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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.

open.spotify.com/playlist/0fIY

freelance web developers -- does anybody have tips on finding good work?

(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: youtube.com/watch?v=iBpolaB4Dq

capitalist media hot takes, uspol 

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. eff.org/deeplinks/2019/11/vict

PSA: you can re-enable subpixel font antialiasing for MacOS (removed as a default when Mojave was released). I thought my eyes were getting way worse when, no, Apple just decides they're going to break the user experience for non-retina monitors.

just thinking about photographs from before affection and physical contact between men became heavily socially stigmatized

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: sites.math.washington.edu/~mor
#baking #math

Never not wild to me that cowboy films, samurai films, and Sherlock Holmes are all basically set in the same decade (and all basically have the same underlying cultural meaning for the US, Japan, and Britain respectively).

Anyway, I had for a long time forgotten this game existed until Sokpop released Soko-Loco https://sokpop.itch.io/soko-loco a pixelart reimagination of the game I once loved. While it doesn't have the same free form mechanics it is certainly fun.
An animated gif showing soko lo…
Looking back, my favourite part of it was how peaceful the whole game was to play.

There were no monetary limits and as the player you set the goal. It was very much in line with how Lego inspires creativity and play.

The interface for accessing the tools and buildings was hidden away in a little lego briefcase that would open up to display the options.
A screenshot of the game showin…

using windows for the first time in years and wow it just really wants to be spyware

Does anybody have recommendations for books on Python that aren't, like, strictly instructional? I am reasonably comfortable writing it, but I'd like to dig deeper into how it works and why certain design decisions were made, and I had a good time reading Eloquent Javascript recently

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. eff.org/press/releases/federal

Bulgarian breakfast 

I wouldn’t call any of my friends stupid multiple times a day for mistakes they’ve made years in the past but man am I good at saying it to myself all day for the past 20 years

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