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theres a name for that
Engineers: know a little, assume the rest of the junk in your head is true. https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Salem_Hypothesis
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the chewy defense but for capitalism
Today’s Inflation is mostly caused by supply chain issues (and typically wildly market speculation), both of which are bigger deals than those paltry stimulus checks. People telling you direct aid to needy people hurt your 401k are shilling for plutocrats.
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more than I need less than I want
This has been said of firearms, but personally I have more Raspberry Pis than I need, but fewer than I want.
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I am sorry steve
YouTuber @steve_shives has been reviewing Star Trek: Picard and having seen the last episode, I just wanted to say, as one human to another, I'm sorry we did this to you, Steve. You didn't deserve this.
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the nineth
Y'all, 1) the 9th amendment makes it clear we have rights not spelled out in the Constitution. Unclear how Roberts missed this. 2) slavery was blessed by the CON until it wasn't. CON is meant to be a living document. -- IANAL af
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things I support
Yes to women's reproduction rights. Yes to student loan forgiveness. -- Your old college debt free gentleman caller
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forbidden knowledge
Remember when in Raiders of the Lost Ark the Nazi's open the Ark and learned forbidden secrets that melted their faces off? I have one of those: in my town, Dunkin Donuts delivers.
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mask help
“Masks don’t help!” is exactly the wrong conclusion to take from this study: https://www.cureus.com/articles/93826-correlation-between-mask-compliance-and-covid-19-outcomes-in-europe Once you get covid, masks do not improve your chances of survival. Who thought the would?
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I love reaper daw so much
I bought reaper DAW about 2 months ago and I delighted with it. It's powerful, fast, and loaded free, powerful plugins. It's emacs for audio stuff. Can't recommend it more.
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to make a large fortune start with a small one
If you read this propublica project on the 400 richest USians and are not enraged, could I borrow a couple million from you? I left my fortune in my other tuxedo. https://projects.propublica.org/americas-highest-incomes-and-taxes-revealed
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the forum of all fears
I’m going to politely suggest that perhaps public internet forums and the police are not the best combination. Exhibit A: https://www.masscops.com/threads/knife-carrying-laws.15599/ Also, we really need to ban Dirty Harry films. They are having a bad effect on our society’s most vulnerable.
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And the musics breaking
More videos like this please. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnVf1ZoCJSo
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avalon
Is Roxy Music for people who think Fleetwood Mac is too "edgelord"?
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el 2
I would like to ask the question again: Are we certain Elon Musk is the genius we need right now?
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messing about with reaper
More relentless electronica? Yes! https://studio.taskboy.com/media/messing_about.mp3 This one made with Reaper controlling a Behringer Crave and Volca Keys.
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Safe word
If I told you my Wordle start word was "iotas," would you think less of me?
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I feel fine
Anyone else getting Kayne-Kim vibes from Putin-Ukraine right now? It’s probably just me.
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MIDI evil
Had an intense fight getting Behringer Crave to accept the clock from my Arturia Keystep, which was sequencing a Pure Data patch on my Raspberry Pi, but by Shub-Niggurath, I got something recorded: https://studio.taskboy.com/media/mechanical_trembles.mp3
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Happy Superb Owl Day
Happy Superb Owl Day, everyone. I wish your family nothing but the best of nocturnal raptors.
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laws are inconvenient
The RNC endorses mobs storming the capitol with violent intent. Looking forward to their reaction when progressives of color do the same.
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Coin Op drops
Another song already? Indeed, so. https://soundcloud.com/taskboy3000/coin-op Please like, subscribe, comment, share, join my channel, check out my patreon, follow me on instagram, friend me on myspace, friend me on livejournal, get the RSS feed for my friendster page, IM me on AOL…
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fear AND greed together in one chart
I’m sure this graph has been know to traders for a while, but I can’t think of a better illustration of investing: https://money.cnn.com/data/fear-and-greed/
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kraftwerking
After avoiding them for most of my life, I have fallen into the Kraftwerk rathole. They made synth noises into real music, which at the time, was no mean feat.
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pattern matching for fun and profit
What’s my secret Wordly weapon? Perl. perl -lane ‘printf(“%s (%d)\n”, $_, length($_)) if length($_) == 5 && /^..ol.$/‘ words
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zmodem kermit terminal
The last time I really felt anything like a “cyberpunk”, I was playing one of these: https://www.johndaileysoftware.com/products/bbsdoors/ I am arguably part cyborg today, but nothing now compares to dialing up some rando’s compy with a modem to play games.
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America god shed his grace on thee
If you’re outraged by a news pundit’s latest tirade over a brand either putting on or taking off go-go boots from a cartoon spokesman, you need a break from the news for a few weeks. Your priorities are broken. Wowzers.
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taxes as a marker of normalcy
I have fired up the old HP 4655 scanner which can only mean one thing: The start of the 2022 tax season for FY2021! … Why aren’t you all applauding?
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tangled
Gossamer is a bit of minimalist electronica featuring the Dexed (DX7) soft synth. https://soundcloud.com/taskboy3000/gossamer Give it a listen, won’t you, fine chums?
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seven bit ascii 4 life
And that’s why I never stopped using emoticons. :-D https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3nzb4/gifs-are-for-boomers-now
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math is hard tardis edition
A man in the 1930s talks about working in the 1880s. I was born about 100 years after this gent. This messes with my sense of temporal distance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB_Xbe7yanM
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Rituals are what you make of them
We’re doing our yearly Harry Potter weekend now. Friday night: Leaky Cauldron Saturday night: Hogwarts’ Great Hall Sunday afternoon: Three Broomsticks We dress kitchen differently for each and pretend we’re wizards, Harry.
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Rule of Law day
I propose a new federal holiday for January 6 call “Rule of Law” day that commemorates a new victory over anti-democratic forces.
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noise cancel culture
Using the airpod noise cancellation feature for the first time and I am freaked out. I had a short bout of partial deafness before, so this is a little triggering.
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Dots and lines
Just a lovely deep dive into the vector displays of old coin ops. Your eyes are liars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJVpYL44jUQ
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Reflective is on soundcloud
Posted a slight remix of Reflective to Soundcloud just in time for your holiday celebrations: https://soundcloud.com/taskboy3000/reflective
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Scare your way to solvency
Of late, I have noticed that The Atlantic has co-opted the fearmongering of Fox News, but clothed it for liberals, fanning concerns about civil war in the US. I sure hope their subscription numbers go up.
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Birthday thanks
Thank you to all my Birthday Well-Wishers. You deserve an update on where I am at. https://www.taskboy.com/img/jjohn_at_50.jpg
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The New Forty
I do not know if life begins at 50, but I will be happy if it does not entirely end there. #birthdaythoughts
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Camel Cosmo Chic
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-59593001 Stop objectifying camels, you fiends! You are giving younger camels an impossible standard of beauty.
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To quote The Last Remake Of Beau Jest
I’m going to miss being in my forties as of Sunday. Life really is shorter than a butterfly’s fart.
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John McWhorter Has Questions
John McWhorter clearly wants to help his community, but still ends up defending white privilege in a mind-boggling way. However, his objections are made in good faith, are well-articulated, and require an answer.
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Quacks gonna quack
https://www.taskboy.com/img/dr_oz.jpg If you have long thought that Dr. Oz was a snake oil salesman and attention seeker, you were correct.
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Words Mean Things Part MLVII
Dear Financial Times, Referring to a COVID-19 vaccination as a “jab” may be clever writing, but you are not likely to assuage the fears the unvaccinated. Please grow up.
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Collect all 21million tokens
I can see why they went with calling it “bitcoin” because “tech-bro beanie babies” was too on-the-nose.
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steely eyed dust spackled drifter type
Look, I am getting tired of you all asking me “Joe, when are you going to make theme music for a spaghetti western movie?” I make music for own self, you jackals. https://studio.taskboy.com/media/reflective.mp3
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Exchanging cyphers
I can’t talk right now. I’m initiating a VPN session.
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That sounds familiar
Before you send me another prediction of Christian doom, please see if said doom is already on this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unfulfilled_Christian_religious_predictions That is all.
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I stan WWDITS and STLD
I stan What We Do in the Shadows and Star Trek: Lower Decks. That is all.
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Power Is Their Policy
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Dress for success
I thought you wanted to get rid of the Patriarchy and income equality, Dogg? Coveting the plantation owners will not lead you there. https://www.businessinsider.com/gen-z-millennials-reviving-old-money-aesthetic-fashion-decor-sports-2021-10
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backup pope
You know there is still a backup pope kicking around, right? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI
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Put the WEE back in Halloween
Isn't there a holiday coming around this time of year? What am I thinking of? Columbus Day, maybe? https://www.taskboy.com/img/purple-skull.jpg
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14A
The 14th amendment, written in the aftermath of the Civil War, is one complicated grab-bag. Can’t even understand sec. 2 to save my life. https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv
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mvp
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to boldly support the powerful against the weak
Another day, another celebrity whining about cancel culture. Because in America, shame is dead. Sure is hard to figure out why people elect not to hear your hateful, stupid words. Must be a conspiracy.
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simple pager
Totally hand-rolled a paging system for my son using a RPI +16x2 LCD + piezo buzzer. Lego case. Server built with mojo lite. client is python run from cron.
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crimes against grammarity
_dolly in; camera out_ me: Guys! It’s not Random Access Memory! The access is… ARBITRARY! _Police enters stage right to arrest computer science_
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happy nine eleven
So, I still think W, Rumsfeld, and Cheney should do jail time for lying to us and killing people for oil, but I am an old person, so whatevs.
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all the young dudes carry the news
The last time I expected to get information from TV news was in the few weeks following 9/11. However, TV news had stop providing that commodity by then and I have never expected anything factual from those talking heads since. https://slate.com/business/2021/09/911-anchormen-nightly-news-rather-jennings-brokaw-legacy.html
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shedcraft trademark
Bushcraft, but it's near my backyard shed, so "shedcraft"? https://www.taskboy.com/img/bushcraft-shanty.jpg
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you can say booger
No, I’m not crazy! I’m telling you rock and roll was considered to be dangerous, outsider music at one time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VH4yV3ich0
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This is what leadership looks like
Ripping the bandaid off is hard, but leaving Afghanistan now is the right move. It would have been a better move 11 years ago. The best move would have been not to invade at all. Now, let’s practice some national building at home for a while.
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imagine a beowulf cluster of cookie clickers
Ricardo, when I play this again, I will dedicate a Raspberry PI to it, which seems both environmentally sensitive and delightfully absurd.
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the only way to win is not to play
I beat cookie clicker (hint: set the cookies to Number.MAX_SAFE_INTEGER). I won cookie clicker when I closed the browser window.
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Buy low sell high
I literally have a spreadsheet open next to cookie clicker that computes the cost per cookie based on buying the next cookie generator. I’m a value investor. I also have a row that computes the wait time to a target cookie amount based on my current production rate. #fun
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Cookies are life
Just discovered cookie clicker: http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/ This game is as legit a game as simcity and I will fight anyone who gainsays me.
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modeling relationships is literally SQL
I was mostly skeptical of graph DBs and I am happy to learn I was right to be. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graph_database Just learn to manage your schemas, people. SQL is your friend.
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calling c from python
As a Perl hacker, the easy with which shared C libraries can be accessed directly from python code makes me insanely jealous: https://github.com/tipam/pi3d/blob/master/pyxlib/xlib.py
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making money with perl
Since this makes me feel good about my questionable career choices, I choose now to believe in the insightfulness of this article: https://qvault.io/misc/popular-coding-languages-2021/ #perl4eva
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Linux is my hammer
This is a project box with three raspberry PIs running webcam software so I can spy on critters eating my garden. https://www.taskboy.com/img/dyi-garden-cam.jpg Fear my opposable thumbs, varmints! #privateeyes
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til pearlies
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BeerWorks Last Call
BeerWorks is going out of business. A staple brewpub of the Boston area, BW employed me in the mid-90s. Great beer; better people.
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summerttime summertime sumsum summertime
Things are looking summer-y around here. https://www.taskboy.com/img/summer2021.jpg
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1 2 3 1 2
When your child asks “what is 5/4 time?”, play them Take Five followed by The Ocean or you’re parenting incorrectly.
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epistemology for email
Ransomware finally has me spooked. Going to try out using gpg with gmail via a browser plugin today.
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Blood Eagle
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Mitch outsources duty again
“And so we [Congressional GOP] cannot be frontally attacking him [Tr**p] right now.” Craven McConnell was never not craven. https://www.axios.com/bill-barr-trump-election-8f6e5b4a-906f-4fb2-a20e-60d8f1e54b7b.html
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Bay State is the Best State
The New York Times is reporting that 71% of adults in Massachusetts are fully vaccinated. Will this start a migration of people who want to live where government works and crazy people are the minority? It should.
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I am Andy Ritcher
“My ambition will be looking for situations in which to do my part. Not necessarily to grab the world by the throat and scream my name into its face.” It turns out, I am Andy Ritcher. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/23/arts/television/andy-richter-conan-obrien.html
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old school values
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave.” I love Joe Biden and I already know I will regret saying this in public.
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Watching you
I bought the Essential Hall & Oates this summer. It was a the right thing to do.
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do you want to play a game
My 16x4 LCD display works on my RPi3. I still think digital watches are neat. This is also my first tango with I2C.
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when fiction becomes fact
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/may/13/eu-citizens-arriving-in-uk-being-locked-up-and-expelled Is this promotion for a remake of the movie Children of Men? Because it sure looks like a tragedy.
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we can work it out
Millennials, Gen Z, and even Boomers, Happy Hump Day from your friends in Gen X. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xScbIhNM6jc
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yes my editor is ed
I still use telnet for debugging ASCII network protocols like HTTP and I VOTE.
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The choice of headlines is editorial bias
Google news, which I browse in place of Twitter, has now become too outrage provoking. I guess it’s just you and me, RSS reader.
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Been a long time since I rock and rolled
https://www.taskboy.com/img/super-slinky.jpg It is come to this. Nines. No one warned me this could happen.
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Charlie calls it right
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tiny giant
I have an 8GB raspberry pi with the hostname 'tinygiant'. True story.
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sploded
I had a little dropbox malfunction. Sorry about the spam.
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