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Spam subject: "I used to live with constant join pain" - Then I changed jobs and didn't have to write SQL anymore.

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Nobody: What’s your favorite paradox?

Me: If you ask Rick Astley for his copy of the movie UP, he cannot give it to you as he will never give you up. However, in doing so, he lets you down. Thus creating the Astley Paradox.


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Explaining to the kid that I learned how to close Internet Explorer way back in the 1990s, and I've had lots of practice

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I think a lot of people get caught up in, "am I a good person?" when the real question should be, "am I making things worse or am I making them better?"

which is ofc a scale, too, but generally we have less impact than we think we do and that's okay. realizing that you're not The Literal Worst or The Literal Best helps a lot.

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textual information >>>>>>>>> videos

you can't ctrl+f with videos

Me: Duolingo done! Hmm, Done-o-lingo?
9YO (flatly): No.

I really like that the NextCloud Notes app uses a folder-and-text-file back end. I can use the nice mobile app on my phone, the nice web interface when I want to...or just open the file in a freaking text editor.

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PSA: cloth and paper masks worn to help prevent spread of Coronavirus (and other diseases) do not need to form a seal to be effective.

They do two things:
a. capture most of the droplets you exhale/cough/sneeze out
b. slow down (and thus reduce the range of) any droplets not caught

If you have two layers of fabric covering your nose and mouth, you are wearing a fabric mask correctly.

If breath reflects off of them and escapes around the edges, that is just fine -- the bulk of the droplets were caught, and those few that leave around the edges are slowed a ton. Mission accomplished.

Misinformation on this point (most of which seems to be repeating proper fit and donning for PPE masks, which do need to form a seal) is leading people to not wear masks because they believe they are difficult or impossible to wear correctly.

Gee, no one talked to the Enterprise computer like that... 😂

"Alexa, just shut up: We’ve been isolated for months, and now we hate our home assistants"

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Covid-19, capitalism - 

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So happy to share with you: the first scifi story I've ever sold, appearing today in Strange Horizons!

- robots
- cryogenic exoplanets
- linguistics
- beeping

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Neighbors are listening to "Sympathy for the Devil." At least I think they are. All that I can hear is the incessant "Woo! Woo!"

The Nielsen/Norman group has a long history of finding design trends that are horrible for usability but are absolutely EVERYWHERE and doing actual research to show that "No, you really shouldn't do that if you want people to be able to actually *use* your site."

I'm not sure if they've ever managed to slow or stop those trends, but at least they post articles that I can point people to.

And continuing the "blindingly obvious conclusions that people somehow have managed to miss" theme, from the same newsletter:

PDFs are terrible for on-screen reading. Great for printing, but for reading on-screen, just use HTML.

Research confirms: Don't put emojis in the subject line of your corporate email messaging. People just find it annoying.

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I'm trying to remember where I read someone's observation that the technical limitations of an era become the touchstones that define its aesthetics. OCR-friendly text, pixelation, synth sounds, green phosphors, etc.

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