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Wrote up a long blog post (don't say you weren't warned if you go to click it!) with my ideas about spelling reform for English 😆: jayeless.net/2021/11/spelling-

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I am one of the language-lost generations.

Recovering myself will be hard, but I shall try harder.

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'The loss of language is the loss of heritage:' the push to revive Taiwanese in Taiwan

hongkongfp.com/2021/10/31/the-

"You can't completely express Taiwanese culture with Mandarin - something is bound to be lost in translation," says one advocate for the local language.

Wrote a little blog post about how I don't like horror movies, but why other people do: jayeless.net/2021/10/horror-mo

Went back to a mall-style shopping centre today for the first time since the pandemic began and omg it was overwhelming. Individual stores enforced density limits but in the corridors it was packed. At least we got the couple of gifts we wanted to buy, and a late lunch in a not-very-busy café we found. Feeling curiously drained now 😴

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Some of you might be interested in CookLang, a recipe markup language. cooklang.org/

Got a text from Melbourne Pathology, and my sore throat (which is already gone anyway) was not Covid 😄 Vivian received his all-clear at the same time. Big relief! Now we can go supermarket shopping, and all that fun stuff 😜

Over the night, I developed this tickling in my throat, and a soreness when I swallow. As of a few weeks ago I am double-vaccinated, but I know that breakthrough infections are still a thing, so Viv and I duly went to get Covid tests this afternoon. Not an ideal birthday 😔

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Sea urchins like to pick up shells and rocks and wear them as "hats"; the reason isn't well-understood, but it may protect them from predators or help weigh them down so they're less likely to be washed away during storms. So some aquarists have taken to making tiny hats for their sea urchins, which the urchins voluntarily pick up and put on:

Gidget has clearly got too used to lockdown… when we came home from visiting my parents last night, Gidget was frantic in greeting us, showering us in affection, etc. like she thought we'd abandoned her forever 😿 There was even an anxiety poop in her litter tray (as opposed to one of her regular scheduled poops – her bowels work like clockwork usually 😆). Thankfully all was forgiven this morning.

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Tonight my sister and I had the joy of discovering that our massive IT nerd dad had never heard of XKCD. Naturally we had to start him off with the 1 in 10,000 one... I think he has many hours of enjoyment up ahead 😃

I wrote a blog post about my mixed feelings on Melbourne's “freedom day”: jayeless.net/2021/10/freedom-d

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I wrote a blog post with some thoughts on the three browser games I've been dabbling in recently: jayeless.net/2021/10/three-ver

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tech dystopia 

"if you don't have any of these you're not a real person"

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ausmedia, big tech, shitpost 

“Delete your account”

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If you use #Google Photos, there's a non-zero chance that there are secret, yet public URLs attached to your photos that allow un-authenticated access to every picture in your account. Mine did, and I tested the addresses in incognito and tor browsers and they worked. #privacy

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Earlier on I talked about how targeted advertising is a scam from flim-flam men, and your best bet was to go for completely untargeted and really wide-reach advertising to find the people who don't yet know (or act like) they want your thing.

This article says that companies who turned off targeted ads don't notice any difference, and nearly all of the people who were targeted would have bought the thing anyway:
sparktoro.com/blog/what-if-per

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It is estimated that one Bitcoin transaction takes 1544 kWh to be processed.

Quick back of the envelope calculation: with that energy my car can run for 7125 km, so basically a short drive from Brussels, Belgium to Kabul, Afghanistan.

One transaction.

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