Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

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

  • 2021-12-06T21:49:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just noticed that "Samsung" backwards is "Gnusmas", which is a holiday I would fully support, and I wonder if we could get the company to take part...

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  • 2021-12-03T04:45:01Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just got out of bed to come here and mention (before midnight) that today's date, in standard ISO-8601 YYYYMMDD format, is both a palindrome *and* (if viewed on a sufficiently clunky LCD clock) an ambigram.

    Many thanks to Noel Taylor for pointing out this very beautiful fact.

  • 2021-12-01T19:14:28Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Wow. It's like watching planets beginning to form from a protoplanetary disk around a distant star, or something:

    Put the word "iterativity" into an Internet search engine and you will see what it looks like when a word is *just* on the cusp of becoming, well, a word.

    (Also, if my conjecture is correct, this dent isn't going to age well, but that's okay.)

    Karl Fogel at 2021-12-01T19:16:13Z

  • 2021-12-01T13:01:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you haven't heard Easley Blackwood's "Microtonal Etudes", you are in for a treat. This is a work of shining genius, and I'm always surprised it's not better known (and that more people aren't writing, e.g., 15-tone and 19-tone pieces).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbuFPpiJL1o

    Hint: 20:30 !

  • 2021-11-30T16:55:45Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hey, this is an amazing opportunity. If you're involved of an open source project fiscally hosted by #OpenSourceCollective (@OpenCollect), take a look at what they're offering with @brainwane here -- it's something to clear your calendar for!





  • 2021-11-29T19:40:15Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    There is no substitute for basic science -- public health depends on this kind of research:


  • 2021-11-29T06:38:02Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hi, @compdem and @tomatlee. Polis looks very interesting, and it's great that it's open source. I'm having trouble actually finding the source code from the web site at https://compdemocracy.org/Polis/, though. I've navigated around and looked on various pages... am I just missing it?

  • 2021-11-26T19:08:57Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Karthik Chikmagalur's post "Batteries Included With Emacs" (https://karthinks.com/software/batteries-included-with-emacs/) taught me a bunch of useful things in Emacs that I didn't know about before, and I've been using Emacs for decades.

    (For some that might be an indictment of Emacs; I think it's an endorsement!)

  • 2021-11-18T19:07:38Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Seen in a late post in a recent (awesome) conversation on a mailing list:

    "I might laser engrave this entire thread onto a tiny locket and wear it around my neck for the rest of my time on Earth."

    Yes, the Internet can still bring joy sometimes, folks :-).

  • 2021-11-01T22:00:42Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Every morning I get up and choose from a bucket of antipatterns to determine which antipattern will dominate the day. From time to time, a new one magically appears in the bucket, and I accept it gratefully, full of wonderment that no matter how many I try there are always more.
    (Hey, I had to use "wonderment" instead of "wonder" to get exactly to maximum-length for Twitter. Sorry, purists.)

    Karl Fogel at 2021-11-01T22:02:25Z

  • 2021-10-22T01:38:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Collaborative editing rocks. I've scheduled time to try out https://code.librehq.com/qhong/crdt.el with a friend tomorrow (collaborative editing between two Emacs's, or should I say @emacsen -- hi! <wave>).

    But I wish I or someone had time to implement Emacs<->Etherpad. That would be *huge*.

  • 2021-10-18T16:17:57Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    TFW you discover there's a Reddit thread about your .emacs file. (Okay, a small 🧵, but still, I'm going to pretend that now I don't look like quite so obsessed putting all those comments in there as if I were the only audience all these years...)


  • 2021-10-14T16:58:29Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just want to reiterate one of the few absolutely unbending principles by which I think everyone should live their life:

    If you got there in a balloon, then you didn't go to space.

    It's that simple. The balloon is *above* you, and is buoyed by air. You aren't in space. QED.

    humorous objection: even in interstellar space there are molecules of gas here and there; there's no abrupt boundary of the atmosphere, it's rather a progression from higher to lower density of gases.  plus, I pose that, whatever direction you choose as up, if you proceed on it long enough, you're quite likely to hit a body of hot "air", be it in the baloon or making up a distant star :-)

    Alexandre Oliva at 2021-10-15T03:04:30Z

    Though I think the chances of hitting a star, or any substantial body, if you head into space in some random direction are quite low -- not zero, but very close to zero.

    Now, as for the "no abrupt boundary" issue: quite true, but surely it can be shown that there is an altitude above which no balloon that humans can realistically build could lift a human+capsule past that altitude!  :-)

    But you *did* say "humorous objection", so perhaps

    Karl Fogel at 2021-10-15T05:41:35Z

    yeah, I was thinking about that.  if you follow a straight line, it might indeed be the case that you're more likely to get to the restaurant at the end of the universe ;-) than to a star, but then there are space-time distortions that might change the picture.  now, if the "up" direction is a cone rather than a uni-dimensional straight line, then perhaps the odds of encompassing a star or even a whole galaxy cluster may get closer to 1 than to 0.  I wonder what angle would be enough to make it a near certainty

    you're most certainly right about the challenges of getting to outer space in a balloon.  as the atmosphere gets thinner, it becomes harder and harder for the equipment to be less dense than atmosphere, let alone for the density difference multiplied by the volume to balance out their slightly reduced weight

    Alexandre Oliva at 2021-10-15T10:41:15Z

  • 2021-10-05T03:47:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    8 of the 30 top posts on Hacker News right now (top 30 == the front page) are about the Facebook oopsie. That's slightly over one quarter. I don't think I've ever seen that level of saturation before... Maybe during peak HN coverage of the Snowden leaks.

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  • 2021-09-30T20:03:39Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just donated $100 to Fritz Kaegi's re-election campaign (@fritz4assessor) for Cook County Assessor (@AssessorCook) -- and will again! Join me at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fritz-q3-21?
    Kaegi is a genuine reformer who said what was wrong, said how he'd fix it, then came in and started fixing.

  • 2021-09-20T15:40:56Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Unsolicited shout-out to @VillageTannery in NYC. I finally found the purse I've been needing for a long time, among their very fine hand-made offerings, and they were great about quick small mods: finding a shoulder pad on the spot, etc. Will be back. http://villagetannery.com/

  • 2021-09-14T01:49:40Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    TFW when you misread a headline in a way that posits a whole different future:

    "Inuit to Acquire Mailchimp for $12B"

    My first reaction was "Gosh, that's interesting. Maybe this'll be a trend?"

  • 2021-09-13T16:56:40Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you're reasonably expert in GPG Agent, Debian GNU/Linux, other agent processes that might be interfering with my gpg-agent :-), and with passphrase caching in general, DM or email me. I'll pay your top consulting rate. I ain't got time to debug this all by my lonesome.
    Subversion's passphase caching (and its interaction with gpg-agent) might be an issue here too -- I'm not sure exactly which of the many moving parts is the one causing the problem, so I can't say for sure yet.

    Karl Fogel at 2021-09-13T16:58:02Z

  • 2021-09-13T16:46:18Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    TFW "something changed" in Debian (I guess?) and suddenly my carefully-set-up gpg-agent-based master-password only-type-a-password-once-designated-unit-of-time persistent secrets mechanism, on which everything else depends, is broken. Why? Dunno. Debugging now commences :-(.
  • 2021-09-08T20:43:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Ah, the age old question of English:

    When to use "we're not" and when to use "we aren't"?

    Often I'mn't sure which to choose.

    When it Feels Right™ 😏

    JanKusanagi at 2021-09-09T04:18:24Z