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The Latvian Radio Choir singing Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers". The best music for crying and programming, both at the same time. Here I am, tears streaming down my face, thinking about some data import into an Oracle database. And I keep thinking: this is the time we live in. Crying, chagrined, as the world slowly turns into a swamp.

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"I’m feeling small because all these giants are standing on my shoulders!" – me, when thinking about copyright

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A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I don’t think they have much value going back months and years. I never read through years of tweeting history! This only benefits your enemies, never your friends."

uspol, elections, trump 

Finally there is some serious discussion in the mainstream of the possibility of a coup in the USA. Before it was either clickbait or irony.

I've been worried about this for quite some time, but most people I spoke with played it down.

I like how "American exceptionalism" is explicitly called out as a cause of that here:

This is also a decent read about this:

@epilys Yes, I got to pick it up for free at the railway's recycling center :)

It's standing in our living room.

On the way down to Heiden we saw lots of farms, one of them with dozens of cow bells hanging from the roof, we can uncomfortably close to some cows – they are cute and curious but also way to big for comfort and they will trample you if you threaten their young. I loved those farms in their hollows, surrounded by green grass and the woods. But also: this is car country, for sure. I guess I’m still a city dweller at heart.

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All of this because we are St Gallen right now. Yesterday we went to canton if Thurgau for a short visit and today we went to the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden (the outer one). Green grass, green hills, cows, mountains in the distance, some of them with snow, and me in shorts and T-shirt because the weather was beautiful and we ran part of it, whenever it was flat enough.

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The smallest of the Swiss cantons is the half-canton Appenzell Innerhoden with about 16,000 people. It was the last canton to grant women the right to vote on local issues, in 1991. It is half surrounded by Appenzell Ausserrhoden, and both are surrounded by St. Gallen. Read the history section on Wikipedia, if you are interested. The abbeys of St. Gallen and St. Gall, the Swabian League and the early Swiss Confederation, the Habsburgs, catholicism vs the reformation.

corona, switzerland 

Positivity rate of testing in Switzerland now climbed past 20%; there were 3008 new cases in the last 24h. Apparently hospitalization and death rates continue to be low. The explanation I hear is that it’s still mostly young people that have it. I sure hope those two aren’t going to catch up.

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@kensanata I've experimented with zooming and found two ways to do it, either by redrawing the grammar at a larger scale clipped to the drawing region (slow) or by drawing in a second renderer and copying a scaled region of that to the main buffer (faster, but textures don't work well)

@dredmorbius @bamfic @kensanata In my estimation we presently live in an inherently violent nonconsensual mass sensory media environment. It does not afford the space for healthy consensual shared reality-making, and continuously replicates models of violent communication patterns as exemplars for humans learning to mediate human situations.

"I think that's what's appealing about smolnet. Company, as opposed to audience." – @Sandra

@bamfic Thanks. I've been kicking at this issue for a few years now, and it's more complicated than it first appears.

Scientific study from 2018, mostly confirming my account above:

Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, Sinan Aral, "The spread of true and false news online"

Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people were more likely to share novel information. Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust. Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread

Science 09 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp. 1146-1151
DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9559


Thinking about second COVID-19 wave 

@julianruf @kensanata Recent studies suggest this.. Coldness makes the air dry and the virus can thus travel longer. In one study I saw they were talking about a 6 meter distancing. In warmer moister areas it fall quicker to the ground. The virus can also survive longer and our immune system is slower when it is cold.

It has also now passed more than 6 months so people who were immune might no longer be so.

What I dislike about hotel wifi is their lack of IPv6.

64 bytes … time=29.6 ms
64 bytes … time=8.99 ms
64 bytes … time=9.48 ms
connect: Network is unreachable


Another view of the Kelvin, the one I'm most happy with. The weather was dark and this is an uncorrected image because it does reflect the atmosphere.

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Emacs package: swiper (search) 

@estebanm I've been using swiper for search and ivy / counsel as an ido replacement since the end of 2016 and I absolutely love it!

You can find my config here, if you're interested:

Thinking about second COVID-19 wave 

@julianruf where it’s cold, people are meeting and eating inside, and homes are heated so the air is drier which makes us more susceptible. My suspicion in any case.

You know what I would love for Mastodon client, an option follow whole instances at the instance level, to create a "neighborhood" feed between local and federated, made of these instances' local feeds.

Alternatively, a way to whitelist instances that shows up in the Federated feed, it would have the same effect.

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