Mozilla Thimble newsA major update! Get started now! https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/05/23/mozilla-thimble-gets-makeover/
Yes, I'm totally going to gamble on Mozilla not abruptly canceling a project with no warning. I haven't been burned a dozen times by that exact same sequence of events. And, this time, it's even for kids.
Neural colorSomeone needs to read this list of neural-network-invented color names: http://lewisandquark.tumblr.com/post/160985569682 , get the hex codes of each color, then search for them in HTML and CSS files on GitHub, filing a pull request for each that adds a comment listing the color name.
All hail "Hathole Gray".
its too hard to remember names
the hex number is probably shorter than a lot of the names
not sure I see a need
guessing something would probably have to look them up before it can show you a pixel?
even if that is fast what happens when there are lots of colours?
Postulate:: The Star Wars series has trained its audience to think that a character's parentage completely determines his or her importance and future.
Note that I have not watched a Star Wars movie since Episode II, which sucked so much that I stopped caring completely. But the Internet won't shut up about it.
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Oh yeah, absolutely. I enjoy the films (well, some of them), but it's a totally black and white moral universe, not to mention one where where it's okay to kill sapient robots or human clones, and loads of other problems. Fun creature designs though, and I'm a sucker for fun creature designs.
If you did want to dip your toe back in the water, Rogue One is a pretty good movie that stands on its own fwiw, and is refreshingly the last binary as in terms of right/wrong of all the Star Wars movies. (I won't say the same thing about The Force Awakens, which was pretty much a rehash of A New Hope with new characters.)
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I disagree with your premise that the series has "trained its audience to think that a character's parentage completely determines...importance." These movies have a special appeal to a teenage audience, since they explore the question of whether or not a child can escape the perception that their parentage determines their fate. Many teenagers grapple with this question as they develop, and this question has certainly been explored by more than a few writers in the history of our species. Greek tragedies, upon which Star Wars is based, definitely explored this question - both from the perspective of the Greek Gods and from the perspective of Greek mortals. But even Dostoyevski explored this question, in "The Brothers Karamazov," where parentage is a central issue throughout the stories of the brothers and the father.
I would argue that "Star Wars" is a science fiction exploration of this question. Does lineage determine fate? For instance, are the Skywalkers all doomed to be so strong with the force that they face a stark choice? (the implication throughout the series is that there is more to the Skywalker lineage than what we see). The series also explores themes of the ambiguity of parentage. For instance, Anakin Skywalker's father is unknown, and implied to be a miraculous birth. But in "Revenge of the Sith," we learn a Sith legend of a Sith Lord so powerful he could create life, leaving open the possibility that this Sith is partly responsible for Anakin. So Anakin's allegience to good or evil is morally ambiguous, and in fact while he eventually chooses to follow a path of power his corruption is not totally complete, and he dies to kill his own master and prevent the death of his own son.
In the series "Rebels," the story of Ezra Bridger is one of moral ambiguity. Ezra comes to the force through a cynical Jedi, but he dabbles in the dark side via a Sith library (a "holocron"). He explores the power of the force and dances with its darker side. Other characters in the series warn of the black-and-white false dichotomy that the Jedi and the Sith represent. The character Bendu is strong with the force, but neither Jedi nor Sith ("I am the one in the middle," he says of himself). So even in that series, the writers are exploring the possibility that this whole "Jedi vs. Sith" and "Good vs. Evil" thing is a false dichotomy so long held in place by these warring factions of the Force that people have wrongly come to believe there is a choice to be made.
OK, so clearly I am part of the problem on the internet. :-)
I hated the second trilogy, but there was a person on the internet who edited all the cheesy crap out and left the core story and those versions are very good, trying to explore Anakin as a complex and ambiguous character torn between two sides of a false dichotomy and driven to power by it. I still don't really love those movies, but there are things in it (especially the scene where the Chancellor tells the story of his old Sith master to Anakin, where we glimpse the possibility of Anakin's own birth) that are little gems that even Lucas managed to write.
I'd say give "Rebels" a shot. It's a good animated TV series with a reasonably well-thought-out story arc, and it connects into Rogue One. Rebels are not always good, Imperials are not always evil, and a central character melds the ambiguity of these two things. "Rogue One" is good in the same way - characters are not clear, with a few exceptions (but they are also mostly lingering shadows of the Republic, which embodied false dichotomy). "Clone Wars" humanized the clones, which was its strength. Even the clones hated that everyone thought they were disposable.
So I think you gave up at just the wrong time. :-)
2017-05-14T22:56:07Z via AndStatus To: Public
Considering hand-making GPG keyID cards on the departmental letterpress. I wonder if that adds any value ... from a security standpoint....
WikimpediaThe IPA people on Wikipedia are out of control and need to be stopped. It's getting to where no article on human language can be deciphered anymore and there's barely any page left on the whole site that doesn't include the word "fricative" somewhere in the first two sentences.
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How I make my extra-strong tea· Use loose tea in a pot and stir it thoroughly after adding the water — 15%
· Use two teabags in the same mug — 10%
· Forget to take the teabag out of the mug after the timer has gone off — 81%
- I'm debating posting another minirant about how we make fun of elected officials we can't stand. Because sometimes the way the people I agree with talk (on social media especially) gets under my skin and (IMO) makes us sound unreliable or possibly unhinged.
But I kinda feel like nobody cares; I did those dents about 'the media' and political parties and so on and they didn't prompt any discussion. Which perhaps is fine. But if genuinely nobody does care, it's probably not worth it.
And yes, partly I am also concerned that writing critiques about how we progressives talk has the unwanted side-effect of making people think that I'm actually a conservative.... Which I'm not, despite being a cowboy-hat-owning Texan.
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2017-05-07T07:24:58Z via AndStatus To: Public
Nervous about my GUADEC talk proposal. This will be the first time I've submitted a talk without having a well-known employer under my name.On second thought, I don't want to give the impression that I think FOSS event talk-selection committees pick speakers for the wrong reasons. That's definitely not true.
In fact, I got enough rejections over the years (including by GUADEC!) to prove it quantitatively.
That said, this is a situation where I have no financial backer to get me there if they don't like my proposal, which makes it feel more personal. In short, I'm just an independent, unemployed free-software hacker now; the conference world looks different from here.It's a good policy, although it does have some drawbacks. For Texas Linux Fest, particularly in the early years, we were wary of selecting too high a percentage of talks from sponsors/vendors (especially to the exclusion of individuals); that can be a problem.
A large percentage of the time, you can spot those proposals from their wording, but it's not sure fire. The other thing you can do to counter it is to ask people to disclose whether or not their talk is about a product. No guarantees there either.
(Still, ultimately, though my current reflection on the waiting process is just me vocalizing anxiety. Latest thinking there: it's different this time also because my topic is something I really care about personally. While at my last job, we were more or less required to submit talk proposals, so a fair amount of the time what I came up with wasn't necessarily passion-project stuff — more like "good to know" info or updates on ongoing work.)
Possible FOSS conference-talk titles:
"All the secrets developers told me while I was a reporter that I very specifically promised not to write about"
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If I understand Jimmy Wales's concept for WikiTribune correctly, it's "hire ten reporters and no editors."
Which is a pretty typical misunderstanding of what journalism is.
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Me starting to add Maltese glyphs to my typeface project
Hey ya know what? Don't silently change the URL of your blog or planet feed
Your subscribers will not know. They'll just stop reading you.
I'm looking at you, Planet Ubuntu, Planet SUSE, and Kernel Planet.
Statisticians predict that 2017 will be the year when the number of words debating whether or not various film adaptations of "Dune" are brilliant or terrible will finally surpass the word count of Frank Herbert's complete Dune saga.
Sad to be missing Libre Graphics Meeting for the first time in many years, but happy to be where I am.
And happy to have sent in some slides showcasing the work others have done in all the great free-software font projects over the course of the past year: FontForge, TruFont, fontmake, Font Bakery, FreeType, OpenType feature support, and groundwork for the new OpenTYpe 1.8 variable-fonts format!