Karl Fogel kfogel@identi.ca

Chicago, United States

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

  • 2021-07-26T01:39:41Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It is one of the mini-tragedies of the English language that there is no prefix adverbial option for "early".

    "The test allows us to earlily detect..." Bzzzt! Sorry, you must put "early" *after* the verb, where it fails to convince as an adverb and interferes with other things.

    I simply don't know why I wasn't consulted when these things were being decided.

    Karl Fogel at 2021-07-26T01:40:17Z

    (And anyone who tells me to "just write around it" will be zapped from orbit, so please don't even _think_ about it.)

    Karl Fogel at 2021-07-26T01:43:33Z

    the important question IMHO is how come early is not always an adverb, despite the '-ly' suffix, and how come it's not related with ears (or is it? :-)

    Alexandre Oliva at 2021-07-27T18:01:50Z

  • 2021-07-22T00:42:06Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    May peace prevail upon the Earth.

    But if peace does not prevail, may my team win.

    (This more or less sums up my feelings after every time I read a newspaper, or for that matter surf my usual Internet sites. This is probably not healthy, right?)

  • 2021-07-21T05:04:02Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    In the phrase "the exact same thing", the word "same" is an adjective. So why don't we write "the exactly same thing"? It sure seems like "exact" is modifying "same", and an adjective that modifies another adjective should be transformed into its adverb form, right?


  • 2021-07-20T20:07:51Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Conversations I am ready to have:

    Anti-vaxxer: "The state shouldn't be in the business of protecting people from their own decisions!"

    Me: "How do you feel about state-mandated building codes? Especially lately?"

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    JanKusanagi at 2021-07-20T21:11:36Z

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    I would go for the erectile dysfunction angle. Cleveland Clinic is still trying to nail down definitively if there is a link between COVID-19 and follow-on erectile dysfunction. Why take the chance? Get the vaccine and not wreck the blood vessels in all the organs in your body.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2021-07-21T04:46:42Z

  • 2021-07-17T21:47:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers


    Now that the word "inequity" is being used all the time to mean something that's sort of a superset of "inequality" (not criticizing this, btw -- it's complex), the word "iniquity" will first disappear for a while and then start to be used as a synonym of "inequity".

    (Well, "synonym" is the wrong word there -- I really just mean an alternate spelling of "inequity".)

    Karl Fogel at 2021-07-17T21:48:22Z

    uhh, why?  are people mispronouncing them so that they sound the same?  I guess they share a recent-ish etymological ancestor anyway, so it probably wouldn't be too much of a loss: I did not even know iniquity was an English word, FWIW :-)  thanks for sharing

    Alexandre Oliva at 2021-07-18T22:27:16Z

  • 2021-07-16T17:31:32Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If Twitter wanted to play this game honestly, they'd offer a second mark (say, the Mauve Checkmark) that means "This account rejects the concept of Twitter verification and will refuse a Blue Checkmark if offered". *Any* account automatically gets the Mauve Checkmark on request.
  • 2021-07-14T16:45:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    In case you hadn't noticed, the Chicago Justice Project (@CPJJustProj, https://chicagojustice.org/) has been rocking the house lately. They do a ton of good work on a shoestring budget. I donated $100 last night -- can some of y'all please make me look miserly? Thank you.

  • 2021-07-14T16:30:57Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Very nice historical point in a wide-ranging piece by @pbkauf (paraphrased): "Foundations and universities have come together before to underwrite massive projects to systematically examine why so much balderdash is in the air."

    Good to remember!

  • 2021-07-14T16:14:19Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you thought (as I did) that the free speech legal tradition in the U.S. all comes from the First Amendment, take the time to read this amazing article by @glakier!  Turns out there's a lot of non-1A free speech law and precedent -- and courts are intermittently aware of this.

  • 2021-06-26T00:33:35Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Who made the scrollbars so narrow?

    Just tell me. Tell me, that I may TP their whole front yard -- with dental floss.

    In sane environments, that's up to the user. And in sane programs, that's derived from the environment.

    Too bad there's so much insanity in both areas... 😕

    JanKusanagi at 2021-06-27T22:44:30Z

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  • 2021-06-24T22:38:59Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I think of myself as someone who's good at English spelling. But then yesterday I discovered that a supposedly familiar word is originally spelled "impostor" and that "imposter" is a recent variant...

    ...ah, I think you can all finish the rest of this joke yourselves!

    heh :-)

    that got me wondering whether 'impost' exists as a verb in English.  I can't imagine what 'imposter' would derive form otherwise.  turns out impost is only a noun, and impose is the verb, but impost[oe]r carries not only the sense of imposition that associates it with impose, but also that of false pretenses.  AFAIK only the latter meaning survived in pt and es; I was surprised by the non-fraudulent sense it can have in English.  I wonder whether it is etymological or accidental.

    FSFLA has had this campaign against imposed tax software, a lossy translation of the "softwares impostos"  pun: impostos is plural for both imposed and tax, and we chose plural because somehow the pun didn't seem to work in the singular form.  I might have suggested "imposed impost software" for the English translation, had I known the word "impost" back then :-)

    Alexandre Oliva at 2021-06-25T02:19:34Z

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  • 2021-06-17T15:20:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    It's mid-June and the award for Least Surprising Headline Of 2021 is already in:

    "Virtual reality ads make their way to Facebook's Oculus headsets"

    I'm not even going to bother to link to the story, because, really, do you need it? You can Google it on DuckDuckGo if you want.

    My life improved after getting rid of Facebook. I am not nearly as upset.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2021-06-17T19:17:33Z

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  • 2021-06-16T15:43:36Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Okay, I've got a SPAC made entirely of NFTs.

    Who's in?

  • 2021-06-07T17:27:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    If you really want to freak people out, start casually referring to the present as "the Inter-War Period".

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  • 2021-06-04T04:06:09Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just started a new Emacs and it got process ID 1532027. I think it might be time to finally reboot.

    Nah, you probably have a high kernel.pid_max that allows such high numbers early on.

    JanKusanagi at 2021-06-04T14:30:45Z

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  • 2021-06-03T06:07:22Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Welp, on the bright side, everybody's computer and network security is about to get a *lot* better.

    Meanwhile, I am so, so glad neither my car nor any other major appliances are connected to the Internet.

  • 2021-05-26T19:17:46Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Sometimes I'm re-reading code I wrote a while ago and I run across a comment and I'm like "Oh, wow, yeah, my gosh, I totally remember shaving that yak and IT WAS AN ENORMOUS YAK..."

  • 2021-05-26T01:06:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers


    Musk's company were to publish a series of short stories about grey metamorphic rock, on paper a surprisingly fresh shade of cyan-green, and were to market them so aggressively that everyone else stopped using that color,


    "Tesla 'Slate Tales' steal least stale teals."

  • 2021-05-25T03:24:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hi, @WFMT. It happened again: at 6:58pm tonight a lovely keyboard piece ended and the announcer went right into a Wintrust advertisement, without saying what the piece was or who had played it.

    This happens a lot lately. Help? "Outros" are even more important than intros...

  • 2021-05-24T23:20:45Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    The logical outcome of the Monty Python sketch.