WD-40 is an essential oil just fyi

All my personal projects, on which I'm the only developer and user, have at least two stakeholders: me today, and me in the future.

Me today and me in the future tend to not get along, and both tend to consider the other one a bit of a jerk. To keep things peaceful, the two have agreed to work on communication and to try to document things, meaning me today will write stuff down, and me tomorrow will try to read it before getting angry.


Below are some simple methods for exiting vim. Contribute to hakluke/how-to-exit-vim development by creating an account on GitHub.


Power corrupts, and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely. -- Vint Cerf

Only true geeks would obsessed over details like this!

"Which emoji scissors close" [ wh0.github.io/2020/01/02/sciss ]

As it turns out, some scissors emojis depict left-handed scissors (YAY!) but some don't work (BOO!). 😃

Via Hacker News [ news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2 ]

#Emojis #Humour

An update on research on materials that emit radiation in a special wavelengths (8–13-µm) of light that turns outer space into a heatsink, making them cooler than their surroundings, even in hot sunlight. It's still a work in progress but looks promising.

#Physics #Heat #Materials #Engineering


Of course the engineers would know how to deal with this best. 🙂

"Team 3 was exclusively comprised of engineers, who are known to go to great lengths for getting the last drop of beer."

#Physics #Fluids #Beer


On arXiv: [ arxiv.org/abs/1912.01999 ]

Very nice. Via Jason Scott on Twitter:

"DID YOU KNOW: That every collection at the internet archive has an RSS feed so you can see new items as they're added? I use it myself for collections that I'm feeding directly through scripts so I can enjot them too. The link is in the upper right, marked "RSS"."

#InternetArchive #RSSFeeds


This is going to be the decade of Federated Social Networking on the Linux Desktop.

Year initialization completed: 2020
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one of the things I'm really appreciating with DS9 is how some wild shit happens with like temporal distortions and spacial singularities and falling into other dimensions and all the Starfleet officers just take it in stride because something like it happened in a past series and now it's part of Starfleet protocol and academy education while meanwhile Kira is like EXCUSE ME, WHAT

With only 3 days left to 2020, I hope you all have finished upgrading all your python2 code to perl5 or raku.

Quite the confusion between the Philippines island of Negros (pronunciation: neɪɡrɒs) and the other N-word by Americans.

"Americans confused as Filipino boyband tweets ‘Hello Negros’. Negros is an island in The Philippines."

#Society #Culture #Philippines #Words


As with my other years, 2019 was an interesting year in books. I started with a book on the exploration of Pluto by the New Horizons probe and ended it with a hilarious book on why current day AIs do weird things. In between, I had my fill of Science Fiction and Fantasy via magazines well as reading some anticipated books by well known (to me) authors. Reading Brian Kernighan's history and memoir of his work on the Unix operating system was a nice bonus.

#Reading #2019


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Society of Trolls

A nice little Mastodon instance. Mild trolling encouraged (keep it local), but not required. Malicious behaviour is not tolerated. Follow Wheaton's law and you'll be fine.