#seattle dancers and never-tried-it might-like-to-dancers: I'm hosting a low-key free intro to partner dance, waltz, maybe polka, this Friday the 15th. Followed by a DJd dance with the energetic travelling versions of those dances -- if you like East Bay Waltz, or Friday Night Waltz, we need you!
Not dress-up, no partner or experience needed, we aim to teach enough that you know if you'd like it before you get bored.
There's a conundrum about Mastodon that I can't wrap my head around: I want to join a topic-based instance because I want to read and write about those topics, but I don't want to "pollute" their local timeline with toots unrelated to the topic, because I won't exclusively write about a single topic.
Am I missing something? Is there something in Mastodon's design that already addresses this?
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our bus driver told a bunch of silly jokes while we were waiting to disembark the ferry. an intellectually disabled man tried to write them down so he could learn them and tell his friends, but he was too slow. so the driver had him sit at the front for the rest of the ride and slowly told the jokes again so the man could write them all down.
Today's most Harmless Indiana thing.
Bus driver rolled down her window and yelled "I'm sorry, I have to get in and I already let five people go in front of me" to someone merging into her lane
They’re back! Worms unfrozen after 42,000 years are alive and eating
Two worms that have been frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years have come back to life, and are now considered the oldest living animals on the planet, in what is being described as a major scientific breakthrough.
Social #dance in #Seattle tomorrow, starting with a lesson for complete beginners. It can be a good dance form for nerds, since counting and parity keep track of the basics until you grok it well enough to play with the forms. Also, spinning around energetically is just as fun as it was when we were toddlers.
At Seattle City College on Broadway/Pike/Pine; free lesson 7:20-8, dance 8-10; dance is $7/ $5 for students.
Penelopean robotics: woven soft robots you can livecode, for @ercpenelope https://fo.am/blog/2018/07/03/penelopean-robotics-2/
My digital step counter is quite enthusiastic when it tells me the number of steps I have to take to reach the next goal.
The problem is that it ends the sentence with the number followed by an exclamation mark, so I always read it as a factorial. No, I don’t feel like walking 120! steps right now.
Look, Wiley E. Coyote Super Genius shell programmer, bash + awk is not the right combination for heavy duty statistical stuff, especially if you have to process a few thousand files of over 100MB each. And particularly don't fork each file's handling in an awk process inside a bash for loop. We've got languages & libraries intended for this sort of thing: octave and matlab and scipy and R and more, all installed and ready to use.
I'm seeing a bunch of posts today about how hosting a mastodon admin doesn't cost a lot of money, and first I want to say that this is true; you can run an instance on $10-20/mo entirely reasonably.
But I don't want anyone to forget that there is a labor cost in running and maintaining an instance. It's not just pushing a button and feeding in some money, it's also monitoring your server and keeping it secure and handling reports and doing upgrades and all fo that.
Anyone familiar with controlling multiple RGB LEDs with a #Raspberry Pi, where the total current probably exceeds what the GPIO can do? Any ideas what kind of extra circuits or controllers I need?
This is an interesting question about family tree software that isn't getting a lot of traction on ask.metafilter
"I have a sprawling Sudanese family, and I'm hoping to build a family tree that covers my relatives going back at least four or five generations... Sadly, I haven't had much luck with the software I've tried – everything out there seems to be really clunky and Western-oriented."
Today somebody wrote me a really nice email about how they saw some open source software I published, how they were building upon it, and thanked me for it. It made feel really great. More people should send these kind of emails (myself included), it's really validating and made my week.
Broadway Waltz tomorrow (Friday the 15th) in #Seattle; we start with a free lesson for total beginners, 7:20-8, and dance waltz, polka, foxtrot, swing, tango from 8-10. Always some energetic dances and some gentle ones. You don't need to bring a partner, everyone dances with everyone. Good taster if you wonder if you might like this kind of thing.
A story of electronics recycling, and how the "dumping ground" of the developing countries may not be as bad as the press reports.