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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.)

some mornings you wake up knowing you've already peaked for the day

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food 

(this thought brought to you by my lunch, a can of not-vegan split pea soup.)

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food 

i assume it's chock full of nitrates, but it occurs to me that whatever's in there, the little silver vegan/kosher "ham" flavor packet that comes with the 16 bean mix might be just the ticket for a vegan split pea soup.

somewhere in there i had a moment of sudden, brutal clarity while debugging a giant set of httpd rewrite rules.

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not getting nerdsniped any time a regular expression crosses my field of view is a kind of self-restraint it took me about 20 years to attain.

although slightly later in the 90s the sci-fi channel did have this thing called "the palace" where you could move a little comic avatar around a room and have speech bubbles and drink a virtual drink, and i have to give the evident 2021 state of the art for socializing during online events real props for the faithfulness of its recreation of that paradigm.

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the first time i can remember using irc was for a sci-fi channel virtual science fiction convention in 1996.

it is sort of telling that the solution space for hosting online events, at least once you're past "~20 people on a video call", is now materially worse than that experience in pretty much every way.

chat app ranting 

sweet fuck do i just hate everything this morning.

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chat app ranting 

slack is a disaster for usability in ways that are most apparent to people resisting the normalization of slack's utter control of the possible space of conversations, which is to say it's a pretty great design as long as you remember whose benefit it's designed _for_.

that good old "oh god did i just tune out for a second and get assigned to a new recurring meeting" feeling

nothing makes programmers madder than having to use the shit that programmers make for a living.

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we have a big virtual event this week, so of course we are using a special event platform.

send help.

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ProTip: Use wooden clothespins if you need to elevate a board for soldering. Unlike metal or even dense plastic, they don't wick away heat as easily so you don't need to keep the soldering iron tip on the components as long

food, rich people getting richer 

i guess what i'm saying is: cherish your mediocre provincial institutions. bad pizza, bad coffee, bad beer - you might not miss them when they're gone, but you might just miss living around the people who made a market for them.

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food, rich people getting richer 

nice thin-crust east coast-style slices with an appropriate amount of toppings, good texture and flavor, they do the thing where they stick it in the top shelf of a proper pizza oven to warm it up before they hand it to you.

which was the *exact* moment we knew that this town was done. stick a fork in it, the yuppie tide is now irreversible. it's only a matter of time until all remnant culture is obliterated in the wash of coastal money & tech salaries.

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food, rich people getting richer 

i've groused for years about how unbelievably bad the pizza at the place in town is - symptomatic of small town pizza joints across much of the american midwest & west, it contains about 6x the appropriate amount of cheese and is somehow simultaneously undercooked and burnt, a real "how can you do this for more than a week continuously and never get any better at it" scenario.

so the other day a new place opened and it has pretty good pizza. (1/2)

one theory about why it's so hard to think while using the internet is just that all the stuff you have to look at for a long time to think about it got jammed in with the stuff that expects you to be paying about as much attention as you'd have to with a phone call or a toddler who wants a snack right now, and there's no way to separate the two like _at all_.

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you know the game where someone starts it off like "what's a clock" and then someone else gives an obvious wrong answer like "a loose cloth garment worn over everything else to protect you from the weather" and then person 3 says "no, that's a cloak, a clock is a fictional semaphore system used to send messages long distances on the Discworld" and after that everyone corrects the previous person and gives another wrong punny answer

what is the name of that game

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