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    Tarot for Hackers debugging philosophy programming christine.website

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    Related: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/06/04/book-review-the-secret-of-our-success/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblique_Strategies. Tarot, like other things mentioned in the Scott Alexander article, and like Oblique Strategies, is basically about getting you to look at things differently and randomizing things to get rid of your biases.

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      Thanks for that link; it was really fascinating. It feels like one of those concepts that will take a while to digest and will stick in the back of my head for quite some time.

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      For folks wanting easily parseable tarot data, checkout dariusk/corpora, specifically the tarot_interpretations.json file.

      I’d love to see a free/libre ‘hacker tarot card’ deck.

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        I love this, and I meta-love thinking about the reaction I’d get from co-workers were I to do this. I’d feel like Dale Cooper taking the Twin Peaks Sherrif’s Department on a rock-throwing tour of Tibet.

        Now I need to decide on a deck to get for this. Not sure whether to get the Neon Moon Tarot or a more traditional one.

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          I use a thoth deck as well as a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic themed one. The pony deck seems to be the most effective.

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            The pony deck seems to be the most effective.

            That’s because friendship is magic.

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              I always misread thoth deck as thot deck.

              It is neat to see all the different decks people have come out with, but the Alchemical deck is the one I grew up with.

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              There’s always Steven Jackson’s Silicon Valley Tarot: http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/steve-jackson-games.shtml

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                Damn, those are gorgeous! And definitely hacker/cyberpunk-flavoured :)

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                tangentially related, here’s a cool tarot deck based on shaders: https://patriciogonzalezvivo.github.io/PixelSpiritDeck/

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                  I own that! It’s wonderful.

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                  If you want to learn more about tarot, acquire a a book or two on the subject and a deck. Then draw a card daily and read about it in the book during a spare moment.

                  Holistic Tarot and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Way of the Tarot are both good.

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                    “The Creative Tarot” is also related to the more practical take on tarot from the OP.

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                    This is really tangential, but French Tarot (an actual card game) is super fun and a bit of a unique card game where odd-numbered players work best. It involves some of the best part of card game skills as well as the right mix of luck to create really fun narratives

                    I think people who like story telling can really enjoy this kind of game.

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                      Also tangential, Method Kit is a set of cards that you can do Tarot like readings with however are well suited to other games that you can play in a social or ‘work’ context for problem space exploration.