Wednesday October 5th, 2022

All through the neighborhood

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All through the neighborhood

Feels like speeds are down and lane

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Feels like speeds are down and lane compliance is already better.

Bivalent booster acquired!

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Bivalent booster acquired!

Tuesday October 4th, 2022

Novak v. Parma

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The Onion's Amicus brief to the Sixth Circuit cout of appeals for Novak v. the City of Parma, Ohio. It's a hilarious and enlightening read, although...

Just to be clear, this was not a close call on the facts: Mr. Novak’s spoof Facebook posts advertised that the Parma Police Department was hosting a “pedophile reform event” in which successful participants could be removed from the sex offender registry and become honorary members of the department after completing puzzles and quizzes; that the department had discovered an experimental technique for abortions and would be providing them to teens for free in a police van; that the department was soliciting job applicants but that minorities were “strongly encourag[ed]” not to apply; and that the department was banning city residents from feeding homeless people in “an attempt to have the homeless population eventually leave our City due to starvation.” Pet. App. 139a–41a.

It may not be all that far-fetched that the Parma Police Department would hold such an event. Maybe, much like The Onion's long track record of amazing predictive accuracy, the problem is that the Parma Ohio Police Department recognized themselves all too well in this satire.

Monday October 3rd, 2022

Self inflicted wounds

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Self inflicted wounds, part of an ongoing series: Ages ago, because of termcaps stuff, I trained myself to use <esc> for Emacs meta. Of course the Visual Studio Code Emacs-like keybinding that I found doesn't do that. Sigh.

JavaScript believes strongly that

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JavaScript believes strongly that there's more than one way to do it, and every environment believes that all of the other ways are heretical and should cause obscure misleading error messages.

How come we hate on "developers"

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How come we hate on "developers", but defer to the legacy landowners who want to expand the urban growth boundaries in order to sell their family farms for sprawl?

Wow. TeePublic yoinked my account on August 15, asked for more information on September 5, and just reinstated my account. Never told me why, though they did ask for original artwork presumably as proof that I actually created the image. Be careful, is what I'm saying.

Sunday October 2nd, 2022

More progress

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More progress...

Derek, the organizer who took this from my "hey, we should show some support to the kids on walk and bike to school day" to "let's decorate the neighborhood!"

In process

And the mom who knows how to write ad

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And the mom who knows how to write ad copy...

There's always that one awesome kid

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There's always that one awesome kid...

Mary amd one of her signs

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Mary amd one of her signs

attention to mixing in this gradient is

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The attention to mixing in this gradient is awesome.

chicken unicorn is awesome

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The chicken unicorn is awesome

Re uploading signs 2

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Re uploading signs 2

Even still more signs

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Even still more signs

More signs from the preparation for

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More signs from the preparation for bike and walk to school day

Neighborhood sign making part in

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Neighborhood sign making part in preparation for bike and walk to school day...

Friday September 30th, 2022

Argh. I would take the time to customize my VS Code environment so that it's not annoying, in many of the same ways that I've customized Emacs, but I don't get the feeling that it+TypeScript will be the current hotness long enough to make that worthwhile. Sigh.

Okay, that's just pandering

Mistress Midori

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I've been doing a bunch of thinking recently about gentrification. Charlene and I settled in Petaluma, a town with pretensions of agricultural roots, nearly 15 years ago, and as we get deeper into community involvement we definitely feel like newcomers. The cries of "I only want opinions from old established Petalumans who agree with me" (even though I live in a new subdivision on the east side, or out in Sonoma County) are strong, especially among the fairgrounds "preservationists" (even as the management of that property has let it slide into $13M of maintenance debt).

In discussions about development, municipal finance, active transportation, and affordable housing, I hear about the town being ruined by tech people bringing money, even as these immigrants buy land and houses at tremendous prices. I always wanted to live in a neighborhood with million dollar fixer-uppers, and as the house across the street goes on the market I realized that all I had to do was sit still. So we are clearly part of a wave of gentrification.

The identity of "butter & eggs" is strong, as dairy farming encroaches on salmon habitat, and despite the town having a name that apparently derives from what the indigenous peoples called it, there's not a whole lot of focus on the involuntarily displaced, or enslaved, Coast Miwok heritage.

So, yeah, we are gentrifiers over colonizers, and some of those colonizers were a Jewish culture that pitted Stalinist Communists against Zionists.

It's a complex place.

And, of course, the San Francisco Bay Area has changed immensely in the time I've lived here.

So I found this Broke Ass Stuart profile/interview with Mistress Midori thought provoking, and it references a Midori Patreon post that further explores her experience of the Bay Area over the past three decades or so.

I want to say that it was better when I was new in town. But I think that may be the case for any one who comes to San Francisco. The reality is that San Francisco, since the colonizers arrived, have been a boom town and constantly changing – a living organism and we’re just living on it.

Visual Studio Code users who also use

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Visual Studio Code users who also use XCode or Emacs, is there a key binding setup you use to make the transition easier? Trying to decide if I retrain my fingers, or customize my environment...

At Copperfield's to hear Katherine

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At Copperfield's to hear Katherine Applegate talk about her book "Odder". To be fair we were sucked in by Charles Santoso's entirely too cute cover illustration, and are definitely not representative of the audience.

Thursday September 29th, 2022

a badge of honor

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Crypto skeptics rebuff industry’s public lobbying push.

“Receiving a grade of F from the crypto lobbying group is a badge of honor,” said [Elizabeth] Warren...

QFT.

Wednesday September 28th, 2022

Sure, Danny MacAskill is great, but has he ever tried to "share the road" on Novato Blvd west of Stafford Lake? Took a mental health day, currently listening to the birds and the breezes at the top of Wilson Hill.

Monday September 26th, 2022

And shout out to the guy squealing

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And shout out to the guy squealing tires at G and 4th as we cleared the crosswalk. Your message is clear. Asshole.

4th St in Petaluma

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4th St in Petaluma. People are riding on the sidewalk because the street isn't safe. This is supposedly 25mph residential with a stop sign every block.

Sunday September 25th, 2022

Petaluma folks

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Petaluma folks: do not miss the current Petaluma History Museum (Carnegie Library) exhibit on the history of Main Street/Petaluma Boulevard.

Saw this on a BMW 528 and flashed on

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Saw this on a BMW 528 and flashed on Don Henley's "Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac" line, and how much the world has changed for the better.

So Lyft is funding Prop 30

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So Lyft is funding Prop 30, which would be an automatic "no", except that the California Chamber of Commerce and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association are against it, which would be an automatic "yes", and now I'm conflicted.

Saturday September 24th, 2022

Gender-Affirming Surgery

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Emacs can be a spreadsheet

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Thread on tools and programming, including RT dorian @doriantaylor

also: emacs can be a spreadsheet but a spreadsheet can't be emacs

seriously though it's super interesting to me how spreadsheets have been adopted as the IDE for muggles for half a century and they really are a sui generis thing but people have no trouble working with them…

Bike riders of the Netherlands

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What should happen to drivers?

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Outside: What Should Happen to Drivers Who Kill Cyclists?

The family of Lauren Davis desperately sought answers after she was fatally struck by a driver while biking to work in New York City in 2016. At every step, the criminal-justice system let them down, raising the question of what justice should look like for victims of traffic violence.

Manhunt on Bohemian Highway

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Posted this on all of the other social medias, so it belongs here: A gripping single episode of a podcast: Nocturne — Manhunt on Bohemian Highway

Monte Rio is a tiny peaceful Northern California town, nestled in a hilly forest of redwoods, beside a river. Who’s starting all the fires?

It's the non-fiction tale of Kari Morrissey and Sara Paul tracking down suspected arsonist Jack Stanley Seprish earlier this year in the Russian River area of Sonoma County, including community funding of 50 trail cameras.

Press Democrat article on the effort

I have complained in the past about

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I have complained in the past about Perl's TIMTOWTDI, but as I try to figure out how best to set up a TypeScript or JavaScript project, I long for Perl's clarity and simplicity...