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Hello!

I've joined this instance because I'm an ARPA member on the SDF. I also keep a few back-up identities on other instances too.

I'm curious about gopher, Mastodon, OSS, Linux, Emacs, Org-mode,
tabletop RPGs, philosophy, history, and programming. I'm known to
fiddle with Python on occasion.

If you want to chat, ping me!

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At the end of a trip every day feels like Sunday...

RT @travis_robert@twitter.com

All of this pedestrian volume was squished onto that narrow sidewalk a month ago.

When you take space away from cars no one can fathom going back to the old way.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/travis_robert/stat

If you're too poor for A/C, here's what I did when I was also too poor for A/C. Copper tubing attached to fan with zip ties. Plastic tubing attached to fishtank pump, submerged in beer cooler full of ice water. Cold water runs through the pipes and makes 'em frostycold, fan blows frostycold at hot people. Works pretty well! Lots of guides online on how to make one. Put a towel on the floor in front of it, lots of condensation.

And endlessly swirling water fountain in Piața Sfatului, Brașov, România.

walking distance from the pub is the only acceptable place to live

Calling the chat app that lets your boss ask you to do work on Saturday "Slack" is some peak tech industry bullshit.

Why Cutting Costs is Expensive: How $9/Hour Software Engineers Cost Boeing Billions

"This all serves as a great lesson for all software managers and engineers: In software, fast is slow and cheap is expensive."

(Sorry for the Medium link... It appears this article wasn't published elsewhere. I can confirm that the link *does* work on the Duck Duck Go browser)

medium.com/javascript-scene/wh

Two things that scream "we didn't think out database design through properly":

- You can't change your username.
- You can't have "special characters" in your name.

Honestly, calling accented Latin characters (or really any common character used in people's names around the world) "Special Characters" betrays an extremely US centric view of computation.

(I originally posted a link from Medium which is causing some issues for some people so I'm going to repost this toot with the article from the original website)

I  imagine people here are already fans of open-source software and privacy so you'll likely find this article interesting.

“If You Value Your Privacy, Switch to Signal as Your Messaging App Now” by Fast Company

fastcompany.com/90335034/if-yo

"The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a trillion of them, maybe more, according to a new study.

Swiss scientists also say that even with existing cities and farmland, there's enough space for new trees to cover nine million square kilometres, roughly the size of the United States."

cbc.ca/news/technology/tree-pl

I imagine people here are already fans of open-source software and privacy so you'll likely find this article interesting.

“If You Value Your Privacy, Switch to Signal as Your Messaging App Now” by Fast Company

link.medium.com/lI6CH5t07X

No but seriously...

I find myself thinking what Usenet 3.0 (yes there was a 2.0) would look like. Usenet was the original federated social network. We have all long since moved to the web, though, with 37 different logins to 37 different horribly insecure PHP forums for each different topic we want to discuss. It's a mess. It is ripe for a reboot.

The professor makes some excellent suggestion to streamline preparation for the next gaming session...

D&D Prep: Stop Flipping Through Rulebooks! (Episode #85)

If there's one thing professor Dungeonmaster hates, it's flipping through rulebooks and scenarios to find statistics, plot points, or other critical informat...

youtu.be/0-ngv6-Pr1c

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