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Greg Burrell @ivanvector@mastodon.social

Also messing with my bullshit latency settings, as it turns out.

Hey Mastodites! If watching some Canadian dude flail about on guitar is your deal, boy do I have a Twitch for you.

Getting drunk and fiddling around on nonstop play for a little while.

twitch.tv/ivanvector

Tonight's commute conditions

-4°C, winds ??, fairly heavy snow

Beer status: cold

mastodon.social/media/3IQzPnG9

Weak points are arm cuffs, wind just blows right up there, and the ski jacket is *too* heavy. But I don't have anything that's like exactly the right jacket, and I'm slightly preferring "a bit too warm" to "meat popsicle"

My very cold weather bike commuting outfit, since @nev is doing it and is so hot right now (but also cold), bottom to top:

- wool socks, reg boots
- reg briefs, long johns, jeans/office pants, poly rain pants (zip cuff)
- 100% merino wool base layer, office dress shirt (optional), wool or cotton sweater, heavy ski jacket with high neck
- merino wool glove liner, poly mitten
- vented half-mask balaclava, ski goggles
- poly helmet liner (covers ears), helmet, rainproof helmet cover

5cm isn't a lot, mind you, and I have skinny enough tires to go right through it. Nor the ice, for which I have studs.

The problem is the local authority, which dumps so much salt on the road that it's like riding on loose gravel, but gravel that's the same colour as everything else you're riding over. And of course plows snow into the "bike lanes".

Bike commute was cold and wet enough to be icy this morning. I slipped twice: once in my driveway and once in the parking lot at work. Both times on foot.

Commute home should be more interesting, as on top of that iciness 5cm of snow has fallen throughout the day. Wasn't supposed to start until overnight.

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My Grandad's advice for safe driving was: "Always remember you're controlling a potentially lethal weapon". I think it helped me to take driving even more seriously.

Perhaps it's good advice for us technologists too...

"Always remember you're programming a potential platform for bullying and harassment".

"Always remember you're designing a potential system for mass surveillance".

"Always remember you're deploying a potential tool for mass social unrest".

Sometimes Island Living Isn't Great, Vol. XXXIV:

I want to get a cable for my camera and figure a photography store probably has it. So I Google "photography store charlottetown"

Best result is a photo shop in Moncton.

Moncton is 170km and $50 in tolls away.

So I'm not getting that cable today

tfw picasa facial recognition confuses your wife with your ex-wife

If you're in Charlottetown this evening and just heard the tranquil calm of the harbour pierced by someone yelling HOW THE FUCK IS IT NINE O'CLOCK ALREADY, it was me. Sorry 'bout that.

Best line in the original blog post about Star Wars "machete order":

"I asked her if she found Jar-Jar annoying and she asked, 'who's Jar-Jar?' - mission accomplished!"

nomachetejuggling.com/2011/11/

Been playing around with GuruShots for a couple days (thanks for the tip, @WelshPixie!) and have learned a couple important truths:

1) "backlight" seems to mean wildly different things to different people, many completely wrong
2) trusting your users to self-tag their NSFW content doesn't work at all (see also: Mastodon)
3) I have a real problem with people who submit front-camera selfies to photography competitions
4) I'm really bad at focus, but I can't believe it matters so little to people

Oh, it's 300 video cards.

Still, each one is $2,200.

I'm pretty sure that's more than I've spent on computer hardware in my entire life.

Try on this original cut of Round Here, first recorded by the band the Himalayans in 1990.

youtube.com/watch?v=zFQ4CeKBWn

You might be more familiar with this song from when Himalayans' singer Adam Duritz rerecorded the song a few years later with his new band, Counting Crows.

Guitar players of Mastodon! Do you find restringing monotonous and boring? Is the routine too easy and not at all challenging?

Try it with cats.