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Saturday, 31 December 2022


whoops there goes another year, whoops there goes another pint of beer


When Kissinger finally croaks the world will let out a collective “Finally!” à la Gert Fylking (Swedes will know who I’m talking about).


🔗 Dinner for One: The Little-Known British Comedy Famous in Germany (and Sweden)

But the story of this cult classic is an unusual one – the original play and actors originated from the United Kingdom, yet almost nobody in Britain has heard of it.


🔗🎬♪ The Triffids: Save What You Can

Well it doesn’t look much like we’ll see the new year
‘Cause all the bright young faces are here
And I can’t see us rising to their occasion any more
No, not their Christmas cheer


Rewatching BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice”. “Barry Lyndon” it ain’t. Altogether well lit.


Pope Palpatine croaking sure brings out the tradcaths on HN.

Friday, 30 December 2022


kill 9 them all, init 1 will know its own

Thursday, 29 December 2022


🐦 Robert Farley: I am a realist

I am a Realist, and as a Realist I think it’s important to acknowledge that if we just gave Russia the permanent right to invade any of its neighbors anytime it sees fit then these disruptive wars would be unnecessary.

As a Realist I feel this is a very realistic opinion.

Also as a Realist it is important for me to point out that your moral outrage at Russia’s tendency to invade its neighbors is entirely inappropriate. My moral outrage about NATO expansion, however, is extremely Realistic and therefore appropriate.

Also as a Realist I am obligated to point out that international organizations such as NATO are pointless and irrelevant and also the greatest possible threat to peace and stability in the history of human social interaction. I know this because I am extremely Realistic.

Finally, as a Realist I wish you would acknowledge that proxy war as a tool of statecraft is entirely without precedent in the history of international relations until it was invented by dastardly, unrealistic liberals in early 2022.

(thread begins here)

Wednesday, 28 December 2022


Back when Twelon tweeted out his “peace plan for Ukraine”, people dunked on him for mentioning that Crimea should be retained by Russia, with “water rights ensured”. This was singled out as a Kremlin talking point, which it no doubt is, but it’s also a geographical fact that anyone who’s done a little reading about the area and its history knows. I think Flusk included it primarily to seem smart and well-read, rather than blindly echoing Russian views.

Tuesday, 27 December 2022


I’m sure Medvedev is thrilled that his 3rd-hand channeling of Houston Stewart Chamberlain found an enthusiastic booster in Felon Husk.

Monday, 26 December 2022


Merry War, Christmas is over.

Friday, 23 December 2022


Giving up on today’s AoC puzzle again. This year is the toughest in a long time.

Edit actually managed to solve it after some focused debugging.

Wednesday, 21 December 2022


Kinda disappointed there’s no mention of Richard Feynman in the new Nolan movie Oppenheimer (at least not in the trailer).


Elden Ring 100%

Monday, 19 December 2022


🤬 Dithering images has come full circle while still staying in the same place

🆆Dithering images enjoyed a mild fad among people who are eager to create “lean” websites. Whether dithered images actually save space, and are thus less resource-intensive to display, is still an open question, but the aesthetic is there, which is the most important of course.

Enter pixel-accurate Atkinson dithering which deals with differing web page sizes by dynamically re-dithering the image on resize.

We’ve come full circle. We’re using computation to make sure our webpages look ugly at all sizes.


🔗 🐦Make your own simple, public, searchable Twitter archive

This is pretty amazing, does its magic in the browser, super fast, very usable. My archive is here

Sunday, 18 December 2022


LOL called it: “[…] we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter” .

Me on Nov 01:

Expect Twitter terminating accounts for having fedi addresses in the bio, Andrew Lee style.

@TwitterSupport announcment

Update 2022-12-19: apparently this has been rescinded?. The comedy never stops 🤡

Saturday, 17 December 2022


I’ve had to skip two Advent of Code days in a row (days 16 and 17), because of social obligations. They do seem like interesting problems so I will try to solve them. According to the leaderboard finishing times they’re also two of the hardests of this year, so far.


🔗 Taylor Campbell: On Bladerunner


🔗 Perry Bible Fellowship: Life Sentence (a horror story in 6 panels)

Wednesday, 14 December 2022


🔗 “Elon’s Jet” on Instagram

Tuesday, 13 December 2022


🐦☢ Reminder: We’ve known how to get a net energy gain from fusion reactions since November 1, 1952. The hard part is doing it in a useful, controllable way. https://www.radiochemistry.org/history/nuke_tests/ivy/index.html


Monday, 12 December 2022


🔗 John Scalzi: “An Update On My Thoughts on AI-Generated Art”


Felon Husk is right to warn you about Mastodon - it is a dangerous place full of dangerous people talking about dangerous things. Do NOT get an account on Mastodon. I warn you, it is very dangerous! Listen to Melon! Don’t go there! People are talking about drugs, and sex, and rock and roll! Stay away if you value your safety!!!


🔗 ✈ 💪 Well, I’ve been to Topgun so Tom Cruise thinks he’s me

Saturday, 10 December 2022


Day 10



🐦 ⚽ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇫🇷 England managing to lose on penalties even in a match that isn’t going to penalties. Simply incredible commitment to the bit.


Friday, 09 December 2022


🔗 Why Conservatives Invented a ‘Right to Post’

Conservatives wanted the Hunter Biden story to derail the Biden campaign and pave the way for a Trump victory. They have now convinced themselves that it was somehow a constitutional violation for private companies not to take the bait, and that the state should force them to do so in the future.

Before Musk purchased Twitter, conservatives had wanted to use the power of the state to control the platform. Once he purchased it, they assumed it would now become a reliable conduit for conservative propaganda. So they threatened to use the power of the state to force private companies to sustain Musk’s venture, and to silence activists exercising their First Amendment rights to register their objections. All in the name of “free speech.”


🐦 The Great American Novel. The Fine Canadian Comic Strip. The OK Australian Tiktok Account.


Thursday, 08 December 2022


🐦 “Oh look FTX hosted all the NFTs minted on their platform using a web2 API and now all those NFTs have broken metadata and the links go to a restructuring website.”


Tuesday, 06 December 2022


Other countries: our independence was won during the warmer months when people had the energy to gather in mobs.

Finland: our independence was won in the depths of Winter, wrested from the cold hands of a dying Empire.

Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää!


Another country that counts its independence from 6 Dec is the Republic of Ireland, 100 years old today but no-one seems inclined to celebrate:

🔗 The Irish State is 100 years old. Why is nobody celebrating?


My original #EldenRing character, now on Journey 3, is about to lap my second character in the race to get the final ending I’m missing: Ranni’s ending. Character 2 is a spellblade, and I’m not feeling it, especially compared to my current spec of max Arc + dual curved swords with bleed.

Monday, 05 December 2022


🔗📽 📷 K. Praslowicz: I Inadvertently Bought My Dream Panoramic Camera

Saturday, 03 December 2022


I don’t know if it’s a regional thing for me but basically all en.Wikipedia articles about cars I read use UK English for body styles: saloon, estate, panel van. I quite like it.

This post inspired by the excellent 🐦 Car Brochure Addict account.

Friday, 02 December 2022


🔗 🐝 💀 Twitter ‘replacement’ Hive shuts off service in privacy alert


🐦 Twitter displays a tweet from the current POTUS denouncing anti-semitism and Hitler. The first reply I’m shown says “Worst POTUS ever”. I’d have thought that would have been FDR for that doofus.


HN wonders why the men with guns haven’t arrested SBF yet. But Snowden swearing an oath to the Russian Federation? Barely a ripple.


🔗 🐦 Bret Deveraux: Ok so I enjoy this joke a lot too, but the actual history behind this is a bit more complicated and honestly illuminating in its wackiness. Let’s talk about Roman calendars!

Thursday, 01 December 2022


Advent of Code 2022!

It’s started. You can now post completion updates to Mastodon, which is appreciated.

I’m looking to whether I can be bothered to compile a blog entry for each day, like earlier.

Update 2022-12-10: you can follow comments on the project README.


🔗 Main blog: “HOWTO AoC” (2021)


🔗 🐦 🇸🇪 en novell i Tweet-form


This year’s trend in the AoC subreddit are AI-generated images of the puzzle scenarios.


  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2023 59 41 61 47 38 27 39 49 29 25 42
2022 3 8 14 23 126 44 47 22 37 40 113 43
2021 21 7 15 7 8 14 1 3 13 13 4
2020 16 13 18 9 7 10 2 7 11 3 18 8
2019 5 21 10 7 23 13 8 10 11 6 12 6
2018 14 28 24 10 9 7 18 7 14 4 7 2
2017 13 26 15 14 21 13 3 13 7 7 25 18
2016 21 56 35 28 36 27 17 8 28 21 13 6
2015 16 10 32 13 11 14 4 16 33 34 44 11
2014 16 37 9 18 17 12 23 28 42 24 9 12
2013 67 88 44 50 33 23 18 19 51 52 47 37
2012 22 56 10 54 95 48 42 48 42 54 36 60
2011 63 41 51 54 38 37 45 31 66 35 23 19
2010 152 188 129 154 111 117 53 115 114 125 102 89
2009 234 246 270 280 270 278 106 164 224 199 186 147
2008 45 121 135 178 146 154 158 154 145 151 133 169
2007 3 1 44 76 38 30 27 76 110 182 68 30
2006 20 14 5 2 9 5 1 12 11 12 4 13
2005 1 1 10 8
2004 1 2

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