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Under the leadership of the murderer Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi royal family (and the Saudi state it controls) have embarked on "Vision 2030," a plan to shift the country's economy from oil to not-oil.

Extraction-based states are always dysfunctional. All you need to run an extraction economy is a hole in the ground surrounded by guns. Being a leader of such a state requires merely that you be able to judge which mercenaries and diggers to hire.


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important #gamer test, elekk; if you do not pass with at least a 70% score your gaming license will be revoked. thank you for your cooperation

It's the 22nd anniversary of the release of THEY LIVE. Punch a friend in an alley to celebrate. 😄

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I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:


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RT @TedMielczarek: Like other languages @rustlang does have footguns. The difference is that we keep ours locked up in the unsafe.

New thought: peak Austin would be taking my enjoyment of making kombucha for fun, and turning it into a soul-sucking enterprise that sells out for less money than it took to start.

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I'm 37 years old, and I just ate a whole kiwi for the first time in my life. AMA.

Once I get back to a shared office space, I don't know what's going to be the harder habit to kick -- the constant stream of talking out loud to myself, or the wanton farting.

Initial thoughts:
- Our app is too big.
- *eye twitch*
- There should be a way to tie components in mocks from designers to actual implementations in GitHub.
- *sigh*
- This isn't the first time this has happened to me. Will it be the last? 🍿 Stay tuned.

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Spent hours today working and tweaking a new UI component. Just found that there's already an existing component that does what I need.

I was going to quip that making kombucha at home was approaching peak Austin, but then I realized that it wasn't; going to some hot new spot (which will be out of business in six months) to be seen while drinking over-priced kombucha is, in fact, peak Austin.

I suspect that a suitably unethical team of cyberneticists would find that babies would take to implants quite quickly.

Created a throwaway account with the username of "Cyclops," so obviously I now have to watch X-Men.

It's not only kind of a bummer, but it also means that having this viewpoint that isn't reinforced by the group means that it'll be more difficult to strive how I hope to.

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I think I'm in the minority at work, being concerned with improving my craft outside of working hours and wanting to be really good at what I do, and to push myself in growing.

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