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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'm outside the USA -> My telephone number doesn't work -> I'm locked out of every account where I have 2FA pointing to that number.

While in Perth, Australia, got a burrito from a Mexican joint. Lectores, no soy Méxicano, but this was the most un-Mexican dish I have ever eaten:
* salsa was super-sweet. Spice level: 0.0.
* no cilantro
* black rice(!)
* beans were rinsed---more steamed than fried
* featured cauliflower in another sweet sauce

But wrapped in its flour tortilla it was a perfect picture of a burrito.

Just had some delicious banana naan.

Left to right:Franz Joseph, a receding glacier; me.

Is there precedent we can study to see how the scooter thing might play out? Where people were pissed off about how a newly introduced means of transportation littered the streets and was a hazard and all around annoying?

Yes: automobiles.

Here's a bot that proposes ways to divide California into a number of smaller states.

botsin.space/@ncalifornias/101

uspol, Supreme Court snark 

One more reason to switch to metric: the TSA rule is not that you're deemed a terrorist and a threat to public safety if you have more than 3 ounces (=85ml) of liquid, but 100ml. U.S. stores typically sell only 3oz bottles, but 100ml bottles are easy to find online.

Now you've got 17% more shampoo.

After you finish with calling customer service, there's that survey where they ask how your experience was with the customer service rep. I'm consistently disappointed that there's never an option for 'the rep was cool, but the managers who implemented the policies the rep has to work with should be reprimanded or fired.'

It got up to 34° Celsius today. Celsius is preferable to Fahrenheit because on a day like today you can see at a glance that you're a third of the way to boiling.

Here's Dolly Parton in gospel choir mode, smiling and singing about shivering in the pines.

youtu.be/GBBWwWOLtYk?t=43

🎵 I asked my captain for the time. Said he'd thrown his watch away.🎵

Tho, this performance cut the natural next line which everybody knows by now: 🎵 His head was found in a driving wheel, but his body never was found.🎵

She comments here and elsewhere [ nytimes.com/1994/11/13/arts/po ] how her family loved to sing this when she was a kid.

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It is not a special character, you fucking imperialist, it is my (first) last name.

Kvetch 

Just ran into another app whose pitch is "We want to make [thing] universal and available to everybody!" that doesn't run on my 3 year old telephone.

I'm used to systems whose sole interest is people with enough disposable income to buy a new telephone every two years, but the world-peace language makes it grating.

Got my fourth passport. I hope you all also have a Plan B, and a Plan C.

Contractor: Look, Mr Owner, the form gave you a space for a fractional address like 1315 1/2, and you wrote in 1315 0/0. I did _exactly_ what you asked for.

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OK, I did it. This is a greasemonkey script to un-display blocks that use words like 'tweets', 'slams', &c., on Washington Post & NYT.

Pull requests to add sites or otherwise move past this basic draft are very welcome.

github.com/b-k/tweets-are-not-

I'd like a firefox add-on that removes articles on the front page of news sites that use the words 'lambasts', 'blasts', 'berates', 'lashes out at',
or even just 'tweets'. It's not news.

Any suggestions? I'm willing to do some minor script editing or regex writing if need be.

In Spanish, "ch" and "LL" are treated as distinct letters (because their pronunciation is different from "c", "h", or "L" separately). Due to half-assed sort algorithms, Spanish has effectively lost two entire letters.

In the present day, you'll occasionally see systems that preserve these letters, so there's hope that this too will recover. But it may be too late, as a generation of schoolkids and dictionaries followed the UNIX strcasecmp() spec.

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