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The relationship has improved somewhat in the last couple years. Might be trying to preserve the gains.


    The Vatican said Saturday that it had reached a provisional deal with the Chinese government to end a decades-old power struggle over the right to appoint bishops in China.


ThurberMingus  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Native Americans and Polynesians Met Around 1200 A.D.

He talked about how much information they could get from swells, like finding the prevailing wind direction from the swell even when a storm was blowing a different direction at the time, or how islands change the swell, and he did mention the stick charts. I think that stick charts aren't useful for the very long lengths of empty ocean on trans-polynesian journeys though, and aren't as useful on a more linear island chain like Hawaii.

Navigation traditions were being forgotten in Polynesia for a bunch of reasons - westernization a big part of it. All the observational techniques can't really be learned except through through the generation of experts before you.

The Hawaiians stopped building boats big enough to cross Polynesia centuries before the Europeans came, but in the last century even the traditional ways to sail and navigate their inter-island boats were being lost.

Read about Mau Piailug and the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hōkūle‘a. While Micronesia and Polynesia are different cultural groups, the navigation and voyaging traditions are similar enough that the Polynesians looked in Micronesia for someone who would teach them. They found few who still knew, and Mau was the first who would teach them. I don't know if there is any way to find the differences between Mau's Micronesian navigation and the lost Polynesian traditions, but the remnants of Polynesian traditions were similar.

Mau broke traditions against teaching their navigation traditions to outsiders because he he wanted there to be someone to carry on the knowledge and traditions, and bring it back to his own island if it was lost to westernization there too.

ThurberMingus  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Native Americans and Polynesians Met Around 1200 A.D.

I got to talk to one of the Hawaiians who was part of relearning traditional Polynesian navigation. Lots of fascinating stuff I didn't comprehend about waves and weather. And the boats they built are beautiful.

ThurberMingus  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Inside the black box

    He [Nathaniel Taggart] was a man who had never accepted the creed that others had the right to stop him. He

    set his goal and moved toward it, his way as straight as one of his rails. He never sought

    any loans, bonds, subsidies, land grants or legislative favors from the government. He

    obtained money from the men who owned it, going from door to door—from the

    mahogany doors of bankers to the clapboard doors of lonely farmhouses. He never

    talked about the public good. He merely told people that they would make big profits on

    his railroad, he told them why he expected the profits and he gave his reasons. He had

    good reasons.


    It was said that Nat Taggart had staked his life on his railroad many times; but once, he

    staked more than his life. Desperate for funds, with the construction of his line

    suspended, he threw down three flights of stairs a distinguished gentleman who offered

    him a loan from the government. Then he pledged his wife as security for a loan from a

    millionaire who hated him and admired her beauty. He repaid the loan on time and did

    not have to surrender his pledge. The deal had been made with his wife's consent. She

    was a great beauty from the noblest family of a southern state, and she had been

    disinherited by her family because she eloped with Nat Taggart when he was only a ragged young adventurer.

~ Atlas Shrugged, near the end of chapter 3.

ThurberMingus  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

My gut instinct is that dropping standardized tests with no replacement would be a big improvement in maybe 2/3rds of districts, and public school opponents would burn everything to the ground and salt the earth wherever they could.

ThurberMingus  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

Might as well add a 'none of the above' option too. If none of the above wins a majority we get a runoff with fresh candidates.

Not sure if I remember where I originally heard that idea.

ThurberMingus  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

That was off topic but I was already mad about it

ThurberMingus  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

I read the first half of that book before returning it, still the wait list still to check it out again.

The problem is deeper than bad history textbooks from Texas, when then only intervention the state/district uses for schools with failing STAAR scores is indiscriminately firing administrators.

My wife taught for a year at a school right on the edge of failing, with some of best admins she's worked for, but they had to quit every subject except reading and math in March to get ready for testing. Even the most sedated kid is gonna be antsy after a week of test prep but after a month the whole school was batshit crazy.

ThurberMingus  ·  14 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  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I can't see the moderation checkboxes using the dark theme

They're showing up for me

ThurberMingus  ·  20 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  ·  49 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  ·  49 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  ·  49 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  ·  55 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  ·  56 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  ·  57 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  ·  62 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  ·  64 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  ·  65 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  ·  69 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  ·  79 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 379th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"