Something something something horrifically unfair government case
against him and just like that, he becomes tech’s “hacktivist hero.”
He now had A Platform not just in the hacker/troll world but in the
broader tech community I was part of. And we’re not just talking
stories and interviews in Tech Crunch and HuffPo (and everywhere
else), but his own essays in those publications. A tech industry
award. His status was elevated, his reach was broadened. And for
reasons I will never understand, he suddenly had gained not just
status and Important Friends, but also “credibility”.
I didn’t “rage quit”, I just walked away. I shut off a big cognitive
resource leak. From the beginning of my time tweeting as
Seriouspony, that I tweeted I was not likely to stay and that I was
looking forward to where we would end up next. I’m not GONE gone.
I’m just not on Twitter. But I have to add I'm surprised to see my
leaving Twitter as, once again, an example of someone who "just
shouldn't be on the internet". Because nothing says "unbalanced"
like having the freedom to walk away from a social media network.
Because you can. Because you have a choice. Because you have the
most beautiful and awesome ponies on the planet.
Setting a Windows executable's icon on a platform other than Windows
is incredibly annoying, because there's a dozen weird edge cases to
Windows resource layout, papered over by the Win32 API and build
Buried in their Atom editor, GitHub has produced rcedit, a Windows
executable that does nothing but set the icon and the product version
resource strings. It still uses this API, but because it does nothing
else — and is written in plain C and C++ and not some uselessly
abstracted pile of C# — it runs without a hitch in basically any
configuration of Wine.
There is also a precompiled binary as part of some Node API
wrapper for it. It's licensed under an MIT-esque license you can
include the binary in your build process directly.
Priya Alika Elias: There’s so much talk about women believing in
fairy tales or being ruined by fairy tales, but it holds true for
many, many men.
Ezekiel Kweku: At least most women recognize it as a “fairy tale.”
Men don’t even recognize it as a construction; they think that
narrative is their right.
Priya Alika Elias: Yes! To be specific, this is the era of The
Social Network, the post-Zuckerberg, Silicon Valley age. You know,
in the past, nerd movies often focused on “the nerd grows up and he
becomes a millionaire, while the bully ends up pumping his gas.”
Movies like Can’t Hardly Wait deal with that plotline. Now it’s
different because in the Zuckerberg era, you can be incredibly
successful as a nerd at 16, 17. That’s ratcheted up the pressure and
the frustation, because the nerd isn’t getting the money or the girl
— the two things he’s been promised.
(This is a film that I identified with as a young teenager and then
didn't watch again until my mid-20s, during which my reaction switched
between embarrassment and outright shame.)
There's also a tangent that pulled my attention - earlier this year,
someone (I think it was PZ Myers but I can't find the post right
now) made the observation that "nerd" and "geek" have gone through a
shift from meaning deep-but-marginal academic/creative pursuits to
identifying a particular pattern of commercial engagement. I don't
think that point is entirely correct; it's a bit "back in my day..."
It downplays the importance of product-based social signaling in the
1970s-1980s and undervalues the degree to which commercial engagement
today is a creative pursuit.1 But there is something to it;
at least, the definitional importance of the two aspects has flipped.
I think this dialogue offers one reason why that might be the case:
Ezekiel Kweku: [To] the extent that being "a nerd" is just having
a body of specialized knowledge about some particular topic, it’s
incredibly easy to fake in the internet age.
Priya Alika Elias: Encyclopedias on X or Y are immediately
Ezekiel Kweku: Wiki everything.
The 1970s and '80s nerd culture offered in the movie is positively
defined by the possession of information difficult for the
underprivileged to acquire. As we've expanded access to information
(as distinct from education and teaching) that can no longer serve as
a marker of social status. So it shifts to access to material or
digital goods that can only be accessed via financial or social
capital, in the way the information was before. Or being the
gatekeeper / disseminator of the information becomes the concern -
"oh, you read all the Batman comics? well I moderate the Batman
Which I think also influences why so many modern nerds are so vocal
about their toxicity. Thirty years ago, the "well, actually..."
interjection was still symptomatic of unfair social power dynamics -
most often unexamined sexism and white privilege - but was at least
often borne out of genuine enthusiasm for the topic. Today it's a
mandatory part of positioning oneself as a "real nerd" and so
necessarily also takes on a direct, aggressive tone, staking out an
explicit defense of status quo rather than simply existing within it.
That relationship today is disturbing and disgusting, but
not at all usefully analyzed by the observation. ↩
This also means that there is very little you can't do if you're
offline or off VPN. If you get on an airplane or a train and want to
do a little work, you can commit happily... If you go home... you
can still work. In many other systems, doing so is either impossible
Scott Chacon, Pro Git
Solutionism runs rampant through technology manuals. "Happily" is
not usually the word that comes to mind when I think about working
everywhere. "Pain" is redefined to mean "inconvenience caused by
working at home" rather than "has to work at even at home."
This may not seem like a huge deal, but you may be surprised what a
big difference it can make.
Debugging, step 1: It's always your bug, never the library, compiler,
Debugging, step ℵ: When it is the library / OS / compiler, god help
I spent hours of yesterday debugging what I can only conclude is a JIT
bug in Safari (iOS 8 and OS X Safari 8 10600.1.22, though there's a
good chance it's been in earlier versions given some issues I saw but
ignored before). In the off chance someone else searching for "Safari
reach this post, here we go:
The immediate symptoms were that the Yuu demo stopped moving (but
kept tracking the mouse and rendering) after 10-12 clicks, and
Pixel Witch Lesson #6 did... well, a lot of weird stuff in a
similar vein, where it looked like things were only being
half-processed or half-rendered. The common problem could only be
described as "after a while, some functions turn into no-ops."
This is a bizarre symptom, especially when the code works fine in two
rather than some ordinary bullshit cross-browser inconsistency is that
I couldn't reproduce with debugging tools open - again, on OS X and
remotely on iOS. As soon as the debugging window was open, the
function was called 100% of the time. Debugging tools usually de-JIT
or at least less-JIT code.
Unfortunately this means I couldn't debug it with a debugger, or even
console.log debugging. I had to use window.alert.
Eventually1 I tracked the smaller Yuu test case down to a
single line, inside my Animation class:
_dispatch was never being called, even though the array was
non-empty. each2 is not a long function, but for reasons I'll
probably write about one day, is both decorated and runs a function
constructed with new Function(), which is to say it does Uncommon
Replacing each with an equivalent for-loop fixed the problem.
Wrapping the call to each in a try/catch block, another thing that
often disables JIT optimization, also fixed it. But critically,
wrapping the each function body did not - this strongly implicated
the decorator, not anything each itself does.
The fault was in the decorator, a version of variadic
written in a way to avoid constructing objects:
By putting the copy-slice of arguments directly back into
arguments, only one simple Array is constructed.
As far as I can tell this is perfectly legal, even in strict mode,
but it sends Safari's optimizer off the deep end and functions get
incorrect arguments. Because there's a lot of other functioning code
where I use an arguments index as an l-value, I suspect it has
to do with using it as both an l-value and an r-value in the same
expression, then perhaps clobbering the wrong frame after some
inlining. I can't find how to make Safari's JIT dump its generated
I've also been unable to reproduce it building "problem-up." It's
something specific to the call pattern used by the Animation code
and other things above it.
Well, so much for that plan. The new code has to make two Arrays:
Except people have actually been forced out of their jobs and homes
due to arguments like that providing a foundation and tenor for a
harassment campaign, and it's been happening for years, and these
commenters continue plugging their ears or outright
lying and gaslighting the people involved,
so you realize there's no alternative but "fuck you, sexism is not
welcome here no matter how nicely you mask it" — well, that's
just unprofessional. So that comment was deleted (by Christian
Nutt), and Kyle Redd's ramblings about how the real victims here are
When "professionalism" means "rebut the same non-arguments for the Nth
time while real people are still unsafe" fuck professionalism. (And
yes, still, fuck you Kyle Redd - and plenty of other commenters
who get away with the same thing.)
People afraid of losing their voices due to deleted comments —
it's nonsense. Comment sections aren't "a voice" and no one loses
"their voice" by not being able to comment. I am not afraid of being
"silenced" by editorial decisions at publications, because I have my
own site, because we live in an era where it's easy to say something
no matter how wrong. Gamasutra and UBM should rather be afraid that
if they don't fix a broken approach to community management, they're
going to lose all the marginal value they extract from people writing
for them for free.
I didn't delete my account because I was "censored." I wasn't. Even if
I was that would be a reason to agitate more, not delete my account. I
deleted my account because if the site wants to foreground
"professionalism" and "discussion" and "both sides" it's not worth my
I think there are legitimate conversations to have about the erosion
of actual public space for discussion, but entertainment and industry
publications were never that. It's Tumblr and Twitter that are
displacing any real public sphere, and those are the services
reactionaries and "anti-SJW" agitators mock as much as they use.
And I'd say no one is coming to take your manshoots and drugwars away,
but frankly I'm not sure that's true anymore. But when you lose them
it's not going to be because "we" (whatever nebulous group that is)
banned sexist content. It's because you're the equivalent of a person
smearing shit on the walls in a public bathroom while screaming to the
janitor about how he wouldn't even have a job if it wasn't for your
feces. Eventually, you're going to either get kicked out or all the
janitors will quit and leave you alone in your shit piles.2
I feel like I'm in pretty good company here at least.
the kind of game designer famous enough to have a Wikipedia
biography, had a blog post deleted for similar reasons. ↩
In this analogy Gamasutra is like the janitor that watches the
pile grow until he and the dude are both waist-high in shit, and
keeps calmly suggesting to use the toilet instead. ↩