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this is your irregular reminder that an apology comes with a change of behavior or it wasn't an apology~

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Reminder of the day (and a subtoot):

Nothing about us without us.

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should just set up a cron job to post "Your experiences are not universal" once a week or somethinh

more illinois geography 

i don't know if this was the midwestern distance warping field or if it was simply someone from downstate giving up on anybody knowing anything outside a quarter mile radius from wrigley

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more illinois geography 

remembering that time someone from galesburg said it was "near chicago"

i suppose, on a universal scale, that's true

for reference, we live over 12 hours away from anything that could be called "chicago" even to folks who are unfamiliar with the area

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classic. confirming time zones with coworkers not by "oh you're in the greater chicago area" by by "you're in crystal lake-ish, right?"

and keep in mind this is with our eyesight which is corrected to sharper than "normal" 20/20 and would be perfectly fine at this range anyway, seated a proper distance away from the screen. like, we've got everything going for us to be able to tell those apart and still can't. why the hell are the labels not on by default?

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on the topic of icons being bad

we keep accidentally putting work email into the junk folder instead of archive, because we're just using apple's mail program on that machine

they're both square-bottomed boxes how am i supposed to tell the difference at $ridiculous pixels per inch

google antitrust filing thread from 

RT Lock (with permission):

Ok so, I just read through all 173 pages of the unredacted Google antitrust filing and I have to say that either Google is screwed or society is screwed, we'll find out which.

Unordered list of fun things I learned:

- google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out
- google appears to have a team called gTrade that is wholly dedicated to ad market manipulation
- Google had a plan called "Project NERA" to turn the web into a walled garden they called "Not Owned But Operated". A core component of this was the forced logins to the chrome browser you've probably experienced (surprise!)
- Google is willing to do almost everything to prevent people from circumventing their ad exchanges
- This is what AMP is about
- Google habitually insider trades on their ad exchanges in every way you can think of and every way you can't. Too many ways to list here.
- The exchanges are also rigged so that google wins on bids where they aren't the highest bidder.
- A large amount of people inside google are aware of all of this
- If Google ever tells you some change will increase your ad yield, run. In fact anything they tell you is a lie
- Google has worked with Facebook and Microsoft to discourage them from increasing user privacy, lamenting occasions where they prioritized their reputation over their collective business interest

You can read the full unredacted document for yourself here:

No less than four different emails apologizing for a shipping delay and/or rescinding that apology to resend from a different account.

$sender, you're already ahead of expectations with free 3-day shipping, it's your expectation of overnight that's off base. Give the package carriers a rest.

static site generator progress 

just under two hours' progress this evening, counting all the time we spent staring at docutils trying to figure out if there was any way to use it as a library. doesn't seem to be a documented one, so we ought as well rewrite to some other language

but it works enough to use, sort of, for just wrapping html in boilerplate. :ms_shrug_g2:

Meta / Trump instance / fediverse 

Are we done patting ourselves on the back for a job well done blocking an instance that hasn't even gone live yet? I wish the fediverse on the whole was this vocal while instances full manipulative cliques of "problematic favs" were busying themselves with bullying off a bunch of Black users like it was nothing, or causing some users to feel they need to make their presence smaller to survive without being harassed. 1/2

getting my gender up above 200 degrees so i can do a sick pull


every time we hear "mid/senior level" in reference to ourselves there's a bit of surprise

machine learning is amazing because you take a bunch of data you don't have permission to use and a few million matrix multiplications later you can generate the wrong answer to any question

neither of these is optimal for the sheer size of our collection, but strawberry is much closer

when audacious said it could take winamp skins i kind of expected that it would have a winamp-like library and not just a search popup

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