the weather today is magical. hot but there's a nice breeze. working from home, outside, under an umbrella. feels good.
garden failure: thought I transplanted a hazelnut but when I went to check on how it was doing I noticed that the whole plug was just sitting on top of some mulch. been like that for days. maybe it's dead, maybe it's not. stuck it in the dirt, watered it deeply, and hoped for the best. #gardening
Spreading praying mantis around the garden is my people's tradition for celebrating the GDPR.
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I have written Ruby for a living for years, and while I'm so glad I'm not writing Java or PHP, I still think Ruby is a mediocre language with a community that is fixated on making code look more like natural language as if it were actually a good thing. Still, it's amazing that Ruby gained corporate adoption given how much worse every other mainstream language is (Python is only a tad worse, though).
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More on the drumming: There's a beat that Jorma Vik liked to throw in from time that I am really missing in this album. He'd play a typical variant of a punk beat with the snare on 8th notes (one and two and), bass drum in between each snare hit (forming a sort of slow roll between the two limbs), BUT the hi hat would be playing 8th note *triplets* forming a simple polyrhythm that was just killer.
just listen to it:
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Finally listening to the latest album from The Bronx. Nothing will ever live up to II and III to me, but V rocks pretty hard and the lyrics are good. It's worth a listen.
Jorma Vik, their original drummer and one of my all-time favorites, left the band before this album was made, and though the new drummer is good he just can't fill Vik's shoes.
"Poor kid, no chance
Wrong skin, wrong class
Cops scream, don't run
So they can shoot you with a handgun"
had one of those zero motivation days yesterday and despite having a couple hours of time to spend in the garden working on my long backlog of tasks, I did nothing instead. maybe tonight I'll have some motivation.
birb news: saw the first red breasted grosbeak of the year at my feeder. I guess they are relatively common but don't come to feeders often.
just bought a new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 for a pretty decent price, less than I've ever spent on a new phone. I looked at a bunch of other phones but this one just seemed good considering how affordable it is.
farewell, nexus 5 with a broken screen and a battery that doesn't hold charge and turns off after it reaches 50% for some reason that I bought used on ebay 3 years ago.
I did a quick count of all the edible plants I am growing (annuals and perennials alike) or attempting to grow and came up with 30. not too shabby. hoping to increase that number a lot more in the coming years.
Check out my (~15m) talk at @firstname.lastname@example.org where I explain why it's critical that free/libre/open source software projects shouldn't rely on proprietary tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY
It's a talk version of https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html from 2010. Sadly still relevant.