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US politics, immigration 

Lolwut? Robo-scam call threatening me with prosecution ends with, "Have a blessed day!"

When my kid steps up to the plate, the opposing team's coaches frantically gesture at their outfielders to back up. I confess it gives me a great deal of pride to have a child who is feared in this way. 🙂

US politics, immigration, birdsite 

I've read that working parents today spend as much time in hands-on parenting as stay-at-home moms did in the 1970s. Sometimes I experience this as burdensome. This week I'm experiencing it as especially joyous and lifegiving, and I find myself wishing I could ditch work more than I already do.

My kid’s school sends out e-mails where the text is rendered as a CDN-linked image in the text/html part of the message. The text/plain alternative part of the message is an incomprehensible list of long URLs to their CDN, though an "unsubscribe" link is also provided. I can view the images, but this is clearly an accessibility fail. And really, is it too much to ask people to send the text of their e-mails *as* text?

The fallible official giveth, and the fallible official taketh away. Blessed be the fallible official.

- Coaches' Proverbs 22:12

markovkeyboard: keyboard layout that changes by markov frequency.

github.com/shapr/markovkeyboar

Something tells me this would not actually be very helpful, but YMMV.

It seems to me part of my job as a coach is to help these kids feel like showing up and taking part is always worthwhile, win or lose.

I'm new at this coaching thing, but I confess I don't see the utility of a 15 minute soliloquy after a game to deconstruct a loss for 3rd and 4th graders. They know they lost the game, and they already feel bad. Two minutes to lift up the bright spots, so they stay motivated. Maybe two more on lessons learned, Socratic style. Then a 1 minute pep talk on how they're a better team for what they've accomplished and learned on the field. Save the rest of the time for something useful, like practice.

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Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College, Pennsylvania

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An operating system that does this currently dominates the desktop market. Let that sink in.

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This was going to be a negatively worded toot. And then I realized that was exactly the kind of expression I don't like to see.

Good sportsmanship is critical for adults involved in youth sports. Some coaches get it--and for these I am exceedingly grateful. They use their position to encourage effort, courage, and solidarity. They build up the opposing players, as well as their own.

If you coach youth sports, be this kind of coach.

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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