“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority...” —Carl Sagan

Really cool 20 min documentary of a 1950s foundry/locomotive manufacturer. Absolutely insane lack of protective equipment O_O youtube.com/watch?v=67iHmxQFB-

Reddit's 52MM daily active users is surprisingly low to me, and this is up 44% since last year. I guess this is why they keep cranking out dark patterns and why that won't stop. news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

Christmas lights are up! Cant wait to get some shrubs on the front hill next year to make that look better for lights too.

Christmas music doesn't get any better than the Vince Guaraldi Trio 🎄

I think that YouTube as we knew it is going to be done soon. The latest monetization move with minimum compulsory ads on top of already heavy ad volume, 3-minute sponsor reads, Patreon plugs, product placements, all in ~10 minute videos (!) is on the downward half of the curve. I've loosely noticed I just don't use it anywhere near how much I used to.

All things will invariably end up like cable I guess.

Found out about two awesome tools yesterday: nitter.net as an alternative privacy-minded Twitter frontend and a fantastic FF extension to auto-redirect to it (among other similar services): github.com/SimonBrazell/privac. No more Twitter login nags and way more UI control.

Adding Vimeo to the list of companies that both secretly enable auto-renew and have a really hostile refund policy. I really wanted to like them but this ensures I never use their service again unfortunately.

This form factor is incredible, seriously considering this over putting a Pi together for Daniel this Christmas 🤔


In retrospect 50 pretzels may have been too many, but we’ll have them for at least a week 😜

Getting to that sweet spot where “chores” are still fun and exciting, but is big enough to actually get stuff done!

So close to signing off on this one, just need to get a ton of gravel to fill it in and to test out the fireplace!

None of the seed I threw down (late) germinated but grass grows in these hay bales!?

The message is great but I'm really not loving Mozilla's new campaign branding. "Let's unfck it together" just seems immature, particularly on the heels of their massive layoffs. Why can't they just make better? mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/unfc

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