Pavlov: the dogs salivate when I ring a bell

Me: weird. Why?

Pavlov: they connect two unrelated events due to repeated conditioning

Me: haha stupid animals

Pavlov: the experiment took 69 days

Me: nice

There are now two Flash Forward copy-cats out there, both claiming to have invented a brand new genre. One of them is super well funded. The other is about to make $$ on a Kickstarter. Watching people who wouldn't give me the time of day praise these new shows as "innovative" truly makes me want to find a new career.

Then the 92nd little pig built a house out of depleted uranium. And the wolf was like, "dude."
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VICE killed my column this afternoon, which is a bummer! If anybody knows of a publication that might want to pick up Design Bias, I think it's good and important. You can see past columns here:

Man I'm bad at keeping up with this Mastodon thing -- but inspired by @darius's recent writeup of tiny networks I'm back!

me: maybe they have forgotten that I was supposed to respond to that email
@d: oh no, I remember
me: crawls into a hole to die

lol good job me I decided to relaunch my solo independent podcast the same week as fucking Invisibilia love to compete with a goddamn NPR show!!!

Does anybody here know someone who works on vocal generation algorithms? As in, I feed a bunch of audio to the algorithm, it learns how to reproduce the voice, and then I can feed it scripts to make audio? I want to do a... weird thing but this is way beyond my knowledge.

My show returns next week and I think it's going to flop but I'm pretending like everything is fine how are you all!?!?!

oh no I forgot how to log in to mastodon I'm sorry

tried to procrastinate by considering which domain name to buy for a new project and wound up in a panic that I might have to change the project's name entirely good job me!!

I've been trying to schedule with a tattoo artist for over a year and now she's famous and I'm ready to give up.

I'm way too short to wear a trench coat and I don't have $180 but wow do I want this

There's this academic book I need to read for research. It's on a subject I am EXTREMELY interested in. But the writing is so dense and every time I try I feel frustrated and like an idiot and it's sooooo slow going and demoralizing.

I unlinked by masto and my Twitter account and it feels great

Yes this is very selfish! I'm prioritizing my professional success over a statement about the ethics of FB's business practices. I feel bad about that! But I also can't just throw out the main tools I use to make money without a backup plan?

I'm stoked to see so many friends bail on Twitter and FB! It's great. I'd love to see media entities push back on the power they give FB both institutionally and personally. When editors stop relying on Twitter as a way to find writers, when publishing companies stop using Twitter as a success metric, then maybe I could leave!

I would love to leave FB. I would love to leave Twitter. I can't. Not if I want to (successfully) continue doing my job as a journalist/producer/independent person. If I want Flash Forward to succeed and find listeners, I need FB. If I want editors to remember who I am, I need Twitter. It shouldn't be the responsibility of independents to push publishing/media away from the hell that is Twitter/FB.

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