Sunday March 29th, 2015

Cut through Helen Putnam Park on my

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Cut through Helen Putnam Park on my bike ride to Tomales. Realized we pay for our parks with automobile parking fees: doing it wrong.

Even though it's a dry year

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Even though it's a dry year, it's wildflower season!

Saturday March 28th, 2015

brendanstallard I can highly recommend

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@brendanstallard I can highly recommend supplementing that file with the Kikuichi clippers

Friday March 27th, 2015

Unsolicited book recommendation of the

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Unsolicited book recommendation of the moment:

EgyptAir Flight 990 had two people in

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EgyptAir Flight 990 had two people in the cockpit. Careful of security theatre.


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Quora answers has a great skeptical look at Paul Ekman's work on micro facial expressions.

Which came from this MeFi thread on the release of the TSA's 92 point profiling checklist in which The Whelk observed:

First check if the passenger has the mark of the goat, or an unusual birthmark, or has been seen covorting with the devil behind Goody Wainwright's shed.

Thursday March 26th, 2015

Duplicate MAC address makes it hard to

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Duplicate MAC address makes it hard to use both tablets at the same time...


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When The Artisanal Food Trend Has Gone Too Far. Dan Meth re-imagines packaging for foods you've seen before. And, I'm embarrassed to admit, I've probably bought one or two of these re-branded products at Trader Joe's.

Farming & water

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LA Times: Capitol Journal: Thirsty crops should require state regulation, an editorial complaining about how residential users are being told to cut down on irrigation, and commercial users are being told to make customers ask for glasses of water, but...

No such directives as "tomatoes are OK because they're not water guzzlers and can be fallowed in a dry year," but "hold off planting more gulping almond orchards in the desert."

I'm fine with water conservation. On my list is crawling under the house again to re-evaluate greywater for the shower. But the fact that we're subsidizing almonds pisses me off.

Principled politics

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Je suis Margot: [Sweden's foreign minister] Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely:

It is a sign of how upside-down modern politics has become that one assumes that a politician who defends freedom of speech and women’s rights in the Arab world must be some kind of muscular liberal, or neocon, or perhaps a supporter of one of Scandinavia’s new populist right-wing parties whose commitment to human rights is merely a cover for anti-Muslim hatred. ...

"comma, comma, comma, comma, comma" chameleon? (guy in the next cube over is reading a CSV file...)

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Lesson to kids

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Lesson to kids: drugs and alcohol are like dogs and skateboards. And cars go through that gate...

Neighbor gave us Makrut limes off their

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Neighbor gave us Makrut limes off their tree. This curry lunch is amazing.

Career paths\

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RT Merrill Markoe ‏@Merrillmarkoe:

Whenever I buy cheap clothes from Malaysia it feels good to know I'm helping a 5 y.o.learn a trade that will support him thru grade school.

Wednesday March 25th, 2015

It's a configure computers sort of

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It's a configure computers sort of evening

On big buffers

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Edit: Yeah, I'm skeptical.

When In-Memory Computing is Slower than Heavy Disk Usage, Kamran Karimi, Diwakar Krishnamurthy, Parissa Mirjafari.

A quick skim suggests that this is about letting your OS do the buffering rather than blowing out your CPU cache while attempting to buffering, and that incremental asynch writes while you're doing other stuff beats serializing everything.

Via /., but then reading the comments from people who've read the paper more thoroughly, suggests that these folks are exploiting bad behavior from Python and/or Java, and really don't understand what's happening under the hood.

Prioritizing vehicles

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RT Josh Adams ‏@waxcorp:

Apparently car v @SFBayBikeShare at Howard & Beale didn't go too well tonight...


Ant it was observed by @mikesonn that:

@mlroach @CPbike we get bollards on bike paths for bikes and soft hit posts in streets for cars

Tuesday March 24th, 2015

iPad can print PDFs

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iPad can print PDFs. Will set up a CUPS queue to print to PDF and Linux helps extract data from the iOS silo!

Yet another essay arguing that semantic

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Yet another essay arguing that semantic web publishing is the future: Yep. And it always will be...

Getting a new Android tablet

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Getting a new Android tablet. Just realized I'm not sure how I'm going to get a bunch of PDFs off my iPad as I don't have iTunes anywhere

OH there are NO best practices so

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OH: "there are NO best practices"

"sooooo... it's like perl :)"

OH: "what does allcrypt do?" "nothing anymore..." #bitcoin

Who's the victim here?

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Every day, more than 60 cars crash into commercial buildings.


Why aren't those buildings wearing helmets and high visibility clothing?

(I also love how "gas pedal error" and "driver error" are distinct.)

On the X-Files reboot

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RT Paul Palubicki @paplikaplik

It's hard for me to imagine an X-Files plot that works with smartphones and easy internet access.


Scully, I've uncovered evidence that shows the gov't is recording everyone's information and storing it in a secret desert facility


Scully, there's a loose confederation of people posting to this website who've uncovered a vast conspiracy in gaming journalism


Scully, I met a woman who claimed she would "swipe right" for me. I have reason to believe she has evidence regarding my sister's abduction


Scully, I've just had 200 pizzas delivered to my house and then a SWAT team showed up. They know I'm getting too close to the truth.


Scully, I believe it's entirely possible the Yik Yak is connected to a series of grisly murders that took place around Yonkers in 1962

Manufacturing diseases

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Monday March 23rd, 2015

Huh. All of a sudden Facebook ads seem to be link farms trying to pitch topics we saw two years ago. Desperate for advertisers?

First time driving in the city in ages

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First time driving in the city in ages. Fuck the Uber drivers, standing in no stopping zones, driving in bus-only lanes.

Mail from a recruiter "impressed

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Mail from a recruiter "impressed ... by your academic background". Uh. Don't get me wrong, I think I'm awesome, but...

Right click

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A bookmarklet to re-enable right click to copy/paste on sites which disable it: http://jsbookmarklets.blogspot...ight-click-on-websites-that.html

Blame Canada!

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You know all of those times we've been told that some "cyberattack" comes from North Korea, or the other bogeyman of the moment?

Communication Security Establishment's cyberwarfare toolbox revealed:

The CSE toolbox includes the ability to redirect someone to a fake website, create unrest by pretending to be another government or hacker, and siphon classified information out of computer networks, according to experts who viewed the documents.

Emphasis mine. See also: ‘Create unrest’: Canada’s CSE agency includes ‘false flag’ operations as part of newly-revealed cyberwarfare scope:

Via /..

Sent the fax to reup my Callerlab

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Sent the fax to re-up my Callerlab membership before I discovered I could buy the music license without it. Pricier...

Another application for vendor

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Another application for vendor relationship management: show me nearby gas stations without video ads.

Sunday March 22nd, 2015

Dear 71k hits on my web server, at a high rate, from 97 IP addresses? How is that not a DOS attack?

Saturday March 21st, 2015

Long day of square dance calling

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Long day of square dance calling practice. Sore feet and brain. Only had one good tip, but might be starting to "feel it".

"made with scientific process"

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"made with scientific process"

Friday March 20th, 2015

If you were ready to discount the NYT

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If you were ready to discount the NYT style section, scroll to the bottom & read the editor's note:

For printing out

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For printing out, laminating, and applying to poles in my neighborhood:

You call these grapes They taste like

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"You call these grapes? They taste like Fresno!" #80schild #miniseries

Today's awesome

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Today's awesome: Vanguard College Prep vs the Gainesville Tornadoes basketball game:

Arsenic in cheap wine

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I have previously mentioned mercury in high fructose corn syrup, arsenic in rice and lead in Italian balsamic vinegar and Mexican hot sauce.

I thought I was avoiding problems in the latter two by sticking to California grown versions, but when we're down visiting Charlene's family we drive past the Charles Shaw winery all the time, and Two Buck Chuck and other cheap California wine may have arsenic in it.

When the current code is in git and the

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When the current code is in git and the legacy code is in svn and you find the RPC server with an RCS directory under the deployment dir...

Video game classification

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Nobilis Reed: A Modest Proposal for Video Game Classification.

NU - Nudity

NU+ - Male Nudity with Cocks and Everything

Some days it looks like you can see the

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Some days it looks like you can see the interference patterns in the plastic dome...

Jackson witheld evidence

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Texas Bar Association accuses the prosecutor who got Todd Willingham executed of misconduct in that trial. Good, can we get now judge(!) John H. Jackson up on murder charges?