I am again making a couple of useful GNU Image Manipulation Program scripts (in script-fu, ie. Scheme, not in Python).

Would anyone be interested in me writing a little bit about how to make scripts to use from the command-line? I don't know a lot about it, but I remember getting confused about a couple of things and having to check documentation and the internet every time, so maybe it will be useful for someone out there...

Recycling tip: Do you have a glass jar you want to reuse, but the labels are held down with that sticky kind of glue which doesn’t come off, no matter how long you soak it for? Try this.

Soak it enough that you can scratch away the paper labels and leave only the glue on the jar. Take a cloth dipped in cooking oil, press it firmly to the glue, and rub it in small circular motions. The oil should loosen the glue enough that the cloth will wipe it all away. It tastes a few minutes, so be persistent.

Then wash and dry the jar with soap, and now you have a clean, reusable jar!


This is a jarring look at the complete nightmare Facebook’s news feed has become for many of its users, especially Boomers, and for the body politic.
Opinion | What Facebook Fed the Baby Boomers

addendum: bandcamp v. spotify 

with a similar number of plays on both spotify and bandcamp, i've received >500% more financially from bandcamp (i've also been on spotify longer)

it's still tiny amounts but then i'm lucky enough to not have to worry about making money from my music - that might not always be the case

i may need the money someday, i may not be able to make music anymore someday

some artists are already there, so if you want to support the music you love it's a good place to go

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Windows 10, S-mode (---) 

Hm, I see now that something could be misinterpreted. When I said that it locked the account I didn't mean that I couldn't login to the computer itself or use it. That was fine.

But I _guess_ you couldn't login with that account for online services or whatever, who knows. And the point is that, while it was locked, I could not disable S-mode because apparently it needs to do something online and check for account to do that ???

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Is it expected that Microsoft Excel refuses to open a .ods file produced by @LibreOffice by complaining that the file is password protected? (The file is not password protected, so I'm suspecting the usual MS protectionism by sabotaging open and standard formats.)

#question #closed-source #lock-in

Windows 10, S-mode (---) 

So I look into unlocking it, and it turns that you have to GIVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER so they send you a verification code (and I wonder: how is this secure? I'm writing whatever number I want _now_, I could be an attacker; but whatevs).

So I finally unlock the account, and try again to disable S-mode, and this time it goes through... but it requires EVEN MORE personal information! 😡

And they try to scare you saying that it cannot be re-enabled. GOOD RIDDANCE. GEEZ.


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Windows 10, S-mode (---) 

...that you can only install applications from the Microsoft Store. And I think, ok, I hate this, but let's see if I can install Chrome or LibreOffice from there. But nope, there are only opportunists trying to make money off people by selling re-packaged apps with those names (and who else what else they contain).

So I try to disable that S-mode, but then it LOCKS the account because it says that there has been some "suspicious activity" on it.


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Windows 10, S-mode (---) 

I just setup a new computer that comes with Windows 10. I was *shocked* at how in-your-face all the privacy violations are.

For starters, before it would even install you MUST login to a Microsoft account (and create a new one if you don't already have one). I saw no way to skip that step, AFAICT it wasn't possible at all.

Then it loads up and I try to install Chrome, but it won't let me. Why? Because it has something called "S-mode" which basically means...


Another protest sunday in #Minsk. Demonstrators are trying to gather in different spots on the outskirts of the city. At least in one place police started using stun grenades to disperse the crowd. #Belarus

LEO: Tendrás que gestionar con cuidado el delicado equilibrio entre poner más atención a la danza del vientre o atender a tu familia. Estarás optimista, a pesar de un proyecto que tienes en mente y también empezarás a centrarte un poquito. Buscar respuestas no debe perjudicarte: te saldrás con la tuya.

Um um um um ummmmm... is this what it sounds like? Google is blocking browsers it doesn't "approve" of... apparently just letting in Firefox and Chrome? developers.googleblog.com/2020

The web as an open standards platform is rapidly falling apart. :\

this morning i finished "A Short Hike"

it's lovely, and the soundtrack has a nice studio ghibli feel in some sections


There's a new "experimental feature" being tested in Firefox 83: sponsored sites in the URL bar.

"Mozilla works with advertising partners to place sponsored tiles on the Firefox home page (or New Tab) that would be useful to Firefox users. Mozilla is paid when users click on sponsored tiles."


You can disable this by setting `browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSponsoredTopSites` to `false`.

Found via old.reddit.com/r/firefox/comme


great resource for ebooks, improving the formatting of many books from project gutenberg

Band: 1997 in heavy metal music
Album Title: Greatest happiness in using it

Software micro-rant, PostgreSQL 

TIL that:

select * from user;


select * from "user";

CAN yield different results. I had assumed that the quotes were simply to keep uppercase characters from turning into lowercase or something.

In my case, the first one gives me results from the internal PG user table, and the second gives me results from... my project's "user" table. Yikes.

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