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A Close Read of The OA’s Controversial Ending |
There’s also a third story that, intentionally or not, The OA evokes quite well. As an astute commenter on Rosenberg’s essay noted, the movements in The OA are reminiscent of The Shot, a basketball play in John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany that is repeatedly practiced by the narrator, John, and his best friend, Owen. Like Prairie, Owen has cryptic visions of some future important role he must play. Toward the end of the novel, it finally becomes clear what that role is: John and Owen use their basketball maneuver to save a group of Vietnamese children from a live grenade flung at them by the disturbed brother of a soldier killed in the Vietnam War. Here, you have a disturbed man committing a violent act. You have a rehearsed physical movement that prevents it. And you have an unusual child who grows into an unusual man, all the while convinced he is an instrument of God. Instrument of God — that’s another way of saying you’re an angel, isn’t it?
theoa  critique 
march 2019 by kme
Mastodon 2.0 – Eugen Rochko – Medium
More than ever people need an escape hatch, an alternative to commercial networks that are incentivized to keep bad actors around to drive engagement, that sell your time and screen estate to advertisers and then throw you out without recourse for saying a bad word to a celebrity. Mastodon is that hatch. It’s an alternative reality where communities know and care about each other and moderators aren’t far away from the users. Free software stands first and foremost for the freedom of its user.
mastodon  opensocial  ostatus  socialmedia  critique  alternativeto  twitter 
november 2017 by kme
Was The Windows Registry a Good Idea?
Was The Windows Registry a Good Idea? No

Was it better than the implementation of INI files? Yes

Solution : A better implementation of ini files

The two things it solved was speed and centralisation
Ini files are slow, but don't need to be?
Ini files are scattered but don't need to be

If I run a program I would expect it to save my settings in my space not in it's program folder, not in the system folder, not hidden somewhere (seemingly randomly) in the registry, if it's a global setting - isn't that what All Users is for?
windows  registry  configfiles  critique  forthecomments 
october 2015 by kme

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