@veer66 a_string[0] is an exception on an empty string (there's no 0th element), but it's fine with a ranged [:1], it'll give you an empty string.

So it's just a safe shorthand for something like `x = a_string and a_string[0]`

I just made it worse by adding "discernible" before it.

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Just used the word "taxonomy" in an RFC I'm writing at work. I'm guessing it spells the end to my hopes of making it "informal"...

My photo has made it to Flickr's /explore. I don't know why, but I can now consider myself a Real Photographer™ I guess? :-)

So I guess the smoke from forest fires in summer is a thing now. "Climate change is a hoax" my ass...

@aral a common story, as far as I noticed. A popular project grows "community leaders" who, while contributing pretty much nothing, start treating the founder as an oppressing dictator and campaign against him (it's usually "him"). "We don't need a BDFL" and all that stuff.

Just read a post asking Eugen to resign from developing Mastodon and I really have to ask: what are you folks smoking?

It’s his project. It’s open source. Fork it if you want to. But what kind of mind-blowing sense of entitlement drives you to think you can tell someone they should stop working on something they’ve built?

*smh*

@ehashman as one living in a country where natives can't really pronounce my name even when they want to (due to different phonetics in Russian) I was never bothered by it. The way I see it, there is no such thing as a "correct" pronunciation. As long as I can recognize the fact that people try to address me, it's fine. I don't sound exactly American either.

@aeveltstra people also tend to panic when they see a mutable object in the arguments and replace it with the None dance described in the article, forgetting that if the function doesn't modify this argument, it may actually be okay.

@aeveltstra it's actually one of the most widely known gotchas, judging by my own experience mentoring people.

@ericphelps spitting from the side doesn't seem like a big problem to me :-) But I *hate* it when there's no room to actually put your hands under the water stream.

19. A new faucet came sooner. And I put it up, only having spent two hours on figuring out why the drain was leaking despite tons of sealant. (Pro tip: trust your brain more than a manual.)

Daughter said she didn't like them. So there...

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This is from the co-creator of Dogecoin (thread)

RT @ummjackson@twitter.com

After years of studying it, I believe that cryptocurrency is an inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology built primarily to amplify the wealth of its proponents through a combination of tax avoidance, diminished regulatory oversight and artificially enforced scarcity. twitter.com/ummjackson/status/

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@ehashman one of my friends cited inability to get away from work for a few days as the reason for not vaccinating. Not sure if that's the only reason (he used to downplay the threat, too).

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@ehashman well they should help against that too, just not as probable.

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@ehashman but vaccines seems to cover that too, last I heard, so not wearing masks looks okay to me. It's just this sudden reversal of trends in the last one or two weeks that I can't explain. My best guess is that it's more contagious by enough rate to make the remaining unvaccinated population to spread it efficiently.

covid19 (-) 

@ehashman yeah, I was staring at it in disbelief, too. All of that despite a decent percentage of vaccinated people. Turns out, not enough :-(

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