@emsenn I didn't keep up with the indoor microgreens on our windowsills that I was trying (including the shooting peas you gave me). It was especially difficult when I was traveling out of town frequently, and now I'm definitely not doing that for an extended period, so hopefully I can better maintain some plants now.

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@emsenn I scoped out the community garden nearest me in downtown Durham and I'm pretty confident that the plots have just been abandoned (overrun with weeds -- Lamium, or just poles/hoses lying there from previous seasons).

I haven't really done much gardening before: what vegetables do you think we should start with?

tfw you've been away from an open source project you were working on long enough that the version of Python it depends on has reached end of life in the meantime

but mostly right now at this moment, I just feel hopeless, like none of this matters and I should just give up

I've spent months talking to people here in Durham about it and it's encouraging to see some names behind this effort:
We can take climate action at the local level and it can be a direct benefit to the community.

I know intellectually that apathy is the biggest threat to collaborative work on so many important issues, including climate change. But antipathy affects me so much more deeply; I have a tendency to become numb and shut down when exposed to it.

oh, mailman

I read a mail archive for a while and then hit back to the listinfo page and subscribe: mailman tells me the page is too old and I need to try again.

So I refresh the page, fill out my email address and immediately click Subscribe. And mailman tells me that I filled out the form too quickly and I need to take more time.

$10/gallon is actually not at the high end for what it may take for high estimates of the social impact ($20/gallon would be closer), and those high estimates are reasonable given the catastrophic outcomes. but $10/gallon is the scary number that people in bad faith are using to try to scare people about the Green New Deal, so it's one more data point to consider

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anyway, you may need to anticipate that local gasoline prices will go up by between 50¢ and $10 per gallon in the short term, and should make budget plans accordingly

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(tried to calculate a back of the envelope cost for a carbon tax on a gallon of gasoline -- why isn't there an easy-to-read web page with these numbers in a huge font? -- and quickly gave up because the estimates of the social cost of carbon or carbon taxes needed to migrate to renewable energy are enormously variable, and clearly lots of other more informed people ran into that same blocking issue)

followup: not sure why, but just lost access to every piece of Adobe software on my computer at once! who knows why! who cares! they just want more money and have control over my computer so what else can I do!

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1. is it really so terrible that other people would be able to safely move through your neighborhood on foot? is the thought of seeing a black or brown person near your house that terrifying?
2. if a sidewalk is your worst nightmare, you're going to be in for a real shock when hurricanes, floods, deadly heat waves and millions of climate refugees pass through our city.

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made the mistake this morning of reading the public comments on a local city proposal deciding the route of a new greenway. one homeowner described the possibility of a sidewalk along their street as "my worst nightmare".

(And a good reminder for me personally that while trains are nice -- and much better than flying -- the diesel leg of my train trips is much more carbon intensive than if I took Megabus.)

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Distance travel must shift to electric power (trains, buses or even cars), but intercity buses are remarkably efficient even on diesel fuel.

More graphics at: saxifrages.org/eco/show1s/Tran

my .plan for the new year:

* stay healthy
* support and seek support from family
* complete dissertation on enacting privacy in technical standard-setting
* support privacy in the architecture of the Web
* take actions on the climate crisis

why does the account creation process ask the user to come up with a password? the user is the least qualified to come up with a password: they don't know the password complexity requirements; they don't know the list of compromised or previously used passwords; they are especially bad at choosing something hard to guess. Why don't sites just assign a random, unique password and ask the user to store it for the future?

the future i want is:
bicycles for the mind, plus actual bicycles

if you search on Google Maps for "McDougald Terrace", "Oxford Manor" or "Forest Hill Heights", you're unlikely to find much of anything in Durham, NC, despite these being significant public housing complexes, some of which are large and well-known landmarks. But I've just finished adding all of Durham Housing Authority's public housing communities to OpenStreetMap.

also, I'm equal parts annoyed with my own feelings of entitlement (why doesn't it work on my machine?!1!) and impressed with the world that it feels like a plausible expectation that any software announcement is something I should be able to run myself within minutes from any network-connected device.

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