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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.


Hmmmm ok it seems like my new instance at is refusing to actually federate with any other instances. I get an error message when I try to use my account there to follow anyone.

@strangeattractor i wonder if the problem you're having with and the problem i'm having with have a common cause?

Hey everybody,
I've set up my own mastodon instance (only took me six weeks to get all the javascript errors figured out...) and I'm moving my account over there. The new instance is and my new account is . Hope you will follow me there. Thanks!

Purple lego mecha - a color that didnt exist in lego when I was a kid. Original design, fully poseable. Piloted by old-school 1980s lego astronaut. Still a WIP. I want to make the hip and leg joints stronger but first I need more purple legos - these are all the ones I own.


confession: i don't know what "cancel culture" is.

"cancelled" seems to mean any one of:

1. losing your job for political speech at work

2. losing your job for political speech outside of work

3. a company being boycotted because of the CEO's politics

4. people change their opinion of an author when they learn the author's politics

5. you made a dumb tweet and lots of people are making fun of it

these are all so different that it's worse than useless to lump them all together!

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Kipped from someone on FB who kipped it from Sky and Telescope...

Trying out some new brushes/painting style in . My daughter's favorite dinosaur, the Brachiosaurus.

Did you know: brachiosaurus lived 155-153 million years ago and T-rex lived 68-65 million years ago, meaning more time separates brachiosaurus and T-rex than separates T-rex and ourselves. This is a fun fact you can use to spoil children's fun by pointing out the historical inaccuracy of their dinosaur cartoons.

Went out and looked for tonight, but all the locations in walking distance had too much light pollution and/or too many trees on the northwest horizon. Couldn't see anything.

It's supposed to make its closest approach to Earth around July 23 or so (if it hasn't broken up by then), and to get easier to see as it gets farther away from the sun (and therefore higher in the sky at sunset). So I'll keep trying.

Anybody else here seen it yet?

trump, pandemic 

He wouldn't even have to admit he was wrong! he could just lie that he was always in favor of mask wearing! He does stuff like that all the time!

He could lie and say "liberals don't want you to wear masks" ! I don't care! If reverse-psychology is what it takes to make these overgrown children stop spreading a pandemic!

The best time would have been a few months ago but he could still save thousands by doing it now!

trump is better at killing Americans than Osama Bin Laden

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trump, pandemic 

trump could have saved TENS OF THOUSANDS of lives simply by telling his followers to wear masks

(every single one of those "i'll never wear a mask, you can't take my 🇺🇸 FREEDOM🇺🇸 " goons would do it in an instant if their god-emperor told them to)

trump won't do it, because the lives of thousands of americans -- even his own most devoted worshippers! -- are less important to him than the damage his precious, fragile ego would suffer if he was seen agreeing with an expert

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You go to a friend's house, take off your shoes to put on their guest house slippers to walk in. It goes soft and wet between your toes. You are wearing cakes.

You go into the bathroom to wash your feet. At the sink to wash your hands, fondant comes out the soap dispenser.


Q-anon is the Roko's Basilisk of trump supporters

both are completely bonkers, extremist ideas that the wider movement would prefer not to be associated with,

but Q-anon is the axioms of trumpism taken to their logical conclusion, just as the Basilisk is for the axioms of Yudkowsky, and neither movement can escape being judged by where its axioms inevitably lead.

if you have no idea what Roko's Basilisk or Qanon are, I envy you. Don't look them up! Enjoy your innocence!

The Hopi sunflowers I started from seeds back in March are now nine feet tall and starting to blossom!

USA is a failed state 

welcome to America, where allegedly paying with a counterfeit $20 bill that you may or may not have known was counterfeit gets you executed on the street without trial.

while being convicted of witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and four counts of lying to Congress gets you rewarded with a pardon from your criminal accomplice, the president

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The Tails of Comet NEOWISE

Image Credit & Copyright: Miloslav Druckmuller (Brno University of Technology) #APoD

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us independence day, colonialism 

Rebellion against our colonial overlords is such a huge part of our national mythology in the US.

But learning about the history of India really puts it in perspective. The oppression of King George was nothing compared to the horrible things the British Empire did to India for centuries. Indians had to rebel for like 90 years to get free.

Because India was economically precious and the American colonies were not, the B.E. let us go pretty easily.

Any other mastodon instance admins (or webpack experts) out there who can help me with this problem?

I am setting up my own instance and everything seems to be working except one thing: webpack is bundling javascript into a compiled form that includes "eval()" statements (?!?!?!) which cause the browser to say "Nope, eval() statements are too sketchy" and throw a security error.

Been tearing my hair out about it for a couple days now.

More details here:

food, weird 

This is gonna sound weird, but cayenne pepper on an ice cream sandwich is delicious

the spice combines with the chocolate cookie to make a, like, Mexican Hot Chocolate taste and the ice cream balances out the heat, try it sometime!

Very cool: hard DNA evidence of contact between South Americans and Polynesians around 1200 AD -- some historians have had a theory about this for a while, because such contact would explain how the sweet potato got to Polynesia.

It seems my instance is broken and/or shutting down. Not sure whether anybody can see this message or not. But I am creating a new instance which will be at (I just registered the domain and I'm setting up the server now). I'll be migrating over there, and testing how well the mastodon instance migration tools work in practice.

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