- In the Court of the Crimson King, by King Crimson: Sadly nothing but recent live albums on Apple Music
- The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other, by Van Der Graaf Generator
- The Yes Album: First two tracks are meh, so I always forget how amazing "Starship Trooper" and "I've Seen All Good People" are.
- Fragile, by Yes
- Close to the Edge, by Yes
- A Question of Balance, by The Moody Blues
- In Search of the Lost Chord, by The Moody Blues
- On the Threshold of a Dream, by The Moody Blues
- Nursery Cryme, by Genesis
xkcd 2018 CVE list
- 5: I say "Squirrel", which explains why nothing works.
- 17: I do this all the time, using the injection tool "Atom".
CVE-???? Standing in the river zone in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp reboots the iPhone, and every time it does, Nook gets closer. 🐼
Acquiring Tweetie from Loren Brichter 8 years ago was one of the last user-centric moves Twitter ever made. They eventually let Loren go and immediately started a total rewrite, into a steaming pile of hot garbage that services the advertisers better. I tried the rewrite every so often and always went back to Twitterrific, both on iOS and Mac; even when the Twitterrific Mac app was years-stale abandonware, it was more usable. Killing the thing built on the corpse of Tweetie is a mercy.
The Mac has the CPU power & wattage to run web applications, mobile devices really don't, so you only truly need a native app on mobile; I waffle between writing new software for web or native, but practically the web has already won on the high-power platforms.
But that does leave everyone at the same point as 2006-8, when there was only the Twitter website and SMS, except now I'd be surprised if SMS worked. And the Twitter official mobile app is junk. And they're very obviously slowly edging towards revoking all API access, so only their mobile app works.
What I see from all the panicked screams is that these people delusionally believe that Twitter cares about user experience, that Jack runs a public charity for the good of all 4 billion people on the Internet.
"If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold."
"The Product of Television, Commercial Television, is the Audience. Television delivers people to an advertiser."
—Richard Serra's 1973 short film "Television Delivers People"
Seriously stop and watch Serra's film; I'd forgotten just how accurate this is. 45 years after Serra's film, it's exactly the same situation, with three "networks" consuming the consumers: Twitter, Facebook, and Google.
Twitter needs to deliver their audience to their advertisers, that's the only way they will ever make a profit. They aren't here to be your friends, they aren't creating a global consciousness to spread Peace, Love, and the American Way. They want your eyeballs attached to the ads, and if it makes you miserable, nobody cares.
The Max Headroom pilot was about this exact thing: Zik Zak buys advertising from Network 23, because they can run blipverts, which prevent channel flipping. Blipverts explode the most slovenly audience members. Nobody cares, because the customer, Zik Zak, is happy. Max Headroom is a fantasy, of course, where a reporter can expose the truth and this matters in any way; in reality, Network 23 would just keep showing blipverts and settling a few lawsuits for a tiny fraction of their profit margin.
It's a lot less unpleasant to watch the frog boil from outside, but I still have to hear all you frogs screaming until you decide to jump out or mercifully fall silent, so I like it when Twitter turns up the heat under you.
The trouble with being up late on the Internet is when you write something, nobody else is up late except people who don't speak your language. So you schedulate the post for breakfast time in your zone, and only the muggles up for breakfast will see it. 🦉
HomePod/Alexa arguments all week:
Rosencrantz: Big Brother is terrible digital Stasi, that's why I use HAL 9000!
Guildenstern: HAL 9000 has muddy audio. Skills in Big Brother are more useful, and surely there's no profit in spying!
Insufficient sleep and all screwed up on Monster (Zero Ultra). Let's have some Satanic dance music, and then maybe the machines can kill us all.
- My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult: Nice compilation from the Wax Trax days and across the next 20 years.
- Fun With Knives, by Velvet Acid Christ
- Remix Wars Strike 4, by Funker Vogt & Velvet Acid Christ: Star Trek and Event Horizon fans should listen to Futile!
- Musik ist Krieg, by Funker Vogt
- Maschine Zeit, by Funker Vogt
- Pulse, by Front 242