My #introduction 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.
Factual statements applicable to uspol
How much has the US population grown in the last decade from people crossing the US-MX border? A million? Ten million? Nope.
"In the past 10 years, a historical change occurred in migration flows within North America: specifically, Mexico–U.S. migration reached zero net migration."
When a Dr gives me a prescription for some sort of gel cap, I always ask if there's a veg/kosher/halal/hindu/buddhist acceptable version of the drug, and 100% of the time the Dr replies dismissively.
Because the prescribing Dr is the customer as far as the pharma co is concerned, and Dr.s DGAF about these things, I don't think there's any way for feedback from literal consumers of the drug to reach or influence manufacture.
Spending tonight in an apartment with no electricity. I don't often get to experience night as it had been until a century ago, as the half of the day with no light and a resultant need to settle down, a resultant quiet.
I still have heat, water, a well-charged telephone, &c, so we'll count it as glamping.
Nerds taking over the government
To celebrate the DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act of 2019, a friend put together a list of bills with recursive acronyms:
GSE Subsidy Elimination Act
OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act
TAA for Automation Act
GAO Access and Oversight Act
DEA Enforcement and Authority Act
GPS Protection & Safety Act
MRSA Research and Study Act
FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act
FDA Device Accountability Act
EPA Pays Act
Caroline Shaw is at the top of her game at the moment.
First, here she is composing for the Attaca Quartet, in a relatively traditional style: https://carolineshaw.bandcamp.com/track/ritornello-2-sq-2-j-a
Then, here she is writing with Mr Kanye West, back when we liked him: https://soundcloud.com/kanyewest/say-you-will/
If you like the vocals there, see also what she won the Pulitzer Prize for, with Roomful of Teeth: https://roomfulofteeth.bandcamp.com/album/partita-for-8-voices-caroline-shaw
Things I want from my playlists:
* Shuffled, but keeping multi-movement pieces together.
* Tracks I like play more often.
So I wrote Ludwig van Shuffle to set up my playlists. If you feel the same need to micromanage your playlists via a python script, give it a try.
Here's a piece of fiction that's been stuck in my head all week. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KeKKPjG_C64
A pal just put together https://impeachment.guide . It's a just-the-facts procedural discussion to help you understand wtf Congress is going to be doing.
POSIX shell tip
Just had a serendipitous discovery that seems undocumented: that pause/break key on your keyboard that you thought was totally useless will indeed pause a process in bash or zsh.
You're returned to the command prompt while the process is paused. Ctrl-Z also pauses processes but isn't as enjoyable. After doing your shell things, you can put the paused job in background via the "bg" command or foreground via "fg" as usual.
The print screen key is still useless, though.
For those of you into spectrography, here's an article on the woman who wrote the book(s) on it, and how she got ahead as a female scientist in the 1920s and 30s despite everything.
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