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Moving instances warrants me to write an again, so here it is: Austin, Stats/CS student at University, , , . From . Fluent in writing English/简体中文 (will mainly post in English), not so much in Français/日本語. enthusiast and occasional contributor, gained notoriety for making Barinsta. Rediscovering life again as there's now some resemblance of normalcy. Ask away!

To the developers of "The OG App":

We built for the lolz, a cool story to tell people, and a good learning experience.
You did it for "$1 million in pre-seed funding," a ridiculous amount of press coverage, and account credentials of unsuspecting people (judging by your tweets, initial logins are done on your server, not the client).
We're not the same.

Stop appropriating activism, especially for profit.

In Ghost in the Shell, connecting to an unknown cyberbrain is considered extremely dangerous. It may fry your brain or rewrite your mind. But even when the target is not actively malicious, sometimes merely exposing yourself to the ideas in that brain can overwhelm you in a harmful way. Nevertheless, if one wants to learn something, one often has to accept the risks.

It's not entirely fictional. The Web is full of this kind of content.

LPT: Plan your burial pose to troll future archaeologists. Your shitposts can be a future student's thesis.

"And here we see the next mummified corpse on our tour. It appears to have its mouths stuffed with objects that our chemists have determined to be laundry detergent pods, while reading a Toki Pona translation of a religious text called 'Captain Underpants'. We believe this to be part of a spiritual ritual to prepare oneself for the afterlife.

The body is surrounded by stuffed sharks and cartoon ponies we believe to accompany their spirit into the afterlife, inscribed with the protection spell 'SUS CUM MORBIUS BIG CHUNGUS AMONGUS'".
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The study is, without doubt, ethically inconsiderate. But we should still be concerned with its finding: within "people should use LinkedIn more" is the fact that has reduced most to "weak ties" of just faces & values (usefulness for jobhunting). How can we build a large, diverse (perspective-wise) , if all we have is just faces that we don't even try to understand? Because such a community isn't profitable for us?

I’m intrigued by the call to action from unselfing.social to “for one continuous month, make the focus of one in every three things you share on social media…something other than yourself or your own work”.

Deutsche Bahn asks "what is the meaning of time?"

[en] It does appear that it is much difficult to acquaint people in a lecture environment as people are preoccupied with the class... So maybe clubs and social-like events are indeed necessary (or luck - got 2 friends when waiting in a line lol).

[zh] 似乎确实在讲课环境下很难认识人,毕竟人把注意力放在课业上了嘛。看来还是得靠社团和社交类活动(亦或是碰运气,我排长队都能交两个朋友)。

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很多次在网上看到有人分享三毛的这封写给「不快乐的女孩」的信,每次看内心也都还是会被触动,分享给也许需要读到这些文字的友友们~ 

三毛女士:

我今年廿九岁,未婚,是一家报关行最低层的办事员,常常在我下班以后,回到租来的斗室里,面对物质和精神都相当贫乏的人生,觉得活着的价值,十分……。对不起,我黯淡的心情,无法用文字来表达。我很自卑,请你告诉我,生命最终的目的何在?

以我如此卑微的人(我的容貌太平凡了),工作能力也有限,说不出有什么特别的兴趣,也从来没有异性对我感兴趣。
我真羡慕你,恨不得能够活得像你,可惜我不能,请你多写书给我看,丰富我的生命,不然,真不知活着还有什么快乐?

敬祝
春安
一个不快乐的女孩上

不快乐的女孩:

从你短短的自我介绍中,看来十分惊心,二十九岁正当年轻,居然一连串的用了——最低层、贫乏、黯淡、自卑、平凡、卑微、能力有限这许多不正确的定义来形容自己。

以我个人的经验来说,我也反复思索过许多次,生命的意义和最终目的到底是什么,目前我的答案却只有一个,很简单的一个,那便是“寻求真正的自由”,然后享受生命。

不快乐的女孩,你的心灵并不自由,对不对?当然,我也没有做到绝对的超越,可是如你信中所写的那些字句,我已不再用在自己身上了,虽然我们比较起来是差不多的。

如果我是你,第一步要做的事是加重对自我的期许与看重,将信中那一串又一串自卑的字句从生命中一把扫除,再也不轻看自己。

你有一个正当的职业,租得起一间房间,容貌不差,懂得在上下班之余更进一步探索生命的意义,这都是很优美的事情,为何觉得自己卑微呢?你觉得卑微是因为没有用自己的主观眼在观看自己,而用了社会一般的功利主义的眼光,这是十分遗憾的。

一个不欣赏自己的人,是难以快乐的。

当然,由你的来信中,很容易想见你部分的心情,你表达的能力并不弱,由你的文字中,明明白白可以看见一个都市单身女子对于生命的无可奈何与悲哀,这种无可奈何,并不浮浅,是值得看重的。

很实际的来说,不谈空幻的方法,如果我住在你所谓的“斗室”里,如果是我,第一件会做的事情,就是布置我的房间。我会将房间粉刷成明朗的白色,给自己在窗上做上一幅美丽的窗帘,我在床头放一个普通的小收音机,在墙角做一个书架,给灯泡换一个温暖而温馨的灯罩,然后,我要去花市,仔细的挑几盆看了悦目的盆景,放在我的窗口。如果仍有余钱,我会去买几张名画的复制品——海报似的那种,将它挂在墙上……。这么弄一下,以我的估价,是不会超过四千台币的,当然除了那架收音机之外,一切自己动手做,就省去了工匠费用,而且生活会有趣得多。

房间布置得美丽,是享受生命改变心情的第一步,在我来说,它不再是斗室了。然后,当我发薪水的时候——如果我是你,我要给自己用极少的钱,去买一件美丽又实用的衣服。如果我觉得心情不够开朗,我很可能去一家美发店,花一百台币修剪一下终年不变的发型,换一个样子,给自己耳目一新的快乐。我会在又发薪水的下一个月,为自己挑几样淡色的化妆品,或者再买一双新鞋。当然,薪水仍然是每个月会领的,下班后也有四五小时的空闲,那时候,我可能去青年会报名学学语文、插花或者其他感兴趣的课程,不要有压力的每周夜间上两次课,是改换环境又充实自己的另一个方式。

你看,如果我是你,我慢慢的在变了。

我去上上课,也许可能交到一些朋友,我的小房间既然那么美丽,那么也许偶尔可以请朋友来坐坐,谈谈各自的生活和梦想。

慢慢的,我不再那么自卑了,我勇于接触善良而有品德的人群(这种人在社会上仍有许多许多),我会发觉,原来大家都很平凡——可是优美,正如自己一样。我更会发觉,原来一个美丽的生活,并不需要太多的金钱便可以达到。我也不再计较异性对我感不感兴趣,因为我自己的生活一点一点的丰富起来,自得其乐都来不及,还想那么多吗?如果我是你,我会不再等三毛出新书,我自己写札记,写给自己欣赏,我慢慢的会发觉,我自己写的东西也有风格和趣味,我真是一个可爱的女人。

不快乐的女孩子,请你要行动呀!不要依赖他人给你快乐。你先去将房间布置起来,勉强自己去做,会发觉事情没有你想象的那么难,而且,兴趣是可以寻求的,东试试西试试,只要心中认定喜欢的,便去培养它,成为下班之后的消遣。

可是,我仍觉得,在这个世界上,最深的快乐,是帮助他人,而不只是在自我的世界里享受——当然,享受自我的生命也是很重要的。你先将自己假想为他人,帮助自己建立起信心,下决心改变一下目前的生活方式,把自己弄得活泼起来,不要任凭生命再做赔本的流逝和伤感,起码你得试一下,尽力的去试一下,好不好?

享受生命的方法很多很多,问题是你一定要有行动,空想是不行的。下次给我写信的时候,署名快乐的女孩,将那个“不”字删掉了好吗?

你的朋友三毛上

Had my first samosa recently (despite having seen it many times even before covid). It was quite tasty! I think it'd be interesting to know how samosas become a staple food (which practically replaced the "bake" in bake sales) among students at and other post-secondary institutions in ...

How we deal with now is through cat-and-mouse content , which is quite ineffective - offenders will find ways to go around it, or just manifest hate offline - not to mention relying on commercial interests like Cloudflare is problematic. Regardless of what platforms (promise to) do, governments around the world must come up with workable approaches to make people unlearn hate, instead of always blaming the big tech boogeyman for their own failures...

[en] How do you get to know (and be known by) as many people as reasonable in your university classes, WITHOUT involving social media immediately?

[zh] 在不立即依靠社交媒体的情况下,怎么能在大学课堂上尽可能多的认识别的同学/让别的同学认识我呢?

If you (or your grandparents) are going to keep passwords in a notebook, *which is perfectly okay*, you might as well have a password generator with it.

Print these tables, paste them in your notebook, get some dice, and roll for security.

gist.github.com/atoponce/f463f

看见个男生背了一帆布袋,上书:
I work hard everyday so my cat can have a better life

小伙子 很有志向……

@board
扎克伯格是个坏人,他的坏不仅在于他是全球最危险的监视资本家之一 —— 他利用偷窥我们每个人的一举一动来赚钱;并且,他利用他的知名度传播危险的价值观 —— 他说 ”如果你有两个身份,就是缺乏诚信的表现。”

您需要知道,扎克伯格之所以这样说,只因为 Facebook 希望将其用户打包成整齐划一的数据集供广告商使用。简言之,他为了出卖你,从而诱导你相信错误的价值观。

这和当权者所做的一样,他们告诉您 “实名制意味着正大光明”,和最臭名昭著的说辞 “你没什么可隐藏的”,都是在意图通过操纵您的价值观来为监视者提供最大程度的便利。
——《“没什么可隐藏的” — 这个愚蠢的反人权论调从何而来?》

Yes, we need offline arguments where we wouldn't just punch each other... But when societal discourse has been dictated by online, pseudonymous arguments where there is virtually no consequence for disrespect (and even some in-person arguments in politics have minimal consequences for that), how important is the advice? Not to mention that people still need to be willing to / be debated...

nytimes.com/2022/09/11/opinion

Said goodbye to my old (2017). Although it definitely has quality issues (most notably, its specs were not even the latest on its release), I guess I did treat it too roughly (fell to the ground once, also ran too many resource-intensive apps on it when it only has integrated graphics), so it only lasted 5 years (which I suppose is the lower end of its expected lifespan?). Too costly to repair, so got the newer MacBook Air (M2), trading the old one in (which gets scrapped probably).

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