How do you have hope for the future when it feels like everything you value is under attack?
I do not!
Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I think the charts on some of your blog pages appear to be broken. I'm rereading some of your Homestuck articles. An example is the timeline on https://blog.giovanh.com/blog/2021/01/14/more-on-the-hiveswap-odd-gentlemen-debacle/, I remember it working not long ago but now renders as pure text:
title The Odd Gentlemen & Hiveswap
dateFormat YYYY-MM ..."
Anyway, I really enjoy your articles!
Fixed now, thank you!
What is your succession plan for the things you maintain?
I must never die.
No, but this varies a lot depending on what you're talking about. Stuff like UHC (which I'm guessing is what you're thinking about) is already open-source and accepts contributions, or it can be forked off and maintained by someone else if we ever stop working on it.
I'm not the previous asker, but heads-up wrt the Rationalist community: you'll see people promoting eugenics, "race realism" (just a not-so-clever euphemism for scientific racism), and all kinds of bs within the community. Not all of them, of course, but those beliefs are common there. Also, it has significant ties to Peter Thiel and Curtis Yarvin — not only financially, but ideologically, as well. Could go on about this for a while, but there's a character limit here. Go look up the Californian Ideology -M
Yeah, I've heard that too. But again, I'm not really personally familiar with the subject matter yet.
Thoughts on rationalism and rationalist fiction?
I honestly don't know much about it, neither the beliefs nor the community nor what fiction would be considered "rationalist". I'd be interested in hearing about it.
are you planning any unofficial hs collection updates???
Yes! Although neither of us are working on it full-time at the moment there are several features and annoyance-fixes we're working on, and a long list of future features we want to implement when we have the time.
please I'm desperate to know the origin of this HL3 sbahj comic it's unreasonably funny
That's a page from SBAHJ: The Quest for the Missing Spoon, which I recently saw there are still physical copies of in-stock at topatoco https://topatoco.com/products/mspa-sb-spoon
Hiya Gio, given how Twitter's collapsing, are you also going to make a tumblr???
I have a very old tumblr that I stopped using the day Tumblr swung the axe and started deleting huge amounts of history without recourse. From twitter: Tumblr's unmoderated purge wiped out vast swaths of totally legitimate information and -- more importantly -- work that was done entirely within the rules as they existed. The issue wasn't just "should this be allowed", it was a complete violation of trust. I know they're under new management now, but unless they've taken very specific and concrete steps to prevent a change in management from doing something like that again, it feels like a "You don't get to do that, full stop" thing for me. I might start using it again someday but as of now I'm still very hesitant to.
While I think Ralsei is odd so far, I have the feeling his intents might not be necessarily antagonistic or hostile. He strikes to me as an awkward socially unadopted nerd who self-inserted himself into his dream fanfiction with blue sponge and purple dino platonic crushes.
hello there, just letting you know that some of the screenshot links in your psycholonials review highlights post are broken.
this only slightly demoted the quality of the review, and i thank you for providing me the opportunity to learn about psycholonials as an interesting creative work without having to give andrew hussie money.
What links are broken? I looked through and they all seem fine to me
Do you think Hussie's writing has deteriorated post Act 7?
I definitely don't think Psycholonials was as good as Homestuck was at any point in the comic's run. I don't know whether that's due to some intrinsic deterioration of talent, it could be due to the schedule, or team, or just that he was trying to stretch and do something very different. At the end of the day, though, I don't think the end product was very good, and think that analyzing the text reveals some pretty weird stuff. I have further thoughts on psycholonials here: https://blog.giovanh.com/blog/2022/02/22/psycholonials-commentary-selections/
Do you have any thoughts on Hiveswap Act 3's announcement?
Nothing special. I like the art I've seen. Lots of fun environments. Newswise, it's obviously very surprising for this to drop out of the blue like this. It's also strange how there's virtually no corporate aspect to it and the artists were (seemingly) just asked to show their own work. It's hard to think that the reluctance to be "official" isn't related to the various scandals WP's had. I hope any new people pulled in to work on the game are treated better than the folks from the horror stories from acts 1 and 2.
In the last paragraph of the Psycholonials Commentary section "On Authorial Intent," you never clarify whether you support Homestuck using their platform to amplify BLM and express anger at the police -- what side of the aisle do you stand on, here, dude?
This is an interesting question. Well, it's almost an interesting question. The actual question is "what side of the aisle do you stand on?", which isn't a useful thing to ask without specifying what you mean by "the aisle", but I think it's trying to get at something interesting, which I'll talk about.
I think the specifics of the violent revolution depicted in Psycholonials is bad. Even the text eventually admits this with the montage of jubulite leaders being assassinated by each other. I think Zhen is a bad person who, throughout the story, almost exclusively does terrible things. And I think the author(s) think many of these things are good, which I evidence with some tweets from the @homestuck account where the tweet author uses her platform to generally amplify anticapitalist protest and advocate for direct action and protest against police, including to "violently overthrow the systems that oppress them", which sounds a lot like the events depicted in the story.
That doesn't make the BLM movement wrong. It doesn't even make anticapitalism (which is what the tweets actually promote, not specifically BLM) wrong, necessarily. It certainly doesn't make anger at the police in real life unjustified. I don't even think all the tweets are wrong; if the police are abusing tip lines to try to arrest protestors it could totally be good to spam them with nonsense to prevent them from doing harm. I don't actually see a direct conflict here. There are people who want misdirected violence in real life similar to that in the story, which I don't support. But I think that's a minority of "the protest movement". The majority of the BLM movement, and protesting police brutality in general, is not wrong, and it's certainly not made wrong by one piece of fiction that uses it as a basis to glorify its own vision of terrorism.
you are going to get pepper sprayed
what's funny is I have absolutely no idea what this is even in reference to
Are you a team rocket fanboy or just super italian
italian mafia kingpin, definitely
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I think the problem here is the idea of anticonservatism as a monolith, where everyone who wants change must want the same thing. And that’s not true, obviously