I’m keeping the “real time” Apollo 11 replay up. It’s pretty amazing. They’re 143k+ miles from Earth, yet still decelerating mostly from that gravitational pull.

50 years ago right now, three men are traveling at about 7,000 km/h to land on that rock in the sky. Nobody had done anything like that before. Their guidance computer required them to use a sextant like old sailors, and had memory woven out of rope. People are amazing and can do amazing things when we decide we’re going to.


tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism 

Hi friends! I'm matching donations to RAICES this month up to $32,000.

That's an ambitious limit and I could use your help reaching it -- whether or not you can donate, I would really appreciate your boosts!

To have me match your donation:

1. Donate any amount at raicestexas.org/donate
2. FORWARD your email receipt to raicesmatch@finn.fun.

Posting a screenshot is also encouraged, but forwarding receipts will help me track what I hope will be a lot of email!

Thank you!

@fribbledom I’ve looked at elvish before. The pipes are interesting. The syntax looks like an improvement over most, but not as good as rc (my shell of choice) or, say, fish.

But the other stuff? I don’t even want history or edit modes in my shell; they stuck a file manager in there?!? Nononono...

You don't have to read the entire patent application, just search for "sorry":



(via @qbi)

“We’re only bones with stories on” is *such* a good line.

If you don’t already know it, I highly recommend Marian Call’s _Standing Stones_.


PSA: You should get all your music on Bandcamp if possible. High-quality, DRM-free downloads, where a purchase is actually a purchase, and in unless something is truly off (actual scam), your money is going to reach the artist more or less directly.

Top of yesterday’s list: pizza. There’s more good pizza within 10 miles of my mom’s house then there is in the state of Oregon, and she’s in the suburbs.

Today’s top, so far: driving through the Great Swamp and the surrounding area (hoping to get a drive through the Watchung Reservation tonight). I love these trees (although they’re best in fall).

@xor Release notes for this version:

• Recycles a few good ideas from 20+ years ago
• Continually more strained analogies
• Will randomly output bizarre, awful social opinions
• Not to be considered stable
• Best avoided

There is a woman in this hallway on the phone very concerned about the volume of “Levites” at her house, telling the person on the other end they have to do something about it.

Pretty sure she’s misidentified her problem.

Always read the plaque. This is about 1/4 mile from the house I grew up in and I had no idea about this history until this past Christmas. I was sort of shocked to learn that my upscale suburban bedroom community had this bit of collectivist history.

Back in NJ for a few days. I’m paying attention to the things I miss from here. Topping the list from day 1 so far: fireflies and good bagels.

mild software complaining 

@danbruno @darius What is this in? It seems odd, but I wonder if they make use of the different words some languages have for each of those when the language is set differently. There are a *lot* of these distinctions in India, for example.

Raccoon just got two of our chicks. :’(

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