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holy shit: the noise a cricket makes is a crick, isn't it

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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.)

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i am a weird little bug please return me to that leaf i was on before

food 

if i ever want to know where the cat has gone in the house, it is much faster to open the fridge and take out the block of cheese than it is to go looking.

evidence suggests that the bear may have discovered our apple tree.

(i narrowly avoided stepping in the evidence.)

i may not have accomplished anything this afternoon, but goddamn have i vibrated between a lot of browser tabs and hovered uncertainly over the send button on a remarkable number of e-mails

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i really need to remember how, now that i don't drink coffee more than a handful of times a year, drinking a coffee is an actual drug experience

there are too many of you to boost all of them, but this has generated some delightful Takes and i will try to summarize after the responses settle down.

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what's a technology that's generally derided by cool kids / treated as a terrible mistake / written off as legacy badness / loathed by the cult of Design, but which you actually think has been a tremendous boon in making useful stuff possible?

i'll go first: fixed-width text.

the making of almost all websites is bad for the world, sure, and we should all probably feel bad about it by default, but if you make _this_ website in particular, i hold a personal grudge.

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websites that take measures to disable copy-and-pasting: i still see you, and i still hate you.

climate, megacorps, greenwashing (-) 

i'm not even sure this kind of claim is a _particularly_ egregious instance of this class of bullshitting, it's just a pretty good example of form: essentially meaningless claims predicated on some narrow band of compliance based on whatever nonsense accounting lets you put a leaf on your homepage while, like everybody else, continuing to burn the world.

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climate, megacorps, greenwashing (-) 

a little thing on google.com:

"🍃 Carbon neutral since 2007"

haha right, 2007, the year of, for example, the first android release, a major inflection point in the generation of an unstoppable tide of planned-obsolete power-guzzling smartphone e-waste.

totally carbon neutral. just like all the flights you put people on, and the commuting you're gonna impose for mandatory in-office, and …

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cool fact: the original luddites didn’t oppose technology but rather the bosses using new tech to disenfranchise workers! the bosses then had the luddites murdered in the streets and their arguments were replaced with “tech bad 🤢” to prevent others from carrying on their challenge to industrial authorities

early october garden report 

as a child of the plains, i can pretty much never live anywhere that doesn't generate this class of experience on the regular. running around frantically dealing with the weather is how i know i'm alive.

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early october garden report 

me, late yesterday afternoon: oh hey the website i clicked on says it's only gonna get down to like 40, i've got another day to deal with this

the colorado weather, shortly after sundown: thunder, lightning, an inch of ice pellets

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while i, a resolute dumbass a decade past a cognitive peak that wasn't all that high anyway, am frequently left switching browser tabs and making mouth movements like a fish stranded on a beach.

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like: smart, diligent people with a high tolerance for complexity will just soak up the bullshit that it takes about 4/5 of a brennen to brain and have about 2.5 brennens worth of brain left over for the actual doing of things.

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working with people smarter than yourself is a great way to learn things and i generally recommend it, but occasionally the fly in the ointment is that working with people who are _way_ smarter than you is a constant exercise in just not having the cognitive ability to keep up with the *output* of people smarter than you, let alone dealing with all the incredibly frustrating shit that the smart people cope with by virtue of just being better at everything.

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I'd really like to find a position doing data management or web data publishing for an organization that is meaningfully engaged in working on the climate crisis. If you have any pointers or ideas please let me know!

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