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I need a good project to make me feel like a real nerd again in my break between summer and fall semesters. Any suggestions?

Things I'm considering:
* Arduino
* Flask
* SmallTalk
* Actually working on one of my books

Does anyone out there have a favorite or that you use to get into a new tech stack? Is anyone interested in a lighthearted take on git training?

What about a non-dice interactive game?

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You can avoid #YouTube's weird algorithms and broken subscription system by subscribing to channels through RSS instead. You don't need an account, just a feed reader.

Put the channel's username in this address:

You can then add this RSS address to your feed reader app.

For example, OnePotChefShow's RSS feed is:

You can also make RSS feeds from channel IDs (strings of letters and numbers):

#RSS #BringBackRSS

Me: *Listening to Spotify*

Spotify: *Plays C+C Music Factory*

Me: Dude, what? I...I don't listen to this kind of stuff!

Spotify: Nobody's forcing you to listen to the whole track.

Me: ...

Spotify: You gonna skip it?


Spotify: 'S what I thought.

I started falling asleep in a meeting, and here is what I wrote down (more or half asleep handwriting is hard to decipher)

A button shaped like a gem
A rabbit runs inside it eternally
A star falls beside it.
There is a question of purpose.
It collapses, it collapses.
Does it matter if it is real?
It's all new again.
We are free again.

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Programmer friends: Many of us have deeply-ingrained habits of making fun of whichever languages, tools, OSes, etc we don't personally use. Please don't. I highly recommend reading Aurynn Shaw's essay on "Contempt Culture", which I have to revisit myself periodically:

I appreciate a professor that puts this as an answer on a multiple choice assignment.

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One night a while ago #Medium annoyed me enough that I made a browser extension to fix all the "engagement" / nag UX.

Today I launched a little site for it:

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It seems like this street would be mostly awesome, but occasionally full of p(l)otholes. :tardis:

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Make the switch today, don't wait another Windows update ruining your mood.

Also, this site has a really nice design, well done.

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Browser: knock knock

Server: who's there?

Browser: Mozilla

Server: Mozilla who?

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/67.0.3396.87 Safari/537.36

What will aliens think about us, when we finally get out among the stars?

That's the topic I explored in this week's Monday Story. With a couple of nods to some great sci-fi stories.


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@nate finally made it on your instance. It's been pretty...amazing during those few short minutes.

Thanks to , I now know the word for β€œthat amazing smell you get before it rains”

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I've been sick for a couple of days, and I've found that Cities: Skylines is perfect under-the-weather gaming. It's engaging, the in-game radio stations are great, the graphics are pretty, and you make like, one decision every minute or so.

Picked up last week and it’s a family hit. It took a few minutes to explain the rules to the kids, but there’s enough depth to keep it interesting.

Quick reminder: you need to complete at least *two* quests in Kerbal Space Program before trying to build a real rocket.

At last, I can create the MGMT/Blink-182/Murray Gold mashup I've always dreamed about.

Okay, I created it. It was kinda epic.

is awesome.

From the actual text of said textbook:

"Major ISPs today include AOL, AT&T, EarthLink, and NetZero".

Yep, nailed them all.

This is in the same chapter where they discuss bitcoin.