New life, new profile photo, via (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial) who geotagged it to Piazza Navona—though I don't remember this particular gentleman from my visit there.

I registered my support for the crowdfunding project:

They need some cash to redo their website (which in true engineering fashion was thrown together in a couple of days by a non-professional) and transcribe their podcasts, and do both with the transparent payment of ethical wages that we've come to know and love.

They're preparing to kick off the campaign later this week, but the link above will let you register your interest, by sharing your email.

I was looking for a source of interesting and varied information and knowledge, to supplement or replace Mastodon, Stack Overflow, and/or The Atlantic, and I think I may have found it.

Public companies' SEC filings.

Currently reading Toys R Us' 2006 10-K annual report:

(Via this Naked Capitalism post about that company's awful experience with private equity looting:

Learning all kinds of interesting things, about toys, kids, finance, etc.

I felt 500 characters in English is much less than of in Japanese...

@zangetsu_MG @EdwardTorvalds Chris Wellons, the author of the nullprogram article, genuinely loves C. Many others do too—certainly enough to fill a conference.

Kids to feed: the people at the investment banks wanting to help your firm IPO have them, as do the people managing your money for long-term growth.

I personally love seeing the hustles and the schemes people come up with that are just inside the boundaries of the law (finished *The Big Short* on the 2008 financial meltdown a few weeks ago, loved it, highly recommended—very Terry , very ).

And it’s fun to see people first realizing that that army of schemers exist 🥳.

Regarding last boost, I appreciated this piece:

Where the Doctorow excoriates Ford and other manufacturers for buying the vapid lies of finance mavens who’ve talked them into transforming their products-and-consumer-credit businesses into data/advertisement businesses.

There’s a good bit to that argument. The people selling you life insurance or mutual funds do want to help you out but they’ve kids to feed too.

.@bob makes a really important point here:

We are not tech companies' customers.

Advertisers/databrokers are tech companies' customers, because it's advertisers who are the tech companies source of income.

Even traditional manufacturers like Ford are moving in this direction:

The only way to fix big tech like Facebook, Google, Microsoft etc is to change their business model and/or have extremely strict penalties for data misuse.

Regarding last boost, my favorite part was:

“Laws are being created to try to tame the big tech companies, but by being exclusively designed for that they may also squash the open web”

@sullybiker @switchingsocial Regulation with financial penalties are the other route, but I think regulation is a double edged sword and we're already beginning to see the consequences of that in the EU with the link tax and centralized content filter. Laws are being created to try to tame the big tech companies, but by being exclusively designed for that they may also squash the open web, which has no lobbyists or powerful financiers.

Facebook was recently fined the maximum possible penalty for the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, but it's a tiny fraction of their profits. Even that they're appealing against and could get the penalty reduced.

Having a Linux computer is like being a gearhead with a car in the garage that you love to tinker with. The radio's busted and you've never been able to fix it, but you've built the engine exactly to your specifications and you can endlessly swap tips with other gearheads.

On the other hand, if you're not the type who likes to pop open the hood and get your hands dirty, and you just want something that won't crap out on you when you need a working vehicle, then you should probably buy a Mac.

A number of people have told me, "Ahmed, don't do the - thing of publishing single-function packages on Central".

Gonna do it anyway.

Why? What’s the obstacle to creating a grab bag containing various semi-unrelated functions?

I wouldn’t know what to name it. Other than MathUtils or some super-dorky.

Apache Commons Math is undergoing significant long-term changes and it doesn’t look like I’d be able to get these into there anytime soon.

So. Let’s npm Java.

“I’ll be making book editions of those sites available for free to anyone who cares to request a copy. This is a win for both sides. The reader gets a permanent, well-designed copy of something they have enjoyed. And I get the satisfaction of knowing those books are out there, being held in various places by people who (at least somewhat) care about them. The point is not to make money selling books, but to sow the writing as far as it can go”
—Joel Dueck,

Rather 👩‍🎤👩‍🚀.

‘books can be improved by the web, but the web can also be improved by books. Digital publishing could use more “Immutable Artifacts”, because artifacts are durable.’
—Joel Dueck,

"Earlier in my career I was surrounded by -obsessed sasquatches. Later, by free-culture zealots. Ultimately I think both miss the point. The only way to completely protect work is to not release it. At which point the revenue potential is $0. OTOH if you make everything free, the potential also goes to $0. Therefore, somewhere in between is the optimal level of freedom (or piracy if you prefer)."

The prolific Matthew Butterick, typographer, lawyer, coder!topi

@nolan I don’t think it’s different from “I won the lottery and it ruined my life”. You don’t need the Internet to find unexpected effects of very tiny probabilities having an outside impact on a tiny number of people’s lives?

I think the right metaphor here is Abelian sand piles. Grains of sand dropped from a height will make a pile, and then avalanches at very unexpected intervals. The identity of the grain that caused a recent mega-avalanche is like this burger place—just a lottery “winner”.

Everything about John ’s Lexicon Valley, a about , is delightful. I find myself listening to it (at 1.5x speed, which spoils the songs 😔) at night instead of my usual reading, it’s that good.

The Sep 4 episode about colors was amazing: many languages have words only for white and black and get on just fine. If a language has three color worlds, they’re black and white and red. And…!!

(I listen on Spotify if it matters. Sometimes it does.)

(2) John reminded me of that:

My favorite linguist says that the development of texting language "has been one of the most revolutionary things I have seen in my life" because of how comfortable and easy it made writing:

(paraph) "Before, when you wrote you were afraid of breaking all these rules."

Today, we think nothing of informally writing toots, blogs, math, READMEs, tech Q&As, Markdown…!

Writing doesn't need ties/hats any more, thanks to "LOL".


Once my father-in-law and I were in a department store (you know, Macy's or whatever) with our spouses when he turns to me and says something extraordinary:

"When I was a kid, and we went to stores like this, the men all had to wear ties and the women all wore hats."

I thought of that later because (1) when we lived in the Midwest US, I'd roll to the store in my pajamas, but when we moved to the US East Coast, I'd change out of bedclothes to walk to the Whole Foods down the block.

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