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birdsite 

i guess i feel like if your platform's made out of enclosing every single kind of public knowledge or common culture you can engulf, you've forfeited any reasonable expectation that people should read stuff on your platform the way you dictate. i don't want to install your app, i don't want to engage with anything, i just want to know what parts of where i live are on fire or whatever this week and also look at funny cat videos.

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birdsite 

fucksake twitter, no, i'm not going to register an account just because being on the internet means i click through to something on your domain a dozen times a day, please chill with the popup that requires me to delete all of your cookies until it will go away and let me look at the stuff.

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A slice of apple pie in Jamaica is $2.00. It is $2.50 in the Bahamas.
These are the pie rates of the Caribbean.

in my defense, if your interface does this while using a _different_ convention for a multiple-thing option to the same command, maybe you should fucking document it.

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i and a colleague just spent an hour and a half trying to figure out what sort of formatting a cli requires to treat an input as a group of things and got as far as reading the implementation before remembering the "just write out the same option multiple times" convention, so that's about how smart i'm feeling today.

fire (update) 

thanks for the well wishes everybody - just wanted to mention that we're well clear of it, though people in the area are (reasonably) jumpy after last fall's experience and it's windy enough that i don't think they're taking any chances with evacuations nearer the fire. sounds like they've got choppers up despite the wind. last i checked it wasn't much more than a hundred acres but these things can blow up fast.

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fire 

(unfortunately not actually the good kind of fire, more a "the people up the road are getting pre-evacuation notices" kind of fire.)

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what if instead it was, like, diskette-sized and 50 terabytes or something. that's how this works, right?

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13 year old me who owned like 4 floppy disks worth of storage would have been absolutely flabbergasted and thoroughly covetous of this 128 gigabyte microsd card, and i grant you that i am incredibly jaded, but every time i take one of these out of a package i still think: how in hell did something that's roughly as hard to lose as a fingernail clipping become the de facto standard for portable storage again?

startup time for a ruby on rails app is always one of those things where it takes so long that i assume something is horribly broken and momentarily panic before i remember what's going on

our friend danny just put out a new record today after a couple years of struggles with the release process:

dannyshafer.bandcamp.com/album

mellow introspective folky stuff, kind of a reflective breakup record. danny's the kind of guy who's played about a billion bar shows and leans towards john prine, guy clark, and "hobo's lullaby" in his choice of covers, so that probably tells you whether it's the kind of thing you're into.

food, etc. 

a breakfast burrito is the best fast burrito.

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food, etc. 

the morning so far:

- busted water main down the street

- ill advisedly drinking coffee, which will no doubt launch me into a spiral of nervous energy and low-level anxiety, hoping to tap the energy part for writing some sort of working code

- made a really killer breakfast burrito using leftover green bean casserole

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Question for Linux musicians: What sysex management program do you use? I don't need the fancy synth-specific patch management features that you'd find in something like Dexed. Just being able to send/receive/load/save sysex messages would be a good start.

implied doomer shit, but positive 

this is a season i love anyway, but it's been a fall of rare beauty in this little corner of the world. the smoke finally cleared, there was enough rain that the trees turned colors, the days have been mild, the nights crisp, nothing in the immediate neighborhood is on fire.

i'm trying to store this up. there will probably be other seasons like this, but in the course of things right now it feels like a respite and a gift.

should i go outside

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Never indicate semantic differences with only color. Always use the trifecta of color, shape, and text. This way, people who can't distinguish colors see shapes and people who can't see shapes can hear text.

Add texture where that's possible.

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