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Unashamed space colonist & atomic energy enthusiast. Getting ourselves out of tight spots using technology is pretty much what we humans DO. Appeared in the 2012 documentary “Lunarcy!” & still occasionally get contacted by people who have seen it recently on CBC. Low-key supervillain, looking to build a better world that will be worth conquering. Not a typography nerd, but enjoy using LaTeX.


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The Pandemic 

A friend who just tested positive for COVID-19 says "I haven't been this sick since April of '70." That's with the benefit of one dose each of the Pfizer & Moderna vaccines.

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IBM 360 punch card nude art 

These images were found on IBM 360 punch card decks. @robert588 asked about images like these on the aNONradio Vintage COMP! show. These decks were made in the 1960s.

Content warning: Bare 8bit EBCDIC (not ascii)

Starbucks (as seen at Newark Airport) : "Only 2% of all coffee grown in the world is Arabica! We use only Arabica coffee!"

Also Starbucks : roasts the beans so hard you can't tell Arabica from Robusta from wasabi peas.

I wish people in Germany wouldn't send parcels by "Hermes". The service doesn't seem very competent, based on my experience with it.

Today's "Hear Now the Words!" is a selection from "The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens.

Chapter XXIX, The Story of the Goblins who Stole a Sexton.

Please note that this is NOT "the story of a sexton who was stolen by goblins"!

I wonder… (Muppets) 

Do the Sesame Street Martians worry about unsightly bathtub BRRRRRRRRRRRRRINGNGNGNGNG?

There is a non-trivial chance that I am going to spend some time over the next few days attempting to make a Pixel C run Linux.

Chapter XXVIII

A Good-humoured Christmas Chapter, containing an account of a wedding, and some other sports beside : which although in their way, even as good customs as marriage itself, are not quite so religiously kept up, in these degenerate times

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Today on "Hear Now the Words!", the Christmas chapter of "The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens.


Listening to the show from the 14th of last month, I'm a bit surprised not to hear "7 O'Clock News / Silent Night", the last track on "Parsley, Sage, Rosmary, & Thyme" by Simon & Garfunkel. As my sibling says, you can never be quite ready for that one.

I guess I wouldn't mind Web ads so much if they offered me the chance to "meet hot English-teacher-looking bastards in [my] area".


A really nice thing about Thinkpads is the lack of change in power adapters over the years.

Some days, you just have to drag the nib slit.

Plot for a science fiction story I kind of hope nobody will write 

The inventor of the time machine goes back to 1955 and assassinates Patrice Lumumba.

Why? Best evidence is that HIV was circulating in the slums of Leopoldville before WWII, but only became a world problem due to the civil wars which wracked the country after the Belgians pulled out. Without Lumumba, he figures, there's enough time for it to be caught by the Institute of Tropical Diseases.

On today's "A Step Farther Out", I get a letter from the President of the United States of America. And it's not a draft notice!

A friend asked me to read over his 1600-page manuscript.

I quasi-literally blew up his plot with an atomic bomb (actually about 250 of them).

I also told him what he has to do to fix it. Blessed if I know how he's going to do it, though!

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