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Quality Speakings

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Unfortunately my suite of annoying verbal tics – um right um right um, which I continue to treat like Victor Borge’s phonetic punctuation – are on full display here, but I guess we’ll have to live with that. Here’s a talk I gave at the GTA Linux User Group on “The State Of Mozilla”, split into the main talk and the Q&A sections. I could probably have cut a quarter of that talk out by just managing those twitches better, but I guess that’s a project for 2019. In the meantime:





The preview on that second one is certainly unflattering. It ends on a note I’m pretty proud of, though, around the 35 minute mark.

I should go back make a note of all the “ums” and “rights” in this video and graph them out. I bet it’s some sort of morse-coded left-brain cry for help.

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On Cash

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What happened was, I was walking through a train station on the way to work with the buds playing randomly on shuffle and a knifeblade of Real Music came in from outside so I had to pull them out of my ears, there was this young dude getting great electric sound out of a teeny amp doing a slow take on Little Wing with a really good voice: When I’m sad, she comes to me… plenty room between the notes and lots of soul in them. He looked a little hard-pressed; I put my hand in my pocket for some coin but there was no coin there because I live on plastic these days and that busker went unpaid that morning. Another reason for a thing I’m thinking of: Going back to cash.

Used to be I had to hit the bank most weeks to arrange brass-in-pocket, but no longer. [Dear reader: The following is for Americans, who are a little behind on this stuff.] For a while now, almost anywhere I went and wanted to buy whatever for less than $100, I just tapped the paymachine with my credit card. No PIN no waiting no fuss no muss. And more recently, because who wants to dig around in their pocket for their credit card like a filthy savage, I can just hold my phone up to the machine because of course I’m already holding it like you’re holding yours mostly, and Something Something Pay makes this ecstatic little Internet Chiming Sound to let me know that I can take my latte or jeans or flowers or beers and say “Thanks, have a good one” and walk away, that relationship is over.

So, why should I bother dealing with cash?

  1. Routing everything through my credit card is feeding the global payments cartel, who extract a tariff measured in freaking dollars for almost every routine transaction. I’ve seen so many great business plans go begging because they could have done something wonderful in the world if you could only do micropayments, which you can’t, did I mention that cartel that basically has it locked up and tied down?

  2. Obviously when you pay for everything with plastic (even if it’s your mobile pretending to be plastic) then The Man Knows Who You Are And What You’re Buying. Well, The Man also knows where anyone who carries a mobile phone around (which means everyone) is all the time, but let’s not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I mean, right now I do a single Amazon search for Resonant Cavity Extractors and the freaking cavity extractors follow me around the Internet for weeks; I’m pretty sure the Big Vision guys in the payments cartel have this notion where after I fill That Prescription at the local drugstore, I’m gonna get pervasive popups for [Stop right there, Tim -Ed.]

  3. There’s no good way to lay a couple bucks on the guy playing Little Wing.

I haven’t got this worked out along Microeconomics-theory lines, but I’m starting to hear an internal voice saying “Cash is good.” So I think I’m going to start dropping by the ATM more often, and making a clinking sound when I walk. And laying a few bucks on buskers, because if nobody does that there won’t be any.

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35 days ago
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Social Media Announcement

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Why I'm Moving Most of My Social Activity to Slack, Then Creating a Second Slack to Avoid the People in the First One, Then Giving Up on Social Interaction Completely, Then Going Back to Texting
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hananc
65 days ago
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I am moving to USENET
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satadru
65 days ago
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More threading in newsblur comments please! :)
New York, NY
Covarr
65 days ago
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Why I'm joining Twitter and setting up a bot that just links to my Facebook posts: A tech-unsavvy manifesto
Moses Lake, WA
synchromesh
65 days ago
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"Mastadon"?
Norfolk, England
thelem
65 days ago
http://lmgtfy.com/?s=d&q=Mastadon
deadlock989
65 days ago
cf. Mastodon
thelem
65 days ago
Good point @deadlock989, DDG found it anyway so I didn't even notice the incorrect spelling. Knowing Randall I'm going to assume that's a deliberate mistake referencing something I don't know about.
nanciejk
65 days ago
Anytime I'm not sure of something Randall's referenced, I check out http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
jth
63 days ago
0/2 @thelem - Here's a link for the service: https://mastodon.social/ and the image I'm seeing has the typo corrected now (spelled correctly as Mastodon).
alt_text_at_your_service
65 days ago
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Why I'm Moving Most of My Social Activity to Slack, Then Creating a Second Slack to Avoid the People in the First One, Then Giving Up on Social Interaction Completely, Then Going Back to Texting
fxer
65 days ago
you'll always be my favorite for no reason at all, other alt-text bot
alt_text_bot
65 days ago
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Why I'm Moving Most of My Social Activity to Slack, Then Creating a Second Slack to Avoid the People in the First One, Then Giving Up on Social Interaction Completely, Then Going Back to Texting
alexjurkiewicz
65 days ago
i missed you, second alt text bot ❤️
firetech
64 days ago
Technically, first alt text bot. It was just down a while, before alt_text_at_your_service popped up. ;)
Aissen
64 days ago
@alexjurkiewicz it didn't go anywhere, it's been up non-stop for months now, but maybe you didn't see the posts ? Newsblur has a weird Pulic Comments selection algorithm.

Meteorite Identification

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Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.
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hananc
816 days ago
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https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/regmaglypt
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chrisrosa
815 days ago
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how to identify a meteorite (be sure to check the mouse-over).
San Francisco, CA
manderay
816 days ago
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I used to work in a lab in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington U, therefore I am (extremely) tangentially related to this xkcd and feeling very pleased with myself. (also I wonder if they've figured out why their site is crashing this morning...)
Chicago
thelem
816 days ago
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The site it links to is down, but the flowchart is accessible at https://web.archive.org/web/20160110210954/http://meteorites.wustl.edu/check-list.htm
Brighton, UK
lahosken
816 days ago
Thanks to this, I can see that "Did someone see it fall?" has no "No" option. This is obviously part of the conspiracy to hide the existence of aliens.
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816 days ago
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Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.

Now

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This image stays roughly in sync with the day (assuming the Earth continues spinning). Shortcut: xkcd.com/now
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hananc
1724 days ago
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DST?
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ddc0660
1719 days ago
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Pretty cool.
jth
1722 days ago
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I want a wall-sized real-life version of this where the time circle rotates and I can put a dot on my current location. Also, a puppy.
Saint Paul, MN, USA
ooter37
1720 days ago
I have a clock like that.
jepler
1724 days ago
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all these comments and no criticism of the projection used?
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
llucax
1724 days ago
I also thought about that...
rclatterbuck
1724 days ago
Why would there be? The Azimuthal Equidistant Projection is perfect for displaying approximate timezones. I guess some people might have a problem with it being centered on the South Pole, but they are just showing a Northern Hemisphere bias.
llucax
1724 days ago
On the countrary, being centered in the South Pole is a Nothern Hemisphere bias. It shows Europe bigger than South America and as big as Africa... Intersting insight about projections in The West Wing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVX-PrBRtTY
rclatterbuck
1724 days ago
It also shows them ridiculously distorted in a manner unusual to those familiar with the typical cylindrical and pseudo-cylindrical projections. Size isn't everything. What is easier to pick out? Uruguay or Germany?
AlexHogan
1723 days ago
This is the TIME CUBE
Dadster
1722 days ago
Bottom-up is always good....
Michdevilish
1724 days ago
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Like
Canada
JayM
1724 days ago
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Atlanta, GA
wffurr
1724 days ago
Alt text: " This image stays roughly in sync with the day (assuming the Earth continues spinning). Shortcut: xkcd.com/now"
MourningDragon
1724 days ago
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There should be an award for great ideas like this!
yashimii
1724 days ago
:) Ausdrucken
MourningDragon
1724 days ago
Kann ich Deinen ePaper Drucker haben ;-) ...oder ich klebe es an den Stundenzeiger. Cool, jetzt bekomme ich einen Award!
bogorad
1724 days ago
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Да, мощно.
Moscow, Russia
growler
1724 days ago
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brilliant
miah
1724 days ago
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Why is there not an app for this that looks like this?
Denver, CO
Ludwig
1724 days ago
It's called a "globe."

Buzzfeed Christmas

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The 6 Weirdest Objects The Buzzfeed Writers Are Throwing Out Their Windows At Us
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hananc
1789 days ago
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life imitates parody - "30 Jewish Movies To Watch On Christmas" http://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/jewish-movies-to-watch-on-christmas
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lucasbfr
1787 days ago
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Buzzfeed Christmas. Perfect.
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neilcar
1788 days ago
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If you're not already aware -- reading XKCD is part of the geek identity.
Charlotte, North Carolina
aaronwe
1788 days ago
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Yep.
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acdha
1789 days ago
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Pitch-perfect
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tedder
1789 days ago
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excellent. @buzzfeed style XKCD. How about upworthy?
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colaco
1789 days ago
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Alt-text: "The 6 Weirdest Objects The Buzzfeed Writers Are Throwing Out Their Windows At Us"
Amora, Setubal, Portugal
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