Thursday September 16th, 2021

And now the MacBook Pro has decided

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And now the MacBook Pro has decided that driving an external monitor is outside of its purview. sigh.

Hawai'i is not our playground

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We've been talking about a Hawaii trip for a while, but I've been trying to figure out how to do so responsibly, with awareness of the impacts of colonialism. After, of course, the whole COVID thing dies down.

AFAR Travel Magazine — Hawai‘i Is Not Our Playground has some context, nd links to some additional suggestions.

Orgasm is as good as decongestants

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2021 Ig® Nobel Prize Winners, including Can Sex Improve Nasal Function?—An Exploration of the Link Between Sex and Nasal Function

Results Nasal breathing improved significantly after sexual intercourse with climax to the same degree as after application of nasal decongestant for up to 60 minutes, as measured subjectively with the VAS (sex −3.6, P < .001; spray −3.2, P < .001). This was confirmed in the objective rhinometric data as mean nasal flow (mL/s) increased while resistance decreased immediately (flow sex +214, P < .001; flow spray +235, P < .001), 30 (flow sex +249, P < .001; flow spray +287, P < .001), and 60 minutes (flow sex +180, P < .001; flow spray +287, P < .001) post-intervention. Nasal breathing was back to the baseline level after 3 hours following sexual intercourse, while it continued to be improved for longer after application of nasal decongestant. Only participants having nasal obstruction (Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation score >30) showed nasal function improvement after sex.

Watched the SpaceX Inspiration4 launch

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Watched the SpaceX Inspiration4 launch, and I think we need more use of nominal: "My, you're looking downright nominal today!"

Wednesday September 15th, 2021

OH: "Most expensive French Laundry dinner ever."

Am I the only person who tries really

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Am I the only person who tries really hard to get into these newfangled IDEs and editors, but eventually the many seconds of lag between keystrokes and changes becomes intolerable, and back to Emacs? (today it's XCode.)

Peg the Patriarchy

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Meet the Toronto Sex Educator behind Cara Delevingne’s ‘Peg The Patriarchy’ Met Gala Look

In a video by The Independent, the supermodel shares that wearing “Peg the Patriarchy” on her chest is about female empowerment and “sticking it to the man,” but Luna is quick to clarify that her design, which she trademarked in 2015, is not about punishing people, or men. “Patriarchy has no gender, it’s a system. Pegging is a sexual metaphor… It’s a fantasy about subversion,” she says, sharing how fantasy is often used to explore power dynamics, in sex and beyond. “‘Peg the Patriarchy’ is about subversion, not about an anal sex act, and not about men. It’s a metaphor about subverting all of these behaviours that continue to make us subservient within a system, within a gender binary, within how patriarchy supports other systems like white supremacy.”

How come people make a big deal about

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How come people make a big deal about the Met Gala and not their local furry con? I mean, better outfits, more socially uplifting participants, more meaningful interactions...

Tuesday September 14th, 2021

Porn Capital of America

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Broke Ass Stuart: Remembering when San Francisco was the porn capital of America

The most successful San Francisco pornographers of the 1970s  were Jim and Artie Mitchell of the still-rocking Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theater theater, the venue directly responsible for the legalization of lap dancing. In the 70s, the joint was a strip-club-slash-adult-theater. The blockbuster porn hit “Behind the Green Door” was filmed there, your typical story of a wealthy San Francisco socialite who gets group-sexed by a gang of lesbians and then gangbanged on a trapeze. The film became a blockbuster international phenomenon and grossed more than $50 million.

Monday September 13th, 2021

1% algorithm

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1% algorithm, 99% "is it .push, .add, .append, .appendChild or something else, in this language and this object set?"

Sunday September 12th, 2021

Reasons Dan needs a 3d Printer

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Reasons Dan needs a 3d Printer: carving replicas of plastic fixtures from HDPE is kinda funky...

Friday September 10th, 2021

Supply Chain's Broken

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RT Print: A Bookstore @printbookstore

Customer: oh hey u guys are talking about buying books early for the holidays a whole lot lately
Bookseller: supply chain’s broken
Customer: what?
Bookseller: *cocks barcode scanner and climbs back on the UPS truck* supply chain’s broken

Thursday September 9th, 2021

A simple actuarial analysis

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A simple actuarial analysis.

GOP leadership, FOX News, Trump/MAGA etc don't appear to care how many of their own voters die as long as they damage President Biden's approval rating in the process.

While I'm sure they'd much rather every person who dies of COVID be a Democrat, losing ~220,000 of their own supporters appears to be a small price to pay if it results in them flipping control of the House and/or Senate next year.

Oh, honey, I'm all for stopping speeding, but your mailing list database has some ... uh ... let's say ... "data quality issues".

What else is love...?

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"What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do and crosswise to our purposes? For love to bridge these opposites through joy it must not eliminate or deny them.—Even self-love presupposes an irreconcilable duality (or multiplicity) in a single person."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche (Mixed Opinions and Maxims, 1879)

Plant-based diets, good bacteria, and farts

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Men fart more when eating a plant-based diet due to good gut bacteria

The men did a similar number of poos per day on the two diets, but each one was about double the size while they were on the plant diet. The men collected and weighed their own stools using digital scales and found they produced about 200 grams per day on the plant diet, compared with 100 grams on the Western diet.

As someone with a Toto toilet that's got an 800 MaP score, if I'm only outputting around 200 grams per day, MaP scores are some serious bullshit.

Culdesac Tempe

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Requires registration to read, but: Developers Offer Mobility Services to Lure Car-Free Renters. They're contractually forbidden to park within 1/4 mile of the development:

The $170 million residential development will feature a plaza with scooter docks, car-share parking, and ride-hail pickup zones, with a light rail station across the street. When the first units open in July 2022, residents are set to receive complimentary access to a Lyft Pink subscription, preferred pricing for a fleet of Bird scooters, an Envoy car share membership, and free unlimited passes on the Valley Metro transit system.

If you're wondering just how much parking requirements cost developers (and increase housing costs), this is a good opportunity to do some comparisons.


Dear every Zoom attendee

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Dear every Zoom attendee: Zoom bombing is totally a thing. We who admin meetings are on edge. *Please* use a name that at least looks like a name, and check your chat window because the admin is probably saying "hey, who are you?" when you're not getting let in.

Robert Carter III

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Like Washington and Jefferson, he championed liberty. Unlike the founders, he freed his slaves

(CNN)It was 230 years ago Sunday that Robert Carter III, the patriarch of one of the wealthiest families in Virginia, quietly walked into a Northumberland County courthouse and delivered an airtight legal document announcing his intention to free, or manumit, more than 500 slaves.

He titled it the "deed of gift." It was, by far, experts say, the largest liberation of Black people before President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act and Emancipation Proclamation more than seven decades later.

is the first time I've seen that colour

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This is the first time I've seen that colour scheme on a Tesla

Wednesday September 8th, 2021


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WhatsApp moderators can read your messages. This is my surprised face. How Facebook Undermines Privacy Protections for Its 2 Billion WhatsApp Users.

I mean, it's a little more complex than that, someone either has to report your message, or their automated client-side image scanning service (like the one Apple is rolling out) has to report your message, but the assertion is that there are a hell of a lot of false positives on that.

drugs and wires

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Remember the '90s? Cyberspace? Jacking in to VR? When you had to torture your computer until it screamed in order to get online? Psychedelic drugs were the future of mind expansion and zines and punks were going to save us all from a corporatized dystopia?

Meuon, fellow early cybernaut,​​ turned me on to this, and if your nostalgia for the gritty Wired future we never got needs its steel stringed burnt chrome polished in the back room of an underground dive, this is your jam. Grab those mirrored shades, because those dilated pupils need protection from the neon:

thing about spending the day attempting

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The thing about spending the day attempting to maintain someone else's CSS is that I better understand the causes of violence in the world.

And on the day the web designer

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And on the day the web designer understands why `width: 100%;` gives a different result than `width:@calc(100%);`, they ascend to the heavens in a blaze of #fff light.

Tuesday September 7th, 2021

NSA making it easy for foreign agents

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Via the security roundup from Violet Blue's Patreon subscription, Juniper Breach Mystery Starts to Clear With New Details on Hackers and U.S. Role, in which we discover that Chinese agents exploited the back door that the NSA had RSA install in the Dual EC random number generator.

There is no secure "back door".

Coroners making shit up

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‘We didn’t know police could lie’: Day care worker ‘naive’ until convicted of murder

“I was confident,” she said in an interview in her home last week, a few days after her release from the Topeka Correctional Facility. This was the first time she’d talked to a reporter in the nearly five years since Ollie died. From that day almost until the verdict came back, “I thought, ‘I didn’t do anything, so why would I be going to prison?’ It was really only when they were deliberating and asked the judge the difference between first degree and second degree that I knew things were not good. I was slow to catch on. Naive.”

We all were, says her husband, Tim Buchhorn, an active duty master sergeant in the U.S. Army. “We didn’t think you could lie on the stand, and we didn’t know the police could lie to us.” Since enlisting at age 19, he has fought for the beautiful idea of America.

Twitter thread with all sorts of misconduct from this prosecutor. When are we gonna start sending crooked prosecutors and cops to jail?

Avoiding Texas

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Prop 13 means that one of California's most profitable exports is under-educated white people. Texas is doubling down on the effect: Survey: Two Thirds of College-Educated Workers May Avoid Texas Because Of Abortion Ban

Monday September 6th, 2021

Lots of sitting on the back porch

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Lots of sitting on the back porch, next to graves from the cholera epidemic, watching the quail and mockingbirds harass the cat, and the turkey and deer facing off

Spent the weekend in the foothills

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Spent the weekend in the foothills, helping out the parents of a square dancing friend. The things I get into...