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standing offer until further notice:

want to do something on the (gnu/linux/unix) command line but not quite sure where to start? trying to sort out some kind of tiny script? ill-advised regular expression not _quite_ hacky enough for the job? not asking stackoverflow quite the right thing? maybe i can help! @ me and let's see what we can do.

(disclaimers: speedy responses not guaranteed; i won't make fun of you; i'll tell you if i'm stumped; i'm pretty easy to stump.)

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on a family zoom call and realizing for the nth time that a conference call on an actual telephone would probably be infinitely less awkward than this in many respects

trek, nutrek 

i haven't gotten very far into picard, nor more than about a season into st:dsc, but a lot of this resonates:

a few years back i was at the local bar for some bluegrass band and started talking to someone who'd just moved into town and she was like oh i used to work in software and eventually it turned out she'd been one of the main people on harvard graphics and she flatly refused to believe that i was old enough to have heard of it, let alone have developed extensive opinions on its clip art library.


the process for making a pot of beans:

1. i will not use too many dry beans this time. this is a reasonable and modest quantity of beans, which will in no way exceed present needs.

2. this is an absurd quantity of beans. oh my god.

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Service announcement:

Sundogistani Public Radio is happy to announce that no plague, lawsuit, or quarantine will prevent us from streaming our annual listen-through of Arlo Guthrie's classic "Alice's Restaurant" at various times throughout tomorrow's broadcast day.

Get your implements of destruction and your eight-by-ten color glossies ready, folks!

huh - i have to admit i haven't really been paying attention to this, but it sure does look like publishing is getting real consolidated-like

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for those who don't want any breakfast grains: whoatmeal

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@brennen Please don't be humiliated! It's a widespread feature of American English, and it's perfectly fine. (here's some more info if anyone is interested @gravezwave @envgen

having said all that, i guess my mental model of this raises some questions about computer mouse anatomy.

the end with the tail really should be the butt, and i have always assumed that the cord is the tail, but i can't bring myself to think of the end that doesn't have buttons on it as the head.

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you know in case you misplace it in the dark, i guess.

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i took apart a microsoft wheel mouse optical just now (one of the little clickers seems like it gave out, i thought maybe there was just some fuzz in the way, alas) and made the delightful discovery that it has an entire LED dedicated just to lighting up the little red butt of the mouse.

tiny material nerd life improvements: i resisted using[0] for years in favor of a simpler homebrew thing, but the extra info it conveys is 100% worth the effort of turning it on everywhere.


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beestung used the opening of one of my stories as their lede text for this quarter's issue

“When the manuscript first arrived, it seemed like a prank.

It wasn’t immediately apparent that it was a manuscript at all.”

—Diana Thayer

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they announced a new letterkenny season, which is enough to get me thinking maybe it's time to watch the whole thing a third time.

ok i'd probably skip "fartbook" this go around.

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The Replay Foundation, my employer, announced their liquidation today. This means no more Pinburgh. It also means I'm Officially out of a job for the forseeable, so if y'all wouldn't mind boosting a link to my other source of income Improbable Island, that'd be just super.

It's a silly online game and it doesn't pay as much as fixing pinball machines but heck it's what I've got right now, and this winter's probably gonna be a hairy one.

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