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The build backlog ( is enormous today; I've been waiting for a package to build for like 4 hours and it looks like it'll be at least another 10 hours

work (antiwork?) rant 

Watching a company all-hands presentation about how pension plans are bad because they discourage "personal responsibility".

I wish more undergraduate CS programs & coding bootcamps actually taught people practical skills, like how to use a command line, how to use SSH, how to use git (or at least some VCS), and how to use common unix editors.

Effectively every career will require using a command line on a Unix-like system and a version control system. Surprisingly few programming careers require the Floyd-Warshall algorithm.

I am just... really tired of having to teach new-hires this stuff all the time.

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Why do they even sell non-ECC 16GB DIMMs? MTBF seems to be a few months...

I'm very confident that the only reason a big swath of websites work on anything other than (Blink) is because Apple only allows on , so webdevs have to reluctantly test on multiple browsers and avoid Google's nonstandard features; for this reason only I hope Apple's able to avoid this proposed EU regulation and keep Blink off of iOS. I know it's anticompetitive, but it's actually the only thing preventing a total browser engine monoculture.

If you live in the US you can go order more free antigen tests at right now

Some solid templating in this marketing spam from CircleCI

There's a loud hum at about 120Hz in my living room that you can only hear from certain places. I wonder if that's the resonant frequency of this room? I assume it's being driven by the 60Hz hum of my house wiring? Very peculiar.

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linguistics, etymology, colonialism, Star Trek 

Did you know?

Persian "farangi" -->
Urdu/Hindi "firangi" -->
English (Star Trek) "Ferengi"

In South Asia, the term describes foreigners, specifically British but also more generally white Europeans.

It's such an apt name for the Star Trek species which embodies and makes a literal religion out of everything that is wrong with British/European/USian colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy; greed, sexism, profiteering, classism, racism, and so on.

For something not particularly tech-related: I finally did a long and rambling writeup of all the major baby stuff we bought over the last couple of years:


I wish "we hired people who only will use frameworks, languages, and tools we don't support or want to support at all in our company" was viewed as a hiring/interviewing problem instead of an infrastructure problem.

One of these days I'm going to take the four different embedded lisp-like interpreters I've built at work for different systems and merge them all.

My son (21 months old) is not very verbal, but we are watching the Obama-narrated national parks docuseries and I kept making jokes about "Barry" and my kid started repeating the word "Barry" over and over again. I think we're entering the phase where we have to be very careful what words we say around him...

Went to the Bay Area Book Festival today, which was a lot of fun. If you’re up here and like books, it’s happening tomorrow too (in downtown Berkeley).

I thought about it for a while and I've concluded that the real star of isn't Patrick Stewart or Alison Pill or Jeri Ryan or Santiago Cabrera or even John de Lancie... It's whatever f/0.95 lens they shot the whole series with. So much bokeh!

There are about 160M women in the US. Where do the 100M of them not on this infographic live?

Star Trek Picard spoilers 

That cameo in the Picard S2 finale was... rough. Although the lore implications of tying together the Travelers with the Supervisors are fascinating.

Just found out that I had a close contact on Saturday. Frustrated that basically every testing site is closed. FFS, just because people want to *make believe* COVID is over doesn't mean it actually is over.

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Emacs came from MIT and vi came from Berkeley so we could technically describe the unix editor wars as an East Coast vs West Coast rivalry but we do not do this

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