I don't do it because I'm afraid of society's collapse. We've spent the last five years growing and hunting and doing things with our hands because I want to leave a legacy for my children and their children.
Today's culture is unsustainable, unhealthy, and degenerative. The only way to break destructive cycles is to cut off your hand and gouge out you eye, and I'd rather take that on myself so my kids can grow up properly.
I think the more I write, the more I find myself getting into it and enjoying it. I'm also not writing like garbage, the way I was in the past. Now, I'm actually coming up with some pretty interesting and useful ideas. I can't wait to write them out and publish them, but alas, the only time I have to write is on the commute to/from work, and I don't always feel like it.
Science needs a radical overhaul: "Scientists who – consciously or not – use methods that get extravagant and often false results get rewarded; they get jobs and grants and train future generations of scientists."
❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE
• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.
• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).
• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.
• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
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"I will slaughter you" - some emails penetrate even my thick open source maintainer skin. Like this threat.
Yo @djsundog check this out. If I can ever get this migrated I'm making these terminals mine for the desk.
Writer, pubnix and z80 fan. People fascinate me. Religion fascinates me. Reading is crucial. I juggle a little bit before bed each night. I sometimes carry a bamboo flute in my backpack.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko