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I will regret making this my social media alias

@poipoipoi-2016 / poipoipoi-2016.tumblr.com

In absolute fairness, Europe follows the California pattern of not having A/C in the house, but having it in the office.

And yes, I've been to France, Switzerland, and Ireland and nada.

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Be careful princess  🌸

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grotusrinocerose

I just love that multiple people not only though “the black one is a princess and those are her bodyguards” but also came to the conclusion “they’re also, obviously, samurai.”

PSA!

When you’re copying a URL that has a question mark in it, that question mark AND EVERYTHING AFTER IT are completely unnecessary. It’s tracking data telling the website whether you copied the URL from their share function, or visited them via twitter, or what search terms you used to find that page.

So a URL that looks like this:

https://www.somewebsite.com/article/thingthatscool?ID=26079&pla_country=US&CAGPSPN=pla&&trackingid=509x1052199823&m_sc=sem&m_sb=Google&m_tp=PLA&m_ac=Google_SH_PLA_Tabletop&m_ag=Noritake&m_cn=GS_Dinnerware_PLA_Restructure&m_pi=go_cmp-13050559898_adg-127803968051_ad-520677613594_pla-1260381317191_dev-c_ext-_prd-37725010212USAgo_cmp-13050559898_adg-127803968051_ad-_pla-1260381317191_dev-c_ext-&gclid=Cj0KCQjw54iXBhCXARIsADWpsG9Z5UOydUwZHBdA_NFYMTu3kG2u3kzIT-ooPt5bd3ZtAgyRnF0aqE4aAozBEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

can usually become

https://www.somewebsite.com/article/thingthatscool

You can delete all that tracking shit, and the URL should still work. You can even test it in a new tab first before sharing it, if you're an anxious mess like me.

Go forth and tell your friends! And maybe I will no longer have to see URLs on tumblr or Discord that take up a full screen.

this is not 100% true—cases in point, Fedex shipment tracking and AO3 filtered searches both put the specific identifiers of the shipping you specifically care about in the URL after the question mark, and if you delete those from the URL then the site doesn't know what shipping to show you anymore—but in almost every other case, this is true and important

So if you’re being specific about shipping or shipping keep the question mark.

Shipping or SHIPPING

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the only problem with wearing a flannel as my base layer is if I get cold and want to put a flannel on

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I believe the line here is “you could if you weren’t a coward”

to be clear I have gone out wearing three flannels layered on each other. sometimes it’s what a man has got to do. but objectively this is goofy as hell

If it's cold enough for 3 flannels, it's cold enough to justify a toplayer.

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I have an odd preschool era memory of noticing for the first time that the daylight gets a little dimmer every few minutes and then brighter again but instead of looking up and discovering it's when a cloud has gone by I deduced it was a weaker shorter nighttime for bugs

Going to Death Valley in August for no reason.

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Indeed, getting lost in familiar territory was a real hazard: Suetonius records that Julius Caesar, having encamped not far from the Rubicon got lost trying to find it, spent a whole night wandering trying to locate it (his goal being to make the politically decisive crossing with just a few close supporters in secrecy first before his army crossed). In the end he had to find a local guide to work his way back to it in the morning (Suet. Caes. 31.2). So to be clear: famed military genius Julius Caesar got lost trying to find a 50 mile long river only about 150 miles away from Rome when he tried to cut cross-country instead of over the roads.

Apparently, Gulf War 1 was sort of a big deal in that even in 1991, you couldn't just start randomly driving across sand dunes through the desert like that.

i was able to do my job without taking speed and really i shouldnt have been able to given my salary

So as someone who worked at Google, this is Sundar's fault.

  1. Google has effectively built a 6-month Agile Sprint cycle where a third of its employees do nothing but the paperwork around the sprint
  2. Things that would be Slack messages or emails become multiple rounds of back and forths with 8 layers of approvals. Some of this is good and necessary at CURRENT_JOB and please note that all of it at once is good and necessary about 1/10th of the time.
  3. Oncall at Google is awful, so you don't do very much of it and are insanely well-comped in either dollars or, looping back into #2, vacation time. Which makes #2 even slower.
  4. Also, this results in insanely large team sizes because "You don't do very much of it".

The fix is that you optimize around unblocking others and also bias for action (What design doc? Here's a 40-line PR. You like?)

But also when NO ONE HAS LOOKED AT MY PR FOR A WEEK, you do understand why I screamed until they managed me out and my coworkers all left the office at 4, right?

Evolution of USS Midway.

If you get a chance and you're in San Diego, I had a very nice day where I started with a Midway tour, wandered up 4 blocks to the ship museum tour (They have the HMS Surprise and the Russian sub that almost nuked us!), then wandered over to the Padres game.

Then take another day at just the San Diego zoo and a 3rd day at the Balboa Park Museums.

I would I think generally agree with this and find it a very useful explainer while also noticing that not only is this useful for you, but it's also insanely useful for North Korea to the tune of at least a billion dollars.

Coin mixers are a similar idea — i.e., a means of intentionally obscuring information flows by having complete strangers, selected randomly, route each other’s traffic around a public network."

At which point I pull out Scott on witch-hunt free zones and ask why exactly the witch hunters went after y'all.

There’s an unfortunate corollary to this, which is that if you try to create a libertarian paradise, you will attract three deeply virtuous people with a strong committment to the principle of universal freedom, plus millions of scoundrels. Declare that you’re going to stop holding witch hunts, and your coalition is certain to include more than its share of witches.
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Up to now, Chinese trade surpluses - which as Pettis and Klein remind us can be the result of weakness as well as strength - have gone hand in hand with the deepening of Chinese integration into the world economy. They have led to an accumulation of huge Chinese claims on the rest of the world economy which outweighs the large claims that foreign investors have made in China at the same time. But, aA 2022 has demonstrated, a current account surplus can also go hand in hand with uncoupling, as foreign claims on the Chinese economy are unwound.
Of course this is sustainable only so long as there are foreign claims to unwind. But since foreign holdings of Chinese bonds and equities run to over $1.2 trillion, unwinding that pile of commitments may take some time.

Tooze pointing out the other thing you can do with a trade surplus

The usual answer to this is that you sail several thousand miles away with your big navy and park it outside their capital port.

And then you ask them if they really meant that whole "We're not going to pay you" thing. For 37 minutes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Zanzibar_War

China has a large navy, it does not have a large enough blue-water navy especially if other people with better, more blue-water, navies are staring at those lovely raw materials and those very nice ports.

Ah, Jesus, two years ago I switched to the Acuvue Oasys 2-week contacts, and they were really light and insubstantial and that made them more comfortable in-eye but more difficult to handle.

I put a new one in yesterday, then later coming out of the shower where I got water in the… eyeball cavity it rolled back around the eye and it's been there ever since?

Like normally with contacts it would roll back out within 30 mins. With these last time I thought I had lost it, put another one in, but then at night after I'd removed it the old one came out.

…but that was like a week-old one, halfway through useful life and a bit harder and more worn, this one was still fresh and saline-saturated. I can feel it getting more of an irritant in there, hopefully it irritates it into being ejected in a day or two because I have no idea what else to do. Shout-out to medical device safety infrastructure thick enough I'm confident that something this easy to happen won't permanently damage my eye, I guess.

There are eye flush kits that basically boil down to "Fill tube with water, tip head back, flush into eyeball, tip head forwards, drain out of eyeball". But just flood the eyeball with water.

Even better, it sounds like yours are the cheap soft kind so you don't care about salvaging the $250 special contact lens.

This sort of thing is why I never want to wear contact lenses ever.

Glasses don't work. The alternative is this:

But also yes, the last time I went swimming was before I got contacts and my life is in some small part built around "Twice a day, you have to reach into your eyeball with your bare hands and insert/remove a fragile piece of glass". Thankfully, I do not work a dirty job.

Our friend who is Korean and currently works at a Japanese company was complaining about how insanely bureaucratic Japanese work culture is.

So, you need your management chain to sign off on all sorts of crap, because of course you do. And they stamp it with their hanko since that’s what people do instead of signatures. And then the hanko stamp of the person at the top has to be upright, while the hanko stamps for the others have to be tilted like they’re fucking bowing to the leader’s stamp, because of course Japan has to do dumb shit like this. Example from the internet:

Anyhow, she was saying that during covid, approvals all had to get switched to software workflows, but there was a team working on typesetting hankos in the software to still do this. Like, you had this great chance to drop this at best pointless and at worst actively counterproductive procedure thanks to a world-wide pandemic, and you fucking went out of your way to preserve it.

Did Japan’s corporations not get the memo they need to modernize and increase efficiency? Perhaps they missed it because they’re still using fax machines?

you ever watched an anime with a student council and the council had to do like insane amounts of paperwork for all kinds of stupid stuff? that’s not an exaggeration and supposed to train students for this kind of corporate culture.

your friend is working in an exemplary company there, btw. they at least switched the workflows to digital! most didn’t.

most definitely! using a hanko is insanely fun the first few times (if you manage to not be nervous and accidentally smudge it or don’t press enough and only leave the faintest trace of stamping) but it gets old really fast

It would seem that stamping is more efficient than signing with a pen, as it would go faster? And easier to do on a computer than signing with a pen (which tends to get treated as a security measure even if it isn’t a good one)

maaaybe, if you’re quickly stamping many things in succession. people who sign a lot can get surprisingly fast as well, although those signatures quickly devolve into simple paraphs.

if you’re just rarely sign anything, you need to get your hanko case out from your bag, open it, press it into the ink cushion, correctly place it within the stamp circle, and put it away again. you also should re-ink after every stamping. there are OLs out there who can do this incredibly efficiently, but the vast majority of people never will.

obviously a digital and actually secure equivalent is signing with a cryptographic certificate as that is something you have, not something you know or are. aaand in this vein we kinda sorta already digitally recreated the hanko in more than just spirit:

now we just need to tell the Japanese and have somebody stamp off on the change

Ah, Jesus, two years ago I switched to the Acuvue Oasys 2-week contacts, and they were really light and insubstantial and that made them more comfortable in-eye but more difficult to handle.

I put a new one in yesterday, then later coming out of the shower where I got water in the… eyeball cavity it rolled back around the eye and it's been there ever since?

Like normally with contacts it would roll back out within 30 mins. With these last time I thought I had lost it, put another one in, but then at night after I'd removed it the old one came out.

…but that was like a week-old one, halfway through useful life and a bit harder and more worn, this one was still fresh and saline-saturated. I can feel it getting more of an irritant in there, hopefully it irritates it into being ejected in a day or two because I have no idea what else to do. Shout-out to medical device safety infrastructure thick enough I'm confident that something this easy to happen won't permanently damage my eye, I guess.

There are eye flush kits that basically boil down to "Fill tube with water, tip head back, flush into eyeball, tip head forwards, drain out of eyeball". But just flood the eyeball with water.

Even better, it sounds like yours are the cheap soft kind so you don't care about salvaging the $250 special contact lens.

I have no idea where this picture was taken, but I will use it to try to talk you into going to Redwood National Park, specifically the very easy Fern Canyon hike (that's like 4 hours of driving from the nearest hotel and let's call it 12 from the nearest serious airport).

Which basically looks like this but with more redwoods and the green saturation dialed back a bit.