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Going to do an post as it's the thing we all seem to be doing.

"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."

Here are mine:

'Don't forget to boost good posts with hashtags so searchable posts make it out to more instances!'

Reading about a Google Research project that generates videos of objects bumping into each other. I thought, cool, this is cute for like, making random weird vids!

Then I read the attached section on why they made it in the first place

Folks, they are trying to make up for the lack of ground truth video of physical object interaction by *simulating those interactions and training the AI on the simulation*

Feels like I've had COVID for three days but tests keep popping negative and maybe it's just seasonal allergies and an inability to sleep?

"When understood as art, these readymades accentuate the space between what they promised to deliver and how they currently exist: the speaker is haunted by the absence of the device needed to operate it"

Today I learned that Pepsi introduced the 2-liter soda bottle to US markets, and the reason it's marketed in liters and not quarts/gallons (as you'd expect in the United States) is it came out in the 1970s during a push for US to convert to the metric system. More on the bottle, and the metric movement, here:

I am interviewed in the Wall Street Journal today about the difficulty/futility of identifying bots on social media, and more generally why Elon Musk is likely blowing smoke saying that bots are the reason he is pausing his Twitter acquisition. (paywalled, sorry!)

First episode of is out! It covers the toxic legacy of the American Cyanamid company in Bridgewater, New Jersey and its cleanup, which has dragged for decades and is now threatened by the weather changes created by our climate emergency.

All my code is perfect and never has conditions in it! race

The architecture of MediaWiki

The Architecture of Open Source Applications: MediaWiki it's a very interesting read about the software that powers one of the busiest sites in the world, specially since it was specifically for Wikipedia. It's not terribly up-to-date, but it's a good introduction to understand how MediaWiki works in general, nevertheless.

On the bright side they expertly coded against the oracle SNAFU that cost two projects a combined $21.8 million. Don't have to worry about pesky oracles if you just hardcode the price to $1!

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COVID test orders 

New round starting; you can now get #COVID eight tests. Just ordered mine.

Was very excited to read about all the interesting work that could be done for styling RSS feeds when @m2m wrote their blog. So when I helped launch the Hazard Podcast site this weekend I went all in on making a fully done-up podcast feed for the site:

Almost done with my first 11ty podcast site and it's real exciting. I got a bunch of things done I haven't done before and some things I wasn't sure would work.

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