Borogove.io

This is a free hosting service for Interactive Fiction games. You can upload games and share them with others by giving out a link to play online.

Games must be either parser system story files or HTML files. Currently supported file formats:

* HTML (including Twine and Texture)

* Z-Machine (Inform, Dialog, ZIL)

* Glulx (Inform)

.* gam, .t3 (TADS)

* HEX (Hugo)

* Å-Machine (Dialog)

* Ink JSON files

Game uploads can be public or private. Public uploads can be found in the gallery on the front page. Private uploads aren’t listed anywhere and can only be accessed through the direct link.

https://borogove.io/

textfiles.com

“There are some ugly things down in these archives; there are narcissistic ravings from pre-adolescent social misfits. There are calls for anarchy. There’s satanism, there’s racism, there’s all the -isms in the book lurking in the words. But there’s hope, too. There’s excitement, there’s joy, there’s every manner of feeling being crammed down into ASCII and posted for the world to find. It’s a spectrum of humanity, and this is what I hope you’ll find, buried there, among the text.”

http://textfiles.com

What to know what early BBS culture was like? That your parents and grandparents were just like you? There’s a website for that.

Dune Foresaw—and Influenced—Half a Century of Global Conflict

“Written even before the advent of America’s war in Vietnam, Dune captures a world in which war is inherently asymmetric, where head-on, conventional military conflict has largely been replaced with all the subtler ways that humans seek to dominate one another: insurgency and counterinsurgency, sabotage and assassination, diplomacy, espionage and treachery, proxy wars and resource control. For the military officers and intelligence analysts who still read and reread Dune today, it presents an uncanny reflection of the state of geopolitical competition in 2021—from the pitfalls of regime change to the terra incognita of cyberwar.

-Andy Greenberg, “Dune Foresaw—and Influenced—Half a Century of Global Conflict.” Wired. September 28 ,2021

Obligatory. See also: The Secret History of Dune.

Zuihitsu: 2021-09

Collecting these little ideas has become a major focus. Here’s this month’s installment.

  1. What is the underlying issue of the dispute?
  2. The Internet is a machine for wrecking consensus and trust.—Marginal Revolution
  3. To correct a mistake, acknowledge a mistake has been made and state any new information necessary. Don’t repeat whatever needed correcting. 
  4. The world rewards you for outcomes, not effort.
  5. What would make you change your mind?
  6. You can never go back. Change cannot be undone.
  7. Change tends to effect relationships with everything.
  8. Some goals require being and not having.
  9. Extending our senses also means limiting them. The microscope and telescope changes our view completely and are valuable as alternatives that can be used at will.
  10. Vanity Fair is in our pockets and it is always open for business.
  11. We should be wary of allowing the logic of the market to colonize all facets of our experience.
  12. Only the experience of sharing a common human world with others who look at it from different perspectives can enable us to see reality in the round and to develop a shared common sense.—Hannah Arendt
  13. Codes, even the best codes, can become idolatrous traps that tempt us to complicity in violence.—Charles Tayler
  14. What frames what?
  15. To betray, you must first belong.—Kim Philby
  16. Only the paranoid survive in a computerized world.
  17. You teach best what you most need to learn.—Richard Bach
  18. The best problems are insoluble.
  19. Management is a discipline. When used as an incentive, it becomes something else.
  20. Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.
  21. Sometimes dreams are poison.
  22. The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude larger than to produce it.—Brandolini’s law
  23. Sing the newspaper.
  24. The point of abstracting responsiblity to policies, algorithms, bureaucracies, etc. is to replace anger with disbelief and resignation.
  25. Talent is the capacity for doing continuous hard work in the right way.
  26. Fan is an abbreviation of fanatic.
  27. The correct value of most of our assets is zero.
  28. No past, no future.
  29. Human behavior is driven by love or want of love.
  30. Do your best, and as you improve, do better.
  31. Escape the sociology of the last five minutes.—cf. Michael Mann
  32. Military veterans don’t laugh at the circus.
  33. Most people are interested in discovering the truth, if it is within walking distance.
  34. Disruption is never one variable, but a wholesale revisiting of all the variables.
  35. Comfort always comes at a cost.
  36. The earth is slippery, slick.—Nahuatl proverb
  37. Write to tell stories, not explain research.
  38. Never a day without a line.
  39. Silence doesn’t allow for difference or self-aggrandizement.
  40. Avoid strain, anxiety and tension.
  41. Misuse of words leads to abuse of people.
  42. Learn to hear what you’d rather not hear.
  43. The sedated cannot be engaged.
  44. Loneliness can be like air, something unnoticed until it is gone.
  45. Intimacy comes when there is nothing left to say.
  46. Reality binds everybody to limits.
  47. Commerce reduces product to commodity.
  48. Be a sound craftsman, in whatever work you choose to do.
  49. If you’re big on the Internet, three likely outcomes: you burn out, you get cancelled, or you disappear.
  50. A weird paradox of the Internet. It amplifies and aggregates, which, in turn, creates new niches.
  51. What’s the lingering cost of life lived on a pedestal?
  52. In the firehose of faces, you need a strategy to stand out. Be unique.
  53. Identify the best tool for the job, and use it.
  54. Hard problems can be made smaller and/or reframed into easier problems.
  55. Always seek to better yourself and your tools.
  56. Volume is just about the number of fools.
  57. The secret ingredient to anything great is love.
  58. All progress runs the risk of bad precedents. No decision worth making is free of potentially bad consequences.
  59. In some games, there is no such thing as overkill.
  60. Do not shit where you sleep.
  61. One with courage makes a majority.
  62. Commitment means compounded returns on effort and creates meaning.
  63. There are no rules; there are only targets.
  64. Technology changes exponentially but our institutions adapt only linearly, if at all. 
  65. Selective with strong citation.
  66. Everything digital is mental representation that can be changed as the mind changes.
  67. Creativity rarely emerges rapidly.
  68. Run away from monoculture.
  69. Having our perception of the world increasingly mediated by proprietary technologies that immerse us in ever more sophisticated realms of digital simulacra is a way of surrendering the experience of a shared reality with others.
  70. The final form of the physical store is an environment where prospective or existing customers just hang out, marinating in the brand without necessarily buying anything while inside.
  71. Our stories fit reality to the narrative instead of the narrative to reality, i.e., they are fictions.
  72. Look for things that don’t make sense.
  73. There is no clean way to enter the heavy machinery of the heart.—This is the Nonsense of Love by Mindy Nettifee
  74. Only those who do not seek power are qualified to hold it.–Plato
  75. To be happy, be unashamed.
  76. Very occasionally, it is okay to be angry, even with the gods, but anger as a default mode is poison.
  77. Sigmoid or singular?
  78. Payments is the most frequent and effective means of controlling discourse.
  79. Markets roll over when you least expect.
  80. People often signal left, only to turn right. Turns over signals.
  81. Focus on process over results. Work on multiple problems and rotate them. Discuss with people who perceive it differently and can help.
  82. Pour les encourager les autres.

Programming Note: WordPress Scheduling

The secret to publishing something good every day is to get ahead, find more interesting stuff and stack it ahead of schedule. This way you don’t feel like you have to post every day, because you don’t. On the other hand, WordPress has a bit of a janky scheduling function that likes to default back to today half the time you use it. So, occasionally, I’ll try to get ahead a bit, or take a week off, or whatever, and you’ll see something briefly on the main page and then see it again several days later. That’s what’s going on my friends. Now, with the next week or so queued up, I’m taking off.

The next few days, and previous few now that I think on it, are heavily indebted to a backlog of WebCurios emails, which is excellent although maybe with the front image you should check it out when you aren’t at work.

Modern Piña Colada

“Four years into our marriage, my husband found me on OkCupid.

I had only joined the site to check out his profile. He had joined to find someone else…

…Then I received a sweet message: “I see we’re a 98 percent match. Would you like to meet up and see what life has to offer?

It was from my husband.”

-Gayle Brandeis, “We Wanted to Split Up. OkCupid Had Other Ideas.The New York Times. October 1, 2021.

Easily the most Pina Colada song thing I’ve ever read.

Always Judge a Book By Its Cover

“Some books win awards, some win our heart, and others… only serve to confuse.”

https://alwaysjudgeabookbyitscover.com/

Eating People is Wrong’s commentary made me LOL. But, it was the Chuck Tingle book that convinced me to post this website. I don’t know why I even know who Chuck Tingle is, probably has something to do with the “weird fiction” phase I went through mid-2019, but I’d like to do my part to increase his readership.