Friday July 23rd, 2021

First job out of high school was

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First job out of high school was running a stat camera in a print shop. Every piece of paper was charged to a cost center. I tried to get tasks to 5 minutes, but with timecard logging everything took at least ten minutes.

Some days Jira gives me that same feeling.

Embedded video goes porn

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A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn

Stories on major news sites like ‘The Washington Post,’ and ‘New York Magazine’ currently have porn embedded in them.

The site was VidMe, or A YouTube competitor that lasted for a few years, went out of business, and got bought by, apparently, a porn site. Hat tip to Tara for pointing it out to me at

Thursday July 22nd, 2021

Judge compels facial unlock

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Don't use biometrics as the sole factor in security: Judge forces US Capitol rioter to unlock laptop seized by FBI

The judge granted the Justice Department's request to place Capitol riot defendant Guy Reffitt in front of his laptop so they could use facial recognition to unlock the device. The maneuver happened after the hearing ended and Reffitt's lawyer confirmed to CNN that the laptop was unlocked.

Zero sympathy, the guy sounds like a real piece of shit, but a good reminder that biometrics can be compelled.

Dance & Dinner Parties

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Mostly, I'm watching for my mom's use of language to change: Anti-vaccine groups changing into 'dance parties' on Facebook to avoid detection

The ban-evasion efforts on Facebook and Instagram are ratcheting up as the White House has increased pressure on the social media platforms to do more to contain vaccine misinformation.

Twitter thread:

Burn it to save it

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The picture here of the growth rings showing the regular burns pre-1855, and the lack of that burning afterwards, is particularly interesting: We must burn the West to save it — How an ancient American Indian practice can reduce the risk of massive wildfires.

Mireille Miller-Young

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Wednesday July 21st, 2021

Resurrecting Slavery

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If you had any doubt that these complaints about a worker shortage were about bringing back slavery... well... The Guardian: Companies claim there’s a labor shortage. Their solution? Prisoners

PornHub visits classic nudes

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Pornhub has just launched a museum guide for classical nudes

Adult entertainers narrate the NSFW audio guides to famous erotic paintings in the National Gallery, the Met and the Louvre

Pornhub — Classic Nudes

Some people think of museums as boring, stuffy or dull. But what if we told you they housed a collection of priceless porn? Welcome to Classic Nudes, Pornhub’s interactive guide to some of the sexiest scenes in history at the world’s most famous museums. Join us as we tour the most respected institutions in western art, guiding you past all the prude paintings and going to directly to the good stuff: representations of the naked body in all its artistic glory. Because porn may not be considered art, but some art can definitely be considered porn.

A trailer, of sorts: Pornhub Presents Classic Nudes with Cicciolina (YouTube video)

The Louvre and Ufizi have filed lawsuits

Via MeFi

Tuesday July 20th, 2021

I mean maybe you can make the argument

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I mean maybe you can make the argument that the cobblestones are an ankle breaking nightmare, but Water Street needs to be a delivery-only alley that prioritizes pedestrians.

Rocket Rides

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RT put the tampons in the bathrooms Todd @sportsbroad

Dude talking about his big impressive rocket plans for seemingly forever and irl it takes about 10 minutes and doesn’t do anything you haven’t seen before is just dating after thirty

Dear Jira: I do not care how many days ago a comment on an issue was made. I'm trying to reference reports to git comments. Freakin' *always* show me the date and time without making me hover.

USB-C Color Codes

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There are eight different types of USB-C to USB-C cables, if you're having trouble keeping your collection of physically indistinguishable but electrically different cables organized, here's a proposal for standardized USB-C Cable Colour Codes. A little nail polish for color and you'll be able to figure out which cable does what. WebGL flythroughs of the maps of various 3d games.

I hope Gil ScottHeron's heirs are

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I hope Gil Scott-Heron's heirs are seeing something for all the "Whitey on the Moon" overdubs that current events are inspiring.

Sonoma County emergency info page

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The Sonoma County emergency info page stopped updating their 7 day average of new cases per 100k on June 15, but looking at the data that is published, looks like about 9.5 per day. I'mma keep masking for a while.

RT Alex Plank @alexplank

I noticed an elephant rocking at the zoo and said “look, they’re stimming. That elephant must be autistic”

My friend said “No, they do that because they’re in captivity and bored / stressed by the environment. They’re out of their natural habitat”

Umm, why do you think I do it?

Sex shops make neighborhoods safer

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The Effect of Adult Entertainment Establishments on Sex Crime: Evidence from New York City:

Abstract In this paper we study how the presence of adult entertainment establishments affects the incidence of sex crimes. We build a high-frequency daily and weekly panel that combines the exact location of non-self-reported sex crimes with the day of opening and exact location of adult entertainment establishments in New York City. We find that these businesses decrease sex crime by 13% per police precinct one week after the opening, and have no effect on other types of crime. The results suggest that the reduction is mostly driven by potential sex offenders frequenting these establishments rather than committing crimes.

I mean, sure, Bitcoin mining is using huge amounts of electricity and destroying the planet, but have you ever run "top" and seen how much CPU XCode uses while it's sitting idle?

Monday July 19th, 2021

Coworker's response to this feature

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Coworker's response to "this feature doesn't work" was to tap on his yellow pad. I think this needs to be a reaction GIF.

Saturday July 17th, 2021

Ivermectin & COVID-19

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So I became aware of the Ivermectin and COVID-19 thing a few weeks ago, looked into it, thought "huh, the people behind this seem kinda skeevy, but the results they're reporting might be useful". Looks like it was one giant troll after all: Huge study supporting ivermectin as Covid treatment withdrawn over ethical concerns

It appeared that the authors had run entire paragraphs from press releases and websites about ivermectin and Covid-19 through a thesaurus to change key words. “Humorously, this led to them changing ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome’ to ‘extreme intense respiratory syndrome’ on one occasion,” Lawrence said.


“The authors claimed they conducted the study between the 8th of June and 20th of September 2020, however most of the patients who died were admitted into hospital and died before the 8th of June according to the raw data. The data was also terribly formatted, and includes one patient who left hospital on the non-existent date of 31/06/2020.”

Also, what is the world comin to when The Guardian is referencing Why Was a Major Study on Ivermectin for COVID-19 Just Retracted?

When opening what the authors claim is their original data the first thing that any reader notices is that it’s remarkably complete. In many columns data for all patients are fully listed. The second thing the reader will likely notice is that the original data do not match the author’s public results. In three of the four study arms measuring patient death as an outcome, the numbers between the paper and original data differ.

Friday July 16th, 2021

You assume a lot about our company

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You assume a lot about our company structure, there, Google Cloud Platform

Half a day to get the code working

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Half a day to get the code working using the command-line tools, an as-yet-unknown time to figure out all the auth and credentials and crap sorted to use it from application code. #fml

Wednesday July 14th, 2021

Just playing with my resaw technique

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Just playing with my resaw technique. I've seen some cool work with marquetry done in wood of this sort of thickness, and then resawn for a book-matched mirrored accent, and it'd be nice to be confident enough in my abilities to risk pieces that way.

Tuesday July 13th, 2021

Jira user stories

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as a...
I want...
   paginated complex search results where the page isn't reflected in the URL
so that...
   use of the back button means I have to figure out which page of search results I was on to find the next Jira issue.

Monday July 12th, 2021

RIP Dave Lampert

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I was remiss in waiting this long to post this here: Dave Lampert, Inventor of the Sybian Sex Aid, Dead at 90.

According to his website, Lampert, a professional dance instructor, initially came up with the idea for the device to enhance female orgasm during penetrative sex. “In the beginning, Dave’s interest in developing the Sybian was purely seeing a need for something to help women experience orgasms, and many of them,” his daughter, Bunny Lampert, tells Rolling Stone. “He wanted women to be in control of their own sexuality and responsibility for their sexual health and orgasms.”