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I created a minimal extension for Chromium browsers to auto unload tabs after a set number of minutes.

I created it because I wanted an extension to reduce my browser RAM usage. I didn't want to install an extension that would auto-update and bring all sorts of shenanigans (spam, monitoring, ads, etc.). So, I created this extension and decided to share it in case someone is looking for something similar.

github.com/hugogameiro/unload-

For some odd reason I've reconnected with a couple of quite separate old friends in the last two days. I wonder if this trend will continue?

Politics, Reality Winner 

> Reality Winner finds Trump’s Mar-a-Lago documents case ‘incredibly ironic’. Former intelligence contractor served four years in prison for leaking report on Russian interference in 2016 election. theguardian.com/us-news/2022/s

Ironic? Maybe. Tragic? Fuck yeah!

I want to see Trump serve *at least* as much time behind bars as Winner. At a fucking minimum.

And Reality Winner deserves a national apology.

Can we just take a second to admire the Road Warrior aesthetic the Ukrainians are adopting?

> Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 205 of the invasion. theguardian.com/world/2022/sep

The odds of and extent to which a scientific study misstates its conclusions or shades its numbers is directly proportional to the amount of money at stake based on those conclusions.

This is true no matter whether the money at stake is future grants, profits of the study backer, a bet, sales of a product, or any other way money might be involved.

Status: Waiting for the first breach/theft of Etherium now that they are using a new and unproven-in-the-wild technology.

How many days to the first zero-day?

One note: despite the claims in the article, you can store green coffee beans for quite long periods with little or no degradation in flavor.

Last year I wrote up my experience with roasting more than fifteen year old beans. TL;DR the results were excellent!

> rustedneuron.com/web/@jackwill

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> There's A 'Huge Misconception' About Latin-American . The Colombian and Guatemalan founders of Quintal Coffee explain how the coffee industry was "stolen away from the origin." They have plans to get it back. huffpost.com/entry/quintal-cof

Interesting. Also interesting? The 'VacOne' coffee brewing system one of them invented.

> VacOne. vaccoffee.com/

Right now I'm getting some *real* rain. Not a short intense shower or a light rain better described as a 'hard mist', but actual rain lasting long enough to saturate the ground and benefit plants.

So, woohoo! I guess I didn't have to water things last night. 😕

What I really would like is two or three days of steady rain, but I don't think this storm will last more than an hour or so. Still, I'll take what I can get.

Politics, 'Great Replacement' BS 

Here's a little history and perspective on immigration and demographics in the USA.

> The ‘Great Replacement’ Delusion. The conspiracy theory—believed by nearly a third of American adults—muddles the facts of demography and immigration history. thebulwark.com/the-great-repla

Politics, Biden, Economy 

I'll wrap this up with some bullet points:

* The economy cannot be predicted and anyone who says they can is either a liar or deluded

* The economy cannot be 'controlled' or 'managed', at best it can be 'influenced' and the inputs used to influence it may have unpredictable consequences

* Blaming a national leader for the economy is rhetorical bullshit, unless the leader has been in place long enough for their actions to start showing results

[fin]

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Politics, Biden, Economy 

Really, there's no end to the things that affect the economy, but are outside the control of *any* nation's leader. Even things like new inventions or fads can slew the economy around.

And, this is important to remember so it's coming to you in all caps: ECONOMICS IS NOT A SCIENCE.

Economies are complex systems with *literally* trillions of inputs. The best way to describe it is via Emergence Theory.

> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergenc
> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergenc

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Politics, Biden, Economy 

And, once again, the effects of the legislation are not, and cannot be, immediate.

And, finally, while everything I've talked about up until this sentence was USA-centric – the economy is a world-wide thing and greater than any government.

The economy is affected by what other nations do (including international actions such as wars and sanctions), by what big (and small) corporations do, by natural forces like disasters and pandemics…

[contd]

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Politics, Biden, Economy 

A president can also do things to affect the economy via the agencies they do control, like the SEC. But changes to rules and regulations can take *years* to show results. (Meaning, the next guy gets blamed for them.)

And they can champion legislation affecting the economy. But doing so requires getting the legislation through congress; always a fraught effort and, in our current political environment, nearly impossible. (Yet Biden still managed something!)

[contd]

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Politics, Biden, Economy 

This means a first term president is getting blamed for the economic decisions of their predecessors; which seems unfair. Even a second-term president is usually only partially responsible for the state of the economy.

Moreover, a president is limited in the tools they can use to affect the economy. Sure, they have *some* influence over the actions of the Federal Reserve, but it might surprise you to learn the Fed doesn't answer directly to the president.

[contd]

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Politics, Biden, Economy 

One thing that has always bugged me is the way whoever the current president is gets 'blamed' for bad economic news.

First, it's not like the same people would congratulate the same president if the economy was good.

But, secondly, it's not like a president has all that much control over the economy in the first place; the forces that shape the economy are myriad and often historical. Decisions made years, even decades, before affect the economy today.

[contd]

> Penpot is the first Open Source design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. penpot.app/

This makes for a fascinating counterpoint with Frieren's own (sometimes fumbling) attempts to bridge the gap between herself and mortals.

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