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Today we’ve got a double-whammy.

"The Radical Egalitarian Politics Of Weird Al’s “UHF”” currentaffairs.org/2019/04/the

"We got it all on UHF: An oral history of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cult classic” film.avclub.com/we-got-it-all-

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One of my pet peeves is people saying, "I switched to <x browser>; it's so fast!!" (Especially irksome when they switch from a Chromium-based browser to another Chromium-based browser...)

Folks, the main reason your new browser is faster than your old one is that your old one has 12 extensions installed, each of which are consuming memory and CPU on every page load. (Yes, even your password manager and adblocker.) The second reason is standard self-delusion and wishful thinking.

I actually saw a "Do not wash. This vehicle is undergoing a scientific dirt test." bumper sticker in the wild.

An interesting read on Game of Thrones' final season and a more fundamental shift in storytelling from the sociological to the psychological: instead of examining how people respond to the world they're stuck in, it's falling back on hero/villain tropes.
blogs.scientificamerican.com/o

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She was just one cat, but Grumpy Cat made such a mark on the internet that she's everywhere in the LSUN Cat dataset.

Neural nets like StyleGAN now generate her image when asked for "cat"

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there are 10 wolves

one understands binary, the other does not

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You heard about it, but I was there - A new @lingthusiasm episode about evidentiality! t.co/Lx8yxKuC7H #linguistics

Email from Amazon: "When was the last time you mopped the floor?"

OK, now I feel called out.

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Oh may I always live in a world where someone has deciphered the Voynich manuscript every 3-6 months.

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You've avoided saying people's names your whole life. You feign awkwardness, forgetfulness - whatever it takes. For you, names have power - literally. Speaking a person's name unleashes it. Unfortunately, today is the company picnic, and it is your honor to draw a name for the raffle.
#writingprompts #writing

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Dear tech product websites: stop overloading scroll behavior with giant screen-sized image transitions. It's slow as hell viewing in a browser on older or cheap hardware.

You know who you are.

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YOU: so the A in RAID stands for "Array"?
US: Yes.
YOU: doesn't that mean saying "RAID array" is redundant?
US: Of course. That's what the R is for.

The kid is playing a game where one of the vehicles you can unlock is a "Cluster Truck." 😂😂😂

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It's pretty suspicious that Vader just happened to decide to get into his personal starship and leave the Death Star just as the Rebel Alliance was attacking it. :thaenkin: (cc @TheShyIon )

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