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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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P.S. scientifically speaking, Marlin would have permanently changed sex to female after Coral died. That's what clownfish do.

Finding Nemo should have been a movie where Marlin has to deal with involuntarily changing from Nemo's Dad into Nemo's Mom. (Then it would have passed the Bechdel test, too, just sayin'.)

Why would you even choose to make your movie about clownfish and then not use the most interesting thing about their biology?

Capsule reviews of movies my toddler wanna watch over&over: Finding Nemo

There's a scene where Marlin exploits Dory's disability to win an argument. "He just gaslighted her!" says my wife. It ruins the movie for her. She can't sympathize with Marlin after that.

I see it as setup for redemption arc: Marlin has to learn his tragic past and single-parent anxiety are no excuse to have his head up his own ass all the time.

Dory is underappreciated. She's not afraid of anything! The real hero.

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Folks, please #boost, this is a #California #wildfire #crisis: we need #N95 masks in #Oakland / #EastBay. Nearly everyone I know needs one, and everywhere is selling out.

Send me masks, and I will get them to people. I will literally walk down the street handing them out, because that's our life right now. Please help us breathe!

Question for people who still use Apple computers: what keeps you there?

For people who used to use Apple computers and quit: What was the last straw?

Continuing complaint:

I said out loud that I was considering trading in for a windows laptop. My coworker who used to be an Apple employee heard me from the other end of the office and turned around with a loud "WHAAAAAT???"

I showed him the new model and how it doesn't even have a physical "escape" key. There's no escape key unless the OS decides that you deserve to have one at the moment.

He said "What kind of MONSTER...?" followed by "What if you need to quit vi ?"

Continuing complaint: I decided to try the "migration assistant" tool instead of just copying files with an external hard drive. The assistant ran for an hour and then failed, leaving my user account in an unusable state. This happened twice.

( Is there a word that means the opposite of "improvement" ? Like, "this new laptop model includes several de-provements"? )

I might return this laptop and buy a Windows one. (To put Linux on). There's no advantage to Apple anymore.

Work bought me a new Mac laptop.

Instead of the top row of keys it has this weird mini-touchscreen with virtual versions of whatever keys the OS thinks you deserve at the moment.

Instead of the usual ports for power adapter, external monitor, and peripherals, it just has four "USB C" port and nothing else. The adapter from USB C to any usable standard is sold separately.

Who asked for any of this? Why does Apple keep anti-improving their products?

I would just like to announce that my wife is objectively the smartest, sexiest, funniest, and nicest person in the world. This is an empirically verifiable fact. All the rest of you are competing for number 2, sorry.

Insufferable people in their early 20s and their dumb excuses for not voting:

"it's too hard because it's not online"

"i only wanna vote if Bernie's running"

"voting just detracts attention from planning The Revolution". Kid, i don't give your revolution very high chances if filling out a ballot is too much work.

If voting didn't matter, Republicans wouldn't be trying so hard to suppress it.

Everybody better vote tomorrow (unless you voted already)!

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US followers--tomorrow is Election Day! Do you know where your polling place is? How you're getting there?


Capsule reviews of movies my toddler wanna watch over&over: Moana

I like it for all the Disney stuff that's NOT in it: No talking animal sidekick, no villain, no love interest. Moana's journey is about learning a skill (a technology?) that's been forgotten and reclaiming it for her people. Romance isn't even mentioned.

The music is great, especially an inspiring song sung by Opetaia Foaโ€˜i in his native language, that of Tokelau.

Also a giant monster crab does a David Bowie impersonation.

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Trees: the self-replicating, carbon-capture-and-storage, rainfall-seeding, food producing, building-material-creating, oxygen-generating, mineral-liberating, habitat-providing system we need and don't seem to notice at systemic scales

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#Trees do more than just sequester #carbon, indeed that's the least benefit they bring in the war on #GlobalWarming / #GlobalHeating / #ClimateEmergency. They modulate weather patterns at small & large scales:
* Cooling surface temperatures
* Increasing cloud cover and albedo
* Reducing cirrus cloud (the kind that warms us more than it cools)
* In sufficient numbers, trees directly pump rainclouds inland, spreading growth and sequestration even into deserts and dustbowls!

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Refactor Camp

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.

Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.

If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.