Threads for tototavra

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    My site’s at - definitely curious.

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      Linux/Desktop (1920x1080, 16:9)/Chromium with uBlock

      When I first open the site, I find it a bit hard to orient myself. Parts of the site fill the entire screen (“I stand in solidarity with …”), others are centerd (the header, the second and third paragraph), while the bottom is right-aligned. And the footer is a bit hard to identify. The varying font-sizes is hard to follow.

      Also, at least on my screen, the picture of you (I assume) is cut in the middle, but that’s unavoidable.

      The Blog and Posts pages are easer to grasp, but appear a bit too narrow on my screen. Maybe just using 1/4-1/5 of the horizontal screen space.

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        I dislike political stuff so I closed the tab right after the font loaded, which took about five seconds (4g, Netherlands).

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          Since you brought it up, this seems appropriate.

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            In the context of user-generated online content like comments sections, forums, or social media, “politics” is a euphemism for unproductive arguments about controversial subjects. In communities dedicated to a specific topic or purpose, political discussion tends to distract, disrupt, and divide the community. Which is why any healthy online community typically has rules against off-topic content.

            I completely understand the desire to get one’s own beliefs across to a larger audience but no one has ever been swayed by a flame war, which is what 99% of all political discussions devolve into. Politics are usually a waste of everyone’s time–the participants, the readers, and the community moderators.

            I would posit that those who seem to be the most passionate about their chosen political cause online are being the least effective at making whatever change they wish to see in society. Whatever time you spend proselytizing your beliefs online is time not being spent taking real-world action. (And no, “spreading awareness” is not taking real-world action. And neither does retweeting, while we’re at it.) This may include volunteering for (or starting) a non-profit, donating your money to organizations supporting your cause, writing a book with good science and well-reasoned points, or speaking directly with political leaders who have the power to change whatever it is you want to change.

            It is fine to have strong personal beliefs. But habitually arguing against others is very bad for mental health in a variety of ways. The more time you spend espousing and defending your personal views, the less receptive you become to any potential evidence that your beliefs may not have as much merit as you thought. You become less in tune to the subtleties of reality–nearly all social problems are shades of gray, we only see them in black and white because it feels cleaner that way, even though it creates a useless mental model of the world. Even worse, you start to categorize others around you as either with you or against you and your relationships with friends and family who may (or even may not) agree with your beliefs will suffer. Ask me how I know.

            Source: I have been a member of varied and numerous Internet communities since 1996.

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                That’s his site, it’s not like he’s got it as a kind of forum signature below each of his posts here. You’re completely overblowing the “aggressiveness” (for lack of a better word) with which Jacky presents his opinions, and at the same time incite a flamewar yourself with your “there’s always two sides to the story” like seeing everything in one color (gray) is any saner of a mental model than seeing it in two colors (black/white). And if you feel like correcting my words from “gray” to “shades of gray” reconsider whether it really does make any difference at all for the things you do, and also if you’re perhaps a bit too proud of your analysis paralysis. Not that I’d disagree that arguing on the internet is a waste of time, but you and me end up doing it anyway regardless of our ideological differences, and your argument goes way beyond that too.

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                I can think of plenty of valid reasons besides this to avoid politics, from it being a trigger to just unpleasant for other reasons, and assuming this of the commenter is just uncharitable.

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                  just unpleasant

                  That’s pretty much the same reason as called out by the tweet, it’s “just” unpleasant and not something that affects your life.

                  assuming this of the commenter is just uncharitable

                  It’s fine to not get involved in things (because it eats away at your attention span or distracts you from the good you could actually do over doomscrolling, something about mental/personal health, or a million other reasons) but what I usually found missing in people who invoke this “I don’t try to get involved” phrase is earnest reflection over the why (Is it protection or just laziness?) and the consequences of them not getting involved (what if the majority of people try to stay away from politics?)

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                    The first blog-post of the person is “I enforced the AGPL on my code, here’s how it went”. So it’s more of a “I don’t care about your politics, but F/OSS politics is completely fine!”. I think it’s a completely charitable interpretation of the comment.

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                I like the simplicity of the design.

                I like the call to action items at the bottom.

                In mobile Firefox Android there is a left/right scroll which seems unintentional.

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                  I like yours a lot. I think on mobile the blog posts page looks a little bit funny because of relative font sizing though.

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                    Yeah, I definitely need to fix that - thank you!

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                    I think your main page would benefit from some margins around the center. Activism seems to be a main theme (which is fine, but probably not what tech enthusiasts and prospective employers are interested in – it might be a problem for some but you probably realized this and decided that if it is a problem you probably don’t want them on your site anyway). The ‘posts’ link doesn’t work for me, it links to High contrast is a bit much.

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                      I’m curious, do you usually/often/at all have browsers open in fullscreen?

                      I often have and while has too much whitespace on the sides on this 27”, it’s fine. But when I open your website, it’s very much flowing across the whole screen - and when the fold goes from black to white background.. that’s a little stark. When I 50/50 split (which I often do, it’s completely fine)

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                        I actually never put any Web browser window explicitly in fullscreen (a productivity hack for me). I can def make that color change!

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                          I feel it depends a little on which machine I am on, interestingly - but I often have JIRA open in fullscreen and I happened to stumble upon this thread in my lunch break, so the browser was in work mode.

                          I don’t think it’s a huge thing because most people probably don’t run a website fullscreen on 2560x - but I sometimes do…

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                        It’s a bit weird on mobile. Generally looks pretty nice though.

                        Bit of a style clash between the top half of the page and the bottom half though.

                        P.S. I just gotta say I appreciate the banner at the top. But it seemed a little odd it required me to enable JS for it to show up.

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                          Yeah, I have to switch it up for mobile.

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                          The blue on black links at the top (“Streaming Schedule – Blog – Posts – Library”) are rather hard to read for me; actually I missed them first time ‘round. Personally I’d make them a different colour and/or larger.

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                            I have useless horizontal screen on safari/iOS 13.

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                              Scroll is a bit broken on iOS/Safari but a lot of websites are also affected by this minor issue. Users can deal with it.

                              (In fact the issue comes from the PGP key in the footer: it doesn’t break on narrow displays)

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                                I swear I saw your site posted somewhere else within the last week.

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                                  That’s wild, lol.

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                                  Too many style shifts?

                                  I opened your link and saw really big font. Then I clicked on “blog” which led to small font and grey background. Then pressed on one of the titles and saw a “medium” style article.

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                                    I think that it might be more helpful if you explain to visitors who you are first and the things you support second. It will help support your political views and endorsements that way round better too I think.

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                                    Stephen Diehl, one of my main Haskell idols, is distancing himself from the Haskell community because of Haskell’s use as intellectual eye-candy on scam cryptocurrencies

                                    I remember that post. I didn’t think about the Rust comparisons back then, but now I find it interesting that

                                    • one of the prominent early-ish projects written in Rust is a creeptocurrency client too;
                                    • Rust managed to avoid that association because it’s much more strongly associated with our favorite browser vendor/community, and then various CDN and “cloud” companies, even Microsoft, and so on;
                                    • Haskell is probably still actually much more strongly associated with academic research than scamcoins;
                                    • Haskell did get that association in our minds.

                                    Was there some event that made it so? (Wasn’t one of the prominent GHC gurus hired by a coin startup?)

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                                      Phil Wadler is a “research fellow” at Cardano/IOHK and so regularly shills for them

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                                      @xcthulu showed me how to use org-mode as a postgres repl that works for more complicated queries (and gives you all the benefits of Emacs)

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                                        That sounds wild! Can you explain how this works?

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                                          the main part of it is in

                                          to save you the trouble of reading the article, the main gist is

                                          #+begin_src sql :engine postgresql :dbhost localhost :dbuser postgres :dbpassword docker :database postgres :dbport 5432
                                            select id, content from testtable;

                                          and then i think you can just evaluate the code block?

                                          i had a nifty little “eval on save” trigger going but lost it

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                                        been basic Ubuntu ever since high school

                                        I break laptops pretty easily (sometimes through something dumb, like spilling coffee on it, sometimes through something baffling, like a hard drive getting corrupted after playing around with urbit) so it’s nice to have a go-to for something fairly universal on laptops (i move around too much for a desktop) with a simple install process; all i need really is i3, chromium, emacs, smplayer, cmus, haskell/stack, and some python shit–i don’t configure much so it’s not bad for things to be gone

                                        i have used os x personally, and i do for work, but the lack of tiling is terrible for me: i should not need to use a mouse