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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 ...."

atlasobscura.com/articles/why-

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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.
bit.ly/2zKum2e

"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."

patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/

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"

m.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/mend

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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I just stumbled upon the wonderful world of esoteric programming languages and I’m really digging Piet, where the programs look like abstract paintings.

dangermouse.net/esoteric/piet/

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If I had to pick one thing I learned from reading the Dao De Jing it is to reframe all statements about myself from "I am <positive adjective> X" to "I am becoming a <positive adjective> X". For example:

"I am a statistician"
vs
"I am becoming a better statistician"

It does three things for me:
1) Affirms I have the agency to change myself
2) Ensures I never stop growing
3) Forced me to reflect on *how* to reach a goal. Often this requires "learning about learning", a form of empowerment.

This is a striking finding... 5.8% of young adults given opioid painkillers after having their wisdom teeth removed were addicted to opioids a year later, versus 0.4% who weren't given opioids.

washingtonpost.com/national/he

I had my wisdom teeth out a bit more than 20 years ago. The dental surgeon sent me home with Percocet and some kind of NSAID. I was a cautious kid, and I remember resolving not to take the Percocet unless the pain was completely intolerable with the NSAID alone. It wasn't.

On second thought, Google appears to feel free to clobber message headers if you do this. (For example, "format=flowed" disappears.) Going back to mutt's built-in smtp transport instead.

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