Quit trying to imagine how people craft evil schemes. Most bad things people do are minimally planned or unplanned.

Advertising Is a Cancer on Society

...Real world advertising is not about informing, it's about convincing. Over time, it became increasingly manipulative and dishonest. It also became more effective. In the process, it grew to consume a significant amount of resources of every company on the planet. It infected every communication medium in existence, both digital and analog. ...

-- @temporal

jacek.zlydach.pl/blog/2019-07-

#advertising #AdvertisingIsCancer

I'll protect you. I'll even protect you from me. I've seen your world just enough to see its hell. More than many, I understand.

I've successfully turned this drinking group into a contemplative bunch of nerds. I'm a terrible influence.

Somedays I wished I believed in God. It'd make life so much easier.

Do you ever seek
Do you ever strive
Do you ever want to be much bigger
To justify your life
Do you ever bleed with strong conviction
Nerd out hard to see the light
Feelings aren't that strong a force
That my friend is drive

Programming nerds: make a language where I can invert functions. If I have a function mult(a,b) = a*b, let ~mult(36) give me two factors that multiply to 36, and extend this idea to every funcion. Thanks!

There are things in this world not even Facebook and Google have deep-dreamed of.

Someone needs to live the life I thought you'd live. If you won't do it, I'll do it.

Spirituality is a lot like alcohol. It's healthy in moderation, but not when it's overdone, and if you try to rid it from society, it's a recipe for disaster.

You've made your whole world a tiny bubble. You saw just a glimpse of the world, and then you retreated, until you couldn't recall why you even went out there in the first place. The amnesia won't last forever.

For us young ones on the Fediverse, if we seem to mess up, there are likely decades left we can't see.

Sometimes I wish I could just grab a part of myself and rip it out of my humanity forever. But I can't.

I don't hate the mask because it lies
It might not lie
I hate the mask because it speaks
Let me speak for myself

me: i wonder what would happen if i trained the neural net gpt-2 on christmas carols?

me: ...

me: oh NO
aiweirdness.com/post/189845472

People who haven't been in a parasocial bond rarely understand what power it can have.

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Dear dictators, you can do so much better. Make an actual reality TV show people show get social credit for watching. Be the top judge for aspiring singers and a nationwide nationalist film festival anyone can compete in. Decree an official meme of the week.

Writers out there, this really begs the question: how much of a monster could someone become if their want to make the world a better place is stronger than caring for themselves or the people they know?

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For most of the boomers who were hippies, it was just a phase. Most Christians in this part of the world would never dare implement the socialist lifestyle Jesus envisioned, but they still revere the teachings they unconsciously know they'll never fully follow.

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