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and now we are here. final half mile of drive was delayed when a herd of cows came down the road and swarmed around our (stopped) car, nearly taking off a side mirror on their way.

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the past 36 hours involved: 2 hour drive to Logan; sleepless overnight flight (except for toddler who got 3 hours, thank god); 2 hour car rental ordeal; 6 hour drive across the island with toddler, wife, and mother in law. and I learned to drive stick a week ago lol. but we made it!

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Here is a very good version of "Up The Wolves" by The Mountain Goats and it's a good song to listen to today

I'm going to get myself in fighting trim
Scope out every angle of unfair advantage
I'm gonna bribe the officials
I'm gonna [REDACTED]
It's going to take you people years to recover from all of the damage

themountaingoats.bandcamp.com/

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For folks looking, you can search for local abortion funds here: https://abortionfunds.org/funds/

the impending arrival of a minuscule new synth (Korg NTS-1 ordered with bday bucks from parents) somehow motivated the deepest office clean I've done in two years

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Of course, plot should play to their strengths. Maybe we follow a hapless politician who's slowly cluing in to how bad things will get but falsely imagines he can set things right with a big enough gambit. His constant foibles crash him info increasingly scary bosses, who start turning the screws that might pressure him to give up his old comrades.

TLDR: I am calling on Disney to tap Josh and Benny Safdie to write and direct three seasons of SENATOR BINKS

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The Obi-Wan series was ok but left me wanting a SW thing that would more imaginatively + aesthetically interpolate between the gaudiness of the republic era and the austerity of the empire / original trilogy. Lean hard into the prequels' Y2K maximalism but show it collapsing in on itself. Safdies would actually be perfect for this. Have Daniel Lopatin twist the ep. 1 soundtrack into something deranged and eerie.

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QC bureaucratic stuff has always been an adventure in ancient, convoluted, and never-fully-bilingual web interfaces, but at least it was a refreshing contrast to the SaaS hellholes devouring everything else. until now.

the new "Arrima" immigration portal combines the best of both worlds:
- Microsoft auth
- a post-login holding queue for your turn to access the site
- Material UI (breaks tab navigation for forms, etc.)
- sliced-up text labels where icons should be
- French only everywhere

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Really enjoyed Robin Sloan's "Spring '83" proposal: https://www.robinsloan.com/lab/specifying-spring-83
I must say it is such a breath of fresh air to read an alt-web proposal that's not written from the tech "outward" - it puts writers and visual designers into a creative mode ("what are different shapes and sizes we could let people author in?"), rather than say Gemini which put programmers into a creative mode ("how few lines of code can i make a client or server in?"). I think that's valuable.

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PSA for parents of kids under 5: call your pediatrician's office as they might already be booking appointments for shots—mine is starting booking monday, and friends of mine have already booked.

looking for text editor opinions since ms/github are giving atom the axe. I had already been thinking about switching to emacs, but honestly after a couple days setting it up I'm finding some aspects more off-putting than expected. I use Ubuntu and mainly want something for markdown drafting and occasional web dev, with a good package/extension ecosystem.

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Love this collection of thoughts about "AI art" as a genre, from the always thought-provoking Robin Sloan:

https://www.robinsloan.com/lab/notes-on-a-genre/

> AI artists are genre artists, too. Our genre is: “I see what you did there.”

That echoes something I say often, which is that AI art benefits from a "bots say the darndest things" effect.

Anyway, I love Robin's comparison to synthesizers. I think about synths a lot. I see SpeedTree as a kind of synth, for example. I hope we get there with GPT-*

(sung to baby, to tune of "Streets of Laredo")

I see by your outfit that you are a baby

it's been a good two weeks for the weld plant I seeded about this time last year

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