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I should really change my profile picture. It was meant as a ridiculous form of a bathroom mirror selfie (hence the shower curtain), but it comes across as some pretentious photographer. Pretentious, moi? And also not a photographer, not more than everybody is.

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Google could do a 'Wrapped' of 'Your best friends of the past year', based on bluetooth and wifi proximity, similar website visits, bookmarks and searches, video viewing habits, whether you are in each others phone contacts, and all the other stuff they know about you.

Google/Instagram/Apple should do a 'Wrapped' of the subjects you most talked about with your friends and colleagues while your phone was near.

First impressions of Windows 11: what I like or can deal with is that much hasn't changed, what I dislike is the things that have changed.

Last day of our Gandi free mailboxes that came with our domains. Just over eight hours until they become one of the most expensive email providers without even allowing a custom domain.

Tip: tutanota(.com etc) allows three custom domains for around half their price, ideal for mailboxes that don't need imap.
#Gandi #TutaNota #Tuta #email

I… still do that…? ^^'

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Tearfully calling mom to inform her that this won't be the year of Linux on the desktop.

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But it is. At least on my laptop.
I don't care what others say. For me every year is year of the Linux on the desktop!

Google should understand that if I search something, sometimes I do not want to buy it. Maybe I already have it and want to find information about it.
@feld Thanks, I've bookmarked it. Though for being a 'search client' rather than 100% using their own index, the price is a bit high. I suspect they can lose access to the data any moment. Luckily their AI/LLM costs extra, so you can just not pay that to avoid that.
it's really really good though. They don't get the junk influenced results from any of their providers. Their AI stuff like the Summarizer is really good, you should try it even if you're skeptical 🤨

When actual directors start doing fantasy castings... Alert me when you've done the actual casting and leave my notifications alone until then.

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"You should stay home if you're sick, have that salad instead of pizza, stop complaining, etc."

"You should do this, that, the other thing or STOP doing this, that, or the other thing."

Please, before you "should" someone, stop to think that maybe their circumstances are not yours. Should someone stay home if sick? Yes. But does everyone have sick time to do that? No.
Maybe someone's complaints are valid, or they had a salad for lunch.

Please, let's stop dictating what people 'should' do

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“Don’t tell people they shouldn’t drive drunk! You don’t know their life, what if they NEED to go somewhere? Maybe they drive ok drunk! Mind your own business!”

“Don’t tell people they shouldn’t abuse their kids! Maybe that kid really did need to get smacked! You don’t know what they go through with that kid. Are you even a parent?”

Ewwww this is NOT the way to exist in a healthy society.

the patriarchy death throes are an ugly thing.🙁

Just found that the Disney+ app is broken on Chromecast and only old school casting to it works. I hope I still get it in 4k, since I wanted to rewatch the Doctor Who episode like that. Apparently it has been broken for weeks already, that's how often I use my subscription, or how small their library is.
I had tried many times during the day, including restarting the chromecast, before posting this. However, after complaining it now suddenly works again. Yay!
We upgraded to the latest Chromecast recently because we were basically watching Buffy the blue ring slayer. Since then it has been working very well though.

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Vinyl lovers with records: Keeps records in their sleeves, uses white gloves to remove the record, rubs an anti-static brush over the record, puts record into a hermetically sealed environment where a stylus lightly touches the record with an angelic kiss.

Vinyl lovers with CDs: Pulls the coffee cup off of the CD, flings it off of two walls where it ricochets into their Playstation 3 slot. A blob of peanut butter and jelly drips from the slot. When the disc is done the disc barely ejects before someone pulls it from the slot and uses it to skid across the floor in their human shuffleboard contest.

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I *buy* vinyl for albums that I love because I can still play -- pops, scratches, skips, and all --vinyl records that my grandparents bought as teenagers in the 1930s, on a cheap, easily accessible player.

I've got CDs from less that 20 years ago that just don't play on some, or sometimes *any*, hardware I can find.

My hearing went to shit decades ago so I'm not particularly interested in the audiophile perspective; I just want my grandkids to be able to listen, you know?

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@whitneymcn My counter-example is that i still have compact discs that I bought in high school (back in the 1980s) that still play fabulously. I'm meticulous with my discs to a point of obsession.

Drawer players, eschewing slot players did the trick.

There's probably not much of an argument to be had here, alas: "if you take care of your physical media well, they'll continue to work." We'll have to just agree.

Except for cassettes: that tape stretched out and distorted super quickly, which is why there used to be cassette tape tumbleweeds at the side of every highway in the US. Rage-throwing of shitty cassettes. ;)

My 16yo child buys cassettes again these days.

What a world. :)


You forgot the part where the dvd drive is a great coffee cup holder when empty. Or not empty.

If like me you use an app like Series Guide to track the tv episodes you've watched and which you still have to catch, you may like to know that the people at tmdb, trakt, etc, unlike imdb, are listing the Doctor Who series that started today as a new show rather than series 14 of the 'original reboot': . So you have to add a new show to track, then find today's episode under specials (because they count next year's series 15 as number 1).

No spoilers but I really liked this episode.

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Today is the day of the new Doctor Who, this evening on BBC1.
And later this evening Doctor Who: Unleased will also be on BBC1, for those who are blocked from watching BBC3 where I believe it is first shown. This is the behind the scenes thing.

Don't normally share my Wordle result, but this one is quite something:

Wordle 887 2/6


Humanity first.

Instead of 'Own people first'. After all, all human beings are our own people.

There was some kind of 'five for the price of two' deal on shampoo. I'm only a single person with not a lot of hair, so when I next need to buy it we'll all be using cyber-shampoo or something.

New reading material arrived!

On paper, because who has ever heard of tools and devices with which one can read html.

Photo of two magazines on my table, both with Jenna Ortega on the cover. One is Elle, 'The Impact Issue', with tag line 'A star in bloom', the other is the UK version of Harper's Bazaar, 'The Awards Issue', with tag line 'Courage and conviction'.
#JennaOrtega #Elle #HarpersBazaar

Why are so many people in several countries nowadays voting for extreme right wing parties? Do people think it doesn't hurt to vote for parties that want to hurt people?
And when foreign media talk about one of the parties in my country as 'populist', you can just read that as right wing extremists.

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The "Scream" franchise is dealth another blow after yesterday's firing of Melissa Berrera for comments about the Hamas-Israel conflict. Today it was revealed that Jenna Ortega will not be returning due to production on Netflix's "Wednesday", a plan that was discussed before the SAG-AFTRA strike.
#Scream #JennaOrtega #MelissaBerrera #ParamountPictures #Movies
Actress Jenna Ortega

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No point watching, or even making, Scream 7, now that Jenna Ortega will not be in it due to scheduling conflicts.

Wednesday season one took eight months to film, she's doing season two soon, so there's just no time fitting in a seventh Scream. Apparently this was already being discussed before the strike began.
#JennaOrtega #Scream #Wednesday

Happy Birthday, Jodie Foster! She turns 61 today. To celebrate I'm watching Nyad, a new film with her which is available on Netflix.
#JodieFoster #Nyad #NowWatching

Also this... 😉

Watched Nyad. It should be illegal for Jody Foster to be that fit.

It's based on true events, which isn't a film genre I like, but it's worth a watch anyway I think.

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If you're in the US and you've also been idly wondering why "I don't like to drive at night" has become such a common thing to say in the past few years, stand near to a modern LED streetlamp and block it with your hand. In about two thirds of a second, the whole road brightens up as your pupils open.

You're not just getting old; between over-bright streetlights, over-bright headlights of oncoming cars, over-bright instrument clusters, over-bright porch lighting, nobody can see in the dark anymore.

Just in the last decade we've made it much harder and more dangerous to drive at night. Oh, and we also gave up the stars.

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My pet peeve is super bright led bicycle lights on the dedicated bike path. I have purple splotches for 10 or more seconds afterwards.
BTW erasing visibility of the stars is for the benefit of the flat earthers so they will not have to face inconvenient evidence.

I dislike that Gandi (the domain, email and web hosting provider) still hasn't responded to my support question, over a week after I sent it. I have already sent a follow up. Weren't they supposed to be one of the good ones?

If only their imposed hard deadline of 30 November wasn't looming, I wouldn't care that much.

no, they were bought out by private equity and stripped to the bones. I have paid $$$ to move all my domains away to DNSimple
@feld I heard. Considering my options now, though domains is not my immediate concern. Them going from free email to the most expensive, is...

Second time this week that a Dutch word I didn't know the English translation for, when I looked it up didn't seem to have a translation. Seems we have exhausted the English language.

For the sport 'korfbal' we get no further than 'korfball', with 'korf' being the Dutch word for 'basket'. I guess 'basketball' was somehow already taken.

Then today I forgot to run cold water over my boiled egg, which supposedly makes them easier to peel. We call it 'schrikken', a homonym for the word meaning 'to scare' but with a different conjugation. Turns out the internet thinks none of the English speaking people made up a word for that? ('Shock' is the closest but apparently not really used in this context)

A couple of years ago there was a news item about a new Dutch dictionary being presented, I think to some royal person. The dictionary was different in that it attempted to be almost, but not entirely, complete. It comprised several volumes over all the shelves of one or more bookcases. We have many words.

(We also cheat by combining words together to make new words in a way that English doesn't)

"The meaning of Liff" is hilarious reading, for pointing at concepts that are very well defined but that no word exists for.