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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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"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." alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-04-

The Black Plague brought about the invention of quarantine, both the word and practice.

'At first, sailors were held on their ships for 30 days, which became known in Venetian law as a _trentino_. As time went on, the Venetians increased the forced isolation to 40 days or a _quarantino_, the origin of the word quarantine and the start of its practice in the Western world.'

history.com/news/pandemics-end

India's coronavirus lockdown is having a dramatic impact on pollution

In the capital, New Delhi, government data shows the average concentration of PM 2.5 plunged by 71% in the space of a week

cnn.it/2Uz2gBR

Because of the ongoing plague, The Management has made ACM Digital Library available for free for us riffraff:

acm.org/articles/bulletins/202

That includes some books too:

dl.acm.org/acmbooks

(Hat tip to a good friend)

but seriously fuck academic journals. they charge you to read the article *and* the researchers to have it fucking published in the first place. even w/o scihub you can literally just email the authors and ask them for a copy, and mostly they'll give you one. it's an utter scam

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What does it take in terms of technical skill, dedicated time and server costs, to run a small Mastodon instance?

People didn't like the audio and video quality on my self-hosted Jitsi server. We tried to use Skype instead but the Skype proponent didn't know that he had been using Skype for Business and that it was incompatible with Skype for Humans, so eventually we switched to โ€ฆ Zoom. ๐Ÿคฎ Video and sound was OK, though. I wonder how much it affects me if I use the Zoom app on the iPad. Is Apple protecting my privacy like it should? ๐Ÿค”

Our afternoon happy place. ๐Ÿ˜ across the street, behind the school, in the evening sun

socialism โ€ข politics โ€ข USA 

When you think about it, itโ€™s pretty weird that capitalism still has any support at all. We obviously have a decades old cultural disdain for it. How many stories can you think of, where the faceless corporation was actually benevolent? Theyโ€™re always an obstruction at best, if not outright evil.

One of the most bonkers things Iโ€™ve stumbled across. Rockwell Internationalโ€™s โ€œIntegrated Space Planโ€ from 1989, starts with the Space Shuttle and ends with interstellar flight. (By now we were supposed to be mining the moons of Mars.)

cdn.makezine.com/uploads/2013/

Coronavirus Ecuador (-) 

โ™ซใ€œ #CurrentSoundtrack:

Schubert โ€“ Ave Maria
(Op. 52 No. 6, D. 839 "Hymne an die Jungfrau": Ellen's Gesang III)
Per: Daniel Perret

youtube.com/watch?v=TfUBAZdNvC

#MastoRadio #NowPlaying #TootRadio

People in Pamplona make cristal clear that the army is not welcome there.โœŠ

#COVID19

@polychrome
They are more like mini "art book" zines, just have prints of my doodles with a few descriptions here and there. Just started doing them this winter ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Consider the sheer cruelty of forcing people to commute to work every day just to park their asses in front of a computer now that it's been conclusively shown that millions of people could've been working from home all along.

The more I know about the airplane industry, or the car industry, the more I want to use ships and trains.

Nobody tell me about ship building or train building!

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