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One of the US women’s skateboarders got 4th place and lost exclusively to kids half her age. She is 34 and has a master’s degree in architecture


Reading this really good article about women in chess in the new yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/02/hou-yifan-and-the-wait-for-chess-first-woman-world-champion


I used to play magic: the gathering semi competitively and I think about how different it is than chess. Magic is all about intuitive action and managing probability and risk. It doesn't require the same level of intense focus and calculation, but more a sort of acquired, intuitive wisdom.


2021-07-31

I haven't seen a single MAGA hat since moving to the bay area. Saw maybe 4-5 in my 4 years in Chicago

Accidentally renewed my New Yorker subscription for a year so guess I’m stuck reading high brow longform journalism for the next year


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https://reallifemag.com/reconnected/


I keep falling asleep to podcasts


I think I'm slightly withdrawing from caffeine after having ~100mg a day for the last 10 ish days and not having any today. Googled this and it is apparently real


2021-07-26

Great state of Maine

https://theintercept.com/2021/07/04/milf-mobile-maine-free-speech/


I’m losing it because i just found out chop suey by System of a Down has 1 billion views on YouTube


2021-07-25

Deactivated all corporate social media. Only on here and merveilles.town now


Capitalism is a phase in human development. It began, and it will end


A lot of ux is about user stickiness and making user interactions fast and mindless. That isn’t necessarily better. Clunky “bad” ux is fine unless you’re running a business (I’m not)


2021-07-24

> Some sort of unity, some form of "monism": this faith suffices to give man a deep feeling of standing in the context of, and being dependent on, some whole that is infinitely superior to him, and he sees himself as a mode of the deity.--- "The well-being of the universal demands the devotion of the individual" -- but behold, there is no such universal! At bottom, man has lost faith in his own value when no infinitely valuable whole works through him, i.e., conceived such a whole in order to believe in his own value.

Nietzsche, "The Will to Power"


> The "predominance of suffering over pleasure" or the opposite (hedonism): these two doctrines are already signposts to nihilism. For in both of these cases no ultimate meaning is posited except the appearance of pleasure or displeasure. But that is how a kind of man speaks that no longer dares to posit a will, a purpose, a meaning: for any healthier kind of man the value of life is certainly not measured by the standard of these trifles. And suffering might predominate, and in spite of that a powerful will might exist, a Yes to life, a need for this predominance

Nietzsche, "The Will to Power"


>I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation.

Nietzsche, "The Gay Science"


2021-07-19

Joined mastodon:

https://merveilles.town/@aw


2021-07-18

Working on moving off of GitHub:

https://git.alexwennerberg.com/


Modified my journal to attempt to meet the tinylog format:

tinylog


Still needs work.


I've had more caffeine this week than any week prior in my life


Used to drink hot green tea in Chicago, but in San Francisco I never feel like it's cold enough to want a hot beverage. I drink iced tea.


America is an extremely weird place. So much of our culture is like some kook from the 1800s or like an advertising campaign led by some big company from the 50s.


2021-07-17

Listened to the Michael Pollan Joe Rogan interview, in which among Michael Pollan describes caffeine as a psychoactive substance and says we underestimate the power of caffeine, describes how intense caffeine withdrawal was for him, and said the first time he had caffeine after that period was the most significant psychedelic experience he's had. I have been consuming more caffeine since listening to this (abt 2 iced teas / day). For the first 24 years of my life I consumed next to no caffeine -- maybe once every couple months or so.


I strongly recommend the gemini app Elaho -- a great way to explore Flounder and the Gemini space in general.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/elaho/id1514950389


Found a great finger service today. Like flounder for finger:

https://happynetbox.com/


Wrote a finger client to use it:

https://github.com/alexwennerberg/fingers


Some WIP gemlog posts:

cars.gmi


2021-07-15

Once heard a quote from a mathematician that said the joy of mathematics is comparable to the joy of sex


2021-07-14

I am so bad at soldering. I am assembling a mechanical keyboard. I give it a 30% chance of actually working


Update it didn’t work


2021-07-12

Offices are too cold. They are kept at 70 degrees, instead of a more ideal 75.


Kind of want to delete all my social media and just focus on my personal site. I think I'm a social media addict, legitimately. This journal is still a little pathological, but no one really reads it so it's fine. It's plausible that 0 people read it.


2021-07-10

If I hear or see an ad for something I assume it’s a bad product.


Someone was walking on Valencia Street with a speaker playing Hasan Piker’s Twitch stream


Purple is an important color in my career. My university and two of the three jobs I've had since graduation have purple logos.


2021-07-01

nycsubway.gmi


2021-06-19

Person on Valencia Street held up a copy of Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil” and asked me if I’ve read “the forbidden book”


2021-06-13

Orange site found my Gemini article:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27490769


2021-06-12

The cartilage in my left ear above my earlobe is shaped in a way that earbuds often don't fit very well, especially Apple earbuds.


2021-06-03

The CIA world factbook uses a different definition of “area” for China and the US to make the US definitionally larger.


2021-05-28

For a year in Chicago (2016) me and my roommates never locked our back door


2021-05-24

My apartment window faces East, and gets a ton of sun in the morning, and I've been waking up with the sun. Sunrise in San Francisco is currently 5:52 AM, I've been waking up between 6:00 and 6:30.


2021-04-27

I had my phone on black and white mode for almost a week and when I turned it back to color, the colors seemed impossibly vibrant.


2021-04-17

One time I put the first page of Ulysses into Grammarly to see how it reacted. It didn't like the adverbs.


Rewatching clips of Silicon Valley on YouTube and realizing nearly all their costumes are from American Apparel


2021-04-13

When I was 8, I got a neopets account and had my parents actually fill out a form saying that I was OK to use neopets even though I'm under 13.


2021-04-12

Thinking about the time my ex-gf's friend lied about being friends with Grimes and Ariana Grande


2021-04-11

Interested in the Islamic practice of memorizing the Quran. “The Quran is perhaps the only book, religious or secular, that has been memorized completely by millions of people.” (Wikipedia)


2021-04-07

Read about "one bag" traveling on reddit, and its more extreme form, "zero bag" traveling.


2021-04-03

I always find it funny when I am reminded that it is Centers for Disease Control, not Center for Disease Control.


2021-04-02

Love when musicians don’t have social media.


In college I gave this guy in my CS class a pirated Deadmau5 beat pack, now he is a musician with 2 million tiktok followers.


2021-03-30

Loved this essay


2021-03-28

Bringing back the journal file. I've deleted Mastodon again probably permanently this time.


Edited my old entries to use fewer words.


2021-03-26

Really enjoying using a mood tracking app.


2021-03-02

Watched an hour and a half interview with a Catholic nun who is my age


2021-02-27

Daylight savings time is on my birthday this year which means tragically I only get a 23 hour birthday.


2021-02-26

People think of technology as computers but technology is also like growing new breeds of apples.


2021-02-22

A fun site I found from the Flounder referral logs. Submitted my personal site here a long time ago.

https://wiby.me/


2021-02-21

Learned that will.i.am named himself after the main character from green eggs and ham, sam-I-am


2021-02-18

On Monday, Chess was the most-watched game on Twitch.


2021-02-04

Lost $800 investing in Gamestop stock


2021-02-01

The co-star astrology app is written in Haskell. Probably the most popular consumer app written in Haskell. (unverified)


2021-01-27

Got a wonderful email from a lawyer who lives in South Berkeley saying he found my chapbook and sent an excerpt in a daily newsletter they have at the firm where they send a poem a day.


2021-01-26

Ordered these flounder stickers. Email me if you want one.

images/sticker.jpg


2021-01-23

Learned there is an artist with 12 million spotify plays named "Ritt Momney"


From a 2014 interview with Bernie Sanders:

> “What’s this fennel?” Sanders inquires as he points to the Crossroads Farm roasted-tomato-and-fennel soup on the menu. [...] “Is it a seed? Is it an herb?”


Enjoyed this talk by jenny odell


2021-01-20

Joe Biden is president.


Several years ago I read on his "Q&A" page that the guy who made this "History of Japan" video (which I've seen probably at least 100 times) said he had no friends and spends all his time on creative projects and nothing else.

https://www.youtube.com/watch/Mh5LY4Mz15o


2021-01-19

Fiona Apple cover of pure imagination


2021-01-17

New Yorker article about growing up in San Francisco in the 70s


2021-01-14

Article about Facebook and radicalization


2021-01-03

Another flounder-esque service


looking for more?

journal-2020.gmi



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