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@hugh I expect nothing less from a nation that celebrates World Standards Day on a different day than the ISO World Standards Day



I've updated the site so that it now lists the films by decade too:

Also, you can click on the relevant decade tag on a film's page to see more from the same decade.

"Do your part" energy conservation plans, like turning lights off when you leave the room, are great for your energy bill, but their job as part of "lowering carbon footprints" is to deflect from the big corporations that actually use the vast majority of the power.

For example, the average US stand-alone home uses ~11,000 kWh per year.

The VERY MOST EFFICIENT roadside LED billboard uses ~61,000 kWh per year. That number rises to ~323,000 kWh at the top end.

i sincerely respect ward cunningham and appreciate his work, but re-writing ward's wiki as a single-page blank-if-no-javascript application has to be close to the most perfect example of fixing what ain't broke i have seen in this life.

Welcome to 2019, traveler from 2009. The brief:
-sysadmins are now "ops"
-servers are all just "cloud" something
-algorithms are "AI"
-DBs are "blockchains"
-Everything that spies on people is "smart"

Good luck. And update your CV with the above words.

One thing that was really hard for me when I was in academia is how lonely it felt to be working on something that nobody cared about. I was seeing all of these beautiful things and I couldn't share them with anyone.

Sometimes I want to go back and do mathematics "for real" but then I feel sad when I think I won't be able to share it with anyone.

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But one of our biggest newspapers is owned by the same guy that owns our biggest retail monstrosity.

And the rest of our news media, more or less, are owned by equally or more unsavory characters.

Everyone has an agenda, and everyone's agenda is to hurt us.

And that sounds like some kind of hyperbole, but when your media is controlled by Jeff Bezos and Rupert Murdoch, when your local news is actually just a puppet for Sinclair Broadcast Group... it stops being hyperbole.

Cell phones are a crucial aspect of today's life, personal and professional.

It's not feasible to NOT use them. The support structure is no longer in place to get by without a phone in your pocket.

You can't walk into a business and ask to use their phone, like before.

So, unless a person is willing to go to great pains and heavy tradeoffs to not have a cell phone, their use is required.

TIL: Academic Markdown

"As it turns out, Pandoc Markdown supports a citation extension to the basic markup. It’s just a variant on the BibTEX citation style that feels more at home in Markdown: a pair of braces and an @, plus the citation key, like [@krycho]. Moreover, Pandoc knows how to use BibTEX libraries, as well as many others, and Citation Style Languages (CSLs) to generate markup in exactly the format needed for any given citation style..."

h/t Carsten Raddatz

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occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

The Humble Brilliance of Italy’s Moka Pot -

A fun history lesson on the coffee maker my late mother-in-law introduced me to. We still have a large one and a small one, though they don’t see much use, since we use the French press every morning… I feel inspired to pull the Moka pot back out this weekend though!

Watching Blade Runner for the first time in years. Striking how much Vangelis’s soundtrack influenced the Mass Effect soundtracks!

Also, old movies have _slow_ pacing. Always takes me 20-30 minutes to slow down my expectations and just enjoy the cinematography.

@kensanata Personally I’d prefer a very different UI for ActivityPub in Emacs.

Woo! I just discovered another Chinese character normalization resource, and I think this one is better than the frankly pretty dodgy file that ships with Unicode 11

The Chinese Text Project by Dr Donald Sturgeon, Harvard

I am unreasonably excited by finding something this, it is quite sad really

Anybody want to give a tip for an instance for a woman who is absolutely mainstream in practically everything, lives on Facebook and Instagram, runs her fashion business using them, but who is at the same time coming to understand the ecological, social, cultural, and political dangers of consumerism and surveillance capitalism? She is interested in fashion, loves sport and travel, and is getting into ecology. #NotWokeButWaking

This year I will try to eat less meat, and, more importantly, I will vote and campaign for companies to be forced to reduce emissions.

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more