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ThurberMingus  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 1, 2020

I have a few relatively small fillings on molars, can't tell they're there most of the time, but if I get a cold those teeth get sore about the same time as I notice other sinus symptoms.

ThurberMingus  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I can't see the moderation checkboxes using the dark theme

They're showing up for me

ThurberMingus  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Our grip on Phase 2 is slipping

I started to write a Limbaugh style rant about doubling* down the on the rich culture and morals of the first wave and mindless liberal progress but it got too depressing.

* conservative estimate, obvs. In Texas we've almost tripled the daily new cases in the last two weeks.

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 27, 2020

    fsck.ext4 is currently at 3.9% after 18 hours

Killed fsck and started copying files skipping the read errors because it's probably gonna die first anyway. It just copied 12MB in half an hour, which is to dial up speed from the Y2K.

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 27, 2020

    I work longer hours but I'm unfocused for nearly all of them

Yeah, that's happening to me too. Most people I work with also.

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 27, 2020

They first 6 weeks at home went super smoothly for me and it wasn't until a couple weeks ago that I had a bunch of "nothing should feel normal everything is bad" days with hardly any sleep. On the whole things have been going better this week.

I planted a garden the weekend before stay at home orders started here. Yesterday we ate the first green beans. We'll have some tomatoes in about a week I think.

We're getting a real piano today, which is exciting. It's a fairly nice spinnet in good condition and we're getting it for just the cost of delivery. One of the perks of my wife knowing dozens of music teachers.

A 10yo backup drive started giving errors, not letting me copy files off, and running super slow. fsck.ext4 is currently at 3.9% after 18 hours. Thankfully important stuff is backed up other places. But there's a bunch of old junk I would like to keep if I can.

The old laptop I use also somehow has a borked disk. I think some data could be saved but it's not worth the trouble. Yay backups!

So now I have a 1TB laptop ssd and a 3TB nas drive headed to me from the newegg daily specials. Once they get here I've probably got a whole day of hard drive shuffling because the ssd is going to upgrade my wife's laptop and her old drive is going into my old laptop. And the new nas drive will upgrade my backups and that drive will become my miscellaneous media/junk drive.

ThurberMingus  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 20, 2020

I planted 2 pomegranate shrubs in late winter. They should handle heat and drought better than the peaches plums and pears many people grow here. They're way too small to carry fruit this year but the flowers are pretty:

Random wildflowers because I don't mow very often:

Cherry tomatoes I planted the weekend before Texas started the stay-at-home:

ThurberMingus  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble races are strangely compelling

This is definitely a good enough excuse to keep spreadsheets of stats for this wonderful sport.

Probably not a good enough excuse to try to measure variation of imperfections in a bag of marbles.

There are some principals about inertia of rolling disks and spheres that I learned in a dynamics class and can't remember right now.

ThurberMingus  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble races are strangely compelling

I wonder how long of a race series it would take to for "faster" marbles with better density/inertial imperfections to win, and for the result not to be just brownian motion.

Ending up in the inner/outer lane of the first curve off the ramp seems significant, but random.

ThurberMingus  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Obamagate was the worst crime ever committed and here is what it was

But the headine reads like pure Perd Hapley though

ThurberMingus  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The dam breaks: Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever

    You are grossly overestimating the empathy of the tech industry

And anywhere else with a few layers of management to hide behind while making decisions.

ThurberMingus  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fuck the Bread. The Bread Is Over.

The bread is dead. Long live the bread.

I'm in a company that's going to last pretty long into the tail end of consumer capitalism. In some form or other. They've reacted predictably by cutting some people loose quickly and completely, and furloughing others with a generous 30 days of health benefits. They will recover from this predictably too: cling to any budget savings with a death grip, resist any change that's more than vocabulary deep.

It's pretty nice, measured by 'can you make rent' standards.

ThurberMingus  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Beans (26 mins)

    I'm certainly subpar, but it's a good kind of subpar

    It's a fascinating and pointless experiment, this. What the hell is the point of this, beau?

This is the best thing I've watched in weeks. I had a can of garbanzo beans with cumin for lunch, and I hadn't even seen this yet.

ThurberMingus  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 379th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

ThurberMingus  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I made scones

Very similar recipes. If you made American biscuits in the UK they would probably be called scones. But scones in America are sweeter than biscuits and sometimes have dried fruit or seeds inside or sugar on top, or extra flavors.

American biscuits aren't sweet and they come in two flavors: buttermilk or butter. Sometimes people bake cheese into biscuits but that is mostly a thing at weird restaurants.

Also scones are mostly eaten with tea or coffee, and biscuits are more likely to be eaten with savory things like sausage and gravy, or at a meal in place of dinner rolls. Though a biscuit with butter and a little jam is also great with tea.

ThurberMingus  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 22, 2020

Very relevant in a new context

ThurberMingus  ·  81 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 15, 2020

gross

Thanks

ThurberMingus  ·  81 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 15, 2020

Came through at 1:30 AM. Does this mean we can't complain about our leaders until we're broke again?

ThurberMingus  ·  81 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 15, 2020

I have dipped under the first round of layoff limbo, or possibly stepped over accidentally, because I'm not sure why I got to the other side. But I'm probably fine for another week and a half until the next pay period ends.

In January it really looked like our time to shine and climb out of a two year revenue slump. Our old president announced his retirement at an all-hands covid19 meeting, and now the acting president is regularly emailing 2 sentences of information wrapped in 8 paragraphs of doom and gloom. He has made it crystal clear the company will weather this storm sustainably without sacrificing any company values. (By firing as many as necessary.) ((Consistent with values!)) ((((((Yay

ThurberMingus  ·  83 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is bread still a thing?

Yeah, hit or miss at our grocery stores. I still have whole wheat but I'm down to less than a pound of AP flour. I haven't gotten the hang of working with whole wheat dough yet.

I made pretzels 2 weeks ago but forgot to post about it. I tried pita last week, but it wasn't quite pita. Was still a good vector for hummus.