White Coral bells
Upon a tender stalk
Lilies of the valley deck my garden walk
Oh how I wish that I could hear them ring
That will happen only when the fairies sing

PSA: For a job where the standard compensation includes 4 weeks of vacation, the half-time equivalent is... 4 weeks of vacation. I seem to find myself perpetually making this case on behalf of those whose employers don't (not claim not to) realize that granting a half-time employee the same number of vacation days results in half the vacation hours.

Whoever invents an affordable mass-market robot for cleaning bathrooms should get a medal. I avoid cleaning our bathroom, because whenever I clean it I end up sweaty and wheezing, with my lungs irritated by the chemical cleaning products.

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If I had known how easy it was to replace the shower head, I would have done it a long time ago!

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“On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.”

~ 25 years later ~

On the Internet ... we know the breed, age, location, estimated education, current sentiment, and which chew toys to pitch.

At a kid's birthday today I saw trick candles for the first time in something like 30 years.

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I've usually explained open source to non-technical people as being the equivalent of an ingredients list on food.

Even if you don't make food yourself, even if you don't know what those ingredient names mean, it's important that the information is public so that experts can check it on your behalf.

I went for a ride today and discovered Easton Tower, which was a pump house built in 1900.

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Q. What is the most used language in programming?

A. Profanity

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Throwing my gigantic hardcovers of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style at anyone who doubts the singular "they"

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This is the Fortingall Yew in Scotland, and at between 2000 and 3000 years old, it's one of the oldest living things in Europe.

Yew trees are dioecious, meaning that individual trees are mostly either male or female. But some yew trees are both. Others, transition from one to the other over time. The Fortingall Yew was once a male tree, but it's recently started growing female flowers and producing berries.

So it turns out, trees can be both nonbinary and trans too.

It's not really the busy-ness so much--I don't mind being busy. It's the barrage of context-switching that's getting to me.

This is one of those weeks when I'm running frantically from one thing to the next. I don't know if it's a failure of planning on my part, or just bad luck, but it’s not a great place to be.

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I know it shouldn't be, but it's always jarring for me to encounter someone wearing a red MAGA hat in person.

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