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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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