I listened to Secret History of the Future ’s episode, “Fork fashions and toilet trends” with glee:


They use Google Glass and toilets to explain why it took the fork centuries to catch on.

We came home from Japan and immediately ordered our S300e Washlet. A friend, same story.

It’s barbaric to use dry paper. To sit on a cold surface. I go home, instead of using the uncivilized machine at work. Indispensable for young kids—my 2 year old used it.

“If these out-of-date beliefs [wrong things like as Aristotelian dynamics/phlogistic chemistry/caloric thermodynamics] are to be called myths, then myths can be produced by the same sorts of methods and held for the same sorts of reasons that now lead to scientific knowledge.”

I have finally bought an audiobook of ’s *Structure of Scientific Revolutions*!!! This is why. It’s so interesting and important to realize that the techniques that lead to scientific breakthroughs also lead to junk.

I don't often use WebDriver but when I do, I drive it using the wrapper.

I made a small course to help the adults in the house practice verb conjugations:


It includes audio in both Japanese voices AWS supports and is fabulous on their iOS app.

The source code to generate the underlying spreadsheet is included in the description because nobody knows when Memrise is going to disappear and we'll all switch to an isomorphic-git-powered serverless client-side app instead.

And before you ask: .

@thinkMoult Exactly for this reason I began using hashtags more than I otherwise would. At least the post containing the hashtag has to be public for this workflow.

Otherwise I find myself scrolling through my own timeline, with the Control-F thing going… 🤕


- *Fleet* by Dr Andrew Thayler is set after the collapse (GPS and nanomeds are lost lore) southernfriedscience.com/a-sci

- *Hawaii* by James Michener: the first several chapters are also —of the best kind, describing how the mighty seafarers from Bora Bora sailed to Hawai'i. (I stopped reading when the story jumped to the 1800s.)

New life, new profile photo, via flickr.com/photos/ain-t_lookin (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: nakedcapitalism.com/2017/09/to)

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.
Show more

Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more