I'm thinking of writing a website article about how bad documentation causes serious problems for end-users of software. I've got an example or two, but I'm curious if anyone here knows of any examples of documentation so incomplete or user-hostile that it's turned you off from a project that's otherwise exactly what you needed.
I find it important that he says here and in his book The Invisible Computer (1999) that we must start from scratch:
#Unix was designed for the computing environment of then, not the machines of today. Unix survives only because everyone else has done so badly. There were many valuable things to be learned from Unix: how come nobody learned them and then did better? Started from scratch and produced a really superior, modern, graphical operating system?
important research about cats being friends with each other: "Cats learn the names of their friend cats in their daily lives"
Looks like there's a new Pixar movie coming out eventually: https://deadline.com/2022/05/pixar-elemental-release-date-concept-art-1235024683/
Obviously Disney is a pretty shitty company, and those character designs are the usual boring 1950s cliche cishet couple but mixed with ATLA/that one flash game from ages ago.
But, but, the thing that's got me vaguely interested/concerned is that concept art. Looks like Solarpunk is mainstream now, for better or for worse. I have mixed opinions about that! On the one hand, I'm glad to see alternative futures in the public consciousness compared to the old flying cars or cyberpunk or whatever. On the other hand, you know that's gonna sand the punk right off solar, turning it into "yay green capitalism". I guess I'll just wait and see how it turns out?
It's mildly annoying to me that http://wiki.c2.com/ went from an excellent plain text website to this weird system where articles pop out on top of other articles and they don't even render properly on a phone. Just be a normal website???
If you need to write HTML for a login or account management site, I got a little tip for you.
The input's "autocomplete" attribute can be more than just "on" or "off"!
You can actually set autocomplete to "username" or "current-password", to help a password manager find the right fields.
In the case of changing passwords, you can set autocomplete to "current-password" or "new-password" to avoid password managers trying to autofill your current password into the new password field.
otherkin, transition, use of "you" but meant towards the bad parts of human society (so probably not you)
"otherkin aren't valid because they can't/don't transition" is a take I've legit seen around a few times (not recently), so I'm gonna break that one down
obviously, first, it's phobic towards trans people who can't or don't transition
but also. we *can* transition physically, it's just the results aren't good enough right now for most of us to justify it. folks like stalking cat and eva tiamat transitioned. smaller things like ear pointing and split tongues are a kind of physical transition, designed to make us read as nonhuman. we paint our faces, tattoo wings on our arms and sharpen our claws.
collectively, as a community, we've put so much effort into wearables and prosthetics. a fursuit can represent someone's ideal body. so can virtual spaces. tails and ears controlled by a phone app exist now.
we also transition socially. our profile pics, our pronouns, our genders, reflecting our nonhumanness-- getting people to refer to us as cat or wolf or dragon... this is all social transition. we change our legal names, or try to; people have been blocked from using the names they desire by courts that claim it's a delusion, that they'll be harmed by it. still some manage to outwit the courts, modern-day Reynards and Coyotes.
yes, we get harassed for it, and somehow that isn't actually a problem, but means we're less valid because we're funny and silly and we deserve it. you use us as props to beat down transgender people and never ask *why* someone might feel better wearing a tail, because it's ridiculous to you. but it's meaningful to us. many of us would give up on your human societies and live wild if we could, but greed has taken the wild away from us, and your human schooling never taught us to survive in it anyway. you've hobbled us, so we have to live here, among you. but we're not you.
don't tell us we're not transitioning, when living as ourselves is a whole life's work.
If anyone missed it last night, I've launched a BBS (yes, an old-school BBS, text interface, you access it via telnet) to act as a chill social hangout for #trans folk.
Since it just went live, it's very small, but if we can grow it into a cozy little community, I think it could be pretty great.
If you're interested in the details, contact me directly.
Boosts are also appreciated!
[She/her/hers, 24] Friendly internet ghost. Writer, artist, disgruntled programmer, anarchist. Administrator of https://park-city.club/. Follow requests okay!
A general fediverse instance for people who generally like pokemon at least a little bit. Newly registered users must be manually approved due to an increasing number of spam bots; if you look like a person, your account will be approved as soon as possible.