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I am probably working on Hubski.

Send me a PM or post with the tag #bugski if you think something is broken.

I filter #thebeatles.

I do not agree with everything that I post. I hope you don't either.

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mk  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's A Properly Inked Linocut? (OC; Printed Bird Series)

These are awesome. I think a calendar would be a cool way to present them.

Have you tried overlays of partials with different color inks?

mk  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

We didn't want to commit to getting one unless we were sure, and were willing to wait if need be. It'd be a tough process for her if it ended up to be drawn out. I'm a believer in picking the puppy, and then getting emotionally attached. Next time, if there is one.

mk  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

Yeah, I know.

He's made himself at home.

mk  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 16, 2020

This is what happened at our home today.

His name is Winston. My daughter had no idea and was over the moon.

mk  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Nine years

You are one of the quieter ones. Yet Hubski has consistently been better for your presence.

Happy Hubday!

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Frogtima Buggy Project: Part III

It's a lot of fun.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Maps Show a transformed United States

Damn. Everyone is coming to Michigan.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

Trump is a very unusual candidate in the extent to which he rejects science and lies about public health issues. Some presidents have been bad, but Trump is abysmal in this respect. I don't think it's the polarization as much as Donald Trump in particular. Of course, he is a product of the polarization.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm ashamed to admit that a heartfelt apology is needed, again.

I hope that you'll find yourself able to revisit, even if as a different account. We never are who we imagine ourselves to be, but the process is good. Godspeed.

You will be missed.

mk  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: We are in the midst of a Hubski experiment.

    I'm not sure what you are experiencing, but I just returned to Hubski after an absence and it does not seem to have significantly changed. It's still one of the best places for intelligent conversation in a spirit of kindness that I have come across on the web.

That's nice to hear, but I have noticed a general decline in the quality of interactions, and people being good to each other in threads. Oddly, that hasn't been the case in chat, and I have been putting some thought to that. This isn't just my opinion, mind you, a number of people have lamented to me in some form or other about an increase in emotional tenor, carelessness, and combativeness. I don't think our spirit of kindness is gone, but I do think we show less care in how we treat one another in threads. A lot of quality users have inactivated their accounts.

    I am not aware of other sites that facilitate mostly intelligent and respectful discussion like Hubski does. I have always thought the site mechanics are largely responsible for that. In all my years of wandering the internet, Hubski stands out as one of the few best places. I get that it's not free to run, but don't underestimate what you have here, and know that some of us would be quite sad to see it go.

I never expect or want Hubski to be a money-maker. I want Hubski to maintain a quality that brings value to intelligent, curious, creative, and thoughtful people. I'm not interested in the social web that thrives on influence, posturing, and insecurity, or a house of debate where participants aren't seeking to change their minds. I believe that few things are intellectually more satisfying than learning something that alters your thinking. I do agree that the mechanics have helped. Outright trolls usually have a short tenure here. However, I do think that what we currently have required an active team to prevent a slide into a place where the most emotional voices can prevail. Whether or not we can engineer for a place that doesn't require such a hands-on effort remains to be seen, IMO.

Sorry if I sounded like I was making a threat to ragequit. I have no plans to shut down Hubski. I am however, resolved to see if we can improve upon what we have, and I'm willing to rock the boat and risk upsetting users in that effort. If we can make a positive change, it will be worth the effort. Users are upset with the status quo, and good users have been quitting for some time. I owe it to them and myself to see if we can do better. I owe it to everyone.

mk  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dawn of the topological age?

It's been a good while. Am I wrong to look at this as structural modes of similar conductance within periodic boundary conditions?

    Historians often label epochs of human history according to their material technologies—the bronze age, the iron age, and, most recently, the silicon age.

Materials scientists are the closest thing we have to deities. They wield the power of the divine, and make our world as economists, sociologists, artists, politicians, etc., vie for credit.

mk  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19

I agree. I was making the point that Caplan's behavior was rational for his personal health, but if generalized, not for public health.

mk  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19

How about in your house with a friend visiting?

mk  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 9, 2020

I'm doing a 24 hour fast today. I was doing it once a month, but haven't since the pandemic started. I can tell that my body is out of practice.

mk  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19

    Can you give an example of this outside of voting?

Wearing a mask in low-risk environment in a pandemic.

mk  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19

    Above all, I am now happy to socialize in-person with friends. I am happy to let my children play with other kids. I am also willing to not only eat take-out food, but dine in restaurants.

That is his behavior, that if generalized, would have the effect of increasing risk for all.

    Isn't it more important that the response be "effective" rather than "swift and uniform"? Swift and uniform adherence to bad practices won't help.

In the case of a pandemic, the effective response is a a swift and uniform one.