Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

see http://red-bean.com/kfogel

  • 2021-03-02T18:03:27Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    "Many times I’ve analogized the Trump presidency to living in a household with an abuser. Part of that experience is hyper-vigilance and attention to the actions and moods of the abuser. That person has the power. That person controls the violence. Absent that power, though, Trump’s lies and general crap don’t really matter to me as much. Absent that power, he’s just another entitled jerk who wants space in my head."



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  • 2021-02-09T20:35:22Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Emacs geek Pleasure Of The Day for 9 Feb 2021:

    If you have the date string "20201209" from last December, and you are copying and pasting from that document to a similar document for this month, you can just do Ctrl-t (`transpose-chars') in the right place to get "20210209".

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  • 2021-02-08T16:25:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Reviewin' a commit while eatin' a brownie.

    Life is pretty okay.

  • 2021-02-05T05:41:13Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

  • 2021-02-01T22:14:09Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just donated $100 USD to @TechDirt. That site is a treasure, folks. I find myself citing @mmasnick's posts there more often than I refer to almost any other place on the Web. Two recent examples:

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210131/01114246154/no-getting-rid-anonymity-will-not-fix-social-media-it-will-cause-more-problems.shtml

    and


  • 2021-02-01T03:58:00Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hey, @nikhiltri, congratulations on the unified open-data API for @artinstitutechi! What a fine thing!


  • 2021-01-26T17:11:05Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    FWIW, the consistently best podcast I listen to is @CoRecursive Podcast with @AdamGordonBell. So far, every single episode I've heard has been excellent: engaging, informative, sometimes provocative, always well-produced. He chooses good guests and draws the best out of them!

  • 2021-01-25T18:04:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Just heard a great quote from a non-profit founder:

    "Move fast and fix things."

    (And yes, he was explicitly contrasting it with the Silicon Valley ethos of "move fast and break things" -- as he put it, "Well, they did!")

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  • 2021-01-15T23:48:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Five more days. Any guesses as to what he'll try?

    I'm kinda hoping he tries to go into a bunker and pull off "a Hitler"... but that would be way too fast and way too easy 😏

    JanKusanagi at 2021-01-16T00:29:05Z

    There are effectively five heavy brigades worth of troops in DC right now.  How many followers will descend on DC? 


    Keeping in mind the guy that got picked up with the unauthorized inauguration credentials presents an interesting problem. I am not as worried about the gun and the over five hundred rounds he had with him. I am worried because the dude is a resident of Front Royal, Virginia. It isn't Fairfax County but it is still basically the outer 'burbs to Washington DC along the Relocation Arc. There's still a decent presence of federal agencies employing people in Front Royal. That he didn't know about DC's firearms restrictions simply beggars belief.


    All I can say is just be sure you have locally accessible backups of files that live in the cloud. Ohio's Adjutant General got really twitchy about critical infrastructure protection in a press conference Thursday. I'm not sure if he is thinking there will be a repeat of the Christmas Day incident in Nashville that had an impact on several states in terms of comms or if other infrastructure might be targeted. Our telecomms infrastructure is far more fragile than it should be in this country.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2021-01-16T23:52:12Z

  • 2021-01-14T15:10:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    A headline that just keeps on giving:

    "Trump Plans To Stiff Giuliani On Legal Fees After Failing To Steal Election"


    Psycho clown can no longer afford Leaky clown, since his organization is losing business all over the place 🥳

    JanKusanagi at 2021-01-14T15:46:29Z

  • 2021-01-13T22:06:42Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Only 10?
  • 2021-01-13T21:18:31Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I don't know who needs to hear this right now, but: Duck tape is not packing tape.

    (However, yes, you can call it by the non-eggcorn "duct tape" if you want; I am open-minded that way.)
  • 2021-01-13T19:53:58Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I'd really like to come up with another metaphor or expression to use in place of "reinventing the wheel".

    This is pretty important and I'm going to spend some time on it. Let me know if you want to help!

  • 2021-01-12T20:13:55Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The TL;DR of this article is amazing and wonderful: that the invention of phonetic writing was a case of adversarial literacy -- of the illiterates (those who couldn't read hieroglyphs) taking matters into their own hands.



  • 2021-01-12T04:28:46Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Have you noticed: taking away Trump's ability to communicate impulsively pretty much takes away his ability to communicate at all. He's most comfortable with mediums that are designed to exploit poor impulse control.

    Planned presser at a podium? *That* doesn't suit him at all.

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  • 2021-01-11T20:21:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    TFW when you fake your UserAgent header to persuade the Chase Bank web site to let your browser log in.

    Come on, admit it: you've all done this too...

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    there's this big bank in Brazil that requires customers to install pseudosecurity spyware when they're running browsers that identify any of the operating systems for which they have spyware binaries, but that would disregard the "extra security" for those who ran e.g. FreeBSD.
    I figured I'd try to change the UserAgent to say GNU as the operating system name, and that worked too.
    You know what did NOT work with that change?   a BigBlueButton instance maintained by a major Free Software and GNU-supporting organization :-/

    Alexandre Oliva at 2021-01-12T14:15:40Z

  • 2021-01-07T15:12:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Let's just agree that in the United States, 2021 officially starts on January 21st. The numbers even work out nicely, right?

    It's clearly still 2020 right now.

    I'd even agree that the US was taken out of existence since January 20th 2017, until January 20th 2021 😁


    How it became possible that such an obvious psychopath was ever elected to be President is beyond me...

    JanKusanagi at 2021-01-07T15:54:27Z

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  • 2021-01-06T21:13:43Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    This coup attempt is going to fail in lame, grumbly, blaming-others fashion just like everything else in Trump-land.

    I'm offended by the attempt, but I'm also going to be offended by their poor production values and lack of conviction.  They'll all walk away eventually, confederate flags folded, and later reminisce about their exciting half-hour in the Capitol building.  Real revolutionaries don't line up to use the porta-potty.  Seven years of fighting and Valley Forge this ain't.

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  • 2021-01-06T20:25:33Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I would like to point out that there is still a window of time sufficient for impeachment and conviction.

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    And still the orange psychopath will say he has nothing to do with these RIOTS...

    JanKusanagi at 2021-01-06T21:12:33Z