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Cake day: Jun 13, 2023


You are describing Real Time with Bill Maher. People continue to watch his show. At least, I think you are, because I’m not sure what a “questionable guest” even is.

For me it was playing Life is Strange for the first time. I bought it because it had been listed on Steam as “Overwhelmingly Positive” for ages, and at the time I was really enjoying the story-based games that companies like Telltale were producing. So, knowing nothing about the game, I picked it up and started playing it.

The first act was slow. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the writers were establishing Arcadia Bay, a city in the Pacific Northwest, as a character. All the people in it needed to be recognizable, so it took time for them to teach the player about who they were, what mattered to them, how they fit in to the city, and what their flaws were. I actually stopped playing for a while after the first act. But, luckily, I picked it back up over the holiday season.

I still remember playing it in my living room. I was so thoroughly absorbed into the story that when something tense happened in the second act and I couldn’t stop it the way I normally could, I was literally crushing the controller as if I could make things work by pulling the triggers harder.

I am decidedly not the demographic that Life is Strange was written to appeal to, but they did such a good job writing a compelling story that it didn’t matter. I got sucked in, the characters became important to me, and I could not. put. it. down. I played straight through a night until I finished it.

(If you’ve played it and you’re wondering, I chose the town the first time I played it.)

I’ll never forget that game. I’ll also never forget the communities that spawned around it. I read the accounts of people who had just played it for the first time for about a year because it helped me relive the experience I had when I played it. It was incredible.

Wow, the world is a small place! I recently faced this challenge when I was writing a script that needed to store rich text in a CSV. It just so happens that I was a technical writing student at the right time to have learned the conventions that were used before word processors. (This was a weird fluke, since word processors were had been in wide use for many years before I got to college.)

What you need are the style rules that were used when typewriters were in use. If you find one, let me know! Below is an excerpt from ChatGPT that I vetted based on what I remember.

  1. Headers and Titles: Typically rendered in all caps to distinguish them from the rest of the text.

  2. Spacing:

    • Two carriage returns after a paragraph or section to visually separate content.
    • Double-spacing between lines was often used to make manuscripts easier to edit by hand.

[I was taught to write papers with two carriage returns between paragraphs so that there’s an empty line space between every paragraph. The exception was the end of a section before a header, where we were taught to use three carriage returns for a double linespace. Headers had a linespace between them and the first paragraph of their section.]

  1. Emphasis: Since typewriters couldn’t italicize or bold text, underlining was the main method for emphasizing text.

[I never learned an alternative for emphasis. It was used all the time for citations, so I always used underlining. Since I’ve never seen a text file that supports this, I don’t know what you should do here.]

  1. Indentation: A standard of five spaces (or one tab on some typewriters) was common for the start of new paragraphs. [Indentation depended heavily on what style your document called for. I almost always used block style or modified block style, so I never bothered with indentation.]

  2. Page Numbers: Often manually typed, either centered at the bottom of the page or in the top right corner.

  3. Footnotes and Endnotes: Numbered manually and typically indicated by a superscript numeral. The actual note would appear either at the bottom of the page (for footnotes) or at the end of the document/chapter (for endnotes).

  4. Tables and Columns: Creating tables was tedious. Writers had to carefully count spaces to align columns. Some typewriters had a tab setting feature to help with this.

  5. Citations: Followed standard style guidelines of the era (like APA, MLA, or Chicago), but were manually typed and often double-spaced.

  6. Bullet Points: Since typewriters didn’t have a bullet point function, a dash (-), asterisk (*), or number might be used to indicate list items.

—— —— ——

Numbered lists: I solved this by using this numbering format:

  1. One

1.1. One sub one

1.2. One sub two

1.2.1. One, sub two, sub one.


For some modern things like links and tables, just borrow from Markdown.

This has been going on forever. Decades ago, it was common to be charged more on travel websites if you were using a Mac then if you were using windows. These days they use a lot more profiling to try to squeeze more money out of the people they think are willing to pay.

Don’t whatabout me. If you’re going to criticize a company because you don’t like the founder, then at least own up to your faulty generalization.

I love how you completely disregard the people who actually work there and the people who actually run Thorn.

My purpose in life is to be happy. My primary challenge in life is to find the things in life that make me happy and try to find ways that those things can make other people happy.

Thank you for posting this. I have been avoiding updating to synergy 3 and now I’m glad I did. I still like version 2. I would still recommend it. I even use it with gaming.

The USA hasn’t resembled anything near democratic for a bit

What fantasy land are you living in?

Regardless of whether or not any of the titles do or do not contain said content, ChatGPT’s varying responses highlight troubling deficiencies of accuracy, analysis, and consistency. A repeat inquiry regarding The Kite Runner, for example, gives contradictory answers. In one response, ChatGPT deems Khaled Hosseini’s novel to contain “little to no explicit sexual content.” Upon a separate follow-up, the LLM affirms the book “does contain a description of a sexual assault.”

On the one hand, the possibility that ChatGPT will hallucinate that an appropriate book is inappropriate is a big problem. But on the other hand, making high-profile mistakes like this keeps the practice in the news and keeps showing how bad it is to ban books, so maybe it has a silver lining.

Hackers Rig Casino Card-Shuffling Machines for ‘Full Control’ Cheating
They knew when to hold em. Knew when to fold 'em. Just not when to walk away and when to run.

This absolutely made my day. I love stuff like this, and I had never even heard of a crash blossom.

Exactly. These things seem common because we see examples of them amplified on social media. Most of them are vanishingly rare.

I had to get all the way in here to realize that this woman’s remains weren’t buried in an Amazon package. I really need my morning coffee.

Are you 100% sure about that? click

I just up-voted this post after click. No change on Safari for iPad OS.

Be sure to get a nice headshot of the CEO. Something lighted from below. Make sure he or she doesn’t smile; tell them it’s more professional that way. Desaturate the image so it’s black and white. Take the picture from a low angle to give it that look of distinction and confidence!

I just want to make sure I understand.

The docker containers need to be set to the same time zone as the docker host. Is that right?

Our docker host has been set to America/Denver for weeks, but the containers have been UTC, and we haven’t had any unusual behavior.

I did set the postgres container’s time zone to America/Denver a few hours ago and also saw no strange behavior.

I took a snapshot before I did that, so I can roll back, but I’m wondering what bad things would happen that I should look out for.

Best Practices: Setting Time Zones for Lemmy on Docker
I'm wondering: where does Lemmy UI get the timezone for the time stamp on posts? We are using Lemmy in docker. Two of the five containers in the stack have tzdata, and all of them are set to UTC right now. But when I hover over a post's relative time stamp to get the precise time it was posted, I was surprised to see UTC -6. I'm in UTC -6, and the host that the docker stack is running on is currently set to UTC -6. Basically, I can go to all the trouble to set the env in docker-compose to set the correct time zone for the containers, but I'm wondering if I need to bother. Any feedback would be helpful as far as best practices for setting time zones to make posts have the right time stamp and for making logs readable. Thanks in advance!

Bug: Unchecking “Show Bot Accounts” can result in a reply notification that can’t be cleared.
Just a quick bug report for Lemmy 0.18.3: Today I received a reply from a bot account. I have the setting set to not show bot accounts enabled for my account. I still got a notification that I had a reply from it (next to the notification icon), but there was no way to mark the notification as “read” because it doesn’t appear in the inbox. The only workaround was to check the “Show Bot Accounts” setting and then visit the inbox to clear the notification.