"When Harmony Mill No. 3, was built in 1866, the builders had no idea that during the excavation of the north section of the mill, they would discover the bones of a 13,000-year-old extinct male mastodon."


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You shoudn't multitask. Your computer should. Learn both scripting and Cron jobs. Then, forget about task switching.

Hotel wifi blocks port 53, so I have to trust their DNS server, I guess.

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wow, this is a new one

if you need my “personal data” to pay your staff then you need to find a more ethical fucking business model

From my 4th grader's math homework. Parents tend to trash current math teaching methods, but showing how multiplication works through "partitioning rectangles" is pretty nifty. All I remember is lining up numbers in columns and following computational rules.

TLDR: Prohibition in the US, although it didn't outlaw hard cider production, discouraged it sufficiently that cider-makers largely repurposed their equipment to produce unfiltered apple juice in the early 20th century.

Fascinating read. I didn't realize that sweet (non-alcoholic) cider was a uniquely American thing.

"[A]t some point in the last few hundred years, the words 'apple cider' have evolved to mean different things ...."


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Imagine if we actually *had* user agents.

Like, imagine if our computers were doing things we wanted them to do, automatically, on the network. And, it was our computers doing these things, instead of a rental service like ifttt or google alerts that's selling info on the back end. Imagine if they stopped doing things when we told them to stop.

Imagine if non-technical users had this too.

It's colder in Pasadena, where they're holding the Rose Parade, than it is here in the Northeast.

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(subtooting relative's self-help book cover) By definition, "defy the odds" is terrible advice to give to a mass audience. It's not going to work out well for the majority of them.

Ah, looks like the app is just recipes, and the "IP" on the unit stands for "Instant Pot." False alarm. It's just hard to discount the possibility these days that any given appliance wants to connect to the Internet.

Please tell me the Instant Pot cooker my wife got for Christmas doesn't have a TCP/IP stack. Because that sounds like one of those stories that ends with hackers setting fire to someone's home.

"The hidden God, present in the lives of the humble and the most vulnerable people, can be 'discovered' only when we join them in the fight for justice and peace. Justice for the marginalized and peace on Earth is the message of Christmas, the message of the 'Hidden God' for each of us."

A Christmas Day reflection: Search the margins for the hidden God.

"So that, I suppose, is the secret to effective evangelism. ... Dedicate your ministry to justice for the oppressed and liberation for the enslaved, stand with them no matter what and keep at it until The Powers That Be burn your church down and want you dead."


I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, 'Good fences make good neighbors.'

- Robert Frost, "Mending Wall"


Weird. The sun isn't up yet this morning, and it's already 60F/15C. Some first day of winter.

Watching Miracle on 34th St. with my kid. How on earth did Fred Gailey convince a judge to sign a subpoena for the district attorney’s kid? Why is he not getting hauled before the state bar ethics committee?

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