A+ use of social media to combat the racialized violence of poverty
|—||His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, quoted by John Perkins in The Secret History of the American Empire.|
Things I want from life include a well-made TV miniseries based on Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
I think a lot of fans of Twin Peaks and Lost would be just completely blown out of the water. Like, “Oh, nice slice of life drama. I can get into this. This woman and her husband are pretty cute together. Too bad about their cat. What’s all this about the Japanese occupation of Manchuria? Where’s Kumiko gone? Wait a miNUTE THAT’S NOT A GUITAR IN THE GUITAR CASE WHAT THE HELL?!” and it just keeps getting wilder.
I’ve been reading Peter Seibel’s collection of interviews Coders at Work: Reflections on the Art of Programming and I decided to read Fran Allen’s interview directly after Ken Thompson’s. This turned out to be an interesting way of reading the text because the two of them directly contradict each other on some big-picture stuff.
First you have Ken Thompson, who left university in the mid-1960s to work at Bell Labs, and by 1970 had co-created Unix and created a direct precursor to the C programming language, which is still the most popular programming language today. Thompson considers computer science to be at something of a dead-end. As he sees it, hardware will continue to become more efficient while programming will continue to become more abstracted and less efficient, allowing hardware advances to counteract the flaws in new software. Thompson did much of his early work in assembly language and finds the lack of familiarity new programmers have with low-level hardware operations “scary”, even considering the complex interfaces and end-user functionality enabled by abstraction.
I found Fran Allen a lot more forward-looking. She joined IBM as a programmer in the late 1950s and oversaw the creation of some important early compilers designed to allow programmers to write portable code which would be optimized for computational efficiency at compile time. In her view, the industry adoption of the C programming language as an application programming language (and not just a systems programming language) was a “big blow” because it placed the responsibility of certain low-level tasks like memory management squarely on the shoulders of the application programmer. Allen argues that optimization and memory management at the compiler and hardware levels, combined with very high-level languages, will allow computer science to tackle the challenges of managing data in global networks in unified, efficient, and innovative ways that improve end-user experience.
I generally find Allen’s arguments a lot more compelling, though I’m with Thompson when he says C++ overcomplicates things to the detriment of code readability.
|—||Fran Allen on C as an application programming language, interviewed by Peter Seibel in Coders at Work: Reflactions on the Craft of Programming.|
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REFUGE seeks to provide safe bathroom access for transgender, intersex, and other gender nonconformist individuals. A few months back the valuable safe2pee database stopped working. We present Refuge as a replacement. Starting with the existing database of listings from Safe2Pee, refuge makes the database easily searchable and mappable to allow folks to find the nearest safe restroom.This is very much in its alpha stage and had a lot of growing to do. I started learning how to code not that long ago so I’m still learning how I can make the app better and better. The app is open source so please contribute to the project on github @http://www.github.com/tkwidmer/refugerestroomsstay tuned both here and on twitter @refugerestrooms.
We’ve been invited to a birthday dinner for my mom but she lives about 40 miles away and if I buy enough gas to go there we’ll have about $5 to last us the next week. So I have to ask her for gas money, but this is really awkward…
Tina Belcher in Bob’s Burgers, though.
She’s canonically autistic. She says so in the first episode. She can’t count, she writes fanfiction about her friends’ butts, she moans like I do whenever she’s overwhelmed, she can’t tell even a small lie without worrying she’ll be condemned to Hell Jail. Oh, and she’s canonically poly.
She’s the hero I’ve been waiting for.
there’s no way to ethically consume under capitalism, everything you can buy was made through intense exploitation and violence, nothing you do except for working to establish a classless society can absolve anyone of this, sorry
trigger warning for child sexual abuse
I used to really like a lot of Allen Ginsberg’s poetry and stuff and took it as a bit of an example for my own writing but I just saw a post with quotes of his literally advocating the rape of children and it basically negated anything I ever admired about him; it was that awful. I feel physically ill.
Edit: Information here if you want to fact-check it.