Unix History Slideshow

“We were introduced to the Unix philosophy of software development:

  • Make each program do one thing well.
    To do a new job, build afresh rather than complicate old programs by adding new “features”.
  • Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface.
  • Treat a tool’s output as an API.
    In much the same way that you treat a class interface as an API; changing it might break others’ usage of your software! A stable API makes for long-lived software. Write programs to work together.”

E Unibus Pluram (David Foster Wallace)

“Think, if you will for a moment, of Third World rebels and coups. Rebels are great at exposing and overthrowing corrupt hypocritical regimes, but seem noticeably less great at the mundane, non-negative tasks of then establishing a superior governing alternative. Victorious rebels, in fact, seem best at using their tough cynical rebel skills to avoid being rebelled against themselves—in other words they just become better tyrants.

And make no mistake: irony tyrannizes us. The reason why our pervasive cultural irony is at once so powerful and so unsatisfying is that an ironist is impossible to pin down. All irony is a variation on a sort of existential poker-face. All U.S. irony is based on an implicit “I don’t really mean what I say.” So what does irony as a cultural norm mean to say? That it’s impossible to mean what you say? That maybe it’s too bad it’s impossible, but wake up and smell the coffee already? Most likely, I think, today’s irony ends up saying: “How very banal to ask what I mean.” Anyone with the heretical gall to ask an ironist what he actually stands for ends up looking like a hysteric or a prig. And herein lies the oppressiveness of institutionalized irony, the too-successful rebel: the ability to interdict the question without attending to its content is tyranny. It is the new junta, using the very tool that exposed its enemy to insulate itself.”

Hamlet and Bereavement

Hamlet and Bereavement

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Be More Chill (Riends Cast)

Be More Chill (Riends Cast)

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War, Socialism and the Rise of Fascism: An Empirical Exploration

“We document that the increase in the vote share of the Fascist Party was not at the expense of the Socialist Party and instead came from right-wing parties, thus supporting our interpretation that center-right and right-wing voters coalesced around the Fascist Party because of the “red scare”.”