Living in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Studied systems design engineering.
Some of my interests include chaos theory, composing music, olfaction, software freedom, healthy buildings, Shakespeare, fluid mechanics.
Ontario municipal politics Show more
51 communities across Ontario had to extend voting for a whole extra DAY because voting was unavailable due to third-party for-profit computer systems. Not counting other communities, such as Cambridge in Waterloo region, that extended voting hours on Monday because of the problems.
This is not a good way to hold an election at all.
Ontario municipal politics Show more
What a mess from all of the online voting, electronic in-person voting, phone voting, power outages, server unavailability, etc. in Monday night's municipal elections! I live in Kitchener-Waterloo, and although I had a paper ballot, it was counted by a machine, and I won't know the regional chair results until Wednesday because of all of the screw-ups in other municipalities in the region.
Anyone know of Canadian advocacy groups for elections using paper ballots counted by people? Paper ballots are still used federally and provincially here, but other methods have started to be used for municipal elections.
Funny how identity variables change in their ranked importance over time as you age. Looks, intelligence, gender identity, sexual orientation, and race are probably the top 5 in that order when you’re young. By 40, they recede into the background and barely break the top 10. The top 5 at 40 are likely major highly personal life-story-defining battle scars (both honorable and shameful). The next 5 are probably wealth/class identity, health identity, home ownership, parenthood, eldercare provider
Remember when I said I want to help get out the vote, but I can't easily travel to volunteer since I have a toddler?
2 initiatives I found:
http://progcode.org/ open source get-out-the-vote tools, and other organizing tools that are looking for developers to fix tickets!
http://www.votefwd.org/ handwriting letters to voters who might not otherwise vote, is a shockingly effective intervention according to their trial
Going to try to do as much as possible of these in the last few weeks!
For jazz, I have a bit harder time ignoring it while working, but here are some that might be nice on a rainy day
Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald Love is Here to Stay
Sarah Vaughan singing Mancini
Christina Grimmie singing songs on the Matchbreaker soundtrack
Oh for goodness sake. The reason I couldn't find many recent articles about Interleukin 8 (IL-8) is that they renamed it CXCL8.
Here's a fun TIL: Because the ratio of terms in the Fibonacci sequence approaches phi, and because phi is close to the ratio of km to miles, you can approximate conversion between distances with adjacent Fibonacci numbers.
So 2 km ≈ 1 mile, 3 km ≈ 2 miles, 5 km ≈ 3 miles, 8 km ≈ 5 miles, 13 km ≈ 8 miles, etc, etc
Tired: brutalist architecture
Wired: brutalist architecture consumed by plants
random midday disco band in the street == classic Montreal
For some reason the Africa For Norway song is in my head
OK, is there a food and cooking-based instance yet, please?
I think toots would be excellent for sharing short recipes.
Looking for more sources of audio/visual material in #publicdomain or #CreativeCommons or licenses giving similar freedom for creative (re)use.
Other than the 'classics' wikimedia, archive.org, ccsearch, openclipart, gutenberg.org, librivox, freemusicarchive, fontlibrary, freesound
Retoot to write a list together!
For the #OpenDesignCourse for refugees, starting on Monday.
Could hiring a contractor who gives bullshit answers to simple questions turn out well? If so, how? What are some steps to suss out why the bullshit is there and get to something better?
Or are bullshit answers a bad enough warning sign that it's best to walk away?
And if the answer is "It depends," on what does it depend?
Eavestroughs of chaos
Funneling beauty into
Following strange paths
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