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"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain..."

Fish and chips with a pint of ale for supper in London after a long flight.

@gemlog I think I deserve a day off after that, but am leaving on a week-long business trip to th UK tomorrow, so I'm just taking off the morning.

@gemlog I took advantage of the railway company's generous offer to allow stranded passengers to rest in unused trains parked at the Osaka platform until 5 a.m. when the local lines started running. Dragged myself home by 6 a.m.

@gemlog At home in Japan, on the way back from a day trip to Tokyo. Train finally arrived in Osaka 3 hours late at 2 a.m., by which time all transportation other than taxis was long since shut down, and the line at the taxi stand was wrapping around the inside and outside of the station building.

I've got the train delayed and stuck in the station until 5 a.m. blues. :(

@foxfire You are not a bad person. Enjoy your meal with gratitude. All things in moderation.

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I finished 'breaking/__and/ entering|. 'the extraordinary story of a hacker called 'alien'.
Start at page 72 if you want to skip her drug / experimenting years at MIT. At page 105 I decided I didn't like her because she is an Emacs fan. :) I learned some tricks from the technical details.
Its worth reading, she is extraordinary.

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This is an interesting video on Gab and Mastodon. Unfortunately, it makes the error of not clearly differentiating Mastodon instances from some of its developers.

To be clear, the Mastodon developers do NOT speak for Mastodon instances other than the ones they personally operate. It is sadly clear that those developers. while doing good and laudable work in creating, enhancing and sharing this software, are none-the-less anti-free-speech.

Gab for their part is also far from perfect and arguably has caused harm to free-speech efforts. However, they are routinely and purposefully misrepresented by forces opposed to this basic freedom.

@gemlog @aolog @snowdusk_ @uaa It looks fairly typical. Japanese education emphasizes socialization and conformity. Unfortunately, I don't think this communal self-help is carried-over to other situations, like home. Most all of the Japan videos I see have a very rose-colored tint.

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Happy Independence Day!

In 1847 the Catholic bishops of the United States consecrated our country to the Immaculate Conception.

O my God, through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the United States of America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of religious vocations. Have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners and on all who are in need.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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Moving away from the Apple eco system is taking me years. We still have that MacBook Pro, and there still are Photos libraries (remember iPhoto?) – mine is still about 100GB. I totally need to move albums in there into folders on the drive. When your over 40 years old you start to appreciate that the only way to archive pictures, audio and video is folders and files. All these tools that use databases and what not will eventually fade from your life. Don’t get locked in. Even if they’re free!

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Reasons someone using a PC should change from Windows to Linux?

Linux distros have more respect for your privacy.

Just run Wireshark on both Windows and Linux; you'll see that Windows loves to constantly chat with MS-servers.

Average Linux distro is completely silent until you choose to interact with the internet.

Being the product vs. using the product.

Linux gives you control & transparency. Easier and more secure usage.

Please add Your point of view if you will!
#WhyLinux #Linux #PC

@tootbrute Sounds nice, as long as funding for coffee doesn't run out.

@cosullivan I thought you were writing about the Peter Gabriel song.

One of the shortest poems in R. Kipling's collection "Epitaphs of War" published after WWI is just two lines long.

"If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied."

Kipling's son John had been killed in the war.

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