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Hoy es el día de la #bisibilidad (visibilidad bisexual), y, para recordar por qué días como hoy son importantes, nada mejor que leer este artículo de opinión de @ElSaltoDiario de hace menos de un año.

"El juicio que borró la bisexualidad" -

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Germany but all the place names are translated so they sound like place names in England

So cursed

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was waiting on new keycaps that would align properly even when I arranged them as per the Dvorak left-hand layout. Well, today they arrived! I’m pretty happy; they look good, and my hyphen key is no longer obnoxiously tall 😅 (original post with a little more detail)

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It revealed that those using wooden cutting boards in their home kitchens were less than half as likely as average to contract salmonellosis, those using synthetic (plastic or glass) cutting boards were about twice as likely as average to contract salmonellosis - and the effect of cleaning the board regularly was not statistically significant.


Looks like it was a magnitude 5.7 quake, about 125km ENE of Melbourne, at a depth of 2km

Just a few minutes ago we had a minor earthquake! Gidget was freaking out, while the neighbour's dog was just excited everyone was having a gathering on the driveway, hahah. Usually the tremors we get are so minor I don't even notice them, but this one was very noticeable

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the delicious irony: creators of industrial language models are now worried about no longer being able to use the web as their "commons" (i.e. other people's labor that they appropriate and commercialize) because their own outputs are "polluting" it (via

Thanks to the easing of restrictions a few days ago, I was able to see this scruffball (and my dad) and go on a walk to the beach! Hopefully Gizmo’s regular dog groomer will be back in business soon, because he looks like he could really do with a session 🐶 (

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Covid-19 Vic lockdown discussion 

Victoria's lockdown restrictions will be easing slightly from this weekend as we hit 70% of adults with a first vaccine dose. The 5km limit on movement will be increased to 10km, two adults from different households will be allowed to exercise together, and groups of 5+ adults, plus dependents, from two households will be allowed to socialise outdoors if all of them have had two vaccine doses. On a macro level, I guess I'm concerned about how much spread will result from people realising they're very unlikely to have to prove their vaccination status and just catching up regardless… but on the personal level, I'm excited that I might get to see my family again. It'll be late October before Viv and my sister get their second doses, but even being able to catch up with one family member and take Gizmo for a walk on the beach would be awesome 😃

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I love the way that English speakers crave irregular verbs, and if there aren’t enough of them, we just make up new ones.

Like “snuck” as the past tense of “sneak”. This is so common now that if you say the historically correct “sneaked”, people look at you funny.

Or “wrought” as the past participle of “wreak”. Different verbs. “Wrought” is the past of “wring” (cf. “bring” and “brought”). The past of “wreak” is the plain regular “wreaked”.

Viv got an exciting phone call today -- a job offer for an ongoing full-time position that he applied for, and interviewed for, a couple of months ago. And we don't even have to move to Canberra! The position is here in Melbourne. Until now he's only ever had contract or casual gigs, so permanency is a big step up for him. Super excited 😃

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LB: Zero-day exploit on all kinds of Apple devices. Update them all now to protect yourself.

Tonight I found Gidget rifling through the crap on my bedside table because she realised I keep hair ties there. She kept coming back to rummage through it some more each time I carried her away! So one of the hair ties is hers now. We’re playing fetch with it 🐱 (

Covid-19, nswpol, funny 

If anyone else missed this piece in The Shovel, it's a good 'un: Gladys Daily Presser Cancelled After Poorly Received First Season

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A single Bitcoin transaction consumes more electricity than the average American household does in two months.

Gidget doesn’t seem to remember the time she was almost devoured whole by our old printer, so she decided that on top of the new one was the best place to keep me company today. After all, she’s not breaking my “no cats on the desk” rule when it’s the printer on the desk… (

Wrote a lengthy progress update on how I'm going switching back to the Dvorak left-hand layout! If you're not really interested in keyboards then the highlight of the post is this photo. Gidget thinks "keyboard on the lap" = "lap is vacant" and insists on plonking herself down and making me reposition the keyboard around her 😛

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