(Please don't suggest an ARM Chromebook. Already have one. :) )

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ARM laptops that run Linux -- any suggestions?

Link to purchase, with a large paperback with (hopefully) full-cover facsimile images coming later this year -- books2read.com/elstob-graham

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The famed "Saxon Nymph," Elizabeth Elstob was a major figure in 18th-century Anglo-Saxon antiquarianism at a time when education was often closed to women. Born in 1683, she was raised by an uncle who discouraged her education. Nevertheless, she eventually became proficient in eight languages and made major contributions to the field.

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From a nearly 300-year-old book by a woman author I helped re-issue:

"For first, I know it will be said, What has Woman to do with Learning? This I have known urged by some Men, with an Envy unbecoming that greatness of Soul, which is said to dignify their Sex. [...] Where is the Fault in Womens seeking after Learning? why are they not to be valu'd for acquiring to themselves the noblest Ornaments? what hurt can this be to themselves? what Disadvantage to others?"

-- Elizabeth Elstob

We'll just have to somehow make the next crop of MBAs think it was _their_ idea to make it happen. I can see the meetings now...

"New for 2027 -- separate development and support teams! Benefits: timelines will no longer be missed, since your developers aren't also up all night handling issues. Increase innovation because people aren't burned out from basically working two jobs.

Aren't we brilliant?"

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I eagerly await the implosion of the "DevOps/YBYO" model in about 5-7 years, after everybody is burned out and literally all the deadlines have been missed.

Then things can go back to the way things were. It'll be nice.

It was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be, after I understood it for what it was, which was half play, half ballet.

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Just watched all two hours of the 1990 Russian version of LotR. That was a trip.

Like, is it just parasocial relationships? Are video games not really part of it, and are just basically a McGuffin that gives people the excuse to tune in ("I like this game, that's why I watch"), when really, why they watch is the celebrity?

If I stop thinking about video games as having anything to do with it... okay, it makes sense. Parasocial relationships; I get why they're so popular, especially today, when people struggle to find any community at all to be a part of.

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I've tried to watch streams. I've tried. I just read an entire, very long-form article about it. I feel more lost about the subject than when I started.

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I don't get streaming.

Like, I get it, on a technical level. I just don't get why everyone cares so much, so suddenly. Either positive or negative.

It's like the world was suddenly obsessed with eating green beans, and it was like the coolest thing, and everyone was doing it, and I'm just sitting here going, "huh?"

Is it just celebrity culture, same as it's always been, just replace movies with broadcasting from your bedroom? If that's all it is, okay, I get it.

"So you're vaccinated -- what are you waiting for??" says The Verge.

Umm.... everyone else to get vaccinated? Ya think?

I _will_ figure out why my Homepod plays U2 everytime I accidentally touch the top of the device, god help me.

I am working on a project where I'm trying to help the local library from my hometown upload all of their archives to the Internet -- it's over 600GB of scans of historical items going back about two centuries.

They've spent the past five years scanning it by hand -- I'm trying to find the best solutions for making that available.

Ideas are welcome!
Any ideas?

Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla farting around in Tesla's laboratory, 1894:

Using pyotp for the first time:

That was... remarkably easy.

I sometimes think I’m the only person in the nerd world who has never had a problem with usb-c. 🤷🏿

I have literally never once had a problem with connecting any usb-c device to anything else, including weird things like random things to ipad pros or even the thunderbolt port on my laptop. Everything just works. As far back as the Nexus 5X I had a few years ago.

Not doing DST this year out of protest. I'm just going to be perpetually late. Or early. (I never know which.)

Mar 8: OVHCloud signals intent to have an IPO in France, perhaps becoming the third biggest cloud provider outside of the US and China's Alibaba.

Mar 9: Massive fire where an entire OVH datacenter burns to the ground.

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