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Pete Brown
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I live in Western Mass, I have escaped corporate IT, and I miss the Web As It Was. I also like pen and paper.
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@gregmoore Just got back from their closing set tonight and they were great!

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Everything changes and it's really easy to get upset about that. explodingcomma.com
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🔗 @Westenberg | The $375m slice:

Robot-enabled pizza logistics are (presumably) hard. But that’s not why Zume failed. They failed because, unlike New Jersey’s first Pizzeria, neither Zume nor their investors actually understood food. In their rush to disrupt, to prove that they were the future, Zume’s leaders and funders either lost sight of the humbler realities of running a food service business - the myriad tiny details and unforgiving margins that can make or break a kitchen - or were too arrogant and blind to see it in the first damn place.

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ð AI can’t fix what automation already broke: "This is my great worry with generative AI. I have not lost a single wink of sleep over the notion that ChatGPT will become SkyNet, but I do worry that it, along with Copilot, Gemini, Cohere, and Anthropic, is being used by millions of managers around the world to cut the same sort of corners that the call center companies have been cutting for decades. That the result will be lost and degraded jobs, worse customer service, hollowed out institutions, and all kinds of poor simulacra for what used to stand in its steadâall so a handful of Silicon Vall... explodingcomma.com
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@jsonbecker Talking Points Memo and PopMatters are the two that come immediately to mind for me.

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Switching up my running schedule explodingcomma.com
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The 2013 Evil Dead remake is pretty bad. explodingcomma.com
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@darby3 I am 100% with you on this.

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We have no idea what other people are dealing with. explodingcomma.com
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ð IT CAME FROM THE READER-SUGGESTED QUEUE: COOL WORLD (1992) | 366 Weird Movies: "The visual combination is surprisingly terrible, resembling Peteâs Dragon rather than the more recent achievements of Roger Rabbit. The interaction is sloppy, the eyelines are all over the place, and the physical sets are rendered two-dimensionally but without any sense of cartoonishness. As for the tone, itâs as schizophrenic as you might imagine. This may be one of the worst-edited films Iâve ever seen, with scenes covering different plotlines and delivering dramatically contrary emotions intercut and slamme... explodingcomma.com
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As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again by The Decemberists As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again by The Decemberists explodingcomma.com
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@odd @goblingumbo That album is 1) awesome and 2) pretty much a pure, 100% uncut nostalgia injection for me. Great stuff!

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I love that my town has been adding marked bike lanes the last few years as funding has been available.

I wish that most of these bike lanes were not constantly covered in sand, gravel, and discarded bottles to the point of being largely unusable.

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It’s okay not to get to all of the things. explodingcomma.com
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I knew Giovanni Ribisi was in âD.P.O.â (The X-Files, s03e03) but I was surprised and amused watching the episode this time to find a very young Jack Black: Aside from the fact the show is greatâat least, in the early seasons, anywayâone of the things I love about re-watching older series like thi... explodingcomma.com
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One of the lesser known of Zeno’s Paradoxes proving the impossibility of change and the immutability of the universe is trying to get the bank to update the people with signing authority on an organizational checking account. There is always one more step required, involving a piece of paper you don’t hav... explodingcomma.com
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The Stench of Eternity by Cardiac Arrest The Stench of Eternity by Cardiac Arrest explodingcomma.com
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Late night horror hosts explodingcomma.com
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ð What happened to “enough”? | The Art Of Not Asking Why: "Iâm noticing thereâs no alternative to the âgrowthâ plan. You start a service with 100 users, and it grows to 500, 1000, 10,000⦠and as it grows, you deal more with annoyances and less with what you really want to do. You either grow somehow (hire more people, ask for more money) or give up and start something new. These are the two options available: grow or gtfo. What happens if a platform just doesnât grow? What if a developer wakes up one morning and thinks, you know what, I donât want to deal with having 10,000 more us... explodingcomma.com
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ð Why did Kathy Hochul kill congestion pricing? How a bogus driving myth doomed NYC to more bad traffic - Vox: "In study after study in city after city around the world, researchers have found that merchants exaggerate the share of patrons who arrive by car and undercount those who walk, bike, or ride transit. Those misperceptions lead them to oppose transportation reforms that would limit the presence of cars and make urban neighborhoods cleaner, more pleasant, and less polluted â and would likely increase spending at their business, too." Even in my relatively small town of 18,000 people whe... explodingcomma.com
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Last game of the season

Sunset and clouds over Lunt Field
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Funeral For A King by Stygian Crown Funeral For A King by Stygian Crown explodingcomma.com
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@amerpie Book1 (3).xlsDONOT_DELETE

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Competent, confident companies—even if they’re evil—don’t put out nonsensical junk. explodingcomma.com
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@anniegreens See, I thought that same thing and then I got a bag of the rye-chips-only, and it was too much. I think part of what makes the rye chips so great is that they’re a special treat mixed in with all the other stuff.

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This is—objectively—the best snack.

A bag of Gardetto’s snack mix and a beer
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I feel like this really speaks to the current state of the world.

The UN building behind security fencing and guard house
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The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970) explodingcomma.com
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@jsonbecker Yeah, I’ve become a pretty big fan since starting to use it regularly a few months ago. My use case is basically the same as yours. When I do find myself getting annoyed, it is about the torrent of clickbait headlines but that is the publications’ fault, not that of the app itself.

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@frankm Oh wow—that’s fantastic! It’s great to see that building coming back to life after so many decades of neglect.

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@withers It was so soothing and satisfying watching those little white and yellow blocks and dots move around.

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@bjhess somewhere on Mastodon over the weekend? Of course, now I can’t find the link to whatever I was reading.

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@bjhess Yeah, Album Whale was actually the first thing ("Oh no!") that came to my mind when I read the Songwhip news the other day. Sounds like their whole operation is shutting down, not just the API.

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@JohnBrady Thx btw for your posts about the book—they prompted me to pick it back up again after starting it many years ago and I am really enjoying it.

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@JohnBrady I feel the same way and have also never made it more than halfway through that book, despite several attempts over the course of my adult life.

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@BestofTimes JESUS that is terrifying! 😬

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@tracydurnell Ah—gotcha. No worries!

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@tracydurnell.com I agree with you. That was the point of my original post. It doesn’t matter if this AI stuff seems cool, it is harmful and unethical. People should stop falling for the lies and if they don’t, they are part of the problem.

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@pimoore For big companies, serial “founders,” and the LinkedIn growth-hacking creeps, for sure.

I’m talking about individuals technologists, enthusiasts, and hobbyists and trying to assume generally good intentions.

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@danalcantara OMG every single time! Thus has been driving me nuts!!

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@Bruff while I am a big NIN fan, I have never much liked this album. I think your critique is right on. I prefer Depressed Trent to Angry Trent and of the early stuff, I think Pretty Hate Machine is the better album. There’s no accounting for taste, though ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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@dhester I played so many games of Parsec on ours!

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@amerpie lol it totally was Plinky

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@JohnBrady @JohnPhilpin This all seems like a hand-wavy way of saying that software development is a capitalizable cost, whereas fixing bugs (once the code is live in production) is not. Companies have a financial incentive to prioritize new development over bug fixes.