Take a look at this traditional Japanese wood joint called Mizukumi. 🤩

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Original tweet : twitter.com/IntEngineering/sta

If you stay up late/get up super early – we're talking 4:30 EST / 3:30 CST / 2:30 MT / 1:30 PST – and the weather permits you should be able to see a partial (penumbral) lunar eclipse tomorrow morning.

The weather is beautiful today here in the Pacific Northwest, but it is supposed to start clouding up this evening. I'll stay up late anyway, just in case…

> Washington needs strong privacy law. seattletimes.com/opinion/edito

> What’s needed are policies that give people more control, set standards for companies handling personal information and give authorities enforcement power.

I agree wholeheartedly. My only comments:

1. Almost certainly this bill won't go far enough; and will still be fought tooth and nail by Big Tech

2. This should be happening at the national level; the states shouldn't be doing this piecemeal

@michiel @fribbledom

I didn't read everything on your link, but it seems to me he is talking about *total* energy use, not a specific use case. (Heating) I'm unwilling to debate this case further because I don't have time to do the research right now. But I remain unconvinced by your argument.

RE: heat pumps – the best air heat pumps are only efficient at temperatures above freezing and many only work above 40f. (I do use them in shoulder season.) Ground heat pumps are inordinately expensive.

@michiel @fribbledom

I disagree with both your specific and general points.

On the specific, my firewood isn't a 'loan'. It's previously banked carbon and, being as I have my own forest (to which I am adding trees) I am increasing the bank account over time. So, in my case it's a withdrawal. But that's me – not everyone – yes.

On the general, there are fast-growing biomass crops that produce oils and pellet fuel. These could be used instead of firewood if we created the infrastructure.

@fribbledom Another question I would have about this relates to renewables and carbon-neutral fuels.

Would (personal, not grid) wind or solar power count towards the 2k limit?

I use firewood to heat, which is carbon neutral (so long as we keep planting trees); would that count?

I suspect the answer to both is 'yes', but that removes potential incentives.

Politics, Trump, Loser 

Read the Content Warning. That's the post.

@fribbledom Would this 2K watts be adjusted based on where you live?

For example, people in tropical zones have less heating requirements (but more cooling needs) than people in temperate zones and both need less than people in artic zones.

Also, people in cities have lower transportation energy use requirements than people in rural areas.

Your once-per-decade reminder all the 'Singularity' foofaraw started from a short 1993 essay by Computer Scientist and Science Fiction Writer Vernor Vinge – not the guys who wrote bestselling books about it ten years later.


Also? About a decade ago I had a chance to ask Vernor his take on the odds of a Technological still happening towards the end of the 2020's.

He replied, "Right on track."

I'm curious what he thinks now…

Very cool -- teddit.net is a new privacy-friendly Reddit frontend, similar to Invidious / YouTube, Bibliogram / Instagram, and Nitter / Twitter.

Source code: codeberg.org/teddit/teddit

- No JavaScript or ads
- All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Reddit
- Prevents Reddit from tracking your IP or JavaScript fingerprint
- Lightweight (teddit frontpage: ~30 HTTP requests with ~270 KB of data downloaded vs. Reddit frontpage: ~190 requests with ~24 MB)


Why haven't restaurants revived the old Irish custom of the private 'Snug'? mentalfloss.com/article/93409/

Seems like that might be a workable pandemic adaption, especially if each Snug was well-ventilated with a HEPA filter in both directions. You could have big ones for families and small ones for couples…

Today's hot take: There are a LOT of smart people in the world and they have at least a million good, well thought out, and doable ideas every day.

The problem?

There are 7 billion people in the world. Good ideas have to compete with orders of magnitude more dangerously bad ideas, unworkable good ideas, bad ideas that seem like good ideas, and vast indifference – or even active resistance – to new ideas in general.

Wow. This is the first day, in I don't know how long, I didn't wake up and read about some fresh outrage from the orange one or his minions.

I even went looking, but only found stale outrages and garbage press spectacles from days ago.

I'm sure this state of affairs will be rectified soon, but in the meantime I'll enjoy it the way you would a beam of sunlight breaking through the clouds of doom.

> Spent Rockets Are Dangerous Space Trash, but They Could Be the Future of Living and Working in Orbit. “It’s remarkable how little we still know about in after 70 years.” motherjones.com/environment/20

Anyone have any experience with HelenOS? I'm thinking of playing with it. github.com/HelenOS/helenos

(I really like MOS!)

(MOS = Message Oriented Systems)

Want to know the real difference between the Republican and Democratic political parties? It's not Right versus Left. It's not Conservative versus Liberal. It's not Rural versus Urban, although that actually comes closer to being true than the others…

It's their masters.

To understand this look at their policies:

1. Republicans implement policies good for Wall Street and Energy Companies

2. Democrats implement policies good for Banks and Insurance Companies

That's it. That's the difference.

Politics, Trump Coup, Prove Reality is Real? 


> Put up or move on’: Exasperated Republican congressman urges Trump to accept election defeat. The burden of proof is on the president — not Joe Biden — regarding election fraud, congressman says. independent.co.uk/news/world/a

> Trump’s War on Reality Broke American Politics. niskanencenter.org/trumps-war-

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Politics, Trump Coup, Prove Reality is Real? 

So now Trump is claiming Biden has to 'prove' his votes were real?

> Trump’s Attempt to Shift Burden of Proof to Biden Shows His Election Lawsuits Are Garbage. lawandcrime.com/2020-election/

First, Trumpystiltskin, you prove your votes in 2016 were real. If they weren't we all get a do-over for the last four years and every judicial appointment and executive order you've made are null & void.

How about that?

Also? Fuck you dude. Just shut up and sit down.

Politics, Trump Coup, Irritated Judges 

> Federal appeals court issues stinging rejection of Trump campaign election fraud lawsuit
“Voters, not lawyers, choose the President,” the court writes. abcnews.go.com/Politics/federa

Regarding the actual lawsuit claims:

> "… it never claims fraud or that any votes were cast by illegal voters…"

> "The Campaign claims discrimination. But its alchemy cannot transmute lead into gold," the opinion concludes. "Calling something discrimination does not make it so."

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