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My on another site: I'm a microeconomist who spends his days searching for better models, but I mostly use this site for one-liners.

Am a heavy music consumer, and may post track links w/background. I do a lot with intellectual property, migration, and computational statstics, which I think are important topics with a lot of room for curiosity and creative exploration. I make soap, bike everywhere, often sleep in tents, and am generally an introverted hippie.

I love it when people I think are brilliant ask me dumb questions. It gives me a glimmer of hope that maybe I'm not an impostor.

A few of you pointed me to the Free Software Foundation Europe as a reliable bastion of free software. Here's their extremely disappointed statement about RMS's reappointment to the other FSF: fsfe.org/news/2021/news-202103

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Got vaccinated yesterday and my phone reception is already better!

(2/2) Should I try it?

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(1/2) Poll: I want to cut an AT&T SIM card to a smaller size for a T-mobile phone, but only if it will work. Here's what I got from the unlocking procedure:

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Fun fact: almost every Spanish autonomic government used to have their own Linux distro, barely any of them have survived https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Distribuciones_GNU/Linux_de_Espa%C3%B1a

(Trisquel is not a government distro btw)

What orgs advocate for a free and open software + technology ecosystem, to counter the GAFAs?

Once that was the Free Software Foundation, but it's been a while.

I feel like the EFF takes up a lot of attention, but they take GAFA money and they're careful to not clash with them too much.

Strictly for comparison to the earlier country songs I posted earlier (and the ones from popchartbot), here's where country wound up by 2010. The song is entitled "I'm pretty good at drinking beer."

youtu.be/XtMy5IBmX7E?t=30

It's still got the pedal steel, so I guess it still counts as country?

A few years ago I wondered if pop music lyrics have grown less interesting since maybe the 1980s, so I scraped lyrics for all the top 40 hits and read them all.

I pulled the results that especially struck me and posted one a day to twitter.com/popchartbot .

From the experience, broadly speaking, I found that pop lyrics were most interesting circa 1960-90. Post `00 they really shifted to "Baby I love you baby" territory.

Like, here's country from just a few years earlier, 1979: "My heroes have always been cowboys", by Willie Nelson. Title is perky, chorus is mid-perky, then the verse: "To die from the cold in the arms of a nightmare, knowing well that your best days are gone."

youtube.com/watch?v=vFDq0VMV-V

Both this and The Gambler were #1 on the Billboard country
charts at some point.

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Here's "The Gambler", from the mid-1980s, a transition period for country music from being about hard rural life to being suburban rock.

You probably know the hook: 🎶 You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold `em, know when to walk away, know when to run.🎶

Then the advice in the less catchy verse: "The best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."

youtube.com/watch?v=7hx4gdlfam

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Looking for songs that have poppy hooks in the chorus but verses where the tone is much darker. What do people get onto the radio that by all rights they shouldn't?

Maybe it's just my own feeds, but I feel like passacaglia are having a moment. Here's one by Daniel Pioro: danielpioro.bandcamp.com/track

Tho, the whole album is great.

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I'm in a mood because of people adjacent to my workplace picking on certain subpopulations. Like, find something else to do with your time.

I'll post perky content tomorrow.

Although his guess is factually incorrect, here's somebody who got it right that Israel has a large non-Jewish population (at 1:33): youtube.com/watch?v=9X_HgJ3KMv

More on Israel:
Pct Arab: 20%
Arab representation in the senate: 12.5%
Not ideal, but more on USA:
Pct Black: 12.7%
Black representation in the Senate: 3%

People who write about Israel seem to forget the Arab population, like how people who write about Christians in the USA often forget the huge Black and Hispanic component.

I'm going to re-up this Muppet dialogue I posted in November of last year because I still can't believe that script writers wrote this and a cast and crew made this happen. I put it in the background on a loop now and then.

Audio only, or here's where I tweeted the video: twitter.com/b__k/status/136077

I haven't left the house in a year and yet I still have dreams about trains I'm about to miss.

In Hebrew and Russian, orange color and orange fruit are entirely different words and it is changing how I see the world. In Hebrew
'the orange is orange'
would be
'the [variant of the word for apple] is [variant of the word for red]'
and in Russian it's
'the [native word for the fruit] is [the English word orange written in Cyrillic]'.

Are there other languages where orange ≠ orange?

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