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Maybe you’ll be as surprised as I was when I found out that Falco (yes, that Falco, from Rock Me Amadeus) recorded a cover of Do It Again by Steely Dan. youtu.be/_rZjCYrGqjA

Apparently in many parts of the UK, homes that face each other at the rear are required to be built 21 metres apart, and you'll never guess the reason why this rule exists.

(via theguardian.com/commentisfree/)

"Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."
— George Eliot

for all mankind S3 

The crap that keeps happening in the Helios mission is extremely cringeworthy, but then I remember that that is very likely how a Musk-operated mission would go.

Do you still wear your mask?

Please boost i wanna get more people to vote

When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.

By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.

The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.

It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)

Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.

Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.

How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_St

It’s been

ZERO

days since I forgot to call translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false

Pet peeve: many users have never peeked into the preferences pane of the apps they use every day. There could be a “free $10M voucher” there and it would go unclaimed for years.

I know I'm getting older because I don't feel like self-hosting my own email anymore :oh_no:

GPT-3 is incredible. I asked it to write an article by The Onion and it delivered:

OH: “C++ is the PHP of the compiled languages”

Money is still disappearing from my bank account and Nikon products keep showing in the mail, what should I do‽

Happy Canada Day, which as far as I know, it’s a day where Canadians celebrate the invention of Poutine, and I 100% support it.

*British commedian David Mitchell’s soul proceeds to leave my body*

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Addendum: And also to have the AUDACITY to say “huh” when the elevator door opens and the seemingly magical voice inside the cabin say “going down” when they, oh audience you won’t believe this, intended to go the other direction.

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How can it be that in this year of our lord 2022 where we have instantaneous satellite communications and portable supercomputers, educated people born in the last 30 years cannot understand that you press the up-arrow call button when you want the elevator to go up and the down-arrow call button when you want the elevator to go down??? Can people really be this stupid??? /rant

This is one of those things in programming that are terrible, and yet it couldn’t be made better without breaking some of the original requirements.

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I’ve been writing C code for 11 years and it’s been zero days since I had to lookup the printf placeholder syntax.

New gear. And photos taken with said gear. I’m particularly in love with that landscape photo. It’s just stunning.

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