Saturday, January 16th, 2021

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Good morning sports fans, I'm up and in my recliner, watching the Bundesliga match of my Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz. Currently going against them with Mainz up 1-0 in the 65th minute.

This match is the top rated match for me using one of my other side coding projects. My Fixture Picker, looks at a number of soccer matches and tries to pick the best ones to watch based on various bits of data. I want to give that project some love and do a rewrite pretty soon. But Glowbug has my focus right now as a tool I am actively using every day.

Edit: Well it was a good match, Dortmund managed to equalize 1-1 and then missed a penalty kick to take the lead.

Running a fake power plant on the internet for a month (

A guy ran a fake power plant online in hopes of someone attempting to hack it and for him to trace where they were coming from. Nothing particularly interesting happened unfortunately but it was interesting to read how he set it up.

Could be my imagination, but with rumors of snow in the forecast next week I can feel the cooler temperatures this morning as I'm out with the dogs.

Audio interview with Dennis Biddle, a Negro Leagues baseball player (

The interview is about 9 minutes of audio. It starts discussing his feelings and response to the news that MLB will finally recognize and integrate the records and stats from the Negro league (though it is not the entire league's history.) The conversation then continues to his stories from his time in the league.

In Front of Your Nose by George Orwell (

The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.

Biden Plans a Number of Sweeping Executive Orders on Day 1 (

The actions to be taken on Wednesday include rejoining the Paris climate accords, reversing a travel ban on several majority Muslim countries, extending a pause on federal student loan payments, halting evictions and foreclosures, as well as mandating masks in inter-state travel and on federal property.

A Productive Saturday

My favorite way to spend Saturday is out and about, which is what we did today:

First Second Gentleman Emhoff Goes to the Library of Congress (

Don’t believe the hype: Politicians don’t get things done, people do (

I have a weird experience on Facebook in Firefox (in Linux), not sure if it happens anywhere else. When I try to navigate away via a bookmark it just refreshes my Facebook page and I don't go anywhere.

Fantastic thread from Cory Doctorow on Free Speech + the Internet and why it all comes back to TelCo monopolists (


His point comes back to the fact that the reason people are suddenly upset is realizing there are no public spaces on the Internet. There is no 1st amendment zone, it is entirely commercial. But if instead you had a municipal broadband or fiber connection, and you operated a P2P or similar system, then the government couldn't kick you off for 1st amendment issues (they still could for illegal activities of course.)

Give the entire thread a read.

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