Can't wait until I finish all the items on my todo list

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You know you're in Germany when you get a *physical letter* response to an email that you send

We already have terrible anti vegan laws stopping e.g. non-cow milks being labelled milk, but now they want to forbid "burger", "schnitzel" and "milk alternative[!!]"

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proveg.com/de/veggie-burger-pe unterschreibe dies, damit wir keine blödsinne Anti-Veganer-Kennzeichnungsgesetze mehr haben

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Everytime I have to work with the concept of categories in code I abbreviate it to cats. When I write `for cat in cats` I imagine individual little kitties going out doing the things I program them to do and that makes me smile

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man i just saw a github comment i left on a PR back in May and i can't remember a thing about the whole thing. Feels like it was a different year even. This year has been playing with my mind

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"a tech-first view promotes scarcity thinking (that is, making perceived memory and performance issues be the primary concerns) and dismissing good ideas because of obscure boundary cases. And now programming seems less frustrating than it once did. "

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You know what's pretty cool? Municipal water systems. I can just turn a tap and water comes from somewhere, and it's so clean I can drink it! I didn't collect that water. It just appears. Amazing. Will try to never take for granted.

re: protests 

the pictures from portland lately remind me of Spike Jonze's scenes from the suburbs (vimeo.com/36170225), but somehow way scarier — they didn't anticipate the teargas (and possibly smoke from the fires?)

"Extensive" turned out to be an exaggeration. Friendly "Servus!" and a quick glance at the passport. Slovenia/Croatia border much worse (they tried to scan my passport which is pretty beat up...).

Also, I have the theory that when my partner hands over just the German blue card things go way smoother than when she hands over *both* the blue card and her non-EU passport which they treat with extensive suspicion

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On way back on sleeper train woken up at 5am and told to open door and get passports ready for "extensive border controls". I miss the schengen

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I keep thinking about how so much Social Media Outrage comes back to the way that teens without a ton of life experience can have their silly Hot Takes (which are a normal and healthy part of growing up!) suddenly exposed to blistering criticism from thousands of people in an afternoon. I try--not always successfully--to remind myself that everyone is on their own journey and will figure things out in time.

Travel 

Sleeper train time. Good way to keep some Abstand too

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