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Cake day: Oct 10, 2022

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Rotary Un-Smartphone™ Kit
Pocket-sized (11.0cm x 7.5cm x 3.0cm) Light-weight (163g [6oz]) Full LTE connectivity. Obsolescence-proof for at least another decade. Access and call your personal contacts perhapsfaster than with a smartphone Use your own SIM card with your favorite carrier's "Bring Your Own Device" option Real (mechanical) ringer bell made gold or silver-coated brass; externally visible Receive basic SMS messages and send pre-typed messages and numeric strings 2 displays: Front-side OLED for caller-ID and dial entry, and back-side ePaper for contacts display Physical disconnect switch for the microphone Mechanical power switch MicroSD card stores contacts list as a text file TRRS headset jack USB-C charging port Incandescent-like indicator LEDs

Warning: JS and **large** pictures. But hey it’s photos from flowers and a bonsai in the stratosphere, so…


No More Rave Parties at the Great Wall (2005)
Critical media coverage of a rave party that saw 1,500 local and expat revelers gather at the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall this summer has prompted local authorities to prohibit any future events. …

I absolutely needed to read this.

I especially like the idea of treating every note and link as a debt that has to have enough utility in order not to get thrown out.





The Commodordion
The Commodordion is an 8-bit accordion primarily made of C64s, floppy disks, and gaffer tape. ![](https://merv.news/pictrs/image/8f2e14a7-231b-4d59-b520-23a0dafa7588.jpeg)

Janus (pseudonym by request) works at AI alignment startup Conjecture. Their hobby, which is suspiciously similar to their work, is getting GPT-3 to do interesting things.

Oh nice, I think those are the folks shipping cocoa for the Chocolate Makers, whose chocolate is then picked up by bike and distributed further. I know there’s a “Chocolate Tour” from my city (and many other ones) to Amsterdam and back for completely emission free transport <3


Sai has to be one of the most interesting individuals I ever met. Unfortounately I didn’t know what to make of it back then.


The joy, excitement, and surprise of computing - !!Con 2022
!!Con (pronounced “bang bang con”) 2022 is one day of talks and one day of workshops to celebrate the joyous, exciting, and surprising moments in computing.

Summary The widespread adoption of new technologies always has unintended consequences. Through the natural course of innovation, many technologies co-evolve to form distinct technology ecosystems with emergent and highly complex impacts. The development of the car, for example, had a profound impact on humanity’s perception of time and space. Cars made previously difficult journeys far easier, opening up new opportunities for both individuals and markets. This affected how we think, how we plan for the future, and what it is that we value in life. The car determined how we built our cities, and therefore which places were valued and which were not. Vehicles shaped how we distributed and accessed food, social interaction, and employment, which altered our relationships, families and livelihoods. At the same time, they disconnected people from the local economy and community, generated harmful emissions, and had a major impact on health and wellbeing. There is almost no aspect of modern Western life that has not been impacted by the automobile. In this article, we propose that there are inevitable and unexpected impacts of technologies on both the human mind and society as a whole. For most of history, the process of tech design has either assumed that such second- and third-order effects do not occur or that tech innovation is net positive. This approach is called "technological orthodoxy", and it views technology as neutral with regard to human values. This must change if humanity is to survive in a world of ever-increasing technological presence and complexity. At this moment in history, it is essential that we adopt an approach to design that accounts for how tech affects the way people think and behave. This is axiological design. Axiology is the philosophical study of value, including both ethics and philosophy of mind. Axiological design is the application of principled judgment about value to the design of technology. This is not a single approach, but a general model for design that focuses on how technology is inextricably linked to our view of the world and our activities within it. Tech affects power dynamics in society, forms ecologies and habitats, and shapes the thoughts, values, and relationships of those using it. We must start to take tech seriously, before it changes our world in ways that may not be easy to repair.

What is a container? Is it really a “lightweight VM”? What are namespaces and control groups? What does a host machine know about my containers? And what do my containers know about each other? In this talk Liz will live-code a container in a few lines of Go code, to answer [...] Download slides and read the full abstract here: https://gotoams.nl/2018/sessions/429