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[meta: I've gone ahead and made my account locked, so I guess you'll have to wait for me to approve your follow request if you want to follow me. If you're an actual person, I'll probably approve it, I just don't want to have to keep evicting bots ex post facto.]

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I missed out on last time, so:

I'm a person. I think people and communities and subcultures are pretty interesting. Sometimes I try to archive these things, sometimes I just idly find them fascinating.

I appreciate things that are {open source, secure, well-designed}, most of the people I've met here, and @srn ​in particular.

I like to think I'm trustworthy and available. Feel free to reach out even if I don't know you.

(A few thousand more words available via my profile.)

After a segment of a podcast about someone suing over a "lifetime warranty" on socks and a discussion of how "lifetime" warranties are deliberately misleading*, I get an ad. For socks. With a lifetime warranty. Good job, advertisers.

*: Basically it's often for the lifetime of the product: until they stop selling that particular product, but depends on the fine print of the specific warranty.

@SuricrasiaOnline Where was your bleeps and bloops web tool? (I didn't see it at, but I may have missed it.)

Defining an ontology for roughly all physical objects one might have is, unsurprisingly, challenging.

Do I want to write a text layout engine? That provides full Unicode compatibility and support for most of the relevant CSS including whatever parts of Text Module 4 I can wedge in? In a language I'm not really proficient in?

(All signs point to this being a bad idea, but it does sound fun...)

Currently inordinately annoyed that the print editions of the Unicode spec don't include the annexes to the spec. Over a thousand pages, but not the ones I really need right now. 🙃

@djsundog @ajroach42 Is there a unified [multi] makerspace parts taxonomy / catalog anywhere? ("A 6mm M3 screw with a cap head is a subset of M3 screws, and has MPN 1234567")

@ajroach42 Looks like NPR commissioned a Microface action figure head as well. On a phone so I can't easily tell if the .zip has any license information, but since you'd mentioned the character before, you might find it interesting:

(Also they've done a whole series on Microface, which I assume you're familiar with, but if not, you might find it entertaining.)

security, java 

If you run, uh, anything in Java that logs things (Java Minecraft? A random webapp? Whatever.) and it's exposed to the internet, you might want to take it down and/or get it patched real fast. The log4j vulnerability can pretty much be sprayed everywhere much like "shellshock", and gives up code execution to an attacker, so widespread scanning / attacks are likely imminent.

Decent writeup at .

coronavirus, mff, etc. 

So it seems a fully vaccinated person went to Anime NYC and then tested positive for Omicron shortly after - unclear if they were infectious at the con or not but they're telling everyone who went to get tested[1]. Both Anime NYC and MFF require vaccinations, but I have to imagine there's an overlap in attendees. Since I know a surprising number of folks going, don't forget your masks, and stay safe.


It's only flu if it comes from an influenza strain. Otherwise it's sparkling cold.

@fidgetcetera Y'all may be interested to know that Firefox 93 contains fixes for Orca. I don't know how far it goes, but maybe that will be of use. 🤷

It's basically the equinox, so cities with east/west streets have sunrises and sunsets that run the whole length of the street. Particularly remarkable in Chicago, where streets are largely on a grid.

looking for rails devs 

Are there any Ruby on Rails devs around who are looking for a job in the UK? (Anywhere in the UK; don't need to be near an office if you're okay working remotely.) Looking for someone to help out with a line of business app that's mostly Rails as an API for a React app (looking for help with both).

(Boosts welcome, I should probably add .)


@Leaf Are there any strong arguments against adopting UTS #31 ("Identifier and Pattern Syntax") in the next version of C (C23)? Talking with someone who is apparently discussing the proposal tomorrow, and I recall you had Opinions about emoji in identifiers (which that would seem to preclude).

Idly wondering how many people have found themselves wandering through the parking lot of that invisible 7-11.

Ah yes, E2EE, well-known predecessor to J2EE.

@PINE64 Incidentally, a number of colleagues are big fans of the "extremely noodly" USB C cables for the Pinecil. I think one of the monthly updates indicated you had them custom made, but is there a name for cables like that or in general cables that are so flexible?

In particular, someone mentioned they once got an Ethernet cable like that in a box with a device, but wants a bunch more and hasn't been able to track any down.

@djsundog If I were desirous of a bunch of ska or otherwise horn-heavy covers of popular songs, is there a particular direction you might point me?

@Leaf Typographical question I assume you'll be able to answer off the top of your head: if I'm putting section numbers inline before a section heading, what's the appropriate amount of space to use to separate them?

Someone left a bunch of chalk out for collaborative sidewalk art. Neat.

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