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Y'all, I posted that question in 2008, when I was working with an earlier generation of web startup, about to be laid off in a different recession.

Ages ago in software-years, and yet only *slightly* before Python 3.0 was released. :blobcatdizzy:

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Yesterday Saaj <‌> posted this excellently documented answer about tracking down memory leaks in a Python process:

The StackOverflow comment box says it is not to be used to say "Thanks!", so I don't know how to award extra kudos any more directly than shouting into the void here.

Also good to know pyrasite still works, as does Dozer:

but, hmm, since a lot of fedi-culture is ephemeral, which is also true of snapchat and its descendants, a community server could moderate its storage costs by having videos self-destruct.

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The last few weeks have had me recording and sharing a lot more video clips, which is a phenomenon in itself.

But on fedi, I'm more aware of how many more bytes video is than text, and someone has to pay for those hard drives 'cuz they're not made out of venture capital pixie dust. It gives me pause.

Learning things! The winglike things there are from an aftermarket drill press attachment. That whole thing can be unthreaded from the drill shaft without any set screws or anything.

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Dear Lazyweb, how do I take the drill chuck off my Black and Decker 7144?

Video is just a little clip trying to show what it looks like.

covid-19 filk, birdsite has provided lyrics to Coronavirus Rhapsody:

re: social distancing, Gilbert & Sullivan 

Go take a walk, or ride a bike, or dig into an unread book;
Avoid the bars and restaurants and carry out, or learn to cook.
There's lots of stuff to watch online while keeping safe from sinus ills
(In this case, it's far better to enjoy your Netflix MINUS chills)!
Adopt a pet, compose a ballad, write some earnest doggerel,
And help demolish Trump before our next event inaugural.
Pandemics are alarming, but they aren't insurmountable
If everybody pitches in to hold ourselves accountable.
In short, please do your part to practice prudent co-existence-ing,
And be the very model of effective social distancing!

— Eliza Rubenstein


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social distancing, Gilbert & Sullivan 

I am the very model of effective social distancing!
I listen to the experts on the topic of resistance-ing;
I know that brunch and yoga class aren't nearly as imperative
As doing what I can to change the nation's viral narrative.
I'm very well acquainted, too, with living solitarily
And confident that everyone can do it temporarily:

[…continued, 1/2]

— Eliza Rubenstein

train of thought:

• I need to get up from the computer.
• What's a program that will kick me off the computer?
• Oh, `workrave` is still maintained, but the website is derelict? Do they need any help to get the new one ready?
• Here's a different program in a language I like better. But some of these dependencies seem superfluous. Could I reimplement those functions to streamline it?
• This API says it's been deprecated in favor of something about a "Seat." What's a Seat?
• I'm still hungry.
• I need to get up from the computer.

(I'm working on a pull request I started at the sprint yesterday, that's what reminded me of this.)

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This repo doesn't live here, I'm just making PRs: <>

In the GitHub workflow (which is ubiquitous these days), you submit contributions by forking the repo, which shows up prominently on your profile and namespace.

But I'm not maintaining a long-lived branch and this URL isn't one anyone should use to reference the upstream project.

I've made a little script that replaces the default branch in your forked repo with a sign that says "Pull-Request Only Fork."

Okay Pythonistas. Pythians. Portlanders and other Cascadians. I'm not at today but I'm signed up for Monday's sprints.

Please share, I'm looking for help on upcoming projects for The Recompiler -- paid positions for editing, print and ebook design, and research support

wanted: a browser/window manager plug-in that detects if I am mindlessly flipping between windows in a novelty-seeking cycle, and kicks me off for a while.

(I've had some success with things like Leechblock, but this would be more checking behavior than strictly filtering by destination.)

software bug 

to temper this a bit: just discovered Darktable using 4 CPUs at a time when I think it should have been idle for the last many hours.

so maybe some bugs to file after that reading. In the meantime, something to keep an eye on.

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Relatedly: tried out Darktable today (for editing digital photos shot in raw mode).

Seems pretty good! Flexible, snappy, and stable so far. But goodness there are a lot of ways to do very similar things:

What's the difference between "exposure correction" and adjusting brightness? How does that compare to tone mapping, or "global tonemap"? Where does the "base curve" come from? Which things should I use in combination, and when should I just pick one because they're alternative approaches to the same task?

I've got some reading to do.

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