Just discovered that I'm not obligated to ⭐-rate books that I've read to record that I've read it on Good Reads. What a relief.

In running a full Elasticsearch instance for my mastodon for the sole purpose of filtering my toots by tags. Peak frivolity.

Upon the occasion of history's fish manned flights in the 1780s, someone asked Benjamin Franklin what user he saw in such frivolity. "What use," he replied, "is a newborn baby?"

Tube eating is a uniquely disquieting experience. It requires bypassing the two quality control systems available to the human organism: looking and sniffing.

I'm tooting highlights from "Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach using

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As usual I'm in awe of those four-character phrases they have in Japanese and Chinese:


en jyaku kou koku

Piece-by-piece, this says "swallow sparrow goose swan", i.e., four birds, two little and two large.


"How can a small bird (a sparrow, a petty person) understand the aspirations of a great bird (a phoenix) / Only a hero can understand a hero." 🤯

E beat me at 19x19 twice, with 10 handicap and then with 9 handicap. I think I got the scaling wrong from 4 handicap on 13x13, he should be playing with 8 or 7 handicap on 19x19.

One reason that singletons are so prevalent in the Scandinavian countries is that their welfare states protect most citizens from the most difficult aspects of living alone.

The worst part about going out on your own is that you have to work 24hrs a day. The best part is that you get to choose which 24.

There's a real risk that we'll miss the chance to adapt suburbia for the way we're currently living and we're all going to suffer, because as we get older we'll find that it doesn't work for us anymore.

Independent presence is a necessary condition of meaningful relationships.

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Collective belief in the myth of autonomy obscures the fact that our prized individualism is directly underwritten by social institutions: the family, the market, the state.

E beat me at 13x13 with 5 handicap tonight. Two out of three games. Told him that he should take territory over attacking me and he just got a big boost in him game. Expect to be lowering his handicap rapidly now.

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Git is planning to switch to SHA-256 soon. This is all great news, but the best thing is the command to convert an existing repo to the new hash. It reads like a shitpost and gets better with each argument:

git convert-repo --to-hash=sha-256 --frobnicate-blobs --climb-subtrees --liability-waiver=none --use-shovels --carbon-offsets

Source: lwn.net/SubscriberLink/811068/

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The most commonly-used tool for a programmer is the one they use to write code: their text editor, also known as a rebugger.

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The year is 2025

There are five browser cores:
- webkit
- chromium
- gecko
- servo
- youtube-dl, which ended up implementing a full-fledged browser in python to keep successfully downloading videos

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