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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.

TIL: Lebanon requires that its parliament always be split 50/50 Christian/Muslim, that the president be Maronite Christian (∊ Eastern Catholic), the speaker of the parliament a Shia Muslim, and the prime minister a Sunni Muslim.

Twin Peaks: 50ish episodes x 50ish mins each (at 1.1x speed) = 1.73 days.

I want to hire somebody to make a one-file python package into something pip-installable. if you know anybody who would want to do this and could use the cash, pls send them my way.

Songs about music usually inspire and move me, but movies about movies, plays about the theatre, economics papers about economists, usually strike me as insufferably self-absorbed.

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People rarely have emotions about back-end software. Better key-value stores have changed your life, but nobody is out there saying so. But for front-end software, people are out there talking about its visceral effect on them. (incl myself; see prior post.)

I sometimes think about this when picking projects.

My command line tool discovery of the month is nnn , a file manager for your terminal. Even just for walking around the directory tree, it feels much nicer than all that tab completion I'd been depending on.

I wish streaming platforms had a deejay option, where now and then a man with a reassuringly deep voice tells me I'm listening to The Quiet Storm, tells me the time, and reads the weather in a manner that somehow sounds like he's reading it to me alone.

To drive home how extremely not new this is, here's a 2014 list of wargames involving Ukraine, starting with incidents in 20 BCE.

Looks like I got my habit of thoughtlessly buying everything from Amazon under control.

"Independence" in Dutch is "onanfhankelijkheid", a word I admire for looking so much like banging on a keyboard.

As somebody who writes papers on computational social science, I thought I was good with computers. But then I tried using

The NY Times came so close to a non-condescending article about a DC gallery, a Picasso exhibit at the private Phillips collection. The article gives a nice breakdown of one earlyish Picasso painting.

Except... the url, picasso-blue-period-hirshhorn.html, refers to the Smithsonian modern art gallery (the Hirshhorn), because somebody over there thinks DC art museums all look same.

I live near a great music venue.

∙ Con: higher-rent neighborhood.
∙ Pro: you can walk to the box office and avoid Ticketmaster fees.

On net, you come out ahead.


I'm making a business case to an org about setting up a masto server, and I need the demographics for the fediverse. Who out there is making efforts to measure our age breakdown, percent heteronormative or not, races, continents, languages?

How often do you click through when somebody posts a music recommendation?

Gushing over a macro language. 

It takes everything I have to not sprinkle m4 macros into every project I have. [It's from the 1970s and is POSIX standard so you have it in your path right now].

The C preprocessor is weird, TeX macros are fragile, Stata macros can't do anything interesting, Bash gonna bash, HTML can't be handwritten anymore---just sprinkle in some m4 and all the redundancy and eccentric syntax and weird limitations go away.

Hey Tooters, we can expect a few new people coming in to the federation. Here are some tech policy heavyweights to follow and enjoy:


Pls RT. Part of onboarding for any social network should be getting a hundred brilliant and eccentric followers on day one.

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@b I’ve been sharing this guide ( ) and making myself available for insider or targeted instance recommendations, since I have a lot of acquaintances from different angles. I’ve been thinking about this question a lot too…!

What advice can I post to Twitter about how to get onto Mastodon? Like, "XXX is a nice instance that you, as a relatively mainstream adult, might find to be a good home" or "Here, do these steps to find good people to follow"?

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