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Also: I am always weighing how to balance jargon vs overexplaining, because I am wordy as-is, and jargon is useful for expressing common things within a field concisely.

The problem is jargon is also exclusionary, and I want anyone who is curious to be able to understand. I firmly believe that it's not about being "smart enough", it's about having the necessary context, and I can help with that!

So, If my posts don't make sense because of jargon or whatever but you're curious, please ask! I'm happy to elaborate, I love sharing understanding starting with whatever level of familiarity folks are coming from 🤗

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*rubs hands together, cackling maniacally*

Haha yes....YES!!!!

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This is what happens when you make a kid take weekly piano lessons between the ages of 5 to 17, and then 15 years later that kid turns out to be an engineer with a predilection for data analysis and a knack for software.

Let this be a warning to you all!

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Today's mission: turning a spectrogram into some really fucked up sheet music

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reinterpretation of economy of scale 

Economy of scale is usually known as the trick where you make a TON of something in order to make the per-unit cost lower.

But there are other types:

1. Designing an object so that it can be efficiency shared among many people. (scaling on humans instead of units produced)

2. Designing an object so that it is simple enough for others to reproduce in a decentralized fashion /wo highly specialized tools. (also scaling on units produced)

Having a very archetypically-me kind of morning: went to fill out some PDF forms for work, found out that pdf.js (Firefox's in-browser pdf handler) had some broken validation logic and wouldn't let me fill out the form...long story short, I filed a bug, submitted a PR with a fix that's currently being reviewed and it sounds like the actual bug is higher up the stack, so I might be digging in some more.

Still haven't filled out the form, which is literally the only thing I _have_ to do today, but I just caught up with PR comments, so let's see if we can actually get that done.

Anyway, this is the video I set up the shortcuts for, it's a little peek at my latest hyperfocus side project that I sent to a friend. This project has been my excuse to play with Rust some more, this time diving into GUIs. It's nothing exciting yet, but it's been fun!

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My home directory was unexpectedly full, so I went hunting for large files, and found a bunch of OBS recordings I didn't remember making. Upon investigation, they were all just of the OBS interface itself faithfully ticking up the "time recorded" counter, the longest of which was a 10-hour overnight extravaganza taking up several gigs.

I *had* recently set up keyboard shortcuts to start/stop recording, but I was still unsure how I had been accidentally hitting Ctrl+[ a bunch.

Fast forward to today, and it dawned on me as I went to search backwards in a tmux buffer that if I was a little too hasty with Ctrl-a [, I imagine it would look an awful lot like a Ctrl+[ to OBS 😆😅

It's either that, or I left OBS up and my cat kept stepping on the living room keyboard 🤷

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open poll what's your favorite weird cpu instruction

any architecture, any time period.

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mastodon cws are kind of like 

and there's no mechanical distinction between the two

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mastodon cws are kind of like 

ao3 tags in that you can use them to describe the content or just be part of the content

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public transit systems never will - and aren't supposed to - make money or break even

fares are a holdover of a culture of "properness" and disproportionately affect disadvantaged people

fareless systems see significant increases in use, which directly translates to less use of cars and healthier cities

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I have liberated this video from instagram so you can experience its greatness without being spied on by Zuck.

said regex broken down a bit, spoilers I guess 

Broke this down a bit, and found a nifty regex syntax highlighter for Vim that worked decently enough:

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Today's absolutely terrifying Vim regex:

% s/\v([^a-z_\.&\?'"\=]@<=[a-z_]+)_([a-z])([a-z_]+([^a-z_:]@=|$))/\1\U\2\E\3/g

Any guesses as to what unsuitable tasks I am applying this hammer to today?

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TIL: the original version of the Serenity Prayer was very different, and much stronger! the modern version that everyone knows goes

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference"

but the original version, as written by Reinhold Niebuhr, is

"Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other"

three key changes weakened it substantially:

* us -> me
* what *must* be altered -> what i *can* change
* switching the first two clauses, placing the emphasis on serene acceptance rather than reforming courage

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Saffron season has begun, and if you don't know me, this is one of my biggest deals. It's when my gardening and spiritual practices are indistinguishable from each other for about a month each autumn.

I'll keep it to this one thread as much as I can, and toots will be both public and unlisted as I move through the harvest.

Questions welcome.

#saffron #gardening #pagan @plants

Making me a silly chart and find myself wondering: is there a name for the inverse of price? That is, the measure of how much of a thing you can get per price unit, rather than the price per unit of thing?

More concretely: what do I call a metric that is mg/USD? For lack of a better term I'm calling it "cheapness", but that doesn't seem very proper, and it seems like it's something that is economically useful enough that it should have a real name!

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I got zero responses last time I hit up the Fediverse offering paid creative work, but I'm not giving up!

Some #Owncast features being worked on require iconography. And while we could use an icon library or something like Fiverr it'd be nice to work with an illustrator on the Fediverse who focuses on icons to have something that is custom.

This is paid work, so please boost and tell your friends.

Feel free to message me on the fediverse or email me:

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