Thursday January 29th, 2015

Just puttin' it out there now

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Just puttin' it out there now: Pupusas, Marlow & W. College, Santa Rosa, Friday at Noon!

OH: "load bearing server", as in the server box is actually holding up part of a shelf that other things are on.

Wanted: an IPv6 ADSL2+ modem that doesn't want to control IPv4 DHCP on the local network.

Tolling cyclists

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Shadow passed along: Lawmaker proposes tolling cyclists on new 520 (Seattle area) bridge.

I am a proponent of charging for used infrastructure, because that's the way the market can make decisions on what to use. However, I suspect that State Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima) hasn't fully understood the macroeconomic impact of encouraging cyclists vs cars, especially in light of the cost to recover the toll for users of different modes.

Wednesday January 28th, 2015

Cameras & cops done right

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Muskogee police department releases police video in wake of shooting of black suspect by officer. This is why it's important to have cameras, and why it's important to release the video. Exonerates the officer, shows the community how the decisions got made.

Pay for play med journals

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On personal battles

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RT Rick Gualtieri ‏@RickGualtieri:

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Me? Let's just say those gopher demons had better honor the treaty this time

Comcast network failure simulator

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Bwahahaha! https://github.com/tylertreat/Comcast :

Testing distributed systems under hard failures like network partitions and instance termination is critical, but it's also important we test them under less catastrophic conditions because this is what they most often experience. Comcast is a tool designed to simulate common network problems like latency, bandwidth restrictions, and dropped/reordered/corrupted packets.

Gasket applied to a sink strainer to

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Gasket applied to a sink strainer to make a better bathtub hair trap. Fixing a broken world...

Tuesday January 27th, 2015

Jessamyn has some great notes on

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Jessamyn has some great notes on unraveling systems after her dad died: https://medium.com/message/deathhacks-b767903b7c15

So is text email really truly

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So is text email really truly dead? Because even companies I thought of as clueful are only bothering with the HTML version. Sigh.

Monday January 26th, 2015

Sky starring to show colors

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Sky starring to show colors, lights starring to come on

sky line has changed since I made this

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The sky line has changed since I made this trip regularly

sky line has changed since I made this

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The sky line has changed since I made this trip regularly

Golden Gate

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Golden Gate, Alcatraz and Mt Tam

Riding the ferry into the city

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Riding the ferry into the city, and was reminded of where Charlene and I met

Demographics of erotica

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Working from home today

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Working from home today. Actually productive. Meanwhile: The Economist on why cubicles suck: http://www.economist.com/news/...src=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/insidethebox

Sunday January 25th, 2015

Huh: environment in which "let's go talk about Waldorf" is the "step outside and get high" phrase. See also "safety meeting".

Among today's accomplishments

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Among today's accomplishments: I actually have eaten the plums that were in the icebox. At Charlene's urging.

Blue screen of bike

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Snerk: After some of the disasters Shadow has forwarded to me, I get kinda nervous when I click on links from him, like: My exercise bike crashed.

Saturday January 24th, 2015

First time on the bike in many many

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First time on the bike in many many months. 41 miles rolled by easily, but... that most terrible of dinosaurs: megasoreass.

Western Sonoma county

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Western Sonoma county

Four some reason

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Four some reason, these Victorians caught my eye today

Eucalyptus on the way to Tomales

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Eucalyptus on the way to Tomales

Friday January 23rd, 2015

Twilight below the Cotati grade

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Twilight below the Cotati grade

Zoe Keating on YouTube

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Zoë Keating: What should I do about Youtube?

Really good read on how music licensing and the Google octopus are impacting media creation.

The Weight Loss Industry

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Anna Mirer: Let’s Talk About Intentional Weight Loss and Evidence-Based Medicine.

Or Weight science: evaluating the evidence for a paradigm shift, Bacon, Aphramor, which is available as an article here.

... Concern has arisen that this weight focus is not only ineffective at producing thinner, healthier bodies, but may also have unintended consequences, contributing to food and body preoccupation, repeated cycles of weight loss and regain, distraction from other personal health goals and wider health determinants, reduced self-esteem, eating disorders, other health decrement, and weight stigmatization and discrimination. ...

Santa Rosa: Pupusas. Strip mall at Marlow & W. College. Noon. Be there.

Skymall Bankruptcy

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SkyMall files for bankruptcy. But... but... what will we do now while the airplane is below 10k feet?

MeFi thread.

Zonda clone

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Anyone who's watched enough Top Gear knows that "supercars" are basically silly, but they sure appeal to the 11 year old boy in all of us. I think this is pretty much the right way to go about them: 1989 Ford Scorpio reworked with an Audi twin turbo V8 to look like a Pagani Zonda (YouTube).

Photobucket pictures here. Some shakey video of it. eBay listing for it.

Thursday January 22nd, 2015

Tonight's shop listening

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Tonight's shop listening: Rish Outfield's "Birth of a Sidekick", cheesey pulp western that made me smile while I worked on prototypes..,

Tonight's recommended short story

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Tonight's recommended short story: Max Gladstone's "A Kiss With Teeth", from "Some Of The Best Of Tor.com: 2014"

Impatience: Wondering how many weeks 'til the wood for the bathroom vanity comes in, check the receipt, it's only been a week.

CSS selectors

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I don't do much CSS (or JQuery), but I when I do I have to look this crap up: The 30 CSS Selectors you Must Memorize.

RT Полный песец @qDot:

If nothing else, hanging my work in the show myself means I get to have sex with the hot up and coming artist that's hanging my work.

RT Stay Puft ‏@staypuft

Been fired from a job? Shut down by the government? Thrown in jail?

Congrats, you're just like the Ghostbusters.

Now.

Go save the world.

slop is a command-line script that lets the user select a screen region, and then outputs that to stdout.

In case like me you're tired of firing up GIMP, doing "File->Create->Screenshot..." and then fumbling through what window is where, you can easily do things like tie this to ImageMagick or ffmpeg.

Betty White naked

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So apparently Betty White's racy streak isn't just something put on to get laughs as she got old: Betty White Vintage Nude Photos Emerge, back in her early 20s she posed for playing card decks...

Teach your kids about floats perl l

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Teach your kids about floats:

perl -le '$a = 0; $a += .01 for (1..230); print $a; $a += .1; print $a'

Wednesday January 21st, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright is a great example

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Frank Lloyd Wright is a great example of how the design narrative you construct is way more important than functionality or fitness to task

Full disclosure

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Actually, it's about ethics in computer games journalism: Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them.

(If you've not been following tech culture, this is about GamerGate, not about Inififactory.)

German word of the day

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German word of the day: "Datenkrake", "data octopus" with "lurking horror of the deep/kraken" undertones.

Abusing E-ZPass data

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Chris Christie, Port Authority Official Abused E-ZPass Data For Their Own Ends.

I'm at least as concerned about Port Authority official attempting to strong-arm Senator Frank Lautenberg as I am about the Christie involvement:

"Respectfully, Senator, you only started paying tolls recently," Baroni said, according to a transcript of the exchange. "In fact, I have a copy of your free E-ZPass," he continued, holding up a physical copy of the toll pass Lautenberg had received as a benefit from his tenure as a Port Authority commissioner. "You took 284 trips for free in the last 2 years you had a pass."

Playing "I know where you live and travel" seems like kinda high stakes for an appointed bureaucrat to be playing with an elected official...

Drove 2 hours each way last night for

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Drove 2 hours each way last night for tech discussion. Like my 20s when I regularly drove from Chattanooga to Atlanta or Birmingham...

Tuesday January 20th, 2015

Johannes Ernst points out that we have

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Johannes Ernst points out that we have gone from vendor-customer relationship to overlord-subject relationship.

Slayer exciter circuit

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If you've ever looked at a Tesla coil throwing sparks and thought "what made that dude think wireless electricity for lighting was a good idea?", ElectroBoom builds a Slayer Exciter Circuit, Using a Tesla Coil.

I LOLed a few times, and learned a few things.

28k yo dildo

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Batteries not included: Meet the 28,000-year-old siltstone ‘dildo’, a little teaser article for the Institute of Sexology exhibit at the Wellcome Collection in London.