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given recent trends in my overall ability to type sentences into computers, i'm declaring that this account will now treat articles, conjunctions, and correct pluralization of most words as strictly optional, and deprioritize spelling stuff the way you're supposed to. effective immediately.

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standing offer until further notice:

want to do something on the command line but not quite sure where to start? trying to sort out some kind of tiny script? ill-advised regular expression not _quite_ hacky enough for the job? not asking stackoverflow quite the right thing?

maybe i can help! @ me and let's see what we can do.

(disclaimers: rapid response not guaranteed; i won't make fun of you; i'll tell you if i'm stumped; i'm easy to stump.)

cars, theft, a psa for owners of the honda element 

so somebody took a sawzall (presumably) and cut the catalytic converter out of the exhaust system on our honda element some time over the weekend.

it turns out this happens _constantly_ to this model of vehicle - it has fairly high ground clearance and that section of the exhaust system is easy to reach. someone can probably get in and out in a few minutes.

climate change shitpost 

climate change feedback loop driven by increased power consumption of everybody loading fire & air quality map web pages because it's so smoky out

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new blog post! 

# Software From Another World

> We undermine not only unions, but every aspect of the worker's life: AirBnB spikes rents, Uber disenfranchises drivers, a thousand streaming services reinvent cable, Amazon fucks everybody, and so on. Despite any niche expertise, these are companies made possible by software, by the lending of software labor to capitalist ends. We can choose to deny them, if we stand together.

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it's bluegrass o'clock.

a thematically appropriate song title as i gather my festival accoutrements and leave the internet behind:

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Lazyweb: I am looking for a list of relatively mundane objects that existed in fiction first, before being brought into corporeal existence. I'm thinking of things like the red Swingline stapler of Office Space, which wasn't sold in red until the movie created a demand for it, or the black M1A Buzz Ricksons jacket that had only existed in green before William Gibson's Pattern Recognition made it the protagonists's signature look.

while (1) {

sub try_to_be_better {
return 0;

don't drive tricky roads on 3 hours of sleep before caffeinating, kids.

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got up at 06:30, drove up into the hills, loaded a bunch of surplus roofing metal from an acquaintance who's moving house, had a moment of total brain failure and threw the van into reverse on a downhill instead of into first.

so i guess we're ahead for the day unless i totally horked the transmission, in which case this is going to be some pretty expensive secondhand roofing metal.

we've been trying this for decades, and look where it's gotten us

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and then i'm like well, how certain *am* i that the ants don't have tiny radios in their heads

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i mean, i know i was being trolled. what i still don't know is whether he's serious about it anyway.

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earlier today a friend of mine was like well, you can't _prove_ that the antennas on ants & bees aren't for little tiny radios and honestly i still don't know whether i was being trolled.

just spent an hour spelunking around in documentation because i was forgetting to return a value from a function and couldn't figure out why the code wasn't doing what i wanted, so i guess that's about how things are going over here

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from ebay search results, it appears to be called the lampasaurus, and was made by a company called salton in maybe the late 90s. it's pretty bright and smells like burning when turned on.

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everything that lets you write code to configure a different thing will inevitably render desired underlying configuration states unreachable in such a way as to necessitate far dirtier hacks than just configuring the original thing by hand would ever have entailed

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