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I’ve just created an official fediverse account for Geary announcements: @geary

Feel free to follow that if you're just looking for Geary news and not my cool links and commentary. ;)

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Going to just leave this here, because frankly, everyone deserves to see this lovely bike.

Python's ElementTree is the kind of library you can hold up and point at to demonstrate how much it sucks to manipulate XML; not because manipulating XML sucks, but because ElementTree's approach sucks.

It's literally a strawman argument, embodied in API form.

One thing that really kills me about Python is the lack of automatic forward declarations for classes.

It forces you to either write your modules backwards (most specific to most general instead of vice versa), proliferate ad-hoc or util modules, or resort to gross hacks like using strings then fixing it all up later. It also forces standard libs like typing to do same.

Not even Java has this issue. It's 2020, how is this even still a problem?

“The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that most leaders are able to act swiftly and decisively, but the same urgency had been missing in politicians’ response to the climate crisis.”

— Pandemic shows climate has never been treated as crisis, say scientists theguardian.com/environment/20

FOSS Terminology Change Survey 

I want to guage how people feel about the terminology changes (master/slave, blacklist/whitelist, etc.) being made in FOSS.

Feel free to expand on your opinion, but please be respectful as this is a touchy subject for many.

I think these changes are:

The StarLabs Lite Mk III looks pretty nice, especially the glass trackpad. Wonder if it's any good? omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/07/starla

If it was 13" I'd be seriously considering it....

Stereolab's Jenny Ondioline may well be the single best EP ever released.

Don't bother trying to change my mind — if you don't agree then you're wrong. ;)

PSA: Every time you use the word “usage” instead of “use”, a kitten dies.

The Paradox of Tolerance has been on my mind lately. Here's Karl Popper, in _The Open Society and its Enemies_

"If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them."

If you meet a free speech absolutist who insists deplatforming nazis is unethical, that means they haven't thought through the Paradox.

Does anyone use Uber anymore? If so, this long litany of horrendous things you are contributing to: dnalounge.com/backstage/log/20

“The State Government should be focused on implementing measures that protect residents, rather than treating them like criminals […]. Why couldn’t this happen in the towers? We can only assume that to the government, some lives are worth respecting while others simply are not.”

— Policing the Pandemic: Melbourne’s Public Housing Lockdown Criminalizes Those on the Margins — msf-analysis.org/policing-the-

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