Thursday December 9th, 2021

Largest Pot Brownie

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World’s largest pot brownie weighs in at 850 pounds for National Brownie Day

Guinness World Records previously listed the largest marijuana brownie ever baked at 243 pounds, USA Today said. To break the record, MariMed needed 1,344 eggs, 250 pounds of sugar, 212 pounds of butter, 5.3 pounds of vanilla extract, 81 pounds of flour, two pounds of baking powder, three pounds of salt, and 122 pounds of cocoa powder, the newspaper reported.

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Wednesday December 8th, 2021

dance safety policies

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A couple of contra dance safety policies, because if we ever start square dancing again I think it will be important to have one.

Tuesday December 7th, 2021

Well, there's another person I've met, who wasn't vaccinated, who just died in the hospital of COVID. Waiting at the pharmacy for my booster shot right now.

Good morning!

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Good morning!

Monday December 6th, 2021

Added the yeast this morning and sealed

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Added the yeast this morning and sealed up the barrel. A week, and then I'll squeeze out the fruit....

Deadlock Empire

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Deadlock Empire is a cute little game of stepping through code to see if you can create deadlocks. At least one of the first few challenges involves discovering the interface to expand out how an instruction is actually executing, but as I work on a large code base that has lots of threading, but not a clear strategy for managing that threading, I wish the previous maintainers of this code base had played this game...

Sunday December 5th, 2021

22 or 23 lbs of Pindo palm fruit from

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22 or 23 lbs of Pindo palm fruit from the freezer into the fermenter. To soak with assorted stuff overnight, tomorrow we add yeast, in a year and a half or so we'll have wine....

Why didn't the person who developed the

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Why didn't the person who developed the Norske magnetic wristband get a Nobel Prize?

Saturday December 4th, 2021

Wider shot of the mushrooms

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Wider shot of the mushrooms

Found these beauties growing in the

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Found these beauties growing in the rosemary. Would love to identify them.

Bump'n Joystick

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The World’s First Hands-Free Sex Toy Designed By & For People With Disability Is Here

It’s why he [Andrew Gurza] and his sister, Heather Morrison, created the world’s first hands-free sex toy device, designed by and for disabled people. The Bump’n Joystick is the first of its kind, and tackles the common barrier halting masturbation and the use of sex toys: limited hand movement. It’s something that’s underpinned the entire manufacturing process — from a hands-free unboxing process to a hands-free cleaning, charging, and storing experience.

Friday December 3rd, 2021

Pay To Participate Retraction

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‘Pay-to-participate’ autism stem-cells paper retracted

“It’s not really a meaningful contribution to scientific knowledge,” said Turner, who co-authored a critical letter about the study earlier this year with Jeremy Snyder, professor of public health ethics at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. “It’s more what’s sometimes described as a scientific token of legitimacy to help burnish the marketing credentials of that business.”

From reading this write-up, it also sounds like though the only possible outcome of the study was looking at safety, there were some claims about effect, even though there was no control group, and 20% of the participants dropped out. So, yeah, with the small sample size, any claims are gonna be marred by selection bias.

And they wonder why I have trust issues

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And they wonder why I have trust issues

(Virginia) Possums and Ticks

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I'm as much of a fan of possums as anyone, except when they crawl up your dryer vent and electrocute themselves inside the back of the machine (the single most disgusting experience I've ever had to deal with), but don't believe all of the memes: Are Virginia opossums really ecological traps for ticks? Groundtruthing laboratory observations DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2021.101780

Using a dissecting microscope, we searched the contents exhaustively for ticks and tick body parts, without sieving or pre-rinsing the stomach contents. We did not locate any ticks or tick parts in the stomach contents of Virginia opossums. We also performed a vigorous literature search for corroborating evidence of tick ingestion. Our search revealed 23 manuscripts that describe diet analyses of Virginia opossums, 19 of which were conducted on stomach or digestive tract contents and four of which were scat-based analyses. None of the studies identified ticks in their analyses of diet items. We conclude that ticks are not a preferred diet item for Virginia opossums.

you gotta fight

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RT John Overholt @john_overholt

The problem with Great American Songbook-type songs is that their lyrics are often unintelligible to a modern audience, like “You're the top, you're an Arrow collar / You're the top, you're a Coolidge dollar” or “Now your mom threw away your best porno mag”.

Thursday December 2nd, 2021

Achtung Baby

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Volk Heroes — This fun new book about how Germans raise their kids will break American parents’ hearts.

For example, when Sophia starts first grade, school administrators remind parents that under no circumstances should they drop children off in an automobile. Could you imagine? I can’t.

The book is Sara Zaske’s guide to German-style parenting, Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children. The queue is too long, but...

Current status Deciding on

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Current status: Deciding on timing, ease-in and out, and alpha limits, for "throbbing" vs "gently pulsing".

If our rendering model were more complex I'd add a parameter for moistness.

XCode No I can't possibly process

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XCode: "No, I can't possibly process more than a keystroke every 4 seconds, I'm recompiling to see if the code you're correcting has any errors."

Also XCode: "That code that you fixed 15 minutes ago still has errors, you'll have to manually recompile to tell me it's fixed."

Journal of Universal Rejection

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Brilliant! The Journal of Universal Rejection

The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:

  • You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
  • There are no page-fees.
  • You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
  • The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
  • You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
  • Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.

At some point I signed up for an

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At some point I signed up for an account on Academia(dot)edu, and I suspect that I am not nearly as influential as they're trying to convince me that I am...

Wednesday December 1st, 2021

"No, when I proposed that we do this per version, I meant a separately for each revision, not..."

Just got a newsletter from a local

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Just got a newsletter from a local publication that had a story in the "premium content" section about a catering business that underestimated their Thanksgiving order fulfillment abilities, and realized that they're hoping people will pay for NextDoor rants... 👀

On the one hand

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On the one hand, I appreciate that CSS now has ways to handle light/dark OS mode, on the other hand this spinner on Google Images is kinda disturbing.

Hey, I'm working through Ray E Badness's "Drum Programming - A Complete Guid to Program and Think Like A Drummer" with a synth, and it's fine, but I'd like an intro to the more classic drum patterns, rather than '90s drum machine stuff. Any suggestions?

Shooter pretending to be LEO

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Good on the kids for not trusting, but yikes, and more reason to call 911 and confirm that the person claiming to be a cop is a cop: 'See my badge, bro': Oxford High School students escape through window as voice claims to be deputy

OXFORD, Mich. (FOX 2) - </span>As a gunman opened fire inside Oxford High School on Tuesday, confusion reigned as students, fearful for their lives, were unsure if the person knocking on the door was a gunman or actually an Oakland County Sheriff Deputy.

A parent called into FOX 2 sharing what his son, a student who attends Oxford High School, experienced Tuesday amid a mass shooting that left three teens dead and eight other people wounded.

Tuesday November 30th, 2021

Oh, this is amusing. Went looking in Facebook Marketplace. Not super optimistic, and this wasn't at all what I was looking for, but the scam factor here is pretty astounding, actually:

What can the FBI read?

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Moms for "Liberty"

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Twitter thread about the racist Tennessee "Moms for Liberty" going after historically accurate books as "Critical Race Theory" and therefore traumatic to teach.

Examples include photographs of white firemen blasting black children with water, and "white" and "colored" drinking fountains, and a teacher's manual which describes Eugene "Bull" Connor as racist.

Well, driver left-turning from Kentucky on to Bodega/Washington while I was crossing with the walk signal sure got my attention this morning. I suppose the sun was in their eyes, but dayumn! Adrenaline!

Okay, lazyweb: Speaker and/or network media player recommendations? Currently using an old Fire tablet and a Monoprice Bluetooth amp, but want coverage for a second room...