Places I've never been (not a bucket list exactly but a response when people say "you've been everywhere.")
- Egypt
- Greece
- Ireland
- Israel
- Jordan
- Russia
- Central Asia (Uzbekistan, etc)
- Indonesia and Philippines
- Vietnam and Cambodia
- the Caribbean
- East Africa (Kenya, etc)
- Peru
- Iceland
- South India and Sri Lanka
- Ukraine
- Mongolia
- Ghana and Nigeria
- Dubai and Oman
- Florida, Alabama, Miss., Louisiana
- Antarctica

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I successfully ran and accessed an application (ghost) inside Docker on my new office desktop yesterday. It should have been very straightforward, but working inside an enterprise makes everything harder. Now I'm in a position where I can start building things again.

My Imgur Christmas selfie (Imgur has a 'no selfie' rule, with an exception for Chistmas) got 3225 upvotes and 69,425 views, something of a miracle (I just posted it and forgot about it).
imgur.com/gallery/TfYcht3
I especially love the comments. Made my day. (Also, there's only one comment revealed under the 'show the bad comments' tab).

I'm still on holiday vacation mode. Spending hours and hours building a city in No Man's Sky that probably nobody will ever see in-game (I'll make a video though).

Bought a new Pixel 4 XL (well, got it by renewing my Bell contract). Selected Google to see if I could make good use of the AI in the voice recorder (eg., for insta-transcripts of my talks).

On December 31, 1995, Bill Watterson published the final 'Calvin & Hobbes' comic strip. For most of us, it was like watching our absolute best friend ever move to another continent! The hole in our hearts is still felt even now! t.co/i2ygP9RRPx

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Current draft first paragraph:

Ethics should make us joyful, not afraid. Ethics is not about what’s wrong, but what’s right. It speaks to us of the possibility of living our best life, of having aspirations that are noble and good, and gives us the means and tools to help realize that possibility. We spend so much more effort trying to prevent what’s bad and wrong when we should be trying to create something that is good and right.

The chickadees have discovered the bird feeder we put up yesterday. Happiness.

I built a suspension bridge in No Man's Sky. Took me all day. Time well spent.

I am intrigued by the title of Kurt Vonnegut's rejected Masters thesis, "The Fluctuations Between Good and Evil in Simple Tasks."

Say I get up from this keyboard, walk into the kitchen, pour myself a coffee, add some milk, want back, sit down, and drink it. There's such a range of possible way of being ethically right and wrong in that simple action.

For the record: it's fair trade coffee. Because it's 2019.

Hate to write this, but I made a pledge to myself:

"Because of my size and age, spending a long period of time in an economy airline seat is dangerous to my health. So while I appreciate your consideration it will not be possible for me to accept the conditions offered."

I know, it feels like a first world problem. But as I said previously, I'm not in a position any more to subsidize academic conferences.

In negotiations for a conference. They want me to fly economy. I'm holding out for premium economy. They've also not specified how many days hotel they'll cover (previous experience suggests it might be just one). I hate to turn down travel, especially to a place I've never been, but I have to take care of myself. So we'll see.

Bluesky downes.ca/post/70237 In a series of tweets Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the company is hiring a team "of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media." There has been a lot of discussion. Doug Belshaw writes (as did many in the Twitter thread) that the proposed network already exists in the form of ActivityPub.

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What I also feel is the temporality. Maybe because the Moscow song has three distinct parts, so I can feel it moving even as I'm frozen in a moment of time. It has a beginning, and ultimately, it ends, and is gone forever.

Of course, if we record it, it's also a moment that lasts forever. It's a moment that disappears, and a moment that lasts forever. Music is unique that way in that it can be both; most of our experiences are one (day-to-day life) or the other (a photo, a video).

Laura Ritchie's concert wp.me/p4Ng5z-1lF brought to mind some thoughts I've had in the past.

Every time I watch the Pet Shop Boys Live 8 concert in Moscow, and in particular this Go West video youtube.com/watch?v=bGpGnDIWjz I have this same thought.

It's clearly a special moment. I can easily imagine what it would have been like in the twilight, in the shadow of the Kremlin, watching and listening. I've had this feeling at events before, being enveloped in the experience.

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These are my best photos of the year - flickr.com/search/?user_id=350 - but which one is *the* best? I can only submit one to the Flickr 'Best photo of 2019' group.

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