Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

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

  • 2020-06-06T18:35:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    (Taking a respite with a non-political tweet.)

    Python is a fine language and I like working in it, but the unfortunate decision to make indentation syntactically significant can only look good if you don't habitually use s-expression motion commands when editing. Sigh.

  • 2020-06-06T16:40:10Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Senator Inhofe: General Milley "told me that he intends to honor his oath and uphold the delicate balance between civilians and the military".

    <facepalm>

    It's not a "delicate balance". It's not a "balance" at all. What part of civilian control of the military don't you und...

  • 2020-06-04T21:50:40Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Heading downtown to add one more person to the protests tonight. Everybody should be able to breathe.
  • 2020-06-04T17:36:57Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Today is June 4th, the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and the end of the last public uprising for democracy in mainland China.

    Hats off to the HKers who gathered in remembrance, despite the first-ever ban on doing so in Hong Kong.

  • 2020-06-03T22:59:26Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It was inevitable that Trump would eventually force the military to choose sides. Obsequious displays of loyalty are the only emotional reward he knows -- the more egregious and improper the demand, the greater the reward.

    We're finally at that moment.

    If the man would stop running his mouth and actually act he wouldn’t have nearly so many issues.  However we would have Jeb Bush instead of Trumpy then.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-06-04T02:12:00Z

  • 2020-06-01T19:33:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hi, @shopAkira. A man carrying an assault rifle and dressed in quasi-military gear was standing outside your Hyde Park, Chicago store yesterday (53rd and Lake Park). He apparently claimed that you hired him to provide security. Was he telling the truth?

  • 2020-06-01T19:22:57Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hi, @emacs and @sachac. You / your audience might be interested in the fact that "Emacs" is specifically listed on this page:

    https://framaforms.org/expression-of-interest-expanding-software-heritage-1589195728

    TL;DR: @SloanFoundation funded @SWHeritage to extend their archive's coverage, so they're now seeking domain experts to help.

  • 2020-06-01T17:06:03Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you want to support the protests but can't be out there yourself (or even if you can), a great thing to do is donate to a bail bond fund. I just gave $100 to Chicago's @ChiBondFund -- https://chicagobond.org/donate/. Join me?

    I wish the form had space to say his name: #GeorgeFloyd

  • 2020-05-28T20:55:46Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It still bothers me that there's no widely-recognized uncountable abstract noun in English corresponding to the verb "to exceed". I've been using "excession", as in "the log-limit excession turned out to be due to the app still being in debug mode", but it may not catch on...
  • 2020-05-28T20:33:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Who the hell puts a public service message behind a paywall? I don't get it.


    Money comes before "the public" 😅

    JanKusanagi at 2020-05-29T12:07:14Z

  • 2020-05-27T18:35:47Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Well, well, well. That hoary old phrase "the laboratory of the states" has never been more appropriate.

    I'll bet Justice Louis Brandeis didn't see *this* coming when he coined it.

  • 2020-05-27T18:18:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Look at this: someone's offering software that tries to make Markdown behave (sort of) like Org Mode -- but they're not even doing it as #opensource.

    My prediction? Paaaaaaiiiiinnnn.


  • 2020-05-27T17:24:19Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I try to avoid calling elected officials "evil", really I do. There are legitimate differences of opinion, disagreements in philosophy of government, etc.

    But... I just... Why does Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL) want *so badly* to prevent people from voting?


    If you weren't following this closely: this was a statewide ballot initiative that won with 64.5% of the vote. That is not a small margin. The spirit and the text of the amendment were crystal clear. Ron DeSantis is blocking what Floridians voted for.


    Karl Fogel at 2020-05-27T17:32:11Z

  • 2020-05-24T18:31:45Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Double win: This is a good talk by @vmbrasseur, *and* she put it online in this amazingly awesome format that all presenters should use when publishing their talks (at least when they have full written text available). Thanks, @vmbrasseur!


    murph likes this.

  • 2020-05-22T05:36:26Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I wonder if Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) would like to comment on Trump's recent statement about Henry Ford's "good bloodlines"?

    We can't rely only on those with living memory of WWII (let alone veterans of it) to understand what Trump is doing here -- but they will see it clearly.

  • 2020-05-19T16:18:08Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    A lesson in data ethics (and more generally in civil service ethics).


  • 2020-05-19T14:58:45Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I need a word like "recent" but for the near future instead of the near past. You know, like "Our florbnazz research partner Jocelyn should have access to the spreadsheet". It's not quite the same as "upcoming"... does English even have the word I'm looking for?

    I'm guessing not, given how often one sees the construction "soon-to-be", which we obviously wouldn't use if we had a real word for this.

  • 2020-05-14T22:26:08Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hunh. @OpenSourceOrg and @LinuxHiker, I'm confused by https://opensource.org/node/1063.

    Work-for-hire is fine as long as that work is #opensource. What's the problem? Many programmers do it (I have too), & our company, @OpenTechStrat, often engages people to build FOSS works for hire.