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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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If you know where to look, there are beautiful spots in Zรผrich. Autumn is here.

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"Iโ€™m feeling small because all these giants are standing on my shoulders!" โ€“ me, when thinking about copyright

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A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I donโ€™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."

I just came upon a wiki page with some outdated information and decided to fix it. First disappointment: I have to create an account. Second disappointment: I need to answer to type two invisible words. Which one is blocking it: Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, uMatrix? Or something else? I just closed the tab instead.

Turns out all those get-off-my-lawners who said that electric light is bad for you were right.

Disturbed sleep patterns cause obesity, diabetes and anxiety. Limited sun exposition results in cancer, cardiovascular diseases and depression. Forced waking times for children cause ADHD and retarded brain development.

It just took us several generations to actually see the effects and to connect them to the cause. And now we are so dependent on this convenience, that it's impossible to give it up.

These days, I don't listen to The Pogues, Tom Waits comes up rarely, and these last weeks there has been some Adele, Amy Winehouse, Nightwish and Evanescence. Hm. I also remember listening to Amnestoy Trio, Tรชtes Raides, 16 Horsepower, Stiltskin, Nirvana, M83 (Oblivion soundtrack), the Rogue One soundtrack, a recording of Rachmaninov's Vespers, some Arvo Pรคrth. It's โ€ฆ hard to pin down.

Music I apparently listened to in 2009:

Belle and Sebastian (625)
The Pogues (584)
Tom Waits (409)
Flogging Molly (391)
The Dubliners (297)
Radiohead (175)
The Cure (141)
Elvis Presley (119)
Bruce Springsteen (114)
Transglobal Underground (110)

I write this in September 2009 with stats for the 12 preceding months, I guess.

@logout @papa @jynx I run Debian stable precisely because I never want to update anything ever. I will begrudgingly update for security and that's it. I honestly don't remember the last time any piece of software I use got a new feature that I cared about, and there are no major bugs that trouble me day-to-day. The software stack for basic, common-sense, everyday computing should have just been "finished" a decade ago.

More plant life from the living room and the balcony. These werenโ€™t taken with the phone.

Hey fediverse admins, have you made sure your instance is being counted by ? I love being able to respond with that stats site URL when people say "nobody uses federated social networks" elsewhere on the web :) It now counts nodes running any one of 36 server apps, across 9 federation protocols, including #OStatus, and #ActivityPub, reporting about 2 1/2 million users.

Iโ€™m m still still surprised to see my own blog posts in Mastodon: @kensanata.
via that RSS to ActivityPub service at
Itโ€™s weird and definitely a lot less useful than a dedicated feed reader, but itโ€™s here and now and new so Iโ€™ll keep it around for a bit.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ces armes suisses qui blessent griรจvement les โ€œgilets jaunesโ€ -

> โ€œCโ€™est vrai, รงa fait mal. Mais cela reste largement moins grave que des armes lรฉtales, se dรฉfend Karl Brรผgger, le prรฉsident de B & T dans Le Temps. Et puis si les โ€˜gilets jaunesโ€™ ne lanรงaient pas de cocktails molotov, ils ne se feraient pas non plus tirer dessus.โ€

Hey, mais il est adorable, ce mec. Et, au passage, merci les Suisses pour cette invention adorable.

#LBD #Suisse #Arme #GiletsJaunes

Things that will never cease to infuriate me:

Museums and archives that do not allow free, non-commercial access to their digital archives.

We could live in an era of unimaginable access to vast cultural trasures...


Hah, mute this thread now! Here's another thing I don't like: starting your reply with "sorry โ€ฆ this article is bad and you should feel bad and โ€ฆ" I don't know these two people. Are they friends and that's how they talk to each other? Is the person who writes like that a stranger happily sorry-not-sorry?

When I read a reply saying "this article sucks" then I wonder: did you not have enough time and space to write a decent argument? And it's not venting, linking to an URL and saying it, no: it's a reply to the author. I'd like people to put some more effort into their replies.

On a gloomy winter day, my luck took a turn for the better when I noticed #Brooklyn #Tea, Ali and Jamilaโ€™s sweet new place to hang out, drink tea, and buy tea leaves on Nostrand Ave.

Iโ€™ll be back.

I have a weird /#pureos problem: I've set it to switch to warm colors for the night. I must have done it twice, because โ€“ if I remember correctly โ€“ I switch on the laptop in the evening and the colors are warm. From 20:00 to 20:01 it switches back to a glaring white, and then it's back to warm colors. How weird! Any ideas what might be the cause of this one minute of brightness? (It's 18:22 local time so soon I will see whether it's still bonkers...)

Thanks to @kensanata I have also started maintainig a personal wiki. It is just a start. I am not even sure about the tool I want to use (currently trying out moinmoin).

The URL is going to remain though.

@mairin My partner just showed me her lesson plan for the upcoming term. She's teaching Inkscape to 8-12 year olds.

She said she'd found a really great example of such a class that had been run by someone else a few years age.

I look at the link: yeah, it's

Today is my birthday, today EU nation states votes about #Article13
So if you are, for example, a Swede - contact your representative to, if nothing else, stop the vote for today.

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