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isomeme

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I am a software engineer and Thelemite living in Los Angeles, California. My interests include software, science, music, hermetic magick, and history. I'm a trans woman who spent 54 years in the closet. I do everything I can to help others with their own journeys of transformation.

I occasionally make humorous "Great moments in software engineering" posts with the tag #GMISE.

#OTO #Thelema #Magick #SoftwareEngineering #MusicTheory #History #Astronomy #LosAngeles #Trans #Gender

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isomeme, to HashtagGames
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"The Mallard"
(not) William Blake

Mallard! Mallard! In the pond
Of my bread-crumbs overfond
I beseech thee; who the fuck
Would ever choose to make a duck?

What kind of creative hack
Would build a bird whose song is "quack"?!
Was He having an off day?
Did He just really like paté?

Mallard! Mallard! In the pond
Of my bread-crumbs overfond
I beseech thee; who the fuck
Would ever choose to make a duck?


isomeme, to random
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isomeme, to aiart
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I asked ·E for a spaghetti recipe in the style of a William Blake engraving. I was surprised but not displeased that the recipe appears to be written in a Quenya-Klingon hybrid language.

isomeme, to random
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isomeme, (edited ) to MusicTheory
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Conversation over dinner this evening:

Me: The best way to end any song is with a Picardy third.
Partner: What if you're in a major key?
Me' ...Then you just sing "BITCHES!!!" really loud over the last chord.

I wonder what other couples talk about? 🎵🙂💜

#MusicTheory #Composition #Musician #Music #Humor

isomeme,
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@tuban_muzuru

First, well played. 😁

I have a pretty strong preference for songs with a definitive ending. Fading out feels lazy. It's a missed opportunity to make a strong final musical statement.

Thanks to my age, fade-outs annoy me most in the classic rock of the late 70s. Foreigner was the worst offender. Their songs all have the same elements:

  • Killer hook
    *. Solid verses
    *. Well-crafted chorus
  • Utterly flaccid fade-out ending

A good song deserves a good ending.

isomeme,
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@tuban_muzuru

How wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story. Moments like that are so intensely beautiful. Weeping with holy awe and joy is the only possible response.

isomeme, (edited ) to Humor
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Great moments in software engineering

Arrakis, 10,193 CE: Paul Muad'Dib Atreides uses his abilities as the Kwisatz Haderach, "he who can pwn many servers at once", to run a large worm program on the Imperial Regional Utilization Local Area Network (IruLAN), enabling a privilege-escalation exploit which gives him root access to Imperial IT. The Bene Gesserit managers are furious; the Mentat sysadmins secretly admire Paul's hack.

isomeme, to music
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@redfern ,I think this may be the instrument you were born to play.

https://youtu.be/_VebvGTngKw?si=JACuP7UItvGDdKmV

isomeme, to random
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I just had a clear vision of how I would have reacted if, when I was 11 years old, I found out that 50 years later I would be holding a supercomputer linked to all human knowledge in my hand, and using it to share my bemusement that many of the science news sources I follow are finding it necessary to declare that all their articles are written by human authors.

We may be on our way to a hellish dystopia, but WOW, what a ride!! 🙃

isomeme,
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@redfern

I love that analogy! 😁🎵

isomeme, to wordle
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This is what frustration looks like. 😕

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isomeme, to midjourney
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Here's what you get if you cross a photo of my Los Angeles apartment building with the prompt "Imladris, Rivendell, home of Elrond". I'm rather surprised that palm trees aren't mentioned in 's otherwise thorough descriptions of the place. 🙂

isomeme, to Humor
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Great moments in software engineering

Rome, March 15, 44 BCE: Julius Caesar's colleague Brutus convinces him to install the v8.2-dev-nightly version of the IntelliJ integrated development environment to take advantage of the newly added SQL to SPQR converter. That afternoon, a crash in the middle of his demo to the Senate causes him to groan "8.2, Brute?". This incident gives rise to the aphorism "Beware the IDEs of March".

isomeme,
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@markuswerle

Oh wow, that's amazing!! Thank you for sharing it.

isomeme, to inspirobot
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Words to live by. 🙃

#Inspirobot #Meme #Humor

isomeme,
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@Montaagge

Paul Atreides got that wrong. It turns out that tequila is the mind killer.

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“And the award for loudest chasm goes to… HOWLING VOID!”

HOWLING VOID: [howls]

The camera pans to Shrieking Abyss, just fucking glaring.

isomeme,
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@batkaren @stib

"When you shriek into the abyss, the abyss pouts." - Nietzsche, probably

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"Add a way to filter posts that contain images with no alt text"
https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/29496

If you don't use a screen reader, please boost this post rather than commenting on the Github issue.

isomeme,
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@cassolotl @TomSwirly

Note that I do not use a screen reader, but would enable this feature immediately.

AnarchoCatgirlism, to Astronomy

Don’t fuck with moon dust. No seriously, do not fuck with moon dust.

Absent any moisture or atmosphere, millennia of asteroid impacts have turned lunar regolith (soil) into a fine powder of razor sharp, glass-like particles. What’s more, the solar wind imparts an electric charge on the dust, causing it to cling to any and every surface it touches through static electricity. On earth, sand tends to get smoother over time as wind and water tumble the grains about, eroding their sharpness. Not so on the moon – lunar dust is sharp and deadly. This is Not A Good Time if you’re an explorer looking to visit our celestial neighbor.

During Apollo, the astronauts faced a plethora of unexpected issues caused by dust. It clung to spacesuits and darkened them enough that exposure to sunlight overheated the life support systems. Dust got in suit joints and on suit visors, damaging them. It ate away layers of boot lining. It covered cameras. Upon returning to the cabin, astronauts attempting to brush it off damaged their suit fabric and sent the dust airborne, where it remained suspended in the air due to low gravity.

Inhaling moon dust causes mucus membranes to swell; every Apollo astronaut who stepped foot on the moon reported symptoms of “Lunar Hay Fever.” Sneezing, congestion, and a “smell of burnt gunpowder” took days to subside. Later Apollo missions even sent a special dust brush with the team to help clean each other and equipment. We don’t know exactly how dangerous the stuff is, but lunar regolith simulants suggest it might destroy lung and brain cells with long-term exposure. 1

In fact the dust is so nasty that it destroyed the vacuum seals of sample return containers. We no longer have any accurate samples of lunar dust, “Every sample brought back from the moon has been contaminated by Earth’s air and humidity […] The chemical and electrostatic properties of the soil no longer match what future astronauts will encounter on the moon.” 2

Whats worse, the solar-charged dust gets thrown up off the moon’s surface via electrostatic forces. The moon doesn’t technically have an atmosphere, but it does have a thin cloud of sharp dust itching to cling to anything it can find.

And it probably isn’t just the moon. “A 2005 NASA study listed 20 risks that required further study before humans should commit to a human Mars expedition, and ranked "dust" as the number one challenge.” 3

The coolest solution I’ve heard about in next-gen spacesuit design is a mesh of woven wires layered into the suit. When activated, the wire mesh would form an anti-static electric field that repels dust. Quite literally a force field. 4

isomeme,
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@TomSwirly @AnarchoCatgirlism @inthehands

Yeah, I've experienced that as well. I work at a big tech company in California, and the level of blind faith in utopian technology I see around me is rather terrifying.

I think it's plausible that we could have the very beginnings of self-sustaining colonies on Luna or Mars in about a century, if civilization isn't interrupted by global warming. We need several major breakthroughs in e.g. robotics and biology to get there. Right now, it's a fantasy.

isomeme,
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@linglingo @inthehands @AnarchoCatgirlism

Of course. The universe is worse than hostile; it's indifferent. I was speaking figuratively, because teleology is emotionally compelling.

I have a cyclist friend who says he always assumes that half of all drivers can't see him, the other half are actively trying to kill him, and he can't tell which are which. That's obviously not true, but it promotes an attitude of cautious vigilance that helps him stay alive.

isomeme,
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@SoftwareTheron @hosford42 @linglingo @inthehands @AnarchoCatgirlism

Ascribing is a useful psychological trick. If you're hiking in the wilderness, thinking "This wilderness is trying to kill me" will activate the primitive threat responses in your brain, making you more alert and agile.

It's similar to the way that carrying a lucky object can actually be helpful, because if you're expecting a pleasant surprise, you'll be actively looking for it and thus more likely to see it if it's there.

isomeme,
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@hosford42 @SoftwareTheron @linglingo @inthehands @AnarchoCatgirlism

Most scientists engage in teleology, because it makes descriptions simpler and more vivid. My chemistry education was filled with talk about outer shells wanting to be full, reactions happening so that a molecule could rearrange itself in order to get rid of a bent bond, and so on. As long as everyone involved understands that teleological shorthand is being used, it's a very effective way to describe systems.

isomeme,
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@Uair @linglingo @inthehands @AnarchoCatgirlism

I adore Steven Crane's poems, and that one is my favorite. 🙂

isomeme,
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@ditol

Very, and me too.

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