T: I will shut down the government if I don't get a wall.
N: You can't get a wall.
T: You're stupid for not wanting border security.
N: We want border security but not with a wall
T: No Wall = No Border Security. I'll proudly shut down the government for the sake of border security.
It scares me:
1. that this level of reasoning is employed to make decisions on behalf of a nation.
2. that it has proven tactically effective at making things happen.
The Principle of Optimism states that All evils are caused by insufficient knowledge.
Optimism is a way of explaining failure, not prophesying success. When we try to improve and fail, it is always because we did not know enough, in time.
It is also a stance towards the future, because nearly all failures, and nearly all successes, are yet to come.
@me it was either that or “crutchly substitute”. Which crutched it better?
Imagine every 10 minutes of your life had to be accounted for in some way. Just the mere perception of such an activity, however inconspicuous it may be, would place a non-negligible burden on the way you live.
We try to enact a similar thing in software engineering with our tasks, points, velocity charts. I wonder if there are hidden costs and unintended consequences to such an approach to creative work.
The fact that each toot is primarily destined for a page hosted on a domain bearing my namesake seems to have really shaped what I toot.
This, in contrast to the pressure of being noticed for a split-second amidst the current of my followers' streams, not that I would ever be trying to do that, would I?
I'm having second thoughts about using "@me" as my mastodon handle. The default visual treatment makes it seem as though people are talking at themselves.
On the other hand, hilarity may occasionally ensue.