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~✿* My history with JavaScript *✿~

*JavaScript introduced to Netscape*
:blobowo: "This is cool"

*AJAX appears*
:blobuwu: "Yes, useful"

*Early 'port X to JS' experiments*
:blobowo: "Haha it's a fun experiment"

*node.js*
:blobthinkingeyes: ".. um"

*Production software moves to webapps*
:blobnervous: "Wait"

*Electron everywhere*
:blobtired: "Oh no"

Current status of my work for my thesis: code I haven’t changed which shouldn’t interact with code I have changed nonetheless produces a different and incorrect output for identical inputs and I have no idea why. This after an entire day of debugging.

Gosh dang it I love The Birthday Massacre. They have everything; ominous yet completely incomprehensible lyrics, dreamy synths, guitar riffs, growl mixed with very classically high-pitched femme vocals, purple rabbits, silhouettes, EVERYTHING!!!

@ansugeisler you have the bike lane be one half of the sidewalk, the one facing the road.

And yes, of course. Also; having the bike lane be part of the road and suddenly disappear or be used as extra parking space.

Classic city planner dick move: placing a bike path between a bus stop and the sidewalk.

@cptcha0s ooo that’s good! Didn’t think of that.

Almost functional after the night train. Does anyone have suggestions for things to do in ?

In an hour or so I’ll be on a ferry. With my TRAIN. This is SO COOL!!!

@cptcha0s yes, and original electronic music (house, dub, trance) too I think, but I’m by no means an expert. Can you think of any visual movements that worked similarly?

@rusty I think it’s a useful antidote to the freakshow the web is becoming but it’s still boring.

@rusty hm, depends on what you mean by brutalism more precisely, but the command line revival is a bit too minimal for me.

I’m thinking a lot about lo-fi participatory aesthetics after punk, as someone who dislikes punk but likes the idea of a culture more accessible than very polished pop.

Also, how that translates to other things than music. Can we find a low-fi aesthetic for UI that’s cheaper to make than Apple’s but without actually lowering the standards? What can be hacked, stolen, or repurposed?

Apparently, a language with goto, string comparison, append, and three infinite string variables is Turing complete. Wow, computers really are insane.

Good thing I packed some light reading for the train.

I love how working on rustc feels a lot like doing surgery on a whacky communal space ship mid-flight. Everyone is very nice, but it's something of a hi-tech rat trap at times.

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If the OWL had been constructed it would have been big enough to determine the chemical compositions of atmospheres of exoplanets discovered via the transit method. Overwhelmingly Large, indeed.

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The European Southern Observatory once had a plan to build an optical telescope with a diameter of 100 meters. It was aptly called the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL).

Due to the complexity and cost of such an overwhelmingly large telescope, they have instead shifted focus to and are currently constructing the 39 meter Extremely Large Telescope.

@bgcarlisle @a_breakin_glass let’s just say that field could use some knowledge organisation

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