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Zig Zichterman
Oatmeal? Are you crazy?
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My progressive and awesome US Senator Kamala Harris #resist -ed 6 cabinet posts: Thank you!

My less progressive and less awesome US Senator Diane Feinstein approved 5, including Homeland Security. That's not #resist -ing.


PS: NYTimes link:


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While pondering the recent GitLab panic and recovery, someone on Fark pointed to this lovely set of wisdom.

Sure, it's a 1990s-era commercial for a long-defunct backup software company, but the lessons remain.

I sometimes wonder if I should write some checksum-and-catalog script to assist my monthly rsync. Would make it a heckuva lot easier to verify the full backup than my current spot-check of a few files. Wait, isn't that what Retrospect did? I wonder what they're up to these days...

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I guess we have to repeat this lesson every 160 years or so. I guess history forgot what Buchanan-class presidents can do to a nation.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
When I listen to dubstep
My neighbors do too

(I wish I could find the YouTube video where I saw this as a comment...)

Why is my G+ feed nothing but "trending on G+" and "recommended for you"?

I came here to read posts by those whom I follow, not those whom others follow.

Guess that's the end of G+ for me for a while.

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This show is 19 years old, and I still cackle with glee at this line.

Because every show is better with Gokigenyou.



If you were already planning on seeing the Doctor Strange movie:
see it in 3D.

I'm not a fan of 3D. Seems like studios retrofit 3D and IMAX onto mediocre movies just so they can make more income per viewer. No thanks.

But Doctor Strange? Wow. The magic was made for 3D. I'm so glad I had a chance to see it in 3D before it forever flattens into a 2D experience on my home TV.

Also, big kudos to the visual designers. I really wondered how they were going to pull off the trippy Ditko look. But when they went roaming through other dimensions, they did. The Dark Dimension was particularly well done, with callbacks to some designs I still remember.


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Programmers new to a language often rely on idioms from a more familiar language. Remember the old "writing FORTRAN in C" days?

I'm impressed by this Python in Java. Clever.

But yeah, too hostile to your coworkers. Don't do this. 
Use whatever bracket style you like, but for the love of God do Not do this. Thank you. 

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September 13th, 1999

This show and its models inspired so many childhood Lego builds.

My friends and I built so many Moonbases Alpha. And commlocks. And Eagles. So many Eagles! This was a time when Lego block variety was far more limited: we had to shave and glue pieces to build the upward slope of the lower half of the Eagle cockpit. Never could quite get everything to look right. Then a year or two later, Lego added all the space pieces and the living was easy.

Thank you, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
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