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Sunday, 5 February 2023

A librarian collects all the things left in books

quote [ "I just kind of giggled to myself," Longacre said, when she realized the note was her own. She reached out to McKellar to claim it. ]

they seem to put the found stuff in a section of the library catalogue.
[SFW] [art] [+1 Original]
[by Paracetamol@9:59amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 4 February 2023

The Quest for a Dumber Phone

quote [ The desire to unplug has made way for an entire market, selling focus and technological detachment. R/dumbphone and the rise of low-tech phones are part of a wider phenomenon that includes the use of site blockers, lock boxes for your phone, and other online movements like no surf. ]

This focuses very much on the zen/minimalism/addiction aspect and less on (enviromental) costs or the fact that some tasks might be better suited for a PC – like being at work.

It links to Dumphonefinder – pretty helpful.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by Paracetamol@11:13amGMT] [5 comments]

Friday, 3 February 2023

Giving Enjoyment instead of Taking Money

quote [ The slots games I played when I was a kid were designed to give me enjoyment. The slot machines in the casinos were designed to take my money. ]

Origin story of Luck Be A Landord and endorphines, as told by the creator.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Original]
[by Paracetamol@5:08pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Is corecore radical art or gibberish shitposts? 

quote [ The longer “philosophical” corecore videos may spark twinges of joy or gloom, but they don’t make me want to do anything beyond continue my endless scroll. They bore me, even. ]

What the? it's nice to see digital subculture analysis being taken on so we don't need to sift through the stuff. The whole blog is interesting, with bringing up dadaism and sorts.
[SFW] [art] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@10:18pmGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 29 January 2023

What The Heck Is A 'MetroidBrainia'?

quote [ I don't love the name, mostly because it makes me feel like someone with a hobby so dorky that I can't talk about it with normal people, but that's just me being a grump, probably. ]

Cool summary of something the comments rightly identify as pretty Myst-like.
[SFW] [games] [+4 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@9:12pmGMT] [4 comments]

Friday, 27 January 2023

How “Battle Royale” Took Over Video Games

quote [ In the past, this straightforward voyeurism has occasionally been paired with political critique. ]

some nice writeup from Simon Parkin. Some people commented that this left out other and earlier references but seeing that it's Parkin this most likely happened for coherence.

full in extended for people who don't have little JS-blocker toggle extensions against paywalls (here's an untested one for ios: StopTheScript).

[SFW] [literature] [+3 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@9:23pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Why do British people love to abbreviate things? An investy g

quote [ Brb, having a menty b about the cozzie livs x ]

Entertaining stories about UK language.
[SFW] [people] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@6:10pmGMT] [5 comments]

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Here's Why Craigslist Still Looks the Same After 25+ Years

quote [ I'll challenge the premise that the idea of simplicity has changed. ]

Cool interview, very relatable!
[SFW] [people] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@6:20pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 21 January 2023

The $2 Per Hour Workers Who Made ChatGPT Safer

quote [ The story of the workers who made ChatGPT possible offers a glimpse into the conditions in this little-known part of the AI industry, which nevertheless plays an essential role in the effort to make AI systems safe for public consumption. ]

The toxic moderation jobs that have to be endured in these employments are probably way worse than bad wages.
[SFW] [business] [+3 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@8:42pmGMT] [2 comments]

The science of why you have great ideas in the shower

quote [ A key factor: The activity needs to last long enough “to present the opportunity to get into a different mode of thinking that we usually guilt ourselves out of,” Christoff explains. “We need to become relaxed enough mentally in order to not try to be productive or reach some goal. With habitual activities we engage in with some regularity, we don’t feel guilty about letting our minds wander—that’s when the mind can reach new places.” ]

Eureka! Give me 10 more minutes.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@5:35amGMT] [2 comments]

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