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World War I German military bicycle brought from Germany in Tanganyika, present day Tanzania, which was used by German's soldiers to engage British's soldiers in Kenya.

German machine still intact, I need something like this today.

Me: "Yes, I'm going through tabs I've had open for way too long. Why do you ask?"

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Regarding LB*: This line from the linked paper gave me a chuckle:

"Probably the tide cannot be held back. That ship, I’m often told, has already sailed. And surely one audience reading one paper at one conference will not stem the tide, or unsail the ship, or whatever."


For the love of troff:

>>The state of Unix documentation has not advanced for decades. The venerable man page remains the backbone[..].

This paper reviews the state of the art, and critiques the variety of documentation systems in current use. It explores why new systems were invented, which are currently fashionable, and suggests a path to a better, unified documentation system based whollyand solely on troff.<<

"Want a Working Democracy? Try Democratizing Work." 

It took a while for me to see, because I grew up immersed in it, but I've been confused by the US myth of ourselves that we live in a culture that values democracy when most of our day-to-day activities involve interacting with top-down, authoritarian institutions. When the majority of us who work for a living have to watch what we say or lose our livelihood... Anyway, some leads for interesting recent activity:

I'm here for like two weeks. It feels much better than constantly being on Facebook. I'm calmer and more present.

But I really miss my #yarn and #handspinning tribe. I have noone to really share this passion with in real life, and there seems to be like I'm the only mastodon user in this niche.
Maybe I should not care and just create. It just feels a bit lonely like this.

Or maybe I'm just too stupid to navigate the #fediverse. But I'm really not that geeky Person...

I am absolutely sure I have shared this here before.

Obviously I think it is worth sharing here again.

fun fact about sed

if you need to use a "/" in your pattern and don't want to worry about escaping, you're allowed to just use a different delimiter for the regular expression



VCF East live stream 

Looks like VCF East has got a live stream going for their event this weekend:

TFW you trip while running up the stairs, and you're relieved nobody was around to see you fall, and then you go online to tell everybody.

Anyone a CSS/Javascript expert able to do simple things fast w/only #FOSS? We need to spruce up our site quickly. We've got the Django parts but need someone w/great CSS/Javascript skills to work with us on it. Ideally, you'd have 2 days of contractor time over the next week...

Anyone (but particularly folks based in the Americas) want an account on a cooperatively run -compatible chat service? DM me! We're working on getting it setup but need cooperators!

This is not a toot of honor 

TIL they produced enough transistors in 1957 to put together a Pentium III, and they *didn't* do it. smh

we do need a better name for moving away from centralized tech and big corporate commerce. decentralized is a bit of a mouthful for casual use, maybe we could shorten it to... 'decent'

Request: Is anyone here familiar with AWS and know of any good resources for a newbie to get up to speed with it if they, say, had to parachute into an existing project built on things like API Gateway, Lambdas and DynamoDB Tables?

I admit I was somewhat hoping this "16-million-year-old tardigrade discovered in amber is a 'once in a generation' find" was going to end with, "and the tardigrade was fine." Alas.

200 monks, Leyden jars, and some wire 

When you want to test the speed of propagation of electricity, you use what you have on hand?

"In 1746 Jean-Antoine Nollet wired 200 monks in a mile-long circle and zapped them with a battery of Leyden jars. One can only imagine the reaction of the circuit of clerics, but their simultaneous jerking and no doubt not-terribly pious exclamations demonstrated that electricity moved very quickly indeed."


Getting close to 8 😜
For those not in the know: I am adding to the free #fpga toolchain the ability to use the so-called wide LUTs in gowin #fpga.
So far I have LUT5, LUT6 and LUT7.
One of the funny things is that they are implemented with hard wires and therefore cannot be detected by comparing bitmaps.

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