Links and Notes - Tue, Dec 3, 2019

12:53 p.m.

Low-light, overcast day. Barney and I took a long walk. We did not walk the two previous days because of wet conditions due to rainfall.

Dec 3, 2019 11:52 am EST
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 34 F
Humidity : 75%
Wind Speed : SW 13 mph - Gust 20 mph
Barometer : 29.79 in
Dewpoint: 27 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 25 F

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Dec 3, 2019 10:51 am

This Afternoon: Cloudy, with a high near 37. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph.

Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 11 mph.

Wednesday: A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers between noon and 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 39. West wind 14 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 8 to 14 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 25.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 39.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Sunday: Cloudy, with a high near 48.

Sunday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


A Personal API (

History of Fidonet (1993) (

i like stallman's views regarding software and technology, but this shows how smart people can also be morons.

The native life of the Farallon Islands can be protected from introduced mice by eradicating them.

Mice are not endangered, so I think we should proceed with the eradication. It will take work to protect vulnerable species (though gulls are not worth the trouble of saving), but this work will be needed just once. If we succeed in eradicating the mice from any of the Farallon Islands, the native species there will be safe indefinitely from mice; with any luck, the operation will never have to be repeated.

But it's illegal to kill gulls in the U.S. indiscriminately, unless an organization has permission from the government.

The Plain Text Project (

Ruthless Quotas at Amazon Are Maiming Employees

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo (

I switched to DDG over a week ago when I began using my new laptop full-time at home. I do not have Chrome installed either. I'm using Firefox.

Gnu net


Feed burner

Indoor lighting


Tiny letter


Search engines

Sham news sites

CSS consists of layout and paint.

Layout has to do with laying out boxes on the page (flex, grid, box model, columns, text direction, and so on).

Paint has to do with decorating boxes (colours, backgrounds, gradients, text decorations, dropcaps, and so on and so on).

Russian law lets state label journalists and bloggers as foreign agents if they get foreign funding or share content from outlets registered as foreign agents

Reuters report on podcasts finds local news pods flourishing; print and digital outlets focus more on deep dives, as broadcasters tend toward micro-bulletins

So You Think You Want to Open a Brewery (2014) (

My personal taste complaint with a lot of people who open a brewery... Everyone seems to think that more hops = better beer. There are so many other possible flavors and types to a beer than some type of IPA that is absolutely overloaded with hops. But that seems to be a very common type of thing to brew. When I open something and am assaulted with the aroma of hops, it's not appealing anymore.

It was interesting 7-8 years ago. Now it's just "oh here we go again".

I have a personal theory that the overwhelming aroma and taste of hops in a beer can be used to mask many errors and missteps in the brewing process, which might be more easily tasted by the customer if it were, for example, a weissbier.

Big Pile of Vim-Like (

Craigslist releases new mobile app for iOS and Android (

Have yet to use the mobile apps, but kudos to the Craigslist team for making their website one of the best mobile experiences out there. Loads quickly, easy to navigate, and isn't missing features compared to desktop. Certainly doesn't have the look we expect from a modern website but there's a level of usability we can all aspire to.