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Benjamin Mako Hill

XORcise: To remove observations from a dataset if they satisfy one of two criteria, but not both. [e.g., After XORcising adults and citizens, only foreign children and adult citizens were left.]

Turns out that somebody has a log of the time my keyboard broke in the middle of a conversation on a public IRC channel! I vaguely remember that!

Did I forget a period of my life when I grew a horseshoe mustache and dreadlocks, walked around topless, and illustrated a 2009 article in the Economist on the economic boon that hippy festivals represent to rural American communities?

I imported my old (and otherwise unavailable) Kuro5hin diary entries from ~15 years ago into my Wordpress blog. I also shared the code I used if you want to do the same. [re-]Launches To Provide Easy Access To Debian Source Code via @phoronix

If it is public money, it should be Free Software as well! I support @fsfe's call for more #publiccode:

Every day I check my feed here, I read from people doing things to help us move beyond shitty broken planet-destroying capitalism. It is nice and refreshing and motivating. Thank you all for being here, and doing what you do :)

Interesting article discussing limitations of distributed web services by the MIT Civic Media:


1. Lame clickbait title. I expect more from that team.

2. All users running servers *is* unlikely but it's misleading to imply that anything less is "not working." Success for decentralized services looks like email: hub and spoke model driven by organizations with IT departments who just aren't willing to hand their data and infrastructure over to an outsider.

My new deodorant smells like Phil Woods bicycle bearing grease. And I kinda like it.

Results are in from @mika's self-experiment on alcohol metabolism:

I'm shocked by how consistently she metabolizes — especially given the same amount of alcohol and the very different starting points!

[I helped a lot with data collection and a tiny bit w/ graphing & analysis.]

Just found a *second* bird nest on a bookshelf in the Community Data Science Collective meeting room! The price of keeping your windows open!

It's nice to be back in the federated microblogging game.