Indonesian volcanic eruption
the phrasing "Light eruptions continued during the day" just sounds weird to me, like a weather report about light rain showers.
There's some interesting writing in this article, "The Internet of Beefs", about the structure of modern internet sniping and the feudal-like system of it all. It seems at once onto many points and uncomfortable to read. https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2020/01/16/the-internet-of-beefs/
BUT: the top and middle seem more true to me than the end. I think what's missing from the article is that beef-wars aren't some holdover of an end-of-era but rather *emergent behavior* of current social networking structures.
Retooling is possible.
uspol, request for streisand effect, birdsite link
"For those who are able to: please try to scrape and save any videos and livestreams of the Capitol storming and occupation. Just like after Charlottesville in 2017, many of those who are streaming will delete their streams once they realize how incriminating the footage is."
uspol, mental health
Left for a 30-minute walk before lunch (Pacific time), when the latest news out of DC was just Ted Cruz being an ass as usual. Got back, wife cornered me and whispered, "Did you look at the news before you left?"
Been doomscrolling news of the coup attempt for the last 3 hours. She's stress-baking, I'm stress-eating, kid's stress-watching youtube game play-throughs.
an option for folks who don’t think owning a gun is safe for them
reminder to ppl who don’t feel comfortable owning firearms for mental health reasons that there are lots of other very effective forms of self defense weaponry that you can own that are less of a self harm risk!
some great options:
-aluminum baseball bats
-stun guns/tazers/electrical weapons
-quality bow & arrow
self defense doesn’t have to mean guns!
Looking for a non-Kindle place to link to a couple of #LesMiserables translations opened up a can of worms because (1) eBook stores generally don't tell you which translation is in the book and (2) they're *flooded* with editions using the public-domain 1862 Wilbour & 1887 Hapgood translations.
I decided to sort it out myself and make a page of links to each English translation at Project Gutenberg & 6 different eBook stores.
Good on them for releasing the rest of the finished-but-unreleased content, discounting what's there, and giving us time to play the new stuff before shutting down. Plus transferring purchases and character items to Minecraft proper.
Build plates are a cool idea, but the space is very limited, and actually building them in AR is awkward. Sometimes I think it would've been nice to be able to build in standard Minecraft UI, then play them in AR. Plus when the pandemic hit, that ruined the plan to let you share the build with other players.
I ended up mainly using build plates to farm. It's cool that you can, though! Crops and trees grow, you can milk cows, shear sheep, etc. All on your dining table!
Adventuring in AR is the obvious highlight. The main problems are that (1) it requires space, which not everyone has right now, and (2) you can't choose the *type* of adventure when you activate one, only the complexity. So you're never sure if you're going to get a puzzle, a battle, or just a lot of blocks to mine.
I like #MinecraftEarth, but it didn't quite hit its stride before the pandemic, and didn't adapt as well as Pokemon Go has *to* the pandemic. I mostly stopped playing after I hit the level cap because gameplay was still too awkward, and it wasn't *enough* fun to overcome that when I didn't have a goal to work toward.
So while I'm sad that it's shutting down later this year, it's more "what could have been" than wishing I could keep playing it.
Les Mis, history, slavery
Years ago I saw a mention of Les Misérables being popular with Confederate soldiers, who were nicknamed "Lee's Miserables."
Even though the book is about why you shouldn't treat people horribly even if they're on the lower rungs of society.
Even stranger, the rare times America is mentioned, it's to condemn slavery.
It turns out there was an 1863 edition published in Richmond that "fixed" the "Yankee" translation from the year before.
Quick Pandemic Questionnaire – boosts appreciated
I'm trying to get peoples' opinions on a few things for a thing I'm trying to write. Well, a few things really. So here are a few little questions. Make your answers as long or short as you like, share only as much as you want to, and just speak from the heart. There are no judgements or wrong answers.
Probably going to polish it a bit more over the next week. Find better places to link to specific editions than Amazon, for instance. Adjust image sizes, that sort of thing.
But since I was building the layout from scratch I was able to make it super minimalist. I can't get over how fast it loads even on a phone.
Finally converted my rarely-updated Les Miserables blog from WordPress to a static site generator. Went with Eleventy. Unlike Jekyll & Hugo, which I had problems with the last time I tried this, I got far enough in less than a day that I decided to finish converting it.
No more needing to maintain an extra WP instance for something that's only going to change once a year or so.
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