I'm a programmer, writer, and philosopher of all things. I post all kinds of stuff here.

I used to play this game devoutly, and wrote a lot of beginner guides and stuff for it. The philosopher's conlang. Join me, and together we will rule our own minds. As my primary skill set, I naturally love to talk about software. Does it count as a religion if it's all a priori? 🤔 Wherein I talk about conversational tricks and the role of psychology in arguments, as well as debunk random bad ideas. I'm a musician... sort of... Many people think that different people enjoy different things and so all judgements of games are nothing more than personal preferences, but I don't subscribe to that nihilism. What makes a good story? I'm not quite sure myself, but I have plenty of half-baked/outdated ideas. I enjoy enumerating all the flaws in other people's stories and games, and occasionally gushing over good ones. Novels, DDLC mods, poems A minimalist, proof-of-concept fighting game I made that doesn't live up to its name. I thought it out very carefully, and I'm very satisfied. Help me find out whether I'm using GPG right :)

This site wouldn't be what it is without my dedicated contributor main_gi. He's been my de-facto editor for a long time, has helped me with CSS troubles, found two vulnerabilities in my comment feature, and even contributed valuable insight that got me to change some beliefs. His page is here.

The above photos, where they're not mine, are from: unkown pxhere user, Aaron Burden, sthenostudio, and César A. Mazillo Jr.


Recent update log:

January 22: Tons of new words added to Spem! The word count is over 560 now :) New articles on software: Incomplete list of formats, standards, and technologies that should die and Why readability is important. I also added "rule of law" to Propaganda words and phrases.

January 21: I found out the most horrifying thing I learned about America in a long time. In happier news, updates to Spem: verɪθ -> yeθ, felɪθ -> weθ, vɑrɪθ -> yaθ, falɪθ -> waθ; all the should words have been added to the dictionary; a new question added on directness; and a tentative solution accepted to the age old conundrum of "without" I used to describe on the notes of u: due to the way Spem entities aggregate by default, "without" as different from "minus" is i nu. I also added a neat feature to the Spem dictionary: if you load it with a query string in the URL, it'll be automatically searched for.

January 19: I finally got around to editing my attempt at a complete formulation of the ethics of ownership with what I learned from the folks at r/DebateAnarchism. I haven't edited the article on capitalism yet.

January 16: Long-term improvement: the page URLs no longer have .html. Requesting the .html version should redirect to the new version.

January 14: I've changed my philosophy on simplicity in game design a bit after discussion with 231 in the comments. I've edited the articles on Depth and Simplicity.

January 13: New arguments: Oh my god, please stop writing dashes without spaces, Yujiri's First Law and Yujiri's Second Law.

January 12: New articles: The inherent logical problem with identity politics, The Cosmic Slot Machine actually works..., and my Nginx review. I really missed talking about software.

Later today, I fixed the navbar/URL title for the Software category. I originally called it "computing", because I wanted it to be more general than "programming" etc, but the right name didn't come to mind until the Jan 6 improvements.

January 9: One small but significant technical improvement: the section id links are less ugly now; they use the standard formula instead of a bare URL-safe encoding of the header text. The reason I didn't do this before was because I had some difficulty figuring out how to use Trent's Markdown library for this, so I put it off, but I wanted to get this out of the way before I gain much popularity.

January 8: Changes to Spem: kyu is dead and the relevant proposition has been accepted, resulting in the addition of an article on multiple predicates.

January 7: New rebuttal: First Round Capital is Sexist.

January 6: Category images added! I still have a few dissatisfactions with the change, but it looks so much fancier I couldn't wait to push it out.

January 4: More substantial updates to Spem, including the shortening of zɵrɪθ and selɪθ to zir and sel, the celebrable death of zɪtu, some improvements to tags, the official shortening of yen to en, and the death of zuni and the addition of the relevant question to the RFC page.

January 3: I've got one small general improvement for today: the recent comment links link to the particular comment, so it's easier to find what's new on pages that have a ton. Unfortunately due to the way fragment scrolling works and that the comments load after the page, this doesn't scroll all the way down to the comment, but to the comment section, and I don't have an obvious way to fix that. I imagine the change is still appreciated though.

There's also some pretty cool Spem updates: θe and θi have been added at long last after I finally got confident in my understanding of what they mean; several more open questions have been added to the list (ɪl ɑn ʌ ɪn kuto ŋe ki tiku ɪn tetɪk ne mi), and that's right - ŋel finally became ŋe :) Feels like shattering a sentimental antique. That word's been ŋel for ages. It was one of the first words I added to Spem, since "of" was one of the first English conflation demons I tried to tackle. That was way back in the days of Odyssey Of The Elements.

January 2: New articles: Hypocritical Objectivism and Socialism Is Not Greedy.

January 1: New article: The separation of legislation and enforcement is harmful.

December 31:

December 30: I've been making some changes to the Spem articles. In particular the tradeoffs of parts of speech and default identifiers have been edited.

December 22: I'd decided to redo my article on the status of children in society, to expand it a lot and divide the topics I covered into three separate articles, of which I've just finished two, and three other new articles. There's now Children are not property, Sheltering children is harmful, and Children aren't as immature as you think..., Stockholm syndrome is human nature, and All statists have Stockholm syndrome.

I really need to decide on a capitalization convention for article names. My inconsistency is painful.

December 21: New article, and my first rebuttal to a Youtube video: The origin of consciousness.

December 20: Woohoo! RTTP Part 2 is out!

December 19: I've implemented comment subtree viewing! I know that ideally it should do this without reloading the page, but I'll stop here for now.

I'm trying to delete my old (bad) liberty.me account to start anew, but unfortunately I can't because I don't have access to the old email address anymore, and I can't change it because Wordpress sends a confirmation email to do that... to the new address... but apparently they have mail routing issues and closed the support thread where a dozen people reported it a year ago without resolution :/

December 18: Update to Spem articles Linking clauses and should. Some important new words added also (mi jini yam kor θɑr), incl keθɪs 'yɑri' (i yo), 'vien', 'dimu', i tir yɪŋ ɪl verbs ŋel ki kei; i jinu kazu i kanu - tem ʌ zu. I've also done some more under-the-hood improvements: I added the <input-list> element, and it can work with <select>s too. So I've got my Spem admin interface back. Finally, I added an article I started drafting a while ago: The loss of the concept of Consent.

December 17: I finally completed the Lit-Element move! Phew, this took most of 4 days. I probably put almost 30 hours into it. But it's done! Noticeable improvements:

I've also improved my tmpl.py script on the backend, and merged an old repo that didn't have anything else I was still using into the main one. And the navbar path is computed by the frontend now, rather than stored during templating.

And finally, there've been some more mundane updates. I've improved Power Doesn't Corrupt You, Idiot and significantly edited my critiques of Lord of the Rings and Mass Effect.

December 15: It's been a while since I posted normal articles, but today I've got two: Relativism Is Not Inconsistent and The Condescending Fake Intellectualism of Conservatives.

The Web Components move is coming. Today and yesterday I got a break from my job and managed to get a lot of progress on it. The site will look fancier, have a better authentication popup with non-misleading labels, and if all goes according to plan it'll land at the same time as the last major interface change I want to make before I start pushing for publicity.

RTTP is also coming! The script is completed, it just needs testing/debugging and some editing.

December 11: No content update, but I looked into the Web Components thing a bit and found out the build didn't have to be that big. I had it set to build for development, which made it way bigger. I've done some more exploring of Web Component building systems and I've found at least two promising options, so I'm back to being fairly sure I'll do the move. Just gotta do some more investigation to find out what the best solution is and then set aside a day for it.

December 8: I got banned from r/ShitStatistsSay for pointing out a double standard that holds children to have less rights than adults, and had a hilarious exchange with the moderators about it. I added details and screenshots to the relevant Protagonism article.

December 7: I spent a few hours tonight looking into my ambition to migrate to Lit-Element, but this time, I'm starting to think the dream is just a bust. I found a compiler solution using Webpack that only required me to install the one package (no Babel needed!)... with its >300 dependencies, of course. I actually started making components, but then I looked at the bundle.js being generated even with only using the one small library and two MWC components to make the theme switch better, and for some goddamn reason it was 14,000 lines. And that's without the sourcemap, without which I can't reasonably debug. So I decided you know what, that's not even worth it. Screw web components. Screw npm forever. I continued in the good old primitive ways and added the ability for me to delete comments from the web interface.

I'm also starting to hate Django more, since I found out today that apparently it swallows uncaught exceptions unless I specifically catch them and traceback.print_exc(). I didn't think it used to do that. Its admin interface is borderline useless since I can't filter or search objects at all, and today I found out it won't accept me creating an object if I don't put non-empty values in certain fields that don't have a non-empty constraint (doing it from psql worked). But the database management is still so valuable...

December 4: Today I finished and reviewed Jedi: Fallen Order, and posted a new Spem conlang article: The phonetic mapping, and Languages are not easier to learn as a kid.

Sigh... lastly, I've been reminded that I somehow forgot to note the addition of Spem conlang open question: variable dereferencing?.

December 3: I updated my article on the "What If Everyone" fallacy to add an example I encountered today. It was too gold to pass up.

November 29: I made a performance improvement: the server sends with each comment whether it has replies, so the browser doesn't have to make an extra request for each comment it loads that doesn't have replies.

November 27: On the Spem search page, you can now enter multiple space-separated words to display them all. Thanks to main_gi for the great suggestion :)

November 24: I changed how I do markdown processing so blockquotes in comments work now.

November 22: New article: Yes, Tyler Curtis, The Bystander Effect Exists.

November 21: New Spem post: Open question: Default identifiers. Input appreciated!

November 16: New article: Trying to change a living language.

November 15:

November 14: New Spem article: Questions. I'm still undecided on some aspects but I'm posting my thoughts. I've also added some content to the article on Should, and my retrospective of Final Fantasy 13's story. I'm glad I finally got this done. Also There is no history of philosophy, and There's no such thing as national debt.

November 13: New Spem conlang quickie: Verb objects. Also tons of new words. We're almost at 400 now :)

Something I'm considering is that opposites should always be sorted next to each other in search results. I could add a foreign key Opposite on the Word model that would enable that, but it would be a bit difficult to make it actually sort that way. Probably incur a performance hit. It'd also be a ton of work for me to go through all the words manually and tag their opposites, which I'd have to do. But if it's going to happen, better now than later. I'm just not sure if it is. I might need a different solution for sorting anyway. I don't like the "last modified at the top" sort I have now - it's good for seeing new stuff but I'd like to have an option to sort in a more reasonable way, like by advancement somehow.

November 12: New Spem conlang quickie: Should. It could use some feedback. I also added the voiced th to the alphabet. I don't like that sound and didn't want to use it, but last night I realized there are going to need to be a lot of nouns, and the extra letter will help a lot.

November 11: Dark mode switch added, as well as tons of progress on Spem and the button to hide this log (I figured it'd be useful on mobile).

November 10: I added the ability to set passwords for notification management.

November 9:

Notifications are here!

I haven't been this excited in a long time. I added the ability to opt-in to email notifications on comment replies! You enter your address and follow the link in the confirmation email to give your browser an auth cookie that lets you edit your subscription settings. There's still a lot I need to do, like schedule email sending in the background so posting a comment isn't delayed by it, allowing setting a username for your address so your comments can be authenticated, a way to view a subtree of the comments, and a bunch more, but I've been at this all day so I'm takin' a break.

Part of the reason I'm so excited is that not having this was one of the main things holding me back from going for publicity. I didn't want to make any big pushes if people might come here and leave a comment and then forget about it. In a few more days, when this feature is more polished, it might be time to go to the Backalley discord and start spreading the word about Spem, make a liberty.me account where I mostly just mirror my anarchism-related articles, maybe debate Eso on metaphysics...

There's also a new article: Fighting over the keyboard.

I cleared two months of old update history, because recently I noticed how much scrolling that meant for mobile users to see the comments. Probably should have a button to hide the update log or something.

November 8: Two new articles: Worrying is not irrational and Disputed premise, not circular reasoning. I also revised my explanations of why it's impossible to rationally believe that consciousness is a product of matter and how sleep works.

November 7: Four new articles: Societal diagnosis: personal determinism; "Representation" - the worst argument for the legitimacy of government?; Nano Is A Good Editor; and What is 'magic'? An attempted answer.

November 6: There have been tons of new words added to Spem lately, including an expansion to the demonstratives. I also added my review of the Fish shell.

November 4: New article: ThErE aRe No HiStOrIcAl ExAmPlEs Of AnArChY

November 2: Well! After so much indecision I finally went ahead and migrated the backend to Django. We'll see how this goes. The comments and Spem dictionary shouldn't be messed up, but if they are that's why. The old version of the site is available at old.yujiri.xyz, so if the comments are broken, you could comment there to get my attention.

November 1: New Spem articles: Quickie: quantifier-type compounds, and Language design insight: the difference between verbs and adjectives. New pseudo-Protagonism article: How I left Catholicism.