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Think globally, microblog locally
Fri, 28 Aug 2020

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

Joan Feynman, 1927-2020, astrophysicist known for her discovery of the origin of auroras https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/updates/feynman.cfm

What is MasterClass actually selling? - Carina Chocano/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/what-is-masterclass-actually-selling/614200/

Fri, 07 Aug 2020

Classic Google Sites is going away — migrate to new Google Sites by December 2021 https://support.google.com/a/answer/9958187

The US declared war on TikTok because it can’t handle the truth - Sarah Jeong/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/21355465/tiktok-us-china-information-nationalism-aonline-propaganda

N O D E Zine https://n-o-d-e.net/index.html

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Crunchbangplusplus | Debian Based Minimal Linux Distro https://crunchbangplusplus.org/oldindex.html

WordPress.com launches new P2 to take on internal communication tools – Romain Dillet/TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/06/wordpress-com-launches-new-p2-to-take-on-internal-communication-tools/

Georgia school reopening photo worse than it appears - Molly Hensley-Clancy and Caroline O'Donovan/BuzzFeed https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mollyhensleyclancy/georgia-school-reopening-photo-paulding-county

Wed, 05 Aug 2020

How the 2020 pandemic is a replay of 1918 - Dave Winer/Scripting News http://scripting.com/2020/08/04.html#a163817

My Vim "style" includes doing things with the mouse, so I use gVim much of the time

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2e in Unofficial Texinfo Format (tl;dr looks great) http://sarabander.github.io/sicp/html/

The coronavirus is never going away - Sarah Zhang/The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/coronavirus-will-never-go-away/614860/

Why should you learn Vim in 2020? - Nikola Đuza/Pragmatic Pineapple 🍍 https://pragmaticpineapple.com/why-should-you-learn-vim-in-2020/

27-inch iMac gets a major update - Apple https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/08/27-inch-imac-gets-a-major-update/

Tue, 04 Aug 2020

Meet The 19th*, a new gender and politics news organization by women and for women – Tom Jones/Poynter https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/meet-the-19th-a-new-gender-and-politics-news-organization-by-women-and-for-women/

Some YouTubers are selling subscriptions to their channels — and make big money doing it - Lucas Shaw and Mark Bergen/Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-03/youtube-influencers-charge-for-subscriptions-after-coronavirus-hits-ads

Mon, 03 Aug 2020

How link-begging became the most annoying search engine tactic - Ernie Smith/Vice https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/889d8b/how-link-begging-became-the-most-annoying-search-engine-tactic

Google announces Pixel 5, Pixel 4A 5G, and Pixel 4A all at once - Dieter Bohn/The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/3/21352032/google-pixel-5-4a-5g-price-release-date-specs

One-Third of New York's small businesses may be gone forever - Matthew Haag/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/nyregion/nyc-small-businesses-closing-coronavirus.html

C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup Weighs in on Distributed Systems, Type Safety and Rust – The New Stack https://thenewstack.io/c-creator-bjarne-stroustrup-weighs-in-on-distributed-systems-type-safety-and-rust/

Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover https://standardebooks.org/

GITenberg is a collaborative, open-source community dedicated to publishing ebooks in the public domain https://www.gitenberg.org/

Trump administration gives TikTok 45 days to sell to Microsoft or leave US - Kate Cox/Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/microsoft-in-talks-to-acquire-tiktok-after-trump-ultimatum/

I was looking at Emilio Pujol's guitar method and was intrigued by his variations on an exercise by Aguado, so I decided to write about it. I'm doing it as a CC-licensed project on GitHub. https://github.com/passthejoe/pujol_variations_on_aguado

Sun, 02 Aug 2020

Perl 7 is coming, and it's more like Perl 5 than Perl 6 - Sawyer X/nntp.perl.org https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2020/06/msg257565.html

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Deleting older Linux kernel images in Debian and Ubuntu - nixCraft https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/debian-ubuntu-linux-delete-old-kernel-images-command/

Donald Knuth: The Yoda of Silicon Valley - Siobhan Roberts/The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/science/donald-knuth-computers-algorithms-programming.html

I take it back. WordPress Dashboard response in Chrome on Windows 10 is as bad as ever. The lag is back.

I'm not working today. It's not a 'production' day. But I'm in Windows 10, and it's running well. I'm not sure if MS fixed something, or it's something I'm doing (or not doing)

A bold new chapter for Fedora Workstation — Christian F.K. Schaller https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2020/04/24/a-bold-new-chapter-for-fedora-workstation/

Debian News -- Updated Debian 10: 10.5 released https://www.debian.org/News/2020/20200801

Fedora Workstation: Swamp draining for 6 years — Christian F.K. Schaller https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2020/04/28/fedora-workstation-swamp-draining-for-6-years/

Normally Google Chrome runs very poorly in Windows 10 when I'm using the WordPress Dashboard, but today the lag was gone in both Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Did recent updates fix something?

GNOME is not the default for Fedora Workstation — Christian F.K. Schaller https://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2020/05/07/gnome-is-not-the-default-for-fedora-workstation/

Wed, 29 Jul 2020

Grub security issue fixed in Debian https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4735

Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Let's throw the kitchen sink at COVID-19 and get back to normal by October - Washington Post Editorial Board https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-it-would-take-to-get-back-to-normal-by-october/2020/07/27/a8886854-d02d-11ea-8c55-61e7fa5e82ab_story.html

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Dear @getspectrum, between phone calls, emails and postal mail, you have asked me to subscribe to Spectrum TV well over 1,000 times. I think we both know it's never going to happen.

Zucchinis linked to rare poisonings in England | Food Safety News https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/07/zucchinis-linked-to-rare-poisonings-in-england/

The AWS bill heard around the world - Chris Short https://chrisshort.net/the-aws-bill-heard-around-the-world/

Want to improve Firefox performance on Linux? Enable WebRender - OMG! Ubuntu! https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/07/firefox-enable-webrender-linux