Time for new #introductions!
I also do software stuff because of course.
#introduction Hi, I've been using Google+ for having interesting discussions on mathematics and physics, particularly visualistations using 3D prints, animations. Since Google+ might be shutting down, I'm trying Mastodon.
I just salvaged all my old posts, and put them on a website:
Here is an example of graphics I do:
"It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe they are too smart to be sexists."
-Neal Stephenson, Snowcrash, 1992
Now that I have some actual friends here: does anyone know any remote programming jobs? I am a generalist with 10+ years of professional experience. Most of that was at Spotify, working on the desktop client, iOS client, and embedded libraries.
Anyway, here's a painted xoloitzcuintle:
So, am I the last person to realise that Count Dooku is a thinly-veiled actor allusion to when Christopher Lee played Count Dracula?
And catrinas themselves are a political parody from around the time of the Mexican revolution designed to mock rich Mexicans who would imitate European fashion. Which we now dress up as unironically because a fictional English spy made it cool.
The whole of the #DayOfTheDead celebration is a broken line of pastiche upon parody upon misunderstanding.
It's such a bizarre thing to see the Catrina parade, a James-Bond inspired event supposedly celebrating a Mexican tradition with Mexicans dressed up as what we think Aztecs must have dressed up as (and probably didn't: symbols like Moctezuma's headdress are probably not a headdress at all).
It feels like such a recently manufactured holiday.
Between the face painting, the Pizza Effect (H/T to @Shufei for the term), and the cultural appropriation every which way (mestizo Mexicans from the Aztecs, foreigners from Mexico, and Mexico right back from foreigners), I have no idea what it is or what it's supposed to be.
I feel like I should know more about it, maybe even celebrate it, even if it's a recent fabrication, but I have no idea how.
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Hahahaha, let's see where this goes:
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Aren't all politics identity politics? Politics is fundamentally about trying to come to agreements when we're all different people, when we all have different identities. It's always about different groups with different aims.
I'm frustrated with the snarl word "identity politics".
The one I'm never sure how to pronunce is Dirichlet. It's a French name, but he was German. So Germans pronounce Dirichlet with a German pronunciation, as one of his own, whereas all the English speakers I know pronounce it with a French pronunciation.
Kindness is not a code of conduct unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU behavior pattern made useful by the GNU developers, contributors and vital commentators comprising a full communication system as defined by POSIX.
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I am extremely frustrated with the GNU "Kind Communication" announcement http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/info-gnu/2018-10/msg00001.html
Extremely tone deaf (especially footnote 2); puts down CoCs and ignores their motivations; would have been better to say nothing than publish this right now.
Ludo' of GNU Guix project has a good reply here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18275156
Especially frustrated with "people might have quit". I *did* quit g-p-d because of how *badly* the diversity conversation was going.
Has there been a wreckage in the information superhighway?
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I really don't like how a lot of the pro-advertising arguments kind of take advertising as a foregone conclusion. We must have ads, you must consume ads, ads must exist; and because ads are inevitable, we have to come up with better ways to make you watch ads.
To hell with ads!
Coder. Mathematician. Hacker-errant.
You can also email me at email@example.com
A Mastodon instance for maths people. The kind of people who make \(\pi z^2 \times a\) jokes.
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