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Mohammed S. Al Sahaf
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I love this. Douglas Hofstadter has a piece called Ant Fugue in which the characters (Crab, Anteater, Toriose, and Achilles) speak of Aunt Hillary. They talk about their friendship with Aunt Hillary, chatting with Aunt Hillary, and all their memories with Aunt Hillary. Later in the story, we find that Aunt Hillary is the ant hill (colony), and her persona is an emergent property of the ant community as a whole but cannot be reduced to any individual ant. If I remember correctly, one of the characters was called "silly" for thinking Aunt Hillary is the colony itself. It is akin to how we, as humans, are a collection of cells, and our personas (personae?) is an emergent property of the system as a whole. This news story seems to show ant colonies function as our bodies function and how our memories survive. Like the literary Aunt Hillary becoming real!

The Aunt Fugue piece:
https://themindi.blogspot.com/2007/02/chapter-11-prelude-ant-fugue.html
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A file is in a different format than its extension indicates in Excel

My current job lets me notice how the software techies make fails to address the common user, rather it's more techie-oriented and relies on technical knowledge. One of the ongoing UI failures that's still cemented in tech is using file extensions to signal to the user the file type.

I've seen it more than I can count how users inadvertently save an xlsx file as xls, or the other way around, with the extension in the name is of the other one. They will still believe it's whatever format the extension says, but software that's expecting the opposite format fails to accept the provided file because it's the wrong format. It's doubly confusing on Windows because some users have their settings to show the file extension while others don't, and it breaks down when the former has a file named x.txt.zip.
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"Indifference to source allows us to assimilate what we read, what we are told, what others say and think and write and paint, as intensely and richly as if they were primary experience. It allows us to see and hear with other eyes and ears, to enter into other minds, to assimilate the art and science and religion of the whole culture, to enter and contribute to the common mind, the general commonwealth of knowledge. Memory arises not only from experience but from the intercourse of many minds."
~ The Fallibility of Memory, The River of Consciousness, Oliver Sacks
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"Not long after he received a diagnosis of terminal cancer, for instance, he looked up from his desk one night and said something seemingly out of the blue that I will never forget: “The most we can do is to write — intelligently, creatively, critically, evocatively — about what it is like living in the world at this time.” "
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I ran something with wine, and it left wine running behind even after closing the application. So genius me did:

ps aux | awk '/wine*/ { printf $2 }' | xargs -I{} kill {}

The regex had a bug where it also matches "win", which includes the window manager. Yes, I killed the window manager by mistake 🤦🏻‍♂ Bonus points if you find the bug and the fix.
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"Cherokee is the first Unicode language in which lower case runes have smaller values than upper case runes."

#TIL
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Eye-Closure Enhances Creative Performance on Divergent and Convergent Creativity Tasks
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