Sunday November 28th, 2021

Okay, gotta print up some artist statements and zip tie these to a pole at a nearby crosswalk and see how people respond....

Saturday November 27th, 2021

morning's productivity is brought to me

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This morning's productivity is brought to me by an interview with Matthew Hahn on How to Human. Very recommended. https://www.hellohumans.co/hth/066

So the two huge tech drivers of climate

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So the two huge tech drivers of climate cHange are crypto currencies and Waymo vehicles endlessly circling San Francisco (A city so bereft of vehicles it's going to free parking... https://www.nbcbayarea.com/new...people-back-in-the-city/2741281/ )

When Michelangelo does it it's "art"

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When Michelangelo does it it's "art", but when I draw dicks all over the walls...

Wanted to plug into the charger

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Wanted to plug into the charger, but the asshole quotient is high tonight.

Friday November 26th, 2021

Really, Google Maps/Auto? I say "1111 Gough" and you try to tell me about numerology? I'm trying to navigate here...

Obligatory foods post

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Obligatory foods post. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus, mashed celeriac, flatbreads made from nut flours (our guest is diabetic) saffron turkey, etc.

Thursday November 25th, 2021

On the occupied territories of the

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On the occupied territories of the Miwok peoples, we're gonna cook some Moroccan-style saffron braised turkey and assorted veggies and have a friend who lives on Pomo land down for an afternoon of reflection and friendship.

What's her AO3 account? Asking for

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What's her AO3 account? Asking for... reasons... https://deadstate.org/christia...-my-husband-to-have-sex-with-me/

"Nice handbag

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"Nice handbag, did you get it on Facebook Marketplace?" https://brokeassstuart.com/202...k-about-the-louis-vuitton-heist/

Yes, Facebook, the history of country music is sometimes associated with the sale of drugs.

Smith, Bissonette and Bushell

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Okay, I realize that there's a lot I don't understand and hear in modern percussion backgrounds, but Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth band, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Supergroup) give Nandi Bushell a MasterClass in Drumming is fantastic at helping me hear more about what's happening in the classics.

Wednesday November 24th, 2021

Pumpkin Pie & Abolition

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Beato, Sting & Miller

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If you, like me, enjoy what happens when a skeptical interview subject discovers that their interviewer is not just a true fan, but is also accomplished in the interviewee's subject and really knows the technical bits about the work, Rich Beato's interview with Sting and Dominic Miller (YouTube video) is worth playing.

Jon Foreman

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If you're a fan of Ali Badr or Andy Goldsworthy, check out the work of Jon Foreman (Sculpt the World)

Seymour Bernstein

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I never thought I'd be completely pulled into watching someone's piano lesson: Seymour Bernstein on Beethoven: Technique & Interpretation (Interview at the piano) (YouTube video)

Via MeFi

The economic return of wolves

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PNAS: Wolves make roadways safer, generating large economic returns to predator conservation

We quantify the effects of restoring wolf populations by evaluating their influence on deer–vehicle collisions (DVCs) in Wisconsin. We show that, for the average county, wolf entry reduced DVCs by 24%, yielding an economic benefit that is 63 times greater than the costs of verified wolf predation on livestock. Most of the reduction is due to a behavioral response of deer to wolves rather than through a deer population decline from wolf predation. This finding supports ecological research emphasizing the role of predators in creating a “landscape of fear.” It suggests wolves control economic damages from overabundant deer in ways that human deer hunters cannot.

https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2023251118

"The attachment state of some Fluid data

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"The attachment state of some Fluid data..." Not sure whether I'm reading about psychology, safer sex, or computer science. Also, why do we have to create new words for concepts that have been enshrined in computing for years? Is it just stupid branding?

Tuesday November 23rd, 2021

You can tell the import of a Central

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You can tell the import of a Central Valley town by how many exits it gets on Highway 99.

ConstitutionDAO aftermath

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Yeah, it worked as designed, and it was a scam and a whole lot of people got taken: ‘Buy the Constitution’ Aftermath: Everyone Very Mad, Confused, Losing Lots of Money, Fighting, Crying, Etc.

ConstitutionDAO tried to buy the Constitution. Now it has a $40 million mess on its hands and entire refunds are being wiped out by high fees.

And holy shit the transaction costs on Ethereum are huge and should completely demolish the lie that it's in any way usable as a currency.

Monday November 22nd, 2021

Amazon India & Cannabis

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India police charge Amazon execs in alleged marijuana smuggling case

The police, who had previously summoned and spoken to Amazon executives in the case, estimate that about 1,000 kg of marijuana, worth roughly $148,000, was sold via Amazon.

So, two things: Is that same day, or two day, shipping via Prime?

And I don't care if it includes stems and leaves, $150/kg? I thought $150/oz was pretty cheap these days...

yellow stars and reality

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A little antidote to the news that the writings of a scion of a dynasty that was built on exploiting a misinformed public are currently at the top of the Amazon bestseller list (and: fuck Simon & Schuster): Antivaxx Holocaust — Vaccine protests, yellow stars, and an inoculation of historical reality

Also: How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

MeFi thread

Boeing's got 787 problems

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Oh look, the broken engineering culture that led to the 737 MAX problems spread further than that: FAA memo reveals more Boeing 787 manufacturing defects, including contamination of carbon fiber composites

The memo states that more than 1,000 airplanes currently flying are affected and that the FAA is concerned about the lack of detailed assembly data on every airplane. Boeing submitted its proposal for inspections and indicated that the process would not require FAA approval.

Sylvanaqua Farms

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Oh, someone's not happy with Sarah Taber: RT SOMETHING ELSE. @SylvanaquaFarms

It appears that Sarah Taber has a book to sell and is using this WHYY piece to cover her arse.

Let’s have a look, shall we? A thread…

On the one hand this could look like in-group sniping, on the other hand, since I've uncritically posted some Sarah Taber stuff before, it's worth looking a little deeper.

Facebook's algorithm is racist

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As Facebook has yet again dinged me for posting pictures of one of our cats, it's useful to look at their fuckups over time: Facebook’s race-blind policies around hate speech came at the expense of Black users, new documents show — Researchers proposed a fix to the biased algorithm, but one internal document predicted pushback from “conservative partners”

One of the reasons for these errors, the researchers discovered, was that Facebook’s “race-blind” rules of conduct on the platform didn’t distinguish among the targets of hate speech. In addition, the company had decided not to allow the algorithms to automatically delete many slurs, according to the people, on the grounds that the algorithms couldn’t easily tell the difference when a slur such as the n-word and the c-word were used positively or colloquially within a community. The algorithms were also over-indexing on detecting less harmful content that occurred more frequently, such as “men are pigs,” rather than finding less common but more harmful content.

“If you don’t do something to check structural racism in your society, you’re going to always end up amplifying it,” one of the people involved with the project told The Post. “And that is exactly what Facebook’s algorithms did.”

friend suggested a Termination Shock

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A friend suggested a Termination Shock book club. I read ahead and finished it last night, and think I'm gonna take another pass through it. Lots of stuff in there I'm pondering, none of it makes me optimistic about the prospects of future generations.

Yowzas, MacOS Monterey and LibreOffice do not get along. Sigh.

Charlene is on Zoom in the other room

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Charlene is on Zoom in the other room asking "You don't know how to work the otter?", and I figured out what she was talking about, but what even is language any more?

Sunday November 21st, 2021

So if you knew somebody who was

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So if you knew somebody who was building tools to enter an address and get usernames tweeting from that area, public webcams, and such, for fun in their own time, and who was dramatically underemployed, how would you assist them with career development.

Saturday November 20th, 2021

You know what I really despise That

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You know what I really despise? That the opposite of love isn't hate.

In the same week we both learned that

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In the same week we both learned that the FBI framed people for Malcolm X's murder (and may have been involved in it), and might have learned the location of Jimmy Hoffa's corpse? What a time to be alive.

Friday November 19th, 2021

Megablock.xyz

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A tool for Twitter to block the poster of a Tweet, and everyone who liked the Tweet. https://megablock.xyz/