Monday February 19th, 2018

Me in July I could go for some iced

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Me, in July: "I could go for some iced lemonade."

The tree, in February cold snap (partial harvest from tonight):

Annoying: the refrigerator has a 10 f difference between two shelves.


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Struggling with camera stuff, need to move this between computers, posting to Flutterby is the easiest way to do so.

Raspberry Pi camera w/motion detection.

Motion-detecting camera GPG-encrypts images and video, uploads all to S3.

Saturday February 17th, 2018

Making pizza tonight

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Making pizza tonight. Or as I like to call it: Playing chicken with the smoke alarm.

Friday February 16th, 2018

RT the not-liberal Fabian:

*whispers in your ear* white nationalists murdering people will never be called terrorism in America because terrorism implies its a threat to the state apparatus but white nationalist violence only reenforces the state apparatus in America

Shoot the rescuer

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Faith City shooting investigation in "early stages". Gunman took 100 to 150 people hostage in a chapel, someone took the gun from him, police shot the guy who took the gun...

"The officers fired shots that struck the man," said [Amarillo Police Sergeant Brent] Barbee. "After some additional investigation, they've learned that the man that the gun may have taken the firearm away from the original suspect in the call. The man who originally had the gun has been taken into custody."

One of the difficulties of having multiple uncoordinated responders in hostage or active shooter situations.

Via Via

How come with all the inventive

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How come with all the "inventive cuisine" around I've never seen shrimp cockatiel on a menu?

Thoughts and Prayers

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Because I keep wanting to be able to get back to it: Optipess comic: Thoughts and Prayers

Parkland shooting and white supremacists

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ADL: Florida White Supremacist Group Admits Ties to Alleged Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz. Except it turns out that this was likely just a terrorist organization trying to take credit for the actions of someone they likely didn't have contact with: Local law enforcement: No ties between militia and Florida high school shooter.

So kinda like when ISIS/ISIL jumps on the latest bandwagon any time someone with darker skin than usual flips out.

consent and detention

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up to 5 years

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Marin man accused of ramming cyclists ordered to stand trial.

A Novato man accused of ramming cyclists with his pickup truck in West Marin was ordered to stand trial on all counts.

Aaron Michael Paff, 21, is charged with four felony hit-and-run charges. He could face a sentence of up to five years if convicted.

Thoughts and prayers is to this

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"Thoughts and prayers" is to this generation what "sucks to be you" was to the'90s.

Thursday February 15th, 2018

Can we deport him?

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Wednesday February 14th, 2018

Eternal September

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Never Ending September Date:

This program wraps the libc localtime() and gmtime() functions to output the eternal September 1993 date. The epoch month is configurable (new in version 0.3).

Tuesday February 13th, 2018

Considering my life choices after

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Considering my life choices after seeing just how many meetups and groups I'm interested in are having meetings tomorrow evening (Valentne's Day).

Israeli police find 'sufficient evidence' to indict Benjamin Netanyahu:

According to a police report published late Tuesday, authorities found evidence of "accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust."

P.F. Chang's Winter Olympics

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WLS-Ch.7 blames graphics 'mix-up' for confusion between P.F. Chang's and Pyeongchang:

Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul in South Korea, and the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

P.F. Chang’s is an Asian-inspired chain restaurant with 210 U.S. locations, including ones in Chicago, Lombard, Northbrook, Orland Park and Schaumburg.

The lesson seems to be: Don't let your sports department satire bleed over into your newsroom.

Data doesn't lie Twitter

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"Data doesn't lie"? Twitter aggressively pursuing the profoundly ignorant is a useful strategy while they're simultaneously trying to get us to buy advertising and convince us that state sponsored bot accounts aren't influencing US policy.

CLI and Hadoop

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Command-line Tools can be 235x Faster than your Hadoop Cluster. Picked up a few cool things in here, including using xargs for parallelization.

How bad is the congestion in Marin The

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How bad is the congestion in Marin? The bus driver isn't using the HOV lane.

Wrong House, Wrong Person

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Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house. "No active warrants" is a weird way to say "innocent", but judging from the man's name I guess he wasn't Caucasion, so can be presumed guilty until proven innocent. And there was a firearm in the house, but accounts from witnesses differ from those of police as to whether that the dead man was in possession of that weapon, and whether the police warned him to drop it.

A warrant out of Tate County shows Samuel Pearman was wanted for domestic assault. But, when Southaven officers arrived on Surrey Lane to arrest Pearman, they did not show up to the correct house.

Instead, officers missed their target by 36 feet. Those 36 feet made all the difference to Ismael Lopez and his wife.

New York Daily News: Mississippi police fatally shoot man while attempting to serve warrant at wrong house

NBC News: Mississippi Police Fatally Shoot Man at Wrong House While Serving Warrant

CNN: Mississippi police who fatally shot man had wrong house, DA says

Speed Cameras Nixed

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Speed-camera trial for San Jose, San Francisco dies in Assembly. The most vocal opposition comes from police unions, CHP Officer Tom Maguire of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen said:

“I have never investigated or assisted in an investigation that involved a vehicle and a pedestrian or a vehicle and a bicycle that resulted in a fatality where speed was the primary collision factor,” Maguire said. “Never.”

“I have never investigated or assisted in an investigation that involved a vehicle and a pedestrian or a vehicle and a bicycle that resulted in a fatality where speed was the primary collision factor,” Maguire said. “Never.”

The author of the bill brought up the death of Aileen Quiroz Chavez:

Juana Maria Quiroz says she's had her own close calls with speeding cars in this neighborhood. Some neighbors have been pushing for speed bumps to slow down traffic but were previously overruled by other neighbors who didn't want them. But police on Wednesday said it didn't appear as though the driver was speeding, and that the family was inside the crosswalk when they were struck.

wellness & neglect

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Father convicted in son's meningitis death will not speak at wellness expos after backlash — David Stephan of Nelson, B.C. was selling 'multivitamin replacement. Before the publicity caused the sponsors started pulling out, the organizer said all sorts of skeevy stuff, but also:

"I look for the most controversial thing I can," he added. "If it's out there and it's controversial, that means people are talking about it. There's no better place to talk about something than at a place where you can actually find out the facts from the original person."

The vitamin salesguy and his wife were convicted in 2016 of "...failing to provide the necessaries of life to their son Ezekiel, who died in 2012."

Monday February 12th, 2018

Cycling in SLO

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Former Mayor of San Luis Obispo California writes letter to city council decrying new bikeway:

Tonight, you (San Luis Obispo City Council) have before you a request for permission to assault that tranquility in order to create a gigantic urban rape. Yes, rape! No other word would be proper. The rape will not be performed by a male penis, but by thousands of inanimate bicycles guided by individuals who will have absolutely no understanding of that precious tranquility they will be destroying in their mindless focus of getting from point “A” to point “B” with the least possible inconvenience to themselves.

Via Streetsblog

Eccentric Flower: The Myth of No History and the Shadows of Old Gods

Still pondering this, and discussing it in another channel.

The Very Model

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"I am the very model of a New York Times contrarian / My intellect is polished but my soul’s authoritarian ..."

Friday February 9th, 2018

Not permitted to say "No"

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Just walked out on to the street in San

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Just walked out on to the street in San Francisco and screamed "blockchain", but nobody threw money at me. Is this thing played out, or did I do it wrong?

Half of me is like oh Lake

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Half of me is like "oh, Lake County, don't ever change", the other half of me is "holy crap, they had 800 gallons of ethyl alcohol in 'a barn type structure' and things went wrong?, this is why we need OSHA!"

Air Gapping is not enough

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ODINI : Escaping Sensitive Data from Faraday-Caged, Air-Gapped Computers via Magnetic Fields Mordechai Guri, Boris Zadov, Andrey Daidakulov, Yuval Elovici — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Center:

In this paper, we present a new type of covert channel that can be used to exfiltrate information from air-gapped computers through Faraday cages. Our method uses low frequency magnetic fields generated by a computers CPU. These fields penetrate metal shields, and hence can be used to bypass the protective Faraday cages.

Ehang passenger ncopters

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CNN: People are now flying around in autonomous drones which is kind of like "well, yeah, we've seen flying bathtubs", and Germany has the Yolocopter Volocoptr but this is Chinese company Ehang with one and two passenger vehicles:

Internet Reducing Power Consumption?

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Americans staying home, streaming video, and using less energy because of it — Decouple economic growth from energy consumption: Tell your boss you want to work from home.


Changes in Time Use and Their Effect on Energy Consumption in the United States Ashok Sekar, Eric Williams, Roger Chen

Lifestyles are changing due to information technology and other socio- technological trends. We study the energy effects induced by lifestyle shifts via tradeoffs in time spent in performing activities. We use the American Time Use Survey to find changes in times performing different activities from 2003 to 2012. The results show that Americans are spending considerably more time at home (7.8 days more in 2012 compared with 2003). This increased home time is counterbalanced by decreased time spent traveling (1.2 days less in 2012 versus 2003) and in non-residential buildings (6.7 days less in 2012 versus 2003). Increased residential time is mainly due to increased work at home, video watching, and computer use. Decomposition analysis is then used to estimate effects on energy consumption, indicating that more time at home and less on travel and in non-residential buildings reduced national energy demand by 1,700 trillion BTU in 2012, 1.8% of the national total.

Economic impacts of abortion

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The Economic Impact of Denying Abortion Care May Be Bigger Than You Think

ANSIR: Turnaway Study

The Turnaway Study is ANSIRH’s prospective longitudinal study examining the effects of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. The major aim of the study is to describe the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of receiving an abortion compared to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term. From 2008 to 2010, we recruited from 30 abortion facilities around the country—from Maine to Washington, Texas to Minnesota—to recruit about 1,000 women who sought abortions, some who received abortions because they presented for care under the gestational limit of the clinic and some who were “turned away” and carried to term because they were past the gestational limit.

Asparagus & Breast Cancer

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"Eat your vegetables" they said. Fuck it, I'm going to an all bacon diet: Spread of breast cancer linked to compound in asparagus and other foods

Asparagine bioavailability governs metastasis in a model of breast cancer doi:10.1038/nature25465

address on Mission is hella 1337

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This address on Mission is hella 1337

The Shape Of

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Thursday February 8th, 2018

Firefighters vetoing pedestrian safety

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San Francisco firefighters union asks mayoral candidates for veto power over bike lanes, pedestrian safety projects.

Two things:

  1. WTF? This seems the sort of thing the office of the fire chief might ask, but the union?
  2. Seems like all of these improvements should have some notion of statistical lives saved (hard to do because of macroeconomic effects, but...) and any impacts on emergency response should be even easier to quantify.

There are the macro effects, what do more or fewer cars mean for response, that sort of thing, but just at the minimal ones...

Thinking about these what's your right

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Thinking about these "what's your right wing conspiracy theory?" and similar memes based on the last 4 digits on your phone number, and wondering what the overlap between ATM PIN and phone numbers is...

Current frustration

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Current frustration: .pdfs which can only be read by current versions of Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Acrobat being broken on current versions of Ubuntu or under Wine.

Kansas Senate sends a message

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Bicycle race fatality inspires Senate bill creating violation for negligent driving.

The last race of Topeka cyclist Glenda Taylor’s career was the 2015 Kansas State Bicycle Time Trial Championships.

Taylor, head of the art department at Washburn University, was killed when she was struck by a pickup truck in Crawford County. The impact threw her 169 feet into a ditch. Her pelvis was crushed and bones in her arms and legs were shattered. Her aortic artery was torn from her heart.

So the Kansas Senate Transportation Committee is being urged to adopt legislation that would impose a fine "... if the driver causing a crash outside city limits was engaged in an activity that distracted him or her from the road."

They're sending a message. The proposed fine is $45.

The perpetrator in this particular killing was convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 34 months in prison, the judge suspended the prison time for 36 months of probation and 60 days in jail.

As always, I have mixed feelings about the punishment for killing with a motor vehicle: I suspect that driver will forever more be cautious and will probably be wracked with guilt for the rest of their life, but I wish we had some actually effective deterrents for behaving recklessly with a motor vehicle.

Sweet Potatoes and Polynesians

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PNAS: Historical collections reveal patterns of diffusion of sweet potato in Oceania obscured by modern plant movements and recombination.

In the first origin, the Polynesian sweet potato (Kumara lineage) was introduced by Polynesian voyagers who collected it somewhere from the western coast of South America, between 1000 and 1100 A.D.

Just click through and go look at "Figure 1", which shows the spread of the sweet potato across the Pacific Ocean, tracked partially by the evolution of local names.


Tumblr Trolls

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relevant experience

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RT puppy @duckinator

i just got turned down for contract work assisting a company split a large project into a collection of libraries and releasing them using rubygems, because i "have neither a degree nor relevant experience."


i'm one of the rubygems maintainers. 🙃

Just a thought

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Just a thought: what if, instead of clogging valuable surface streets for this, we had underground pipes for water delivery?

Limit fire time

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When you see the Muni bus go by before

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When you see the Muni bus go by before you get to the stop, but are able to beat traffic on foot to catch it at the next stop.

Wednesday February 7th, 2018

fursona that is actually a car

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RT Kyle Machulis‏ @qDot:

BREAKING NEWS: Travis Kalanick is a furry.

But probably one of those weird transportation furries that’s got a fursona that is actually a car.

"fursona that is actually a car" accurately describes the approach so many of us have to transportation modes.

What's wrong with Oklahoma

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The Economist: What’s the matter with Oklahoma?

FORTY miles from Tulsa, sometimes along unpaved roads, sits Wagoner High School, with its 650 pupils, championship-calibre football team and show barn—a seemingly ordinary small-town school. But unlike most high schools, Wagoner is closed on Mondays. The reason, a severe reduction in state funds, has pushed 90 other school districts in Oklahoma to do the same. Teacher pay is the third-lowest in the country and has triggered a statewide shortage, as teachers flee to neighbouring states like Arkansas and Texas or to private schools. “Most of our teachers work second jobs,” says Darlene Adair, Wagoner’s principal. “A lot of them work at Walmart on nights and weekends, or in local restaurants.” Ms Adair hopes that Walmart does not offer her teachers a full-time job, which would be a pay rise for many.

If you can't educate the next generation, the population is gonna slide back to a Malthusian existence.

Gender Pay Gap in Uber Drivers

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David Henderson in the Library of Economics and Liberty: Male Uber Drivers Earn More and It's Not Due to Discrimination. I think its an overstatement to say "not due to discrimination", but drawing on The Gender Earnings Gap in the Gig Economy: Evidence from over a Million Rideshare Drivers by Cody Cook, Rebecca Diamond, Jonathan Hall John A. List, and Paul Oyer which says:

We find that men earn roughly 7% more per hour than women on average, which is in line with prior estimates of gender earnings gaps within specifically defined jobs (Bayard et al. (2003), Barth et al. (2017)). We can explain the entire gap with three factors. First, through the logic of compensating differentials, hourly earnings on Uber vary predictably by location and time of week, and men tend to drive in more lucrative locations. The second factor is work experience. Even in the relatively simple production of a passenger's ride, past experience is valuable for drivers. A driver with more than 2,500 lifetime trips completed earns 14% more per hour than a driver who has completed fewer than 100 trips in her time on the platform, in part because she learn where to drive, when to drive, and how to strategically cancel and accept trips. Male drivers accumulate more experience than women by driving more each week and being less likely to stop driving with Uber. Because of these returns to experience and because the typical male Uber driver has more experience than the typical female--putting them higher on the learning curve--men earn more money per hour.

I haven't had time to dig in yet to see if they looked at whether women don't feel comfortable with a certain class of rides or pick-ups and drop-offs in less savory neighborhoods, which is my first thought of impacts, but there are some interesting notes here.

Whoah, 1990-2016, passenger rail deaths averaged 9.66/100M passenger mile. Assuming auto occupancy of 1.6, and 1.18 deaths per 100M vehicle miles, is passenger rail really an order of magnitude more dangerous than cars? I've gotta be wrong.

So the EPA uses

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So the EPA uses $7.4M in 2006 dollars as the statistical value of a life. CPI says that's $9.2M today. 1.18 deaths/100M vehicle miles. So direct fatalities are just under $.11/mi external cost of automobile travel. (Pollution deaths are more)