasn't caught the eye of a tech fundraiser, alas) than my last campaign, but it's another great cause, that with luck will have a better outcome.
  24. 4 points
    Hi. I remembered this place exists.
  25. 4 points
    So GR, Arkan and I had a cool meetup with the Gibson today. This apparently may be the only time Bill has publicly said "Mother fucker", and with full 70's-Ramones-punk attitude, according to the French hot dog.
  26. 4 points
    OG WGB is back
  27. 3 points
    WWhy is my cat so cute?
  28. 3 points
    We have warm weather again! Coming up to our two-year "Get Off Oahu" anniversary (March 7) and immediately following that is the smaller Minobot's 5th birthday. He wants Spider-Man everything so I'm figuring that out, it'll be a good time. Chocolate cake & the beach, and a surprise home viewing of that new Spider-Man movie will be the perfect cherry on top to his day I think. And then later in March is the two-year release anniversary for Neofeud! Guess I'll be dusting off the ol' vocal chords for a sequel soon
  29. 3 points
    Interesting times at work, in the middle of an automotive industry meltdown in Europe. NDA'd to hell, so hard to say much, but between the fake diesel concern (not that burning oil products is a good thing, but diesel+urea is clearly better than gasoline), the semi-fake Brexit closures (using Brexit as the excuse to close facilities in UK), we are in the middle of discussions about building a new plant abroad to supply the tire industry. So traveling and learning about weird foreign customs. And how actual business deals are inextricably linked to excessive alcohol consumption, and usually too much food. It gets worse as you move East, maybe because there the interchangeable corporate drones have not made much headway, and correctness is not a virtue. So much business traveling sucks the pleasure out of traveling, so when we have some free time we go traveling for pleasure, which somehow ends up in a little culture, a lot of shopping, and foodie concerns. Returning some joy to what otherwise I do for duty. Who would have thought I would end up not wishing to travel to Florence next week, even considering I may have have a free half morning and dinner at Florence's Harry's Bar (similar to Venice's, but without tourists). Fortunately our material reduces fuel consumption and therefore the carbon footprint. Otherwise I would feel I am singlehandedly responsible for the flooding of Holland, just by flight hours.
  30. 3 points
    after working as a luthier for a year in 2013, I decided to try working in retail. The harp & hammered dulcimer market is incredibly finite, and I wanted to be in a thriving type of industry rather than a dying one. My first retail job was managing a bodega type storefront for a Pakistani entrepreneur in Belltown, Seattle named Bali. His brother had stayed in Pakistan when he moved to the states employed as a squash instructor. Once a year, Bali would go back to the village he'd been born in, which was Indian when he was born in the 30's, but is Pakistan now. His brother owned a salt mine in the Himalayas, and he would arrange for two tons of salt rocks to be shipped from Pakistan to Washington. (If you've ever tried to ship anything from Pakistan to the US, let alone 2 tons in a shipping container... well, imagine the logistical nightmare potential...) While the shipping container was in transit, Bali would travel from Pakistan through India and China along the old silk road, picking up fabrics, minerals, semiprecious stones, wood and electrical components to make salt rocks into 'Himalayan Salt Lamps'. I remember once, when we'd gotten the shipment stateside and had been drilling and constructing salt lamps all day, covered in salt dust, Bali looked at me and said, "When I was a boy, I would see the old men coming out of the salt mines covered in dust, and I said 'Never will that be me'. Now look at me! I am those old men!" He was a kind man, and I learned a lot from him. He was sort of an anachronism, in that he didn't keep records of anything. He also leased PO boxes out of the store, and had memorized everything. When billing time came around, he just picked up the phone and started calling all his clients that were in arrears. I never could convince him to keep a ledger. Of course, he didn't really need one... The time came when Bali could no longer afford to keep me employed, but we parted on good terms. HIs little store is still there in Belltown, an oasis of old world charm and sensibility. The day I left, I was walking to the bus stop, and I saw a "Help Wanted" sign in the window of Federal Army & Navy Surplus, which was only a few blocks away from Bali's store. I walked in, filled out an application and asked to speak to the owner. The owner, or one of them, was named Henry. Henry co-owned the store with his Brother, Jack. They'd inherited it from their father, who'd in turn inherited it from their grandfather. They were in the process of passing it on to Henry's daughter, Davina. They were an old school, traditional Jewish family. My job interview that day with Henry consisted of one question: "So, are you a good worker?", to which I replied, "Yes, sir. I don't believe there is ever nothing to do. There's always something that needs to be done, even if it's sweeping or cleaning the glass." "You're hired." Said Henry. My whole goal going into retail was to learn the basics, find a niche and eventually work my way to fashion retail, specifically: Nordstrom. Seattles local darling, one of our founding families and a dictionary definition of successful. Federal Army Navy, while being far different from Nordstrom, was nonetheless a very similar organization. Both families had immigrated to Seattle from Europe. The Nordstrom's were Swedes, the Shalom's Jewish Germans. Both families had been in the area for multiple generations, and both started their businesses in 1901, outfitting Yukon travelers and investing in the city that was growing up around them. Working at Federal Army Navy was a LOT of fun. As an avid outdoorsman, I found that I could easily move product off the shelves simply by talking about the ways I used it. My specialty was knives, specifically folding ones. I actually sold a switchblade to a secret service agent. Had to photocopy his ID for it, as they're illegal for anyone in Washington state other than law enforcement. Selling was fun, but I started noticing a certain type of individual that frequented our store. The type that doesn't actually purchase anything, but manages to walk out with it anyway. You spot their eyes, first. A certain dodgy flicker that illustrates the word 'furtive' perfectly. When you see that flicker, watch their hands, cause that's where the magic happens. The first time I caught a shoplifter, I had a hard time not fighting with him. He'd take a couple ineffectual swings, but managed to clip my left ear with the third swing. Rather than duke it out with him on the sales floor, I stepped between him and our only door and showed him our best taser model. I didn't taze him, I just puled it off the counter and deployed a burst while staring him in the eyes. He dropped the merch and I stepped aside. Henry was laughing like a hyena over the implied threat of the taser. I had found a skill. I could see shoplifters, their intent, their desire. It was palpable and thick and they moved slowly, as if in an opiatic haze. Later, i realized most of them were... After a year of selling military surplus, camping gear and pocketknives and catching shoplifters, I saw an ad on the Nordstrom job board. It was a posting for an opening in loss prevention. I applied, and was hired. It wasn't immediate, like at FANS. In fact, later on I found out the assistant didn't want to hire me and that the manager had liked me and took a chance. Turns out, that chance paid off. I was really, really good at preventing loss. So, i gave my two weeks at federal army, and when the time came i had set aside a pair of Belleville ST800 boots that I wanted to buy while I still had a employee discount. I went to pay Henry and he said, "You're the first person in five years that gave 2 weeks and stuck it out. The boots are yours. Thank you." I was hella chuffed. Them boots are the shit. Look 'em up. to be continued.
  31. 3 points
    Today was a normal day. Woke up, did the social media rounds while working out. Kept the kids busy and warm until the weather warmed up and they could go outside. M spent a good part of the day "making videos" with her tablet, going around with the video function on talking about all the things she saw. Z's fractured wrist is pretty much healed, his check-up for it is on Monday but he's back to 100% functionality with it from what TM and I can tell. This is the winter of broken wrists in the family, Z and TM and a cousin's kid on the mainland too. As long as we don't have a spate of broken legs like M when she was 3, it's okay. Made plans to take the kids to the zoo again with friends - feeling pretty thankful for a free (yep - free) zoo. Food stamps for February were deposited on January 20th and we're kind of in a waiting game to see what happens in March. This will-they-won't-they government shutdown shit is for the birds. Trying for balance, it would be so fucking easy to sink into anger all the time. The back-and-forth, class war, cultural division, let's keep the masses arguing about generation gaps and whether this or that famous-for-being-famous person is culturally appropriating (spoiler alert: most of them are) when all around us the reality is sinking in. Antarctic temperatures in the Midwest while the Circle-With-Bears heats up 125 degrees above where it should be. Killer whales dying of starvation in the PNW oceans because the food for the salmon is disappearing which means the salmon is disappearing. Corporations, hearing the death knells, grabbing for more and more oil and land and resources regardless of treaties and human life and possible (probable) pollution of water sources (Mauna Kea, Uni'sto'ten, Standing Rock, and more). The bright spots in all of this are there though. Mauna Kea protectors were received with respect today at UC Berkeley (where they are asking the University to divest from the destruction of Mauna Kea and pull funding from the TMT project. Greta Thunberg, the teen activist, told Davos attendees she wants them to "act as if the house is on fire, because it is." The Parkland kids are still working hard to bring better gun legislation to the US. Activists in Uganda are calling out the deadly actions of an American Christian missionary who posed as a medical professional. I've decided that being angry and doing nothing is worth shit all. There's not a whole lot that I can personally do ( but whatever I can, I'm doing it. Right now that looks like raising the Minibots to be decent human beings who care about the earth they live on, and raising awareness of the actions being taken to curb the path of destruction that the earth is on. I've also started writing again, maybe I'll share some of that project here at some point. Working through some of the holdover of the uber-religious evangelical conservative lifestyle I was raised in.
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    Bleak... Hankley Common, location for James Bond's Skyfall, also the army training ground near me. I was caught in another crossfire of blank cartridges the other week. Lucky to escape with my hearing unimpaired.
  34. 3 points
    Not today, but over the weekend. We drive up to Connecticut to visit the in-laws. Traffic, tolls, and cold. Turkey day was 3f with the wind and we stayed with Uncle and his wife in their home that is being remodeled. Dinner at another Aunt's house where the food was plentiful if not well prepared. The following night we went back for leftovers and Uncle felt it appropriate to let spew with racist bullshit at the table. After some really unbelievable language (the N word is ok because "they" use it to describe themselves") in front of my kid I had enough and told them so. Then he starts with "you know whats wrong with your generation..." and I raised my voice and cut him off. Then I stood up, cleared the table and moved to another conversation. Since we were staying at their home we knew we would have to see them again, yet we managed to avoid talking about it for the following day until we left. Once upon a time I let this kind of crap go to avoid confrontation. But I have found that tolerance of hateful language and behavior just seems to ask for more hateful language and behavior. They complained they had the "right" to speak however they wished, I noted that doesn't protect them from being told they are ignorant racists. Say what you want, don't expect me to let it pass though. Ever. I don't want to change your mind, I don't want to "understand your point of view", and I don't care about your feelings. So, how have the holidays been going for everyone else?
  35. 3 points
    ^ D'aaaawwww! 😻 Waffle update: His owner appears to have gotten his collar back (and I have his infoz in my phone now just in case) and I got a decent shot of him last week (which you may already have seen on Twitter, but whatever).
  36. 3 points
    Warner Bros have brought out a new release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, mastered from the original 65mm negative and scanned in 4K and this time they *didn't* throw lots of sharpening, colour grading and other post-processing at it. The result is spectacularly good - it's the film as I remember seeing it in my childhood. You can no longer see the brush marks on the front projection screen that were present in just about every shot in the "The Dawn Of Man" sequence in the earlier release. The film positively *glows* with the numinous. There are no new extras, but you get all the special features from earlier discs.
  37. 3 points
    Yunz guys, I think my cats are broken.
  38. 3 points
    Thanks for the kind words, folks. I seem to have settled on a robots theme in the last few days...
  39. 3 points
    Why is there no icon of a middle finger on this WGB? I'm left with
  40. 3 points
    ^ D'awwww… My mom's cat is back for a few days. This time he came with various meds to apply. And my mom's helpful instructions were to "put ear drops in 2x daily". Ummmm, which ear?? Or is it both ears? Luckily the prescription bottle did specify the right ear, and after some hemming and hawing I (apparently correctly) decided that it was his right ear. So confusing lol, and I was 20 minutes late to werk this morning after chasing him down once with ear drops and once with a little syringe with 1.25ml of something to squirt into his mouth. Plus he threw up at 4am which totally killed any chance at REM sleep in my nightly 3 hour sleep window. CATS! 🙄😹
  41. 3 points
    However, I am not opposed to medical tattoos, obviously. Blood Group, Diabetes alert, Serious Allergies etc. My wife, Beryl, who doesn't want to be resuscitated if she collapses in the street, is, half in jest, planning two tattoos. On her chest, 'Do Not Resuscitate', and, in case she falls on her face, another tattoo on her back: 'Please Turn Over'.
  42. 3 points
    Annecy, on our way to cross the Montblanc the following day. Corte Bebbi, an "Agriturismo" between Modena and Parma. They made their own Lambrusco, had a cheesemaker 50 meters away amd a traditional balsamic vinegar maker 4 km. Quite instructive, and good that we had come by car, to take products back home with us.
  43. 3 points
    Since the oldest Minibot (aka Baby Razorgirl) is turning seven tomorrow, today I created a cake! My brief as per M was: a layered chocolate cake, with purple buttercream, a panda, her name, and green bamboo around the sides. SO. I made two layers of Bean Brownie Cake: 6 eggs 1 drained/rinsed can of black beans 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons yogurt (plain, vanilla, Greek - whatever you have!) 1 - 1.5 cups of sweetener (I used Splenda and add it to taste) Blend together and bake in two 8-inch round layers (350 for 25 minutes or so, until it tests done). Then I decided that it would be fun to have a filling other than more buttercream, so I made creme pat. It was my first attempt and I think it turned out well! I halved this recipe and used Splenda instead of sugar. I made vanilla Splenda buttercream and colored it with neon food coloring And then, decorated! The panda has mini chocolate chips as well I tried to keep it a surprise from Miss M at first but she was so excited she couldn't stay away and supervised the decorating process - and then proceeded to watch a "Cake" episode of The Great British Baking Show (I use Splenda instead of sugar and make non-wheat-flour versions of foods to fit TM's food restrictions for his health and to fit better into the macros I'm trying to stick to for weight loss. We're completely used to it after eating like this for... well, TM has for 7+ years now!)
  44. 3 points
    Rain rain rain rain raining AF! They predict up to around 3 FEET of rain in some areas. Barely any wind still, but slightly picking up. Thankfully we're on porous lava rock that drains very quickly or we'd probably have flooding. Hilo (older, lower, flatter part of the island) is definitely having flooding.
  45. 3 points
    This post is going to go a little off-topic, but I think it's relevant to understanding this wave of fascism sweeping everywhere from the US to the UK to Austria and even Germany. Building the alternative is a necessary part of the strategy, I think. I possibly have a more extreme view than some, but I am not betting on our already extent neofeudal capitalism-dominated cyberpunk dystopia getting any better of its own accord. To me that's like hoping that megabanks would "self-regulate" in the early noughties. That's why GR and the kids and I no longer live in an American City (tm), and are no longer even thinking of moving to one, ever. I was teaching fulltime, and a one bedroom in the ghetto part of the city was about 70% of my salary. Healthcare for a family of four was 100% of my salary. We lived in my parents closet. I finished Neofeud, working on a 6 year-old laptop, sleeping in the back of a rusting Mazda Tribute, eating spoonfuls of peanut butter with GR and the minibots. That's reality. Again, not sitting on my ass, not playing video games all day, not eating any fucking avocado toast: teaching full time and working with homeless/immigrant/non-white kids, and still homeless. Because nobody gives a fuck about people who do anything useful in our society. They payed me shit, then the rich guys with cufflinks come down for some photo-ops with me teaching some brown kids how to do indigenous gardening / robotics, and then use that fake-philanthropy to fence more money into their yacht-funds, or get themselves re-elected, while paying me enough to starve. Most of the people my age were in basically a similar situation. There was no hope for any future for GR and our family, there, which is why we moved on top of an active volcano spouting 3000 degree lava a few miles from the house where the rich people dare not do their vulture capitalism bullshit, in a condemned house with brown tap water that smells like dog piss (I managed to fix that up finally). Everyone I know back in the city is either homeless and working one job, living in a parents closet at 37 working three jobs (wife and grandma grampa all working too), or has enough money for a flat and hates themselves cause they're selling empty multi-million-dollar condos to Chinese billionaires driving up real estate and making more homeless people, is a corporate lawyer making sure Apple has more money it doesn't spend, or is running the infrastructure for a Surveillance Capitalism shithole like Jack Dorsey's site, Facebook et. al.. That pre-WWII inequality, more than anything else, is what's driving everyone to either fascism or socialism/communism (resulting in street fights between swastika-wearing white dudes and hammer-and-sickle antifa across the country from Portland to Charleston. It's also leading to worker cooperatization, democratization of workplaces -- ideally more of that will happen as it's another form of building the capitalism-alternative). Two of my friends, about my age or younger, have already committed suicide, after trying for a decade to get any kind of gainful job, in multiple careers, but only finding gig-economy serfdom. One of them is the voice actor for King Warren in Neofeud (yes, the voice actor who played King Warren is dead. Took his own life). I've got a guy who drops into my streams often, super smart, is in like the top 10% of machine-learning programmers -- couldn't find a job after a year cause they only hire the top 1%, and is now super into Incel / Redpill culture instead (I try to tell him to get off that proto-Nazi misogynist bullshit, but hey). One of GR's brothers got married -- him and the wife both work full time, they live in a tiny studio above a barn, drive a crap Toyota. They probably want kids, but affording that is nowhere on the horizon. He's getting real into some alt-right stuff. Most of the people my age and younger that I know are either becoming Nazis, pseudo-Nazis, or are full communist, pro-antifa, or even further left. IMHO, there isn't any hope to just muddle through in the middle, certainly not in the medium term. For most millennials and Gen-Z, there is no 'sell out' option. Capital is failing to buy complicity with the promise of a roof, car, food, and healthcare, and the result is just more depression, more rage, more seeking alternatives. Twitter and Facebook etc. are just making bank on fomenting mostly the Nazi end, and selling their eyeballs to water filter companies, political actors, or whoever else will pay them money to manipulate people. The current president is just an opportunist who rode the wave of rage. Half the country is at or near poverty, can't find $400 when the car breaks, and more than half of US families can't afford, or *qualify for a loan* for the cheapest new car. 37 cities have poison drinking water. There's a fucking hookworm epidemic in much of the country because infrastructure is falling apart. It's telling that this is the most liked and re-shared toot I have ever posted, basically anywhere (Mastodon or Twitter): I had so many people tell me personally that this was their literal experience, it was depressing. But also affirming of what I know to be true, as hard as they try to paper over with some fucking 4% horseshit unemployment number. Anyway, who the fuck knows how all this plays out, but what I do know is that it wasn't any candidate(s) or even Twitter itself that is the root of the growing Nazi waves. You could get Trump gone, Twitter implode, and all that other shit would still be true. Nazis are the bacterial infection in the wound. Incels, suicide rash of young people cause the future is hopeless? Another infection. I honestly am terrified for the world the minibots are going to inherit, and can see why young people would think its crazy to bring children into this fucked up world -- if they could afford it at all, which they mostly can't unless rich parents. You could even 'cleanse' the Nazis, but if you leave that giant fucking inequality gash wide open in your leg, growing bigger by the day, sooner or later, you're going to get another infection, one that possibly kills you. (I feel like I've been saying this sort of stuff for like more than a decade, like back on the old board, but now I just sound less insane, lol) Anyway, what can we do? Nazis have to be punched, deplatformed. Jack Dorsey needs to be called out for a Nazi fuck he is. But that's just a temporary splash of hydrogen peroxide. Then comes the real work. Cooperatives (companies run democratically, as opposed to by a handful of rich shareholders) i.e. Mondragon, credit unions, coop stores etc. need to be supported. If you're in a capitalist corporation or business, see if there's any way to push for collectivization. Silver Spook Games has no employees currently, but if I ever grow the team, I intend to make sure everyone gets a fair cut. (As opposed to Amazon, where Jeff Bezos gets 2.5 MILLION times the lowest paid worker -- Mondragon's CEO *cannot* make more than 8 times the lowest paid worker, and employee happiness is leagues above Amazon, whose workers are paid starvation wages and die in their sweatshops cause Bezos won't open the door). Support collectivization of Amazon. And Google, Microsoft, etc.. (I actually have a couple friends working at Google (one is a Neofeud fan) who has come around to getting on board with this.) Join and use Mastodon, a decentralized platform with no capitalist interest pumping out Nazis for $. Support strikes, worker organization, and other actions. Support socialist candidates - like Ocasio Cortez. Support anything that will close the inequality gap, but more importantly IMHO, accelerate the demise of capitalism as the dominant force (cause it's doing a pretty good job of destroying itself already, but that may not be enough). Because if AI/Automation really hits, and near-full automation of military tech arrives *before* that, removing all humans from the pulling of triggers and dropping of hellfire missiles... It's sociopaths with Terminators, and then we're all fucking dead. Or living in The Peripheral, Gaza Planet, or worse. But let's just hope that doesn't happen by trying to stop it! Which is why I am with all the furry queer catgirl communists nowadays.
  46. 3 points
    Yeah what little 3D I have done was mostly in Blender. It's pretty good and you can't beat free! Woohoo my game Neofeud is in the top 25 cyberpunk games! When the game sites start throwing you on the listicles in the run-up to CP 2077, that's how you know you've arrived lol. http://www.gamersdecide.com/pc-game-news/best-cyberpunk-games-pc
  47. 3 points
    The Expanse Season 3 second half, going deep into panspermia-pocalypse and superintelligent alien mindfuckery with microtubules encased in weird, writerly Chandler-esque noir lingo. Deeply here for it!
  48. 3 points
    Hardware wasn't too bad - all push-fit double-ended leads, the components (including the step motor) screwed or taped to a piece of plywood. The end-user will set it into his model railway kit. The software was fun. Long time since I enjoyed a project so much.
  49. 3 points
    Turntable project complete. Lotta fun. It parks the turntable with an accuracy of 0.1 mm, which is just as well, because the track gauge is just 9 mm.
  50. 3 points
    Depends on your purpose I suppose. React is the hottest framework at the moment. I don't like it because it seems ridiculously complicated. It's not actually standard Javascript, so you need a bunch of extra tools just to be able to build something with it. Also, it mixes HTML and CSS right into the code, which to me just seems bonkers. But every fancy tech company is trying to do something with React at the moment so it's a good skill to have. I've used Angular 1.x before for a data-driven app, which I thought worked quite well. It somewhat follows the MVC approach, so should be familiar to anyone who's worked with stuff like Rails. They've got a 2.x version out now though which again seems a lot more complicated (using typescript instead of javascript) and requires extra tooling just to get it to work. Vue is another frontend framework that is quickly gaining traction. I've had a quick look at it the documentation and it seems a lot more sensible to me compared to React. It seems closer to what Angular used to be ... but better. I might have a crack at building something with it at some point. Unlike React and new Angular, it actually seems fun to use. I don't really see a point in using jQuery anymore. It was originally created to solve a number of key shortcomings of Javascript (most notably DOM element selection and AJAX calls). JS has come a long way since then and all of those issues are now resolved. I prefer using vanilla Javascript for anything that people would have used jQuery for in the past, just so you don't have load a bulky library to do a tiny thing. Node.js is good for back-end server interaction, creating APIs to call and that sort of stuff. I've no experience with it whatsoever (been meaning to play around with it). It's another one of those hot skills thoughs, as everything these days in Javascript seems to rely on it heavily.
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