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Saturday, November 12th, 2022

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Apparently Ammon Bundy, noted asshole, ran for governor of Idaho (motherjones.com)

He led the group in Oregon a few years ago when they took over the government building, and now he ran for governor of Idaho. Even more distressing is that he managed 100,000 votes. I am not altogether surprised, Idaho is filled with a lot of people who share his more problematic views.

11/12/2022 7:00 am | |
Tags: us politics, idaho

YouTube removed the most-least watched sorting on channels. I am half tempted to write a script which pulls a channel's videos and does that sorting...

11/12/2022 7:16 am | | Tweeted |
Tags: programming, youtube

For more than 14% of people who use insulin in the U.S., insulin costs consume at least 40% of their available income, a new study finds. (news.yale.edu)

11/12/2022 7:54 am | |
Tags: us politics, medicine, drugs, capitalism

FTX's ex-CEO possibly fleeing to Argentina (twitter.com)


It is not a great look for the ex-CEO of a company which very dramatically suddenly filed for Chapter 11 to be flying to Argentina days later. I'm sure it's nothing though. He might not be on the plane, but I'd bet a bit of crypto coin he is.

11/12/2022 8:13 am | |
Tags: corruption, cryptocurrency

Behemoth

A few weeks ago, I began thinking about a tool that integrated all my various online feeds. At the time I was thinking about integrating:

I've abandoned this idea for primarily two reasons.

  1. Writing my own RSS reader would be a big task. Thus the project's codename 'Behemoth.' Dave Winer's concept of RSS is great, but the realities of it is that there are a LOT of corner cases and things to take care of, etc. I read a blog entry about it a few months ago that cemented how much I was going to be facing and that really turned me off the idea.
  2. Twitter was going to absolutely dominate the feed. My Twitter account followed hundreds of people and it was really going to be a problem for this structure.

The first remains a massive project and undertaking. The second though has changed. I've been stepping back from Twitter. I'm not off it, but I am using it far less. And I think that the Fediverse would actually be a better usage here. The underlying nature and 'inefficiency' of it, the "content warnings" which are really subject lines, etc. This could really prove to be a better integration aspect.

Along with this idea, I am reminded of my custom Twitter client from back around 2007. I can't remember what I called it, but the defining feature I had come up with was that I hid any post a user made after their three most recent ones.

Back then we were pre-threads, and we were dealing with people going on massive tweet storms about topics. I got frustrated when they dominated my feed. So I decided to collapse any of these extra posts. You knew they were there, but it didn't fill your feed. I could see something similar here.

Ideally, another aspect of the Behemoth RSS portion would be combining RSS posts about similar topics. I subscribe to a number of feeds which overlap and so I can get a half-dozen entries on a news item. Having a system which groups based on topic and keywords would be a huge benefit.

So I guess saying I abandoned this idea isn't true. It continues to sit in the back of my mind as something I'm thinking about. But still, no immediate plans to work on it.

11/12/2022 9:01 am | |
Tags: programming, fediverse, social media, rss

I finally told my Android phone to forget the word 'abs' - Gone are the days of it thinking I am referring to my core strength instead of the most common conjunction in the English language.

11/12/2022 12:58 pm | | Tweeted |
Tags: android, language

Two WWII planes collide midair at Dallas airshow (nbcnews.com)

Two planes collided during an airshow in Dallas, ripping apart mid-air before falling in a fiery crash. A Boeing 17 Flying Fortress was struck by a smaller Bell P 63 King Cobra; both were World War II-era planes. The FAA says it's unknown how many people were on board each plane and what caused the well-rehearsed airshow to take a terrifying turn.

11/12/2022 4:27 pm | |
Tags: news, airplanes

Ted Lasso writing to Jordan Morris is NOT something I knew I needed today

Jordan Morris is a Seattle native, who plays for the Seattle Sounders, and who has overcome two ACL tears such that he is about to play in his first-ever World Cup for the US team.

'#GimmeSomeMorris' is a new hashtag I will be using regularly.

11/12/2022 4:31 pm | |
Tags: us soccer, television, ted lasso, world cup

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