Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

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

  • 2022-09-01T14:39:25Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    After much careful thought -- and having avoided any actual research, naturally -- I am now sure that the "is" in "island" and "isthmus" must be cognate.

    That leads to another question:

    What is a thmus? Can I buy some thmusfront property?

  • 2022-07-27T13:59:50Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you've been looking for the One True Article that gives every reason why the U.S. Senate filibuster should not be preserved, and convinces, then look no further -- @JoshTPM has written it:

    "The Filibuster Is a Direct Threat to American Democracy"


  • 2022-07-22T03:18:02Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Absolutely wild new technique for random surfing:

    Take any hash (a Git commit, the md5sum of a doc, anything). Put it into ${SEARCH_ENGINE}, then: search, truncate by 1 char, search, truncate, search, and so on.

    Eventually, results start appearing. They're always interesting.

    Mike Linksvayer likes this.

  • 2022-07-18T14:30:18Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Close those tabs, close those tabs! C'mon, Karl, it's crucial mental hygiene. Every open tab represents a solemn commitment to the universe to do... something... with... something in the tab... eventually... aaaaand closing the tab fulfills that commitment! Right? Right.

    Having to remember to "close tabs" is only a problem for those with huge amounts of RAM, who can afford to have many open in the first place 😁

    JanKusanagi @identi.ca at 2022-07-19T14:24:37Z

  • 2022-07-14T19:04:43Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It is only a matter of time -- and probably not very much time -- before some enterprising pizza parlor (maybe in a university town, but I kind of hope not!) realizes that a pizza shaped into the famous JWST
    @NASAWebb hexagons-in-a-hexagon pattern will sell like, ahem, hotcakes.

  • 2022-07-14T18:58:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Probably almost anyone who sees my tweets also reads @XKCD, but still, this is just to say that I am wrapping https://xkcd.com/2645/ in a big, warm heart emoji.

  • 2022-07-13T04:00:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Gawking over the JWST @NASAWebb images like everyone else, and comparing to Hubble images (hat-tip to https://johnedchristensen.github.io/WebbCompare/). I was going to ask why point sources of light in Hubble have 4 "spikes" while JWST's have 6+, but I just now found the answer:


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  • 2022-07-12T21:07:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    So izzat a positive result? It's so hard to tell with these rapid tests; the line can be quite faint...



  • 2022-06-28T23:48:31Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Just to be clear: if I ever attempt to seize power in a constitutional democracy, my coup will have some effing *production values*, okay?

    These lily-livered, bet-hedging pardon puppies should all go to jail, yes, but then they should also go to school and learn some history.

    Didn't even get his own _bodyguards_ on board?  I mean, sheesh.  I guess amateur hour lasts all year now.
  • 2022-06-23T17:18:09Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    What I love is that even within the fake elector scheme, Trump had to do a con-within-a-con. He told the FEs they were there in case Trump won some court cases -- but *really* they were there for Mike Pence to object to the legitimate electors on Jan. 6 and then call the FEs in!
    So he couldn't even be straight with his own co-conspirators.

    It's just so perfectly true to form. There's an almost aesthetic quality to his mendaciousness -- in the Olympics of dishonesty, he is at this point competing only with himself.

    Karl Fogel at 2022-06-23T17:22:51Z

  • 2022-06-17T16:06:43Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It's really poor planning on the part of the English language that we use the same word, "last", to mean both "most recent" and "final". Those are two very different things, and in some circumstances having semantic leakage between them is quite unwelcome.

    Thanks for listening.

  • 2022-06-02T14:57:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you sent me email at my personal address from 25 May 2022 and 1 June 2022, there is a high likelihood that I lost it, so please resend.

    (Pilot error while debugging some email configuration problems. No, I don't want to talk about it :-). The relevant information is above.)

  • 2022-05-28T12:07:02Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hey @ATT, it's 7:05am Central Time as I'm calling your customer service line, so the recorded message saying "Please call back during our regular business hours, 7 o'clock AM to 9 o'clock PM Central Time..." rings, ahem, a little hollow, if I may put it that way?

  • 2022-05-23T17:38:55Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Someone please invent the Conquer programming language, so that qualified developers can put the line "Go, Forth, and Conquer" on their résumés. Thank you.

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  • 2022-05-13T18:36:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I realize that "complain about ${JRANDOM_GLOBAL_MEGACORP'S_PRODUCT}" is the most boring kind of Twitter, but just in case anyone's listening out there in the void:

    Is Google really making it *impossible* to turn off Assistant in Android? Esp for voice calls? Really, Google??

    Luckily this is not twitter.com 😎

    JanKusanagi @identi.ca at 2022-05-13T20:01:39Z

    I meant Twitter in the generic sense :-), JanKusanagi.

    (Well, actually I cross-post, as you probably guessed, and don't always think to change the service reference!)

    Karl Fogel at 2022-05-14T04:50:26Z

  • 2022-05-13T17:50:48Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    What a model of explanatory technical writing by @alyssarzg! I learned a ton from reading this.


  • 2022-05-03T20:47:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Science needs more poetry:

    "Osmium is also the most infusible of metals, remaining unaffected by a degree of heat capable of causing platinum to run like water. It resists even the inconceivable temperature of the electric arc."

    Now *that* makes me want to get to know a metal.

  • 2022-04-15T18:55:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Happy 100th birthday, Harold! We miss you. Rest in peace; rest in power.