March 7th, 2021

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From an article on Lenin's medical history:

Of the three [Lenin's siblings] who survived past young adulthood, a sister died of a stroke at age 71, another sister died of a heart attack at 59, and a brother died at age 69 of “stenocardia,” an archaic medical term whose meaning is no longer clear.

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I have only recently become aware of the audience engagement techniques that twitch streamers are using. They would create automatic overlays that would appear on the screen in response to some actions from the audience. Sometimes it's in response to a new subscription or a like. Sometimes it's in response to a command that a viewer would type in the chat. I don't know whether a viewer needs to have a special status to activate those easter egg commands or whether this is available to any user. But the result is so chaotic it's terrifying. Imagine, as an analogy, having a conversation in front of an audience when someone from the audience demands you do ten squats. Or blows a horn. Or throws an apple in your general direction. Or sprinkles confetti. I can't imagine why streamers and their audiences like this. It's some next level of not taking oneself seriously. A completely different subculture!


or this twitch stream by ThePrimeagen

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A conversation with Justin Fagnani about what's coming for LitHTML and LitElement. New directives seem reasonable. "Controllers" for reusable chunks of logic (similar to react hooks or vue's composition api?) look interesting. Support of dynamic generation of tags is cool too. Server-side-rendering support might be the most exciting feature, but it is still a ways off.

I'm sure this is something he will talk about at the next Chrome Dev Summit.

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Youtube suggested that I watch a conversation between Yuval Harari and Masha Gessen, organized by Munk Debates. As an aside, on Munk Debates' web site the conversation is loginwalled; but Harari kindly posted it on his channel.

There are a couple of funny moments in it.

One is when Harari shows a shocking lack of historical knowledge about the daily life in 20th-century totalitarian states. Speaking about the less defined nature of present-day dictatorships, he says at around 6:40: "In the 1930s, there was no question: if you lived in Italy of Mussolini, or Germany of Hitler, or the USSR under Stalin, then you knew for a fact that you are living in a dictatorship; there was no way of hiding it; nobody tried to hide it". To anyone familiar with the Soviet history, this is utter nonsense; and Masha spends several minutes disabusing him of this schematic idea; although whether he'll remember it (has no-one of his Israeli audience yet objected to this laughable simplification?) remains to be seen.

The other was when at around 51:20 Harari asked, "Do you think the obsession of at least certain of these leaders and regimes today with gender and with LGBT community in particular — is it something new, or does it just reproduce something we've seen in the 20th century." It just sounded so ironic to hear the phrase "obsession with gender", which fits so much more organically in discourses around the political center or to the right of center, used here in a completely different sense.