One of these days I will remember the correct syntax to initialize a dictionary in c#... today is not that day

I accidentally ended up with two etsy accounts, so I went to close one and was happy to see they have a "no seriously, delete everything" option to delete your account. Cool! They send an email with a link to confirm - that returns 404. So close...

Local gov't is funny sometimes. We needed our front steps replaced and the company doing it started on saturday but couldn't finish because some of the material they had weren't the right size. They came back today and right after they showed up the town inspector came and made them leave because they didn't have a permit for the work they were doing. Now I'm stuck with partially finished steps until the town approves the permit, which are definitely less safe than the broken steps that were there before.

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Never, ever start a question with "Can you just..." when asking someone to do something. It's belittling and shows your ignorance to how difficult doing something might be.

And yes, the irony in posting about this on social media is apparent to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Today I was finally able to put into words something I've noticed about myself recently. I'm a constant consumer - podcasts on my commute, Reddit during downtime, hackernews while builds are running at work, whatever on my phone before bed, etc. I've found myself unable to simply sit without any stimulation. Today I drove home from work with no podcast, no music, with the windows down, clearing my head. I think that's a positive change. Now that I'm conscious of it, I can start to correct it.

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mastodon privacy 

since this is coming up again, i feel it's important to stress the following facts about privacy on mastodon:

- DMs are stored in plaintext in the database
- yes, this means admins can access them
- it also means they will be accessible if your instance DB is leaked

- however: this is the same as the situation on any other mainstream social media site
- at the end of the day you should make sure you trust your admins

- ultimately: don't use mastodon for privacy-critical messages

Hi everyone! I'm Matt, a software engineer and (working on becoming) a data scientist. I just started on here and I'm working on setting up my blog at I'll be posting about data science, statistics, and programming

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