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Sun, 13 Sep 2020

Testing URI.open changes in Ruby

I fixed the blogPoster code where Nokogiri uses URI.open to pull a web page's title. I only discovered the problem in Ruby 2.7, which is what Ubuntu 20.04 is running. I have Ruby 2.6 on my Windows laptop and 2.5 in Debian Stable. https://nokogiri.org/tutorials/parsing_an_html_xml_document.html

I am trying to untangle issues with Ruby 2.7 and the Nokogiri gem https://nokogiri.org/tutorials/parsing_an_html_xml_document.html

Zoom towns and the new housing market for the 2 Americas - Planet Money/NPR https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/09/08/909680016/zoom-towns-and-the-new-housing-market-for-the-2-americas

Fri, 11 Sep 2020

If you want to use Racketlang in the terminal to code in "Legacy" Scheme for SICP, this is how you get a REPL:

$ racket -I r5rs

Mike Tyson: 'Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth' https://indygrit.community/blog/2019/2/9/everybody-has-a-plan-until-they-get-punched-in-the-mouth

Thu, 10 Sep 2020

SICP Distilled: An idiosyncratic tour of SICP in Clojure http://www.sicpdistilled.com/

R U OK? A conversation could change a life https://www.ruok.org.au/

Time.gov from the National Institute of Standards and Technology is still a thing (and better — and less Java-y — than I remember. https://www.time.gov/

Wed, 09 Sep 2020

Antonio Lauro's "Valse Venezolano: Maria Luisa" played by Saro Babikian on a 2020 Stephen Hill - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNb9-kgQNuM

Starbucks is borrowing money from you — and you're paying them 10% interest to do it http://jpkoning.blogspot.com/2019/08/starbucks-monetary-superpower.html

Sun, 06 Sep 2020

I did a classical guitar string review on Augustine Gold and Red sets. Nothing too exciting. The strings are nice. https://github.com/passthejoe/classical-strings

I found a 701-page doctoral dissertation on classical guitar pioneer Emilio Pujol. From 2010. In Spanish. https://www.tesisenred.net/handle/10803/5202

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

I'm reading a "real" book, even though it's an ebook, and that book is "The Fellowship of the Ring," aka "The Lord of the Rings" Part 1.

Mon, 31 Aug 2020

Fernando Sor on the Internet Archive https://archive.org/search.php?query=fernando%20sor&and[]=mediatype%3A%22texts%22

Francisco Tárrega on the Internet Archive https://archive.org/search.php?query=francisco%20tarrega

'24 Studies for the Guitar, Op. 100' by Mauro Giuliani - Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/imslp-studies-for-the-guitar-op100-giuliani-mauro

'How You Can Keep Fit' by Rudolph Valentino - Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/HowYouCanKeepFitByRudolphValentino/page/n1/mode/2up

Sat, 29 Aug 2020

You know what gets better all the time? Fedora Workstation. I'm getting the @fedora bug and might use it for my next build. @Debian has been great, but I miss the Fedora community. And the new bits. https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/

Fri, 28 Aug 2020

News pro tip: If your video isn't really a video but is instead still images and small clips with words from a poorly written story layered over them, accompanied by horrible music, that's not a video and should instead be a news story with words and pictures.

Pro tip for news sites: If your link doesn't say 'podcast' and it's for a podcast, I'm not happy. Also, podcasts are meant to be accessed via feeds. And I only listen in the car. And now I'm not driving.

Wed, 26 Aug 2020

Buttondown: a small, elegant tool for producing newsletters https://buttondown.email/

7 versatile Vim commands that are easy to memorize (I knew maybe half of these) https://initialcommit.com/blog/7-versatile-vim-commands

a year for nine small publications? Brick House thinks you'll go for that. - Ben Smith/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/business/media/brick-house-journalism-cooperative.html

Tue, 25 Aug 2020

How a brand of chalk achieved cult status among mathematicians - CNN https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/22/us/hagoromo-chalk-great-big-story-trnd/index.html

At the end of the day, @TutanotaTeam is a year. That's significant AF when everybody else wants to for email that won't spy on you like @gmail. https://tutanota.com/pricing/

Sun, 23 Aug 2020

Solar panels are starting to die, leaving behind toxic trash - Maddie Stone/WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/solar-panels-are-starting-to-die-leaving-behind-toxic-trash/

How much is an album worth in 2020: .49? ? $1,000? Maybe /home/public//cgi-bin/ode.cgi - Jon Caramanica/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/arts/music/albums-price.html

Tue, 18 Aug 2020

I just started a shell account in the tildeverse - and you should, too https://tildeverse.org/

Mindfulness and meditation can worsen depression and anxiety - Clare Wilson/New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/article/2251840-mindfulness-and-meditation-can-worsen-depression-and-anxiety/

The case of the top secret iPod - David Shayer/TidBITS https://tidbits.com/2020/08/17/the-case-of-the-top-secret-ipod/

Graphical Linear Algebra https://graphicallinearalgebra.net/

KubeSail | Build your own cloud https://kubesail.com/

8 ways to deploy a React app for free - Ashutosh Singh/LogRocket Blog https://blog.logrocket.com/8-ways-to-deploy-a-react-app-for-free/

Sun, 16 Aug 2020

We tested Instagram Reels, the TikTok clone. What a dud. - Brian X. Chen and Taylor Lorenz/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/technology/personaltech/tested-facebook-reels-tiktok-clone-dud.html

Sat, 15 Aug 2020

Forecasting the US 2020 elections | The Economist https://projects.economist.com/us-2020-forecast/president

We're at that point in the election cycle where it's looking pretty bad for President Trump, but it's not a sure thing that he will lose in November. My gut says he will lose in a landslide, but the whole COVID-USPS nexus of issues adds a degree of uncertainty that throws the election into "anything can happen" territory. A pronounced lack of enthusiasm for Biden, boiling down to "he's not Trump," makes things even harder to predict.

How the Go-Go's found their beat: An oral history | Keaton Bell/Vogue https://www.vogue.com/article/go-gos-40th-anniversary-beauty-and-the-beat-oral-history-belinda-carlisle

Wed, 12 Aug 2020

Uber may shut down temporarily in California https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/12/uber-may-shut-down-temporarily-in-california.html

Rob Pike's 5 rules of programming http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~adnan/pike.html