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On Contact Tracing and Hardware Tokens

"In a nutshell, Exposure Notification alone cannot determine causality of an infection. A full contact 'graph', on the other hand, can discover carriers with mild to no symptoms. Furthermore, it has been well-established that a significant fraction of #COVID19 infections show mild or no symptoms for extended periods of time – these are not 'rare' events."

I spent my entire morning reading about sailing rigs again. Beginning to think I have a serious boat porn problem.

Note: I do not own a sailboat and I haven't been sailing since I was a teenager. I also get seasick. But the geekiness of sailing forums draws me in…

When you are dealing with a 'solved problem' (where you already fully understand what you need to do, but for whatever reason you can't re-use your earlier solution) write the code from the bottom up.

If you don't already fully understand the problem, write the code from the top down.

If you previously wrote code from the top down, look for opportunities to rewrite it from the bottom up.

Some reading for anyone who didn't grow up reading Robert Anton Wilson and Timothy Leary:

1. Reality tunnels –

2. Eight-circuit model of consciousness –

See also, my past and future musings on 'narrative'.

"We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are." – Anaïs Nin

Politics, Trump, Narrative 

For the last few weeks, and especially since the Tulsa Rally debacle, I've seen an emerging narrative from the media that the Trump 2020 campaign is faltering.

Two things:

1. Narratives are not reality, they are constructs which may or may not reflect reality

2. That said, I would guess 60% of all humans (and 100% of magahats) operate using narratives instead of hard data – BUT ONLY WHEN THE NARRATIVE REINFORCES THEIR WORLDVIEW

IOW? Nothing has actually changed.

"PJON® (Padded Jittering Operative Network) is an arduino-compatible, multi-master, multi-media network protocol. It proposes a new Open Standard, it is designed as a framework and implements a totally software-defined network protocol stack that can be easily cross-compiled on many MCUs and architectures…"

Speaking as someone coming from the and world, this is really fucking cool.


Spent the morning slacking off and the afternoon getting chores done. Even mowed another section of field.

Now I need to buckle down and churn out some code. But, maybe, make myself another cup of coffee first?

Just ordered myself a birthday present: a new bread maker. My current one still works fine, but I wanted more features. Also ordered other stuff, including more green coffee beans for roasting.

I'll keep the current one for a backup and pass my backup on to family or friends; if I can find the stir paddle for it.

FYI: My birthday is Monday. I'm already old, so not bothering to count anymore. Too depressing.

After owning and using one for nearly a year, I can say the single biggest reason to have an Air Fryer is the fact you can make microwave burritos crispy and crunchy in under three minutes.

(The secret is you microwave them for 20 seconds each side first. Then one minute each side in the air fryer.)

Politics, Racism 

Trump Is Losing His Grip on White America. Polls taken since George Floyd’s death show a big shift to the left on race and policing.

I think what's happening here really boils down to the Republican party taking off the mask, with Trump and others saying out loud the unsaid truths of White Supremacy and political power.

Many white people were happy to go along; so long as they could pretend it had nothing to do with them. But now they can't pretend.

One dead, one in critical condition in early morning shooting at Capitol Hill protest zone known as CHOP.

Apparently it was mass confusion, with police trying to recover the shooting victims in the face of angry mob opposition; while the victims were already being transported to the hospital by private car.

I'll say it again: People excited about anarchist collectives are equally as ignorant of history as conservatives yearning for the 'good old days'.

A tidal wave of bankruptcies is expected.

"Even a meaningful rebound in economic activity over the coming months won’t stop it, said Altman, the Max L. Heine professor of finance, emeritus, at New York University’s Stern School of Business. 'The really hurting companies are too far gone to be saved.'"

Some of this is due to of course. But a greater problem is the amount of debt these companies held even before the pandemic.

Roasted some coffee this evening: one batch each of Columbian Supremo and Sumatra Peaberry. Then I blended that with some Ethiopian I was keeping in the fridge.

I really need to get my other roaster fixed. My old one just isn't up to doing a dark roast. Heck, with the Sumatra I didn't even get second crack and the best color I could manage was a touch darker than a full-city roast.

The Columbian tastes best with a city roast. Even so I did get a couple of second crack pops before cooldown.

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