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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.


Anybody know any best practices for development without shell access?

Like, it seems very irresponsible to make changes directly on production without testing them in staging first, so I assume the first step is setting up a staging copy of the site. But then, if I'm adding features to the staging server while admins are adding content to the production server, how do I merge those changes, in a world without shell access or version control?

That feel when you've volunteered to help a nonprofit with their website, and then you realize they're hosted on one of those webhosts with no shell access, only PHPMyAdmin, and you've just signed up to work with both hands tied behind your back 😱

The solar industry is bouncing back from the "trump slump". 42 GWdc of added capacity in the planning stage, mostly utility-scale.

Texas becomes number 2 state in yearly installations, assuming what is, by geography, its rightful place as a solar powerhouse.

That face when you have so many git branches you have to do `git branch | grep ...` to find the one you want.

That's the thing about our current fad for data-driven, artificial-intelligence, machine-learning, algorithmic businesses: the one thing they're very good at is taking the statistical average of everything you're already doing and telling you to do more of that.

"And again, Netflix wants to make more original shows, based on the user data it gets from watching people watch its current shows, encouraging them to make more shows exactly like the previous shows."

""Because Netflix is a data company, they know exactly how their viewers watch things," Fukunaga says. "So they can look at something you're writing and say, We know based on our data that if you do this, we will lose this many viewers." 's parody of website modal notifications is absolutely savage

With that in mind, it's clear his proposed mental defenses against Horse Movements are actually his coping methods for living with schizophrenia day-to-day and not letting it take over his life. A set of mantras to remind himself to set clear boundaries, not care what other people think of him, and to tune out the influence of media and social status.

In that sense, he's actually offering healthy life advice for anyone, it's just phrased as rebellion against the aliens who control reality.

So what this actually is, I'm 99% sure, is a very good description of what it feels like to live with paranoid schizophrenia. Once I realized that, I started feeling a lot of sympathy for this guy.

The feeling that other people are actors sent to deceive and manipulate you, the feeling that someone has a machine to put unwanted thoughts into your head, and the feeling that song lyrics, tv dialogue, and overheard conversation are referring to you specifically: all classic schizophrenia symptoms.

"Generally speaking, you can say that no one is totally free from the "Horse Movements" without an activated crystal. Nevertheless, there are good and satisfactory measures for a survivor in order to avoid letting the assemblage point going down and therefore avoid losing energy."

he recommends techniques such as "The Energetic Dolphin" and "The Replacement Maneuver" to defend your energy against Horse Movements.

My wife's coworker heard that I "like conspiracy theories" (to be clear, I like learning about them, not believing in them) so he asked if I had heard of a conspiracy theory called "Horse Movements"

and no, I had not heard of Horse Movements, so he told me to check out freeyourbrain dot tripod dot com

This is the primo shit right here. Horse Movements is the best thing I've read since Time Cube.

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my toddler is watching a well-meaning educational cartoon and an astronaut on the cartoon space shuttle is saying "there's no gravity in space, so things float"


apparently I found the trigger for my berserker rage

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welp I'm just about to add a "" to this project so it's officially a sprawling mess

Pssst, i got a secret. Come here.

(looks around to make sure nobody is listening)

(whispers in your ear)

Disco is good actually. It's fun to dance to and people enjoy it! Most people who hear disco like it until they're taught that they're not "supposed" to.

I've been a parent for 3 years next week, as long as I lived in Iwate prefecture Japan teaching english.

But 3 years of living and teaching in Iwate seems like a lot longer in my memory, because it contained a constant stream of new experiences; learning new things, meeting new people, going new places, facing new challenges every week.

3 years of being a parent is all a blur because it was the same week repeated 156 times. The same exhausting week 156 exhausting times.

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I was driving a borrowed car on a long trip by myself today, so I ended up listening to somebody else's radio station presets. I heard a show on Stanford university student radio where they played music by black women artists through the decades starting with the 1930s. It was, no kidding, the single best playlist I've ever heard on the radio.

I found the playlist online, so if you wanna expand your knowledge of classic tunes this is a great list to start with:

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Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

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