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Robots

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Don't be nervous about the robots, be nervous about the people with the resources to build them.
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Don't be nervous about the robots, be nervous about the people with the resources to build them.
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LOL - literally me and my husband this morning!
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Don't be nervous about the robots, be nervous about the people with the resources to build them.
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XKCD with the deep cuts this morning

randomslasher: renamok: This woman confronts racism in the...

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This woman confronts racism in the funniest way possible.

Not all heroes wear capes.

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This is amazing.
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A list of 25 Principles of Adult Behavior by John Perry Barlow

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Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died last night at the age of 70. When he was 30, the EFF founder (and sometime Grateful Dead lyricist) drew up a list of what he called Principles of Adult Behavior. They are:

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.

Here’s what these principles meant to Barlow:

I don’t expect the perfect attainment of these principles. However, I post them as a standard for my conduct as an adult. Should any of my friends or colleagues catch me violating one of them, bust me.

You can read remembrances of Barlow from the EFF and from his friends Cory Doctorow and Steven Levy. The EFF’s Executive Director Cindy Cohn wrote:

Barlow was sometimes held up as a straw man for a kind of naive techno-utopianism that believed that the Internet could solve all of humanity’s problems without causing any more. As someone who spent the past 27 years working with him at EFF, I can say that nothing could be further from the truth. Barlow knew that new technology could create and empower evil as much as it could create and empower good. He made a conscious decision to focus on the latter: “I knew it’s also true that a good way to invent the future is to predict it. So I predicted Utopia, hoping to give Liberty a running start before the laws of Moore and Metcalfe delivered up what Ed Snowden now correctly calls ‘turn-key totalitarianism.’”

Barlow’s lasting legacy is that he devoted his life to making the Internet into “a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth … a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.”

Tags: Cindy Cohn   Cory Doctorow   John Perry Barlow   lists   Steven Levy
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StunGod
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That's a worthwhile list. I think I'll appropriate it.
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TimidWerewolf
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Words to live by
dnorman
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fantastic guidelines. focus. give a shit. love.
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digdoug
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Mr Barlow would definitely give me a "D" as an adult. But I'm trying.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Wise Master

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

Hovertext:
The wise master is, in fact, the only happy person in the world.

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Today's News:

One week to BAHFest Houston! Get your tickets now or dwell on remorse for all time!

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False. There are not infinite points. #PlanckDistance

The History of Unicode

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2048: "Great news for Maine—we're once again an independent state!!! Thanks, @unicode, for ruling in our favor and sending troops to end New Hampshire's annexation. 🙏🚁🎖️"
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2048: "Great news for Maine—we're once again an independent state!!! Thanks, @unicode, for ruling in our favor and sending troops to end New Hampshire's annexation. 🙏🚁🎖️"
Covarr
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Then, everything changed when Japan invented Emoji.
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olliejones
9 days ago
Oh my, this is a real thing.
Covarr
9 days ago
You bet your ear it is. It was an extension of some proprietary nonsense that was already on Japanese cellphones, brought into Unicode for compatibility purposes, and then more than a decade later the rest of the world discovered it and it blew way out of control.
ydant
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https://twitter.com/SenAngusKing/status/961331752718557184
Covarr
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Oh... the tweet is real? HOLY MACKEREL
ydant
9 days ago
I think you mean 👼 🐟?
skorgu
9 days ago
What the fuck
davidar
9 days ago
I still won't be happy until the entirety of https://thenounproject.com/ gets added to unicode
WorldMaker
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I won't be happy until conlangs like Klingon and Elvish finally get their due out in the Astral Plane. The original rejection before the Astral Plane opened up makes less sense in the age of filling the Astral Plane with modern heiroglyphics. 👀✨🤳👏🐱‍🚀
steelhorse
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Great podcast about this: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/person-lotus-position/

White Nationalist Movement: Myth Vs. Fact

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Over the past few years, the white nationalist movement in the U.S. has seen the addition of more members and received significant media coverage. The Onion debunks some common myths about white supremacism in America.


MYTH: The alt-right movement is secretly a neo-Nazi movement.

FACT: The alt-right movement is openly a neo-Nazi movement.


MYTH: White nationalist beliefs are mainstream now.

FACT: Noticing white nationalist beliefs is mainstream now.


MYTH: White supremacists hate people of color.

FACT: They’re not wild about women either.


MYTH: The movement’s goal is for whites to live separately in an ethno-state.

FACT: Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire already exist.


MYTH: White supremacists value preserving culture above all else.

FACT: Skrewdriver should not be considered culture under even the most generous interpretations of the term.


MYTH: White nationalism is just a fringe political movement.

FACT: Let’s not waste our whole day dissecting the word “fringe,” okay?


MYTH: President Trump has explicitly endorsed white nationalists.

FACT: He doesn’t endorse white nationalists; he just hangs out with them every weekend and most weeknights and is one himself.


MYTH: White nationalists believe discrimination against white people is worse than discrimination against any other group.

FACT: Holy shit, yeah, that’s true. They honestly believe that.

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“Not The Onion” is dead
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