Posts in: Language

Even when the dead are the only ones asking questions, don’t forget—only the living can hear the answers.

Unwanted Series Extension

So, part 2 tanked, mostly because it was literally a rehash of point 1. The 2. Language changes apace with the real world. Yeah, language in the broadest sense, so human, natural, and otherwise is in rapid flux as far as afaict, and I do not mind. But I don’t like language games intended to harm, either to harm real people or to harm the game itself. Don’t like it.

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Return of Pedantic Ass-Clown

Summary of part 1 : It is cool now to say stuff it was not cool to say earlier. So, 2. doing things in language that you cannot do in the real world. Well, we all know an example of that! :-) You are soaking in it. In case that was too dense, or you are, what I mean is this: To speak of “we all know” is possible, but it doesn’t refer to anything in the real world, only to something else in the world of language.

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Pedantic Ass-Clown

So, I do not want to come across like a pedantic ass-clown, but it is super important to keep two things in mind: 1. you can do things with language that you cannot do with the real world, and 2. language changes apace with the real world. Take a term like ‘ass-clown’. I use it now with impunity, unconcerned as to its potential effects on others and on my reputation. Would I have, even just a few years ago?

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I keep getting this comic-book impression, right outside my field of vision, while I’m doing the mundane, the dishes, shit like that, and it’s a rectangle, tinted light grey, maybe, with the single word:


Names Don’t Do It, Justice

I’m American, honey. Our names don’t mean shit. — Butch Coolidge ❦ A fictional character brought to us via Quentin Tarantino, an actual person, brought to us by incomprehensible genetic material interacting with equally unquantifiable life experience. With that said, the Supreme Court should just stop trying to be stars and instead just a’get on to a’justice’in, as hard and thankless as that job might be.

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Oh and hey @elonmusk, any big event (#WWDC22) is goodway to re/evaluate bots vs non-bots reality and its impact on #twitter value. I mean why < 5% good? Maybe the value is in the top 1% non-bots anyway?

The Latest Episode

Happy Today Everybody! I just had what can really only be understood as another episode. The Uvalde Murders set a lot of new variable values and my old and now clearly straining algorithms exhibited new bugs, some severe. So I puked on Twitter for two days. Not on the company Twitter but instead on anyone who happened across my little artifacts of pain and outrage (@michaelianblack, @Mr_Completely, @BetoORourke, @AndrewYang) in the cognitive construction referred to as Twitter.

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I’m suspicious that the central dilemma in my life is the belief that there is a central dilemma, which, once solved, would ensure permanent freedom from, y’know, suffering and all that.