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  • 17:08 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-20 Perlanet vs. Planet Venus . . . . Alex Schroeder My Planets run on Planet Venus. It's written in Python 2. Apparently it won't disappear entirely, but I don't have any other programs written in Python 2 so keeping that knowledge alive imposes a tiny burden on me. I noticed that (which is for Perl 6) runs Perlanet which is Perl 5 (oh… [en]




  • 20:24 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-08-14 No meat . . . . Alex Schroeder Sometimes I read things that just put me down. Today, for example, write the following, slightly edited: """ We must de-grow now The data shows there is no way to stay below even 2° (see sources below). We have been missing every target catastrophically. And physical reality… [en]



  • 21:12 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-14 No meat . . . . Alex Schroeder In Spectre at the Feast, George Monbiot talks about Assessing the efficiency of changes in land use for mitigating climate change by Timothy D. Searchinger, Stefan Wirsenius, Tim Beringer & Patrice Dumas, a paper which accounts for carbon costs by asking: "how does farming compare to the… [en]
  • 20:49 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-14 The kind of RPG podcast I miss . . . . Alex Schroeder You probably know that I have a podcast, the Halberds and Helmets Podcast. Recently on Reddit somebody said they loved it and asked for recommendations. If only I knew! My favourite RPG podcast is Judd Karlman's podcast, Daydreaming about Dragons. I like how he just picks up the phone and starts… [en]
  • 13:36 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-14 Pirates . . . . Alex Schroeder One thing I always admired about pirates was the pirate code. The part I care about the most is how booty is shared. For example: > The Captain and Quartermaster to receive two shares of a prize: the master, boatswain, and gunner, one share and a half, and other officers one and quarter. Just… [en]
  • 13:15 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-08-12 Eating the World . . . . Alex Schroeder Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all.
  • 11:29 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-14 Diaspora CLI Client . . . . Alex Schroeder As I've written recently, sometimes I am on Diaspora discussing things with two collaborators (shoutout to ktrey and tuiren!) in very long threads. I keep creating new threads whenever we reach 100 comments, more or less. I started thinking about a command line client that would work well for just… [en]
  • 06:23 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-14 Achievements in the Anthropocene . . . . Alex Schroeder was musing about life and work: > I'm wasting my life, time is slipping away and the world is ending. I'll never achieve the things I want to achieve. I fear this is related to the winner-takes-all job situation some of us find themselves in. In other words, wherever… [en]


  • 07:15 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-08-12 Killer Clowns . . . . Alex Schroeder Sadly, I very much agree with you on the question of deglobalization and the part about goods and armies, and I fear you might also be right with your assessment of Trump. I think the answer to the question whether people are in fact "more gullible and just manipulated by oligarchs" or not is that… [en]
  • 06:42 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-13 VF-1 handlers . . . . Alex Schroeder Here's my .config/.vf1rc file: `` handler text/plain mdcat %s handler text/html lynx -force_html %s ` The first line says that all text gets rendered with mdcat which is like cat except it renders Markdown. Check out mdcat on Github. The second line says that HTML gets rendered by lynx, our… [en]
  • 05:46 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-08-06 Fees . . . . Alex Schroeder Say No to the “Cashless Future” — and to Cashless Stores, ACLU: > The rise of cashless establishments is happening amid continuing hype over the supposed dawn of a “cashless future” and agitation by some very powerful interests that would love to see cash disappear. The credit card companies… [en]


  • 09:17 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-12 Public Domain Radio . . . . Alex Schroeder I love this: Public Domain Online Radio. 1.Public Domain Classical: Mixed Classical music, Chamber music and Symphonies 2. Public Domain Jazz: Mixed Jazz, Ragtime and Swing And there's the promise for more: > The Public Domain Radio broadcasts 24/7 non-stop free works on different channels. Our… [en]
  • 06:58 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-12 Killer Clowns . . . . Alex Schroeder An excellent article on the killer clowns ruling our world: not just Boris Johnson and Donald Trump but many others, too. The reason, the author argues, is that capital used to be interested in a functional state but now oligarchs are interested in chaos and distraction, which is why they finance… [de, en]
  • 06:53 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-12 Eating the World . . . . Alex Schroeder > the human demand for food, meat, clothes, and warmth now consumes at least 25 percent of the net product of photosynthesis on land. The free-wheeling, far-reaching maw of our material metabolism—that thing we normally call the global economy—devours as many as one out of every three sugar… [en]
  • 06:24 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-12 Brutalism . . . . Alex Schroeder Why is brutalism popular in social media today? I found a German page quoting Raphael Dillhof saying that it's bold, no-compromise, tough, often seen from below, a welcome counterpoint to artsy, technophile, designed-for-investors architecture. Authentic, primitive. I wonder whether this new… [en]


  • 10:10 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-11 Allies and Antagonists . . . . Alex Schroeder I just read through Adventurers are the Measure on the *Necropraxis* blog. I try to do similar things myself in my own game. Many years ago I wrote about the gods and demon lords of my setting: * 2009-07-03 Good, Evil, Bollocks * 2009-07-04 Organized Good is an Oxymoron * 2009-09-08 Ye Gods And… [en]



  • 22:36 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-08-08 The Inca . . . . Alex Schroeder replied, saying that the Inca had outsourced their ocean trading! > To be a little more specific, the Inca outsourced their Ocean Trading to the Chincha People, who had been established as Ocean traders since round about the start of the Late Intermediate Period (so c. 900 CE).… [en]
  • 21:19 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-08-08 Being Swiss . . . . Alex Schroeder Haha! Yeah, when I see halberds, I think of the Swiss, it's true!
  • 07:27 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-08 OSR as a scene is dead . . . . Alex Schroeder I think Melan is right: the OSR has desintegrated: > The old-school community split this year, and its surviving pieces have gone their separate ways. It is gone. There has been surprisingly little talk about it, and most still speak in terms of a general scene, but in my eyes, the divorce has… [en]
  • 06:59 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-08 The Inca . . . . Alex Schroeder was asking about civilizations without boats. I suggested the Inca. As far as I know they might have had some boats, but theirs was a mountainous empire with excellent roads. Sure, they had big lakes, and they fished from boats. But did they have maritime trade like we had… [en]
  • 06:07 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-08 Being Swiss . . . . Alex Schroeder recently asked: what makes you feel like a person from your country? I said: When the public infrastructure works as it should, trains run on time, traffic is routed around construction sites without traffic jams, no long queues anywhere, the streets are clean, the roads… [en]


  • 20:40 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2008-04-20 Palace of the Silver Princess . . . . Alex Schroeder The Alexandrian writes The Day the Old School Died. These days, by the way, characters in my games no longer die as frequently because of two important house rules by Trollsmyth and Robert Fisher: 1. Shields Shall be Splintered! 2. Playing with Death and Dismemberment [en]
  • 16:11 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-06 Hex Describe, Face Generator, Text Mapper, and more . . . . Alex Schroeder If you're wondering where the discussion regarding *Hex Describe*, *Face Generator*, and *Text Mapper* actually happens, the answer might surprise you: it happens on the *Diaspora* network! There, I create new threads every now and then for people who want to talk to me about these applications.… [en]
  • 06:19 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-06 Fees . . . . Alex Schroeder Sending $20.00 and paying $23.42. What ever happened to micropayments? 17% fees for PayPal. And there’s the credit card institute, too. Do I expect too much? Based on the numbers from 2005 the BitPass Studio fee would have been $1 + 10%, i.e. $3.00 or 15%. Fees actually went *up*. But as… [en]


  • 22:09 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-02 Use of Emacs . . . . Alex Schroeder Two Years With Emacs as a CEO (and now CTO) is the followup to A CEO's Guide to Emacs. The author talks about life with Emacs. So many cool quotes in that article! On using a tool that isn’t designed to do a task (an application) but on using a tool help you do your task. Emacs is a tool, not an… [en]


  • 10:00 UTC (new) (history) 2019-08-01 Colonialism . . . . Alex Schroeder I just read Cowboys and Conquistadors: Looking for New Models of the Adventurer which looks at the colonialism roots of D&D. I see it as the extension of the frontier idea, of the traditional interpretation of Law vs. Chaos with humans and their cities are lawful and orcs and their caves or… [en]







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