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original twitter thread


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    Fortunately, arc4random_uniform(3) has mostly solved the range problem. If you have it available.

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      I took a stab at this problem by sourcing bits from a random quantum source to generate different sized signed/unsigned integers, ranges of integers, etc.


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        Have you ever needed to publish an article in twitter?

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          Publishing on Twitter is great. You’re forced to make every 280 character tweet stand on its own and support your overall point. You have to be concise, organized, and direct. And everyone engaging is also forced to be concise. It’s a great medium.

          I don’t think this article worked out as a tweetstorm, but a lot of ideas do really well in that format.

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            If you find that imposing a 280-character limit on your paragraphs improves your writing, then impose such a limit on yourself while writing. However, I don’t see any benefit to actually using twitter to deliver the content. Indeed, this article is interrupted part way through by a discussion of the limitations of twitter:

            Sadly, this one is too long for a tweet…

            As with any rule guiding writing style, it should be possible to break the rule occasionally.

            Personally, I do find that this article is rather disjointed in places, with sentences that should follow on from the previous sentence separated into their own paragraph instead.

            (There is also the risk that any discussion about the article gets distracted by people like us arguing about whether twitter is a good blogging platform instead of discussing the content.)

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              If you know how to organise your thoughts and write well, you will do so.

              If you don’t, then you will instead just spew out useless deluge of words over multiple tweets.

              If you put garbage in a box and read it 280 chars at a time, you will still be reading garbage.

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                Given I’ve never seen you write a technical article, post someone else’s technical article, or comment on the technical aspects of someone else’s submission, I’m going to guess you have no interest or experience in technical writing. Once you’ve done some of that you’ll see why twitter is such a good medium.

                I used to think the same way you did about this, until I began writing myself.

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                  This is appeal to authority.

                  If your experience in technical writing shows you why what you used to think and what I now think is wrong, then why don’t you use your experience in said technical writing to write an explanation of why I am wrong instead of using secondary heuristics to explain why I must be wrong.

                  Once you’ve done some of that you’ll see why twitter is such a good medium.

                  Whenever I wanted to learn something technical, I look for an online article or a tutorial, or if more indepth, a text-book.

                  Should I instead start searching on twitter for a tweet chain?