"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.

it feels like trying to push two same pole magnets together, and if you're not dead on and constantly making adjustments, you just get shot the hell off to the side and have to start again from the beginning.

man, the effort required to get my brain to focus on and/or do a thing sometimes is frustrating. i need to finish an online training course for human subjects research, and I can get through about 5-6 paragraphs of text before my focus just...skips off the edge of the studying and demands i check email/slack/etc for the 4000th time in the past hour.

Anyone have any recommendations for low-end coax crimping kits? Or horror stories? We've got coax run to a bunch of rooms but not terminated. I just need to do one room now, but knowing I'll need to do the others helps me justify not just using twist-ons.

I liked a @YouTube@twitter.com video youtu.be/hCb6D_b0C8c?a Einfach mal die Fresse halten

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finished off something i was in the middle of before the holiday break, then discovered i needed a break from coding. screwed around with my nas a bit, but that was it.

i felt vaguely like i should have been working on some kind of hobby project, but it was actually nice to step back from the keyboard for a bit.

I am grateful that my job means I'm reading "Learn You Some Erlang For Great Good!" in the morning, and the ReactJS tutorial in the afternoon.

i keep telling myself i need to carve out some time every morning at work to do some professional development (read a technical paper, work on learning new languages/frameworks), but every morning i feel like i have too much to get done and don't have time for that today.

maybe one of those "i did/didnt' do the thing" daily trackers, so i can look and see i haven't done it all week, so it's okay to carve out some time.

This is worth a periodic re-share:

"Command-line Tools can be 235x Faster than your Hadoop Cluster"


Because sometimes the old ways are good ways. ๐Ÿง“

Hey so heads up! Tomorrow at 3 PM EST (noon PST), me and @zandra are going to be streaming Moss, which is a VR game about a CUTE MOUSE THAT GOES ON ADVENTURES. I am very hype about this game. You can watch at twitch.tv/zandravandra

i'll try to remember to get a picture in the morning after we cut some holes in the back so he can hang it off his belt. but i'd just like to take a moment and mention how utterly ingenious a sewing awl is.

the only leatherwork I've ever done was as a boy scout, lo these many years ago. so it was a revelation to have a tool that allows you to actually be productive stitching pieces of leather together. my son wanted to know how people figured out how to make it, but i avoided the nerd-snipe.

so he finished the "let's just fold it in half and sew up the sides" pouch this morning, but we didn't spend enough time prototyping before we sewed, because the "wider than it is tall" version just flapped open everywhere when positioned on his belt. we didn't have time (or a larger leather punch) to add a drawstring, so he had to go pouchless today.

he just finished re-sewing it in the "folded in half, but sewed so it's taller than it is wide" orientation, and it looks usable!

@Danhon i'm catching up on your newsletters, and saw the note about the great talk abstract in s06e02. not sure if you've run into him before, but that guy has a bunch of great stuff at his site. which currently looks terrible because his server is 504ing the css files, but it's worth slogging through to his articles.


we go to the fabric store, but they've only got 8.5x11 sheets at biggest. which means we can't make it the size he wanted. and then he realized this was going to take a lot of time, and he wants it for the boss battle on friday, the last day of camp.

so now we're back to figuring out how to make a usable...medium drawstring pouch. :)

the kids are in larping camp for the week, and the boy really wants a pouch for his traps. unfortunately, since it's the end of the summer, they only had a ginormous drawstring one.

he wanted a smaller one, one that seemed less likely to spill its contents when running around. so we get home, and he looks around online and decides he wants one shaped more like a purse.

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