If you think that our universe is a simulation or otherwise does not exist in some base reality: what do you think the chances are that any of the original implementers are still on the job? How many conscious entities do you imagine are running the technical operations?

Tacos au jambon et fromage, ou comme on l'appelle chez nous, les « croques señor »

It drove me crazy until I remembered that in one of my all-time favorite movies, Ghost Dog, these same two actors played two best friends, but Whitaker's character didn't speak French and Bankolé's didn't speak English. I can't imagine that the scene from Godfather of Harlem wasn't an intentional homage and to whomever was responsible for that: thank you, I loved it and it was beautiful! [2/2]

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Ok, so I was watching Godfather of Harlem and noticed something particularly sweet and brilliant for which I wanted to say thank you. There's a scene between Forest Whitaker and Isaach de Bankolé; Bankolé and Whitaker's characters both speak French and English, and they are Not Friends. It reminded me of something but what was it? [1/2]

pourquoi les ne disent-ils pas «ordurenateur» pour un ordinateur de merde ?

Une version salée de «Capezzoli di Venere», faite de rillettes de porc aux champignons dans une tranche de carotte farcie (garnie d'un bout de cornichon, duh). À côté, du soda amer à base de racine de bardane, de galanga, de jalapeño et de miel.

If, in the near future, anyone should happen to ask me why I have a small bump on my forehead, I can truthfully say that it is because I failed to catch a violin.

Shakuhachi work continues. I've posted a bit about it on the hellsite at twitter.com/unyuuwind, and with luck the store will open before too long.

"Police are delinquents who turned bad." (« Les policiers sont des délinquants qui ont mal tourné. ») From Valentin Gendrot's book on his 2+ year infiltration of the Paris police.

Here's a demo of the folded bore shakuhachi. This is just a quick recording from my phone, so audio quality per se is nothing special, and I'm still getting used to playing them, so neither is the performance--but I hope it gives you some idea of what the instruments sound like now. photos.app.goo.gl/MbStkvXU7k7E

Here's the twisted-bore 1.8 that just came off the printer this morning. (Ergnomics are not yet great, but still better than previous folded-bore versions.)

Folded bore shakuhachi detritus: this is *fewer* versions than it took for me to get to the point where I have one that I'm actually pretty pleased with. (That's the one in my pocket.)

After some more programming and debugging and printing, I now have version 2 of the folded-bore shakuhachi. To my surprise, this one is already a useful musical instrument with a clear, easy tone. It's a strong indication that this is a useful path and I'm so happy about it! Guitar pick for scale... this is small.

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