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December Pieces Of My Mind #2
Played the phrase “We like cookies” in Duolingo on the slow setting to hear the details, and the dude sounded like there was some really major innuendo going on there.
A daily recurring annoyance. I open a Google Doc and hit CTRL-F to search for something. However, Google Docs is not yet fully awake. So instead of getting its own search function that looks at the entire document, I get the web browser’s search function that only looks at what’s visible onscreen at the moment. Gah.
I’m travelling in January, and looking at climate-friendlier alternatives. The fastest non-flight alternative takes more than three times as long and involves sleeping on a bus and getting off it at 6 am. Don’t know the price. The fastest non-flight alternative that lets you sleep in a bed takes four times as long as flying and costs almost three times as much. I wonder what the prices would be like if government subsidies were moved from air to rail.
The modern Polish word for “a man” used to mean “several women”.
Karl Bartos gets annoyed by a judge on the train talking loudly and endlessly on the phone about a case. He starts to read ostentatiously out of Barry Truax’s book Acoustic Communication. She flees.
Napped in an easy chair at the library. Had to lean my baldy head against a cold and hard wall. Made an innovation: put a glove in my woolen cap as padding and wore it. This served two purposes: it made me comfortable enough to nap, and it made me look like a crashed-out homeless person.
What’s the main difference between elitism and meritocracy?
I wonder if lazy normal life adapted into extremophiles or the other way around. Relevant to the search for extraterrestrial life.
ESA will launch a Mars rover next year! Every Swede will be a co-owner!
Everybody, try the app AI Dungeon! I’m peeing my pants here! As my friend Martin F characterises the experience, ”It’s as if it almost understands what I say, but then it decides to smoke weed instead and ignore me”.
One of the many bizarre quirks in AI Dungeon is that it has trouble keeping what I do apart from what other people do. Several times I have threatened to kick another character’s ass, or even given the command KICK [THAT GUY’S] ASS, and that guy has responded with a reassuring “Don’t worry, I would never really kick your ass”.