Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

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

  • 2020-02-15T22:02:30Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    "There's no investigation into him", Army Secretary McCarthy said regarding Col. Alexander Vindman.

    McCarthy did not explain why he felt the need to say that. Vindman testified truthfully under oath as required. What would there be to investigate?

    Article 133 Conduct unbecoming...
    Article 134 Conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline

    Either of those could’ve been pushed or strongly hinted at from above.  Making waves on national TV in any way would’ve brought up problems whether civilian or military.  To quote 5 CFR 735.203 in pertinent part: “ An employee shall not engage in criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct, or other conduct prejudicial to the  Government.”

    That he’s being packed off to war college means his career will actually advance.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-02-17T02:28:06Z

  • 2020-02-13T18:49:37Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Please read the front page of https://talkingpointsmemo.com/ today if you weren't already deeply worried about this next stage of the Trump debacle. If you *were* already deeply worried, please read the front page of https://talkingpointsmemo.com/ today.

    There were initial indications from Eric Swalwell, of all people, that moves were afoot to just impeach Trump again but this time over the Rodger Stone issue.

    Now I'm frankly looking at vessels like this one to be combined with either this broadband solution or that broadband solution so as to just put to sea for a while. F/LOSS on the high seas sounds like a good way forward. Sadly it would be rather expensive.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-02-14T16:00:04Z

  • 2020-02-12T20:54:36Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Every year it's more important than the year before. Please join me -- and @stelvalavanis, and many others -- in supporting the @ACLU.  Protecting people from unjustly wielded state power is never going to go out of style. Yes, that's my real member ID. Let 'em come get me.

  • 2020-02-11T22:50:58Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    This clear thinking and unafraid analysis from @praxagora is exactly what I needed today:


    Reading it is basically the opposite experience from reading an equivalent amount of whatever happens to be on the top of my Twitter feed. Thanks, @praxagora.

  • 2020-02-11T19:55:50Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    My godson's amazing Chicago high-school robotics team just made it to state and are looking for a programming mentor -- key words here are Java, FTC Robotics, and Road Runner #opensource library. Anyone out there who can give them a little coaching? (@floydwebb, know anyone?)

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  • 2020-02-11T18:12:16Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Okay, English lovers (by which I mean "lovers of the English language", so stop looking at me like that):

    In a sentence like "Jane, I assume you or Sherry need to create her user account?", should it be "need" or "needs"? If the order were "Sherry or you", would that change it?

  • 2020-02-07T19:11:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Great essay by @ra on how "plain text" isn't so plain, and represents political choices that English-centric programmers are often unconsious of. Also, good news: he tells us what to do instead!

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  • 2020-02-06T22:39:10Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Those remarks were like an outtake from The Godfather.
  • 2020-02-05T16:39:21Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Today I heard @Geneorama use the phrase "raw data set" when referring to the City of Chicago's food safety inspection data.

    I think my life is complete.

  • 2020-02-04T22:20:13Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Every now and then I gaze with mild joy upon the small utilities we've created and published at https://github.com/opentechstrategies/ots-tools, and this makes me want to share them with others. If you find them useful, or have bugs to report (or enhancements to suggest), please let us know!

  • 2020-02-03T03:01:12Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Today's date is palindromic whichever order you write it in (20200202 or 02022020, depending on your style -- my style is ISO-8601, because I was raised right). Let us savor it, and let us start preparing armed resistance to those who will make false claims about Dec. 2nd, 2021.
  • 2020-01-31T15:39:31Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Okay, which is correct?

    1) "It's worth looking into sometime."
    2) "It's worth looking in to some time."
    3) "It's worth looking into some time."
    4) "It's worth looking in to sometime."

    (I have my opinion, which is of course based on sound science. But I want *yours*...)

  • 2020-01-21T17:15:05Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Nothing to be alarmed about. Just someone's passing thoughts.

    Not a bad alternative to "your whole life flashing before your eyes", but... 🤨

    JanKusanagi at 2020-01-21T17:18:10Z

    Australian thoughts, I’m guessing?

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-01-22T01:19:31Z

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    Ah, Stephen you are probably right -- I didn't think of that.

    Karl Fogel at 2020-01-22T07:22:43Z

  • 2020-01-20T14:54:43Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you're really my friend, you'll mislabel pictures of me whenever you encounter them on social media sites.

    "... you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels ... upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop!"

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  • 2020-01-20T13:10:22Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    School, back when I went to it: "The dog ate my homework."

    School today, which has robotics classes: "The homework ate my dog."

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  • 2020-01-20T04:53:25Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It's January 19th, 2020. It is my sincere hope that somewhere in the U.S.A., newborn Little Bobby Tables is taking his first breaths right now, so that on or around January 19th, 2028 he can register for SELECTive Service.

    Thank you.

    I'll see myself out.

    Ah, typo, 2038, but you get the idea.  Sigh.

    Karl Fogel at 2020-01-20T04:54:19Z

    https://xkcd.com/327/, for those not familiar with the reference

    Karl Fogel at 2020-01-20T04:55:58Z

    Is it too late to get you on the ballot as an indy candidate in your congressional district for the November 2020 election contest?

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-01-20T19:57:39Z

  • 2020-01-17T23:04:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    "...the aircraft entered a swarm of locust ... The windscreen wipers were not able to clear the windshield anymore. The crew went around, climbed to 8500 feet, depressurized the aircraft, opened the cockpit side window and cleaned the windscreen by hand."

  • 2020-01-17T18:45:17Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    How not to do #opensource, Exhibit A:

    Reject some code contributions (perfectly fine -- after all, open source means people can fork the whole project if they really want to), then feel grumpy about it and... delete your upstream entirely??  Wuh?


    I mean, freeze your copy, sure -- if you don't want to maintain, you're not obligated to maintain.  But why take extra steps to make life harder for those who might want to fork and continue the project?  That's such an odd move.  @fafhrd91, am I missing something here?
    The “Godzilla Has A Hangover” approach to open source?

    We need more robust ecosystems.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2020-01-19T23:33:30Z

  • 2020-01-17T18:19:38Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Please share: We're looking for more engineers for #opensource work. Esp: Javascript experience and experience in back-end scalability (load balancing, detecting serialization bottlenecks, etc).


    /cc @lizhenry #MozillaLifeboat #DigitalOceanLifeboat

  • 2020-01-14T23:37:42Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It is my pleasure to inform the Internet that after 54 years of marriage my parents are tied at 3000 games each of Scrabble.

    (I think they actually had another score sheet first that they lost in a move somewhere along the way, so really that's 3000 games each *at a minimum*.)