This trilogy (Outline; Transit; Kudos) by Rachel Cusk is unusual, fascinating writing, the protagonist so self-effaced that her name is almost missing entirely. It is a book told through those conversations you have with the talkative stranger next to you on the plane.
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Couldn't the House of Representatives just used a ranked choice vote to pick a Speaker?
I've never understood why it has to be determined exclusively within the majority party, or why we need this behind-closed-doors maneuvering. Which representative has the most support from the rest of Congress? Might very well be Rep. Nancy Pelosi, but the current process seems like such a weird way to suss that out.
Look how excited they are! Here's a video of people yelling "we did it" and "congratulations" in their respective native tongues:
Here's the napkin where all the NIST researchers put their bets on what the final number would be:
Members of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) -- representatives of 60 countries -- have voted to change the definition of a kilogram effective May 20, 2019.
The kilogram will no longer be the mass of an platinum-iridium cylinder kept in a safe in France, but instead will be proportionate to the Planck constant, h, measured to be 6.626070150 × 10^-34 kg⋅m^2/s.
What’s your favorite RFC, the one you keep going back to? Is it the HTTP 1.1 standard because you need to think about caching? WebDAV because you still wish it would work as promised? The coffee pot protocol because you’re a nerd and it’s a cool joke? For me, it’s RFC 2119. You know the one:
«The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" …» http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2119.txt
I think about it whenever I write something! 😀
The Declaration of War against Cryptography (aka "The 2nd War against Cryptography") has been issued by the "Five Eyes":
Some choice extracts as an image for posterity attached to this toot and the close:
"Should governments continue to encounter impediments to lawful access to information necessary to aid the protection of the citizens of our countries, we may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative or other measures to achieve lawful access solutions."
@king I'm open for challenges!
Switching my (small) monthly auto-payment support for the Octodon administrator and Mastodon developer back to Patreon, since Liberapay's payment processor has shut them off.
Happy to see that Patreon seems to have chosen more reasonably payment structure/options in the meantime. First of the month works totally fine for this sort of thing.
📚 _Where There's Love, There's Hate_
I like everything about the writing of this book -- the husband/wife authors (who coyly refer to themselves with cameo appearances), the apparent relationship between the authors, Borges and their super close literary circle, reading the book in English translation when one of the main characters is a translator and details of how she translates detective story books into English are important to the plot.
But the story itself is just fine.
A dangerous precedent: soda companies paid to put an intentionally harmful but potentially popular measure on the California ballot (all local taxes would require 2/3rds ballot initiatives) and then convinced the legislature to block new municipal soda taxes for 13 years in order to withdraw the measure from the ballot.
Now that large companies are aware of this possibility, I fear the extortion will happen every election year.
Henry George wrote _Progress and Poverty_ in San Francisco, pawning all his belongings to cover the cost of the plates because no one would publish it, recognizing exactly the same problems that we see in San Francisco today. And he identifies the remedy (property tax, in particular tax on land valuable by virtue of location), the very remedy that wealthy voters have explicitly excluded from California with Proposition 13.