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Avi Flax ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ืื‘ื™ ืคืœืงืก

@avi@flaximus.net

Feminist, futurist, father. XL biomachine, he/him. Modern Hebrew. Zionist. Aphantasiac. Black Lives Matter. Trans rights are human rights. Bicycling enthusiast. Space enthusiast. Earth enthusiast. Coffee. Speculative fiction! Technology! History! What the hell is this list, evenโ€ฝ

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Hey everyone!

My current gig might be wrapping up soon, so itโ€™s time for me to figure out whatโ€™s next.

If you or someone you know could use some help with software tools or systems โ€” architecture, implementation, deployment, operations, data pipelines, CD, DX, etc โ€”ย maybe get in touch? Iโ€™ve been doing this a while and Iโ€™m pretty flexible.

Iโ€™m open to short-term or long-term, part-time or full-time. Iโ€™m US-based (NYC area) and a US citizen.

General CV: aviflax.com/resume/

Energy-specific CV: aviflax.com/resume/energy/

Thanks in advance!

โ€œThe remote meeting isnโ€™t the cause of the problem: rather, the unwritten caucus rule is the cause of the problem, and remoteness happens to exacerbate that problem to the point that even people with high caucus scores notice the friction.โ€

โ€” Chelsea Troy

chelseatroy.com/2018/03/29/why

Via @joeposaurus
chaos.social/@joeposaurus/1127

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โ€œWhen I start an artwork, I forget Iโ€™m in prison,โ€ says Moath al-Alwi, presumably recorded from within Guantรกnamo Bay. A short documentary zeroes in on the incarcerated artist's elaborate ship sculptures. Watch it now on Colossal:

www.thisiscolossal.com/2024/07

After 18 years at Red Hat, itโ€™s time to move on. Tomorrow, July 4 is JRubyโ€™s Independence Day! Iโ€™m going to need your help to keep the JRuby project going. Sign up for a sponsorship or contact me about commercial support today. JRuby needs you and so do I! โค๏ธ

ruby.social/@JRuby/11272380355

I enjoyed this rant that Rui Carmo just posted:

โ€œA Short Rant on the Current State of Computingโ€

> Amazingly, the iPad may remain the best hardware option for many years, which, despite my love for the device, is disappointing as Apple still treats it as fancy hardware for children.

taoofmac.com/space/blog/2024/0

Aww man, this house is for sale, but the contract says in order to buy it you MUST agree to build humanoid robots encased in living human flesh ๐Ÿ˜•
www.realtor.com/realestateandh

Hey folks, you may not be tuned into this unless youโ€™ve got issues with regulating depression & anxiety, but please put content warnings on posts/re/quote posts about current events.

Yes, there are perfectly valid reasons for feeling depressed/anxious about the state of the world, but some people have trouble with regulation, and try to use this space to find community

Your disregard for norms about content warnings donโ€™t help

WBEZ just had a pledge drive and didn't meet their goals.

NPR has its problems, but your local station does really valuable journalism for your area and it's accessible to all.

If you haven't listened to your local affiliate or checked out their website, see what you think of their work. If you find it valuable, and you have the means, I think it's good to support such work. Especially now, good, accessible journalism covering your local area and not just national news is important to preserve

Woe is me; my 11-year-old is a slob, and is completely uninterested in my how-to-not-be-a-slob training, even though it is absolutely FREE. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

It took so many years to develop effective birth control for men but I'm so glad the cybertruck finally arrived

I just recently realized that what I truly hate about LLMs is that it devalues language. I love language, I love using it very intentionally, I love how different people wield and work language differently. A well forged phrase can cut right to the soul. Language is literally magic. It can do things where man and machine all fail.

But now with the press of a button you can get sugary pink language goo in any shape you like. And this is sold as an equal replacement to real human language. The insult! The depravity!

I think it might say something about how far language is already devalued. We live in a morass of content marketing and business process documentation and terms and conditions and propaganda and spam. All soulless language that nobody asks for but that people are compelled to create. We can't imagine not creating such language goo. And so we're grateful for the pink goo machine.

You know those stories about how there was once magic in the world but it was lost? This is it. This is how it happens.

My talk from the local-first conference is up! In it I discuss the difference between local-first and offline-first, and propose a direction for the community in the coming years www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMq0vn

Watched โ€œBatteries Not Includedโ€ with my 11-year-old last night. It holds up!

Went to a fantastic car show this morning with my kid and our dog. Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, CT. Good times!

Happy Fatherโ€™s Day!

Holy shit, Radiolab just dropped an episode on aphantasia โ€” the obscure neurological quirk that makes me me!
radiolab.org/podcast/aphantasi

TIL that just as they shamelessly copied Slack, MS also has a clone of Notion.

Well, at least theyโ€˜re consistent.

I think I murdered another plant ๐Ÿ˜ž

It's June 4 today, the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre.

It's not usually on people's radar here in the West. But I think it's an important day to commemorate. It's the day that China, the PRC, the CCP, showed the world its true face.

Yet we (the US, UN, Europe) continued on the path Nixon had set us on a decade prior, recognizing the PRC politically, and integrating with it economically. Three years after the massacre Deng would revive the Reform and Opening-up program during his Southern Tour, and turn China into the world's factory. In two decades we went from injection molded plastics to iPhones.

The Chinese economic miracle fueled cheap global consumerism, and turned the PRC into the world's richest authoritarian state. And as it gained power it become more bellicose, leading to the tense geopolitical situation we live in today.

1989 was a branching point in history. Things could've gone differently in China, if more moderate voices within the party had prevailed, rather than sending in the tanks. But things could have also gone differently for the rest of the world, if more countries hadn't continued to treat the PRC as just another business partner, despite the cold blooded murder of their own citizens.

INCREDIBLE images from China's Changโ€™e 6 lander, which landed on the far side of the moon late on June 1 and lifted off in an ascent vehicle with the first lunar samples from the far side of the moon yesterday.

Image credit: CNSA

Microsoft has no taste, exhibit one billion

I miss scrollbars.

TIL: a 225-mile road trip in a ~22 kWh (usable) CHAdeMO car (in the US, in May 2024) is miserable.

For young voters and anyone claiming to be on the left while flirting with a third party candidate (or abstaining), this might be the single most important thing to consider. If Trump is elected, Alito and Thomas will almost certainly retire so that two younger justices in the MAGA mold can be appointed. These appointees would give SCOTUS a right wing chokehold on liberal democracy for the next 25-30 years, that is, until my middle school daughter enters her 40s โ€” @xankarn

I love @simonโ€™s proposed new term for LLMs: instead of โ€œartificial intelligenceโ€, โ€œimitation intelligenceโ€

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can't tell me this isn't skilled labor ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ’จ