Nice to read a little book review / journal entry I wrote a year ago and it holds up. :)
"God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" by Kurt Vonnegut
covid-19 & cell phone mobility data
Oh interesting. I never noticed the bottom graph before -- Social distancing stats as measured by cell phone mobility data. So in Nebraska apparently we lowered our movement 38% in April. Nowadays we're only down 6% from the "start" of covid. Hit the Compare tab to see all 50 states. (SD was UP 14% in August.) Presumably movement trends seasonally, I don't know what our normative seasonal curve looks like. https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/nebraska?view=social-distancing&tab=trend
White Widow, still making sick jams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zBf2V4SKaY
Nebraska's Poetry Out Loud: Forgetfullness, by Billy Collins
oh note: only the first 2 episodes are free, then you need YouTube Premium
lolwut? You can hack up PostgreSQL histogram CHARTS right in your psql queries! https://tapoueh.org/blog/2014/02/postgresql-aggregates-and-histograms/
covid-19 + flu
Heard a story of a person who tested positive for BOTH the flu and covid-19 and died. Was counted as a covid death. Are the 12-90K Americans who annually die from the flu ("this is 'normal'") being moved into covid stats? Apparently not. Flu deaths are highly seasonal (see this graph) https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01538-8
So we won't know until the October flu ramp-up starts.
(196K Americans have died from covid so far. Social distancing curtailed flu deaths in 2020 YAY!)
Wow. All the same actors, 35 years later. Total reversal of who the assholes are. Amazing. (Free on YouTube)
Cobra Kai Ep 1 - “Ace Degenerate” - The Karate Kid Saga Continues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rB36UGoP4Y&list=PLxm--8AYWEDelTYpYi2zulMEw-0T-M5IH
covid-19 Georgia USA
Wow. Georgia is a test case for the worst ways to handle a pandemic.
"University of Georgia to allow football -- but not in-person voting -- this fall"
@deafferret be sure to read the editors note, it’s less impressive than it appears IMO https://thenextweb.com/neural/2020/09/08/the-guardians-gpt-3-generated-article-is-everything-wrong-with-ai-media-hype/
"We asked GPT-3, OpenAI’s powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace"
IPA is so useful and cool cause in any language, in any dialect, each symbol always means the same sound. a single alphabet for all.
except Englishes where out of ‘tradition’ /e/ means [ɛ], /r/ means [ɹ̠], /ɔː/ is [oː], /ɒ/ is [ɔ], /ʌ/ is [ɐ], /o/ is [ow], and /æ/ is either [a] or [eə].
English speakers are so used to an orthography outdated for centuries that they won't update even their IPA... (tho kudos to Australians for using the international phonetic alphabet as a phonetic alphabet!)
Pondering "TLS Mastery" marketing.
Specifically, making a version that's called "SSL Mastery" but costs $10 extra. #tlsmastery
Holy crap my twitch.tv/LannyHoang shipment arrived today. I'm just blown away! Now I have to figure out how to hang large-format art! <3 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bsva1u6r1ueeboe/AAAhYVsLPzssK3Xo0UpEvhY4a?dl=0
hello I wrote a piece about how rural folks can be allies to LGBTQ peoples. it's pretty fluffy and basic, but I am writing for a general audience of relatively out-of-the-loop white farmers so....
Omaha, NE USA + RV. Often programming #perl.
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