I'm a programmer, writer, and philosopher of all things. I post all kinds of stuff here.
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.
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.
I found out the most horrifying thing I learned about America in a long time. In happier news, updates to Spem:
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.
Long-term improvement: the page URLs no longer have
.html. Requesting the
.html version should redirect to the new version.
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.
Changes to Spem:
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.
More substantial updates to Spem, including the shortening of
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:
January 1: New article: The separation of legislation and enforcement is harmful.
On the Spem dictionary page, notes search by regex is finally available.
The Spem ASCII transliteration scheme has been defined.
A minor improvement to the Markdown system: fenced code blocks no longer put the <code> inside of the <pre> (which made the <code> styling apply only to the text and not the whole block).
The big one: We got header links now! Check 'em out. Let me know if you find any that don't work.
New page with Spem open questions. I plan to start using that page as a general page to keep track of everything I'm looking for input on, but I'm not merging the page about variable derefencing into there yet.
The old articles on the problems with "harm", "self-defense", and "extremism" have been merged into a new article on Propaganda words and phrases that includes all of them and some more.
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 :/
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:
The authentication popup is way better! No more HTTP Basic auth; I use the mwc-dialog element, so the field asking for your email doesn't have to be labeled "username" anymore.
Relatedly, you'll see an area in the top-left when you're logged in showing who as and giving a link to the notification settings page.
A minor aesthetic change: I've added a slight box-shadow around comments. Let me know what you think of it.
Most important of all: I've added an email entry field to the comment element, so you don't have to make an account separately. When you use this field, your account is automatically created and subscribed to the one comment. I didn't want to do that without confirmation before, but I realized that a spammer can already spam you with confirmation emails, so it doesn't really make anything worse if they can subscribe you to a single comment, as long as they can't mess with your settings once you've got your account. Finally, entering the email address (which is auto-filled by a cookie) on the comment submit form auto-subscribes you to it, so you won't have to login and click subscribe on all your comments.
This was the biggest blocker to my publicity pushes. I didn't want to go for traffic when I had a flaw that I thought would cause most commenters to never come back. Once I'm sure everything's working, I think it's time to start a liberty.me account and go debate either Eso or Filthy...
Instead of having different paragraph elements for errors to show up and me having to worry about targeting the right one and clearing it when the request succeeds, I use lit-toast to show error and success messages.
main_gi found another XSS vulnerability, although less severe. My markdown processor escapes HTML first but doesn't stop bookmarklet links generated from Markdown. This should be fixed.
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.
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.
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...
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.
The free market in a nutshell. I've been working on this article for a long time. Since I think most conservatives already know the "drill" on the free market, I tried to tailor it to people who were raised with a liberal conception of economics and just haven't really questioned it yet.
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.
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 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.