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For micro Monday this week I suggest folks check out @amit. He makes a lot of thoughtful comments, and is always a pleasure to interact with.

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In reply to: Anguished Tweets from Florida School-Shooting Survivors - The Atlantic

This is what astonished and confronted me while watching Stoneman Douglas High’s speakers for the dead. Even as the shooting was happening, many of them talked about it not as an inexplicable catastrophe, not as an unforeseeable tragedy, but as something that just happens. A car crash, not an earthquake. It was something they had trained for, something they had perhaps visualized in their head once or twice before. And since it was almost normal, it was preventable—and thus political.

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I was 12 years old on September 11th, 2001. Growing up in the D.C. area I had plenty of friends with parents that worked in the Pentagon — my dad occasionally went to meetings there. I clearly remember the simultaneous panic and somberness of the day. That day was one that helped define my generation, it set a new tone, opened a new chapter.

We thought we knew what it was like to grow up in “terror.” We knew nothing. Today, children of the same age have witnessed more violence in America than we did in that single day, by far. And do so on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis.

Terror has decentralized; shifted from that one big generation defining event, to a daily occurrence. My generation was haunted by the fear of “what if,“ while today’s children are haunted by a fear of “when.”

Haunted not only by the actual terrifying events, but also by their continued simulation in the form of “safety drills.“

The American government took decisive (albeit misplaced, in my opinion) and near immediate action in the wake of September 11th. Meanwhile, the American government remains complicit in the face of decentralized terror…

When a bogeybeast, or far-flung monster can’t be pointed to, what then? When no crusade can be called, what then?

But we have a bogeyman. A bogeyman potentially more easily routed than insurgents or foreign agents.


Don’t get me wrong — shifting American gun culture is a monumental task, but I believe it to be well worth the effort.

What is the point of my writing this?

Mostly catharsis. Mostly fear.

I am terrified to send my son to school. For him to become another of the nearly innumerable casualties of this terror.

What can I do in the face of this terror?

Well, for one, vote.

And vote.

And vote.

I hope this most recent tragedy in Florida is different. I hope it catalyzes more than thoughts and prayers.

I’m hoping to do more than hope. What can I do?


And vote.

And vote.

I’m hoping to do more than hope. But what can I do?

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5,000 sols and counting! Pretty amazing considering the mission was slated to only last 90 sols.

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In reply to: Writing essays by formula teaches students how to not think | Aeon Essays

...as so often happens in subjects that are taught in school, the template designed as a means toward attaining some important end turns into an end in itself. As a consequence, form trumps meaning.


The form becomes the product. Teachers teach the format as a tool; students use the tool to create five paragraphs that reflect the tool; teachers grade the papers on their degree of alignment with the tool. The form helps students to reproduce the form and get graded on this form. Content, meaning, style, originality and other such values are extraneous – nice but not necessary.

The medium is the message, and the tooling shapes the product — but sometimes the tooling becomes the product, too.

On a similar note, i wonder if many applications (especially desktop applications) are laid out in a similar manner to IDEs because developers working on these applications spend the majority of their time in IDEs so know how to think within their boundaries and patterns?

Navigator -> Workspace -> Modifiers/Detail

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Some of my recent posts have sparked some great conversation — I'm loving that I can see the resulting discussion on my website, and am starting to think I should save these comments to some sort of datastore, rather than relying on the webmention.io API as a delivery and storage layer.

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Our future relies on how successfully we become connoisseurs of the bits. Appreciate the delicate kitten without succumbing to the clown in the sewer.

Things in things

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Made a wee number guessing thing (not quite a game)

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I love this website starter kit from the folks making Glitch.

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