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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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Today, I fixed our last automated test failure under Python 3. The last thing that was preventing us from fully switching.

It's two months past EOL but I have finally eliminated my company's dependence on Python 2!

"The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace."

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as per earlier discussions -- this appalling real world news.


study says findings suggest ‘substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages’

Doctor who 

Mental health 

Realizing there's a kind of mental trap I fall into over and over. examples:

- the longer I've gone without cleaning the house, the more I feel the need to do a HUGE house cleaning

- the longer I've gone without answering your email, the more I feel the need to write an AMAZING email response

etc. it's like, some part of my brain tells me i need to make a big gesture to "justify" the lateness, perversely steering me away from achievable, incremental steps that would make actual progress.

(I am wearing a hoodie with a "Yes" album cover on it)

My wife: I can't believe they named their band "Yes". I guess they didn't have to worry about search-engine optimization back then.

My wife: is Yes "dad rock"?

Me: 😦

Me: 😧

Me:'s more like "grandad rock" now. 😭

Like, one of the best pilots in the tabletop game is named Guri. Who the hell is Guri? Well she's a sexy android assassin who works for crime lord Prince Xixor, the main bad guy of the 1996 N64 game "Shadows of the Empire". Aren't you glad you asked? Thanks, Wookiepedia.

A friend got me back into X-wing Minis, a Star-Wars-based tabletop tactics game. It's a lot of fun.

To add variety beyond basic x-wings and TIE fighters, the makers of this game have plundered the furthest reaches of deuterocanonical Star Wars Extended Universe lore for ships and pilots to put in the game

which has led to me reading (sigh) "Wookiepedia" to find out who the hell all these characters are

I am here to report back to you that Star Wars lore is incredibly silly

Current status: hunting down and eliminating the last remnants of Python 2 in our code base like Darth Vader hunting down and eliminating the last remnants of the Jedi Order

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While purposefully ignoring the fact that the colonization and the exploitation of the people and their land is what led them into suffering in the first place.

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There's a falsity often perpetuated that certain areas, within the "third world" or "developing countries" are somehow unable or unwilling to function through the sustainable utilization of their natural resources. These myths are necessary to further colonialist, imperialist ideas, that those communities are too "uneducated" or "undeveloped" to be able to organize themselves to utilize their natural resources. It is a justification for the colonizing and exploitation of peoples and their land

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Great comment on HN:

> As a thought experiment, what if companies are made to pay for commute time? How would that change the labour market? Would they hire local? Provide better transportation? Work with cities to reduce congestion? Encourage more remote work? Decide it's too expensive to hire workers and cut hours? Work towards more inclusive housing?

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uspol (-) poll 

I think it says a lot about someone whether their reaction to seeing a homeless person is:

1. they can't possibly deserve to be homeless, therefore life must just be unfair


2. life can't possibly be unfair, therefore they must just deserve to be homeless

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