Tokyo. I am in you. Not that you will probably notice one more tourist.
Programmer friends: Many of us have deeply-ingrained habits of making fun of whichever languages, tools, OSes, etc we don't personally use. Please don't. I highly recommend reading Aurynn Shaw's essay on "Contempt Culture", which I have to revisit myself periodically: https://blog.aurynn.com/2015/12/16-contempt-culture
I'm building virtualbox  images for students to use, and the lack of effective version control is making me crazy. I mean, boot the damn thing and see if an edit is there in a file? What is this, the 1970s?
I've been playing with keeping images in git-annex, but there's no real getting around the fact that these images are giant opaque blobs.
: not my choice of VM, but *shrug*, I've used worse software.
I get to battle GnuPG today. My primary key needs its expiration date extended.
I've taken the week off from work.
exact citation styles are so ? ? ????
it's 2018. if there's either a doi or author+title in there you can find the full text. nothing else matters in practice, as long as it's not a complete mess
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I'm going to stop following US politics so fanatically for a few months. So far I've stopped reflexively reading politico.com, and unsubscribed from 3 political podcasts. We'll see if my life is better or worse for not knowing how the congressional primary in the 9th district of Louisiana is going. If the North Korea talks go badly, please CW your apocolypse warnings.
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This is interesting. People's guesses about the demographics of "the other party" are consistently exagerated.
The Democracts polled apparently thought 44% of Republicans were $X, for all $X. Very odd.
RT @Baronesa1980@twitter.com: Never forget this
Gary Bernhardt re-wrote an email by Linus Torvalds in a way that made it less insulting. Both the result and how he got there is a very readable and nice. Highly recommended: https://www.destroyallsoftware.com/blog/2018/a-case-study-in-not-being-a-jerk-in-open-source
I need to rave about #Python.
One of my colleagues has deep knowledge about #GreenhouseGas calculations but doesn't write code, in any language. She was giving me instructions on how to perform a calculation, which I kept getting wrong. Frustrated, I just show her my Python code. She instantly recognises the error and tells me how to fix the code. This is the first time I show her Python.
Can *your* programming language do this?
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No, this is not yet another rant about GitHub. Not even one about how you should have been scared before MicroSoft bought them.
Easychair isi a great service, that really streamlines running a conference. But it is a dominant player that I can't really avoid, and some of the terms of service are sketchy. 2.4 for example is the kind of thing that gave us the bitkeeper-vs-git saga. 9.4 is also blatently anti-competitive.
Britpol, but actually USpol could do with some of this.