Tfw searching on GitHub to see how best to handle a particular Exception and realising that literally nobody on GitHub is doing so

I went for a job interview today.

The interviewer asked me, “What’s your biggest weakness?”

I said, “Answering the semantics of a question but ignoring the pragmatics.”

The interviewer asked, “Could you give me an example?”

I said, “Yes, I could.”


Margaret Burbidge, the astronomer who's work demonstrated how we are all made of "star-stuff," has passed at the age of 100. Here's a celebration of her life and work from last year in Sky & Telescope.

the ONLY way to speak english correctly is to not only mix up latin and greek roots, but apply linguisitic rules from other languages to other ones where they don't apply at fucking all. so yes, in correct english the singular of "mochi" is "mochus"


Slavery 2.0 and how to avoid it: a practical guide for cyborgs – by @aral «...So what decides whether technology contributes to our welfare, human rights, and democracy or erodes them? What separates good technology from bad technology?...»

as an ordinary, decrepit fighter pilot just looked down to see a trail of ants winding themselves into the words "Eat your mother"... in the Twilight Zone.

Proleptic. Adj. 1. Of a calendar, dates in a system adjusted prior to that systems formal adoption, commonly of Julian to Gregorian. 2. Of an event, being assigned to a too-early date. 3. In rhetoric, anticipating and answering objections before they are raised.

Just managed my first black box mission! I'm still not sure how you're supposed to not just die in surprise attacks.

Unironic post:

please don’t fall trap into that terrible normie hive mind thinking of: “your real friends will contact you during these times” or “cut off those so called friends who haven’t sent you a text” or other cringe crybaby advice on the internet.

Bitch the whole world going through shit right now, some worse than others so they can’t send you a dumbass meme right now chill


british people love words like "devastated" and "gutted", i think in britain youre either Gutted or Chuffed. but mostly youre Gutted. thats the mood of the nation most of the time

Someone decomposed the app about Covid-19 situation from russian gov that tracks people movement. It is not limited by that, it sends telemetry using camera and tries to identify you. I think it also can look into your contact list. And the most important part -- it sends this info to russian gov site without any encryption and is not even using https. I guess there will be hard times for our privacy after coronavirus.

If you have a microphone and know how to read a text, you can record free audiobooks from public domain books. This will be greatly appreciated by people who can't read.

Braille books can be used by blind people or people which sight issue, but a braille books cost a lot (like 60€ / book) and takes lot of room for storing.

Here is a comparison between a 288 pages pocket book and its braille version

Didn't realise that the Proton mail ban included being unable to send from an account to addresses. That's super petty.

Domestic abuse is spiking due to lockdown orders (by approximately 40%, seemingly.)

If you are in the UK or US and are unable to speak out loud on a 999/911 call, you have some options.


call 999 and, once your call is picked up, press 55. it will ask you a couple of things to confirm but you will not have to speak. Police will be sent to you.

you can text 999. to do this, you need to first register your phone number. text "Register" to 999 and follow the instructions it sends back. then you will be able to send normal texts to 999.


in many places, you can just text 911 straight away. here is a list from the FCC of places that support this (updated monthly)

Renfield: Aren't you smoking?

Count Dracula: I never smoke... cigarettes.

[Dracula takes 40 second long toke]

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