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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.

broadwaywaltz.com

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Nicknames for "Patricia" exist along a sort of spectrum, called the "Patsy Cline."¹

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If you've ever wondered how books get onto archive.org, this is how

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hey does anyone here have experience with data recovery shops in #seattle? my partner needs to get shit off an ssd that won't mount and we're looking for recommendations
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I often say that Morrison's Beloved is the Great American Novel but now I'm wondering if Butler's Dawn isn't also the GTN

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WA State Ballot Initiative 1631, climate change Show more

Dance-curious peeps -- Broadway Waltz is this Friday the 21st. Free lesson for total beginners -- we start with walking and get you through at least a few waltz or polka turns. Then DJd dancing, old music and new, from 8-10, and a practice of something intermediate at 9. $7, or $5 for students. More at www.broadwaywaltz.com

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I guess this bus service is unavailable.

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#SeaGL org meeting tonight

grassroots conference is in #Seattle at the beginning of November

talks have been accepted

location team ramps up soon

tech team has a tech proposal for recording talks

#FLOSSevents

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this is Betty Holberton. she invented the concept of breakpoints for debugging. ever heard of her? you probably haven't, because our field sucks ass and constantly erases its own history.

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"Mathematics, mostly, is a communal enterprise, each advance the product of a huge network of minds working toward a common purpose, even if we accord special honor to the person who places the last stone in the arch." -- Jordan Ellenberg, in "How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking" 3/3

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Digitization of manuscripts and art is deeply important. But it's a kind of insurance against calamity such as in Brazil.
Museums and libraries preserve against the weather of our follies what is most worthy of human endeavour, carrying lessons for posterity beyond our own myopias in the most tangible, immediate ways. These are living spaces, arks of meaning.
Our carelessness before our responsibility to steward these is a sign of the dark ages into which we are slipping.

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Nerdery:
It was fun looking at the fit-suit and the scanning app and its results both as a programmer and a seamstress.

I don’t know how much of the data they’re using (e.g., they report many circumferences, but don’t explicitly report the front-back proportions of each, or the vertical distances between.) I haven’t tried hard to get the point cloud from which I could get those details.

The company is called Zozo, if you’re still interested.

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Counterargument:
It's clear that they're going to sell the bulk data they get, though all individual persons are covered by Germany-suitable privacy rules AFAICT. Maybe I’m only covered by the weaker laws in my country. I think the biggest risk for me is a featureless point-cloud of my body released to the world. Anything else? Social harms?

Also, if this is successfully the world fit dataset, the company will probably make a lot more money than they spend on making us clothes.
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I just scanned myself for a company that sent me a mo-cap suit, free, plus a promise of semi-custom clothes. You might want to too (check reasoning):

Fit data is expensive and about to become very valuable for "mass customized" clothing.

I don’t want a fit-dataset to `win’ the market _without me in it_. In fact, I want _everyone_ in _all_ the general fit-datasets. The less well stores serve you now, the more important it is to get included in any new standards, I think.

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There is widespread consternation and outrage that the Museu Nacional was subject to extreme budget cuts and "reforms" during President Michel Temer's tenure in the week of the impeachment of his political rival, Dilma Rousseff.

The fire could have been prevented had fire hydrants been working on the grounds of the Museu. Unfortunately, the funding for that was cut by the Temer government.

Capitalism at work 😘

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The live bus schedule display at 3rd and Pike in downtown #seattle is broken in a way that shows the domain it's trying to connect to, and on the other side reveals that's it's running what appears to be ChromeOS. Does ChromeOS have some sort of kiosk mode that's documented publicly? I wasn't aware of such a thing

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I was also brought to tears (literally, I sniffled in the locker room) by the moving banner that the British Library have put up in the foyer.

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USpol, real fuckin' bad Show more

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one time i tooted that the web was built for surveillance and there was some pushback. So: ghostery.com/lp/trackertax/

highlights:
* nearly 90% of web sites have at least one tracker; 20% of sites 50 or more trackers
* 83% of web sites take over 5 seconds to load if trackers aren't blocked
* web pages load over 2x faster with trackers blocked

the majority of web resources are being spent tracking users, and the vast majority of web sites are complicit. that is a system built for surveillance imo.

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