They’d saved the city with gold more easily, at this point, than any hero could have managed with steel. But in truth it had not exactly been gold, or the promise of gold, but more like the fantasy of gold, the fairy dream that the gold is there, at the end of the rainbow, and will continue to be there forever provided, naturally, that you don’t go and look.
This is known as Finance.
Going Postal (2004)

Interesting piece on last line errors in copied code blocks


'I have studied numbers of errors caused by using the Copy-Paste method and can assure you that programmers most often tend to make mistakes in the last fragment of a homogeneous code block. I have never seen this phenomenon described in books on programming, so I decided to write about it myself. I called it the “last line effect”.'



A very interesting and well-researched piece on Steam’s Early Access program. It looks at Early Access from the perspectives of Valve, consumers, and developers. Definitely worth a read.

For Bataille, the anus is so blinding in both its beauty and its destructive powers that it can only be compared to the sun. The anus is both an erogenous zone and the body’s dump truck. The sun is simultaneously the source of all life and energy on Earth, but it could (and will) kill us all when it either engulfs the planet or burns out. I find this quote from Bataille to be extremely relevant: “Communist workers appear to the bourgeois to be as ugly and dirty as hairy sexual organs, or lower parts; sooner or later there will be a scandalous eruption in the course of which the asexual noble heads of the bourgeois will be chopped off.” This transgressive sexual imagery makes sense in light of youthful relations. Our entangled bodies became a kind of revolt against the sexual repression that pierces our society. I can only imagine how simultaneously enthralled and horrified the two will be upon seeing each other nude. This is exactly the beautifully creative yet horrifyingly destructive nature that Bataille is investigating. The sun is also a part of a creative cycle with the ocean. In this metaphor, the sun still represents the phallus, which complements the vaginal ocean. The ocean is made to represent female sexuality: “The sea, then, has played the role of the female organ that liquefies under the excitation of the penis.” Thus, the gravitational pull of the moon controls the push and pull of the ocean.