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My startup is in Bloomberg this morning:

(kWh Analytics is us). tl;dr: we use data science to convince banks that solar is a safer investment than banks usually think it is. Then solar project developers can get more investment money cheaper.

Pretty exciting that we are now at the stage where we've done multiple deals and are proving the business model works!

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I play the accordion and the Japanese Taiko drums. Current side projects are drawing a near-future sci-fi comic and coding a JRPG loosely based on Mongolian history.

So far i've found every social media platform that i've tried to be completely unusable. Hoping Mastodon might be different.
Down to chat about music, gaming, environment/energy, comics, software development, parenting, etc. anytime.


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Hi. I've been programming computers since 1986. Mostly Python and Javascript these days. I'm married and have a 2-year old daughter.

I left $WELL_KNOWN_INTERNET_COMPANY to career switch into renewable energy and maybe do something about global warming. My startup is trying to reduce the cost of solar power, using data science. We're in San Francisco.

Been reading Ribbonfarm since 2013, never joined the community before.


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reasons my daughter has woken me up in the middle of the night:

"DADDY! I got a boogers!"

"DADDY! My teeth! My TEEEETH!" (her teeth were fine but she had a bad dream about them)

"DADDY! I can't see anything!" (she had gotten stuck underneath the fitted sheet of her mattress)

"DADDY! We have to go downstairs find my little pants!"

"DADDY! Where are my EYES?" (I had to reassure her they were still in her face as usual)

"DADDY! Stop playing my 小狗游戏! You can't play it, it's mine!"

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The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

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boost this toot and ill choose a monster from the 1st edition monster manual that i think exemplifies you

Re-reading parts of Cyberia and there are places where it's kind of obvious that some self-described "hacker" psychedelic-drug-user "visionary" is just feeding Douglas Rushkoff a line of bullshit, and he's desperate to seem "cool" and not "square" so instead of being skeptical, he breathlessly reports on it and asks for more

on my way to work this morning, a guy crossing the street next to me kept repeating under his breath:

"information equals eternal life... information equals eternal life... information equals eternal life..."

uh, cool theory, bro?

"Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace" Douglas Rushkoff, 1994 (not pirated: the author approved releasing full text of the book online)

A fascinating reminder what people in 1994 thought Cyberspace and the Information Superhighway would be like. Almost an alien mindset now

In retrospect, it's absolutely tragic. Not just that the internet turned out so much worse than we thought it was going to be; but that our ambitions have shrunk so much.

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the only way Spider-verse would be stronger thematically is if it ended with a declaration that Sony and Marvel were renouncing copyright to Spider-Man and he's now a public domain character.

Spider-verse: best movie of 2018!

Demands the audience code-switch genres as fluently as Miles switches English/Spanish.

To the dilemma of striving for middle-class respectability (a la Miles' dad) vs creative authenticity (his uncle) -- we all face it some way but it's particularly pointed for young black men like Miles --

it posits the solution is to seize control of the master narrative ("bitten by a radioactive spider"), liberate it from the cultural hegemons and return it to the people.

when I'm reading her bedtime stories, my daughter is no longer satisfied with merely hearing the text as written. She now points at every background character in every illustration and asks "What she say? what SHE say?" We end up making up a whole secondary plot together, like the Extended Director's Cut version of the book.

As a strategy of dragging out bedtime it's extremely effective.

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Random thought:

a. software dev lies at the intersection of tech and arts & humanities.
b. the other industry at that intersection is fashion
c. the two industries have similar dynamics
d. comparing the history of fashion with the history of software would be a very fun project

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A way to detect when the user is running Curl piped to Bash over Curl'ing to a file.

So you can MITM this stuff trivially now.

This is the way all of the tutorials aimed toward new raspberry pi users suggest install code. :(

The first time i ever did a curl-pipe-to-bash install it made me REALLY nervous, like "this can't possibly be safe".

As an industry, let's stop encouraging this!

You ever look at a $10 bill and be like "this picture is all wrong, that's not what Hamilton looks like" and then realize you're expecting to see Lin-Manuel Miranda ?

Bad family news: my wife's car got broken into last night. Somebody smashed a window and took her purse. Nothing else seems to be missing or damaged so it's mostly just an inconvenience of fixing the window and canceling/replacing a bunch of cards.

Good family news: my trans relative is finally going to be able to move out from her controlling and un-accepting mother's house. I've been helping her search for an apartment she can move to and live on her own, and as of today, we succeeded! This is a huge deal. She's finally going to be able to live as herself and be out of that unhealthy situation. I'm so happy.

The actual St. Nicholas was a Turkish bishop famous for slapping a fellow bishop at the Council of Nicea over an obscure theological dispute, and I think that more Christmas cartoons for children should include this side of the Santa Claus mythos.

Remake of Indiana Jones where the adventuring archaeologist hero is actually native to the Middle East and is trying to recover his own culture's historical artifacts to keep them safe before the British Empire can plunder them and take them away to the British Museum. Subplot about how ownership of tangible history becomes a rallying point for the nascent independence movement.

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