2021, it's Fair Use Week. Just a reminder that the hot new copyright legislation jammed in sideways in the COVID 19 bill last year, plus hot new internet killing legislation coming in March, is going to wreck a lot of what you care about.

Smoke em while you got em
CASE act, "notice and staydown", and frankly, the banning of adult materials a couple yeara sgo was the real death knell
Celebrating by blocking 25 random tweeting IP lawyers today

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22 Feb
Social media is a little weird, and especially causes a rather problematic illusion - that in general, the world moves along in a way that you want it to. If you like or subscribe, the system will work harder and harder to ensure you see even more that you seem to like.
But when it veers off, into a different direction, it will sometimes give you a glance under and put you into direct facing with a world you maybe, perhaps, didn't want to see.

This is how I found out about B.Relaxed.
B. Relaxed can be defined, roughly, as an alternative medicine believer. He is very anti-vaccine, very much into what he calls nutrient-dense food, and mostly promotes the idea of a life free from what he considers a corrupt, broken healthcare and medicine industry.
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18 Feb
When I need to be reminded about dwarf-star levels of character consolidation in spoken lines, I listen to @nolan_north as the defective turret in Portal 2

I can't imagine people need context, but this is a consolidation of all the lines the character can speak in all situations, situations being:

- Being ruled defective and rejected
- Firing at you and failing
- Being carried around
I'm a complete sucker for having to put an entire situation into a half-dozen words or so.

"Put me back in the game coach"
"Nope... still can't see"
"If anyone asks, tell them I killed you"
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16 Feb
A 26.99% variable rate? See, THAT'S how you get me to own a ceedit card again after 20 years

Stop drilling, you already struck oil boys
I am vaguely concerned any one of my followers would look at this and say "Well, what? That sounds OK, as long as you keep up the payments and don't get struck by the interest"
I'm not going to go off on a multi-page rant this (for me) start of the work week but will simply say that, for example, the interest is compound, and calculated daily. That means they DON'T add 26.99% after 30 days. They add 26.99% / 30 every day, and the next day includes it.
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16 Feb
My brain is trying to process this level of coolness. A cable cut in the Northwest corner of Washington due to heavy flooding, cutting off a few towns, is tracked down and handled by Bell Telephone engineers over 35 hours. In November 1955. And the conversation is RECORDED.
21! years! later! In 1976, a best-of tape is put together to capture the heroic deeds of the day. The best-of tape is described and put with the tape. It is in the estate of Bell System repeaterman Charles Allen, who leaves us in 1992.
The contents of this tape, including a recorded introduction to the event (!) is now playable here, for you.

Hear engineers fight through the night to bring back telecommunications, 66 years ago.

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15 Feb
Boy, I just spent quite some time researching "Hey, how is book scanning to the edge these days." This is a rabbit hole I do to myself every once in a while when the opportunity comes to scan a magazine or book with tiny tiny tiny margins on the inner fold.
Usually, my journey alights at the first stop - Plustek scanners. But while everything looks great, Plusteks put a 6mm margin in, which sounds really small, but isn't with magazines, where it matters.
Somewhere along, I find myself with Scannx (Rebranded Xeroxes), which MIGHT have smaller margins but probably don't.
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8 Feb
Would you like to see some books coming into the Archive? This isn't all of them, but it's a good set of them.


"Show me items uploaded in by a scanning associate, using a camera, sorted by date."
A few standard books, then a LOT of spanish drama books. Guess we took in a huge donation of them.
Then a lot, I mean a gargantuan amount of Seed Catalogs and List from Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection at the National Agricultural Library.
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