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.
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." https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2017-04-27_Record_Keeping
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.'
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
Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor iOS Users https://daringfireball.net/linked/2020/04/04/facebook-nso-group
Because of the ongoing plague, The Management has made ACM Digital Library available for free for us riffraff:
That includes some books too:
(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
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 … Zoom. 🤮 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? 🤔
socialism • politics • USA
@rune Going to have to disagree on that point. In the 20th century, numerous countries in the world democratically elected socialist governments. They were all deposed by the US government, either covertly by funding coup d'etats, or through overt military intervention. The US then installed right wing governments instead, which is where nearly all the authoritarian dictatorships in the world came from.
To a large extent, our perception that capitalism works where other systems don't is entirely manufactured.
When you think about it, it’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? They’re always an obstruction at best, if not outright evil.
One of the most bonkers things I’ve stumbled across. Rockwell International’s “Integrated Space Plan” from 1989, starts with the Space Shuttle and ends with interstellar flight. (By now we were supposed to be mining the moons of Mars.)
Coronavirus Ecuador (-)
Reading about the disaster unfolding in Ecuador and thinking that we basically made it out of the country on the day the borders closed. 😷😞
“As of 1 April, the health system in Guayas Province is overwhelmed as 52 of Ecuador's 79 COVID-19 deaths have occurred there. Corpses are abandoned on the street as local funeral homes are incapable of handling so much work, which is complicated by the 2:00 p.m. curfew.”
People in Pamplona make cristal clear that the army is not welcome there.✊
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 🙃
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