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.
Will be riding the Texas Eagle from Austin to San Antonio today. Super excited as I haven't been ridin since childhood.
Made a trains playlist to listen to while traveling If anyone is interested.
(1/3) Call for recommendations: what's the best note-taking app?
I'm looking for something to bridge the gap between paper-and-pencil and typical computer interfaces, which is cross-platform and accessible via the cloud. When you need to write down ideas fast, and those ideas involve something other than just text - writing up little diagrams to express software architecture or organization planning or draw a picture of something or what have you - or you need to rapidly organize things visually into hierarchical lists so that there's some semblance of structure to the ideas your taking, without taking up precious time thinking about how to muck around with some formatting UI to do that, nothing seems to beat paper and pencil/pen.
I think I've watched this simulation of baking/heating different textures five times today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBpolaB4DqA
capitalist media hot takes, uspol
Seeing yet another batch of ragingly "why don't Democrats listen to Trump voters more!!!!" hot takes in the NYT and... I think it's pretty clear that any "trust" in the institutions of media outlets is basically dead.
I don't mean journalists as individuals or journalism as an industry. But media outlets themselves are too centralised, too financialised, and too beholden to the interests of the billionaire plutocrats who run them.
In a forceful ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that disclosing a password is “testimony” protected by the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination, citing our amicus brief in the case. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/11/victory-pennsylvania-supreme-court-rules-police-cant-force-you-tell-them-your
Tiki bar pulls thousands of dollars from ceiling and walls, donates it https://boingboing.net/2019/11/17/tiki-bar-pulls-thousands-of-do.html
looking to buy a brownie tin made in the shape of the Hilbert Function (as tooted by @OpenCulture) I came across this mathematical article on the Optimisation of the Brownie Tin: https://sites.math.washington.edu/~morrow/mcm/mcm13/22553.pdf
BREAKING: a federal judge has ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers’ cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices when we cross the U.S. border are unconstitutional.
This is an enormous victory for privacy. https://www.eff.org/press/releases/federal-court-rules-suspicionless-searches-travelers-phones-and-laptops
So, if you ever need to write PDF by hand: https://speakerdeck.com/ange/lets-write-a-pdf-file
Eavestroughs of chaos
Funneling beauty into
Following strange paths
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