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Kia ora koutou. Joined up yesterday. Loving it so far.


- out of wood, fabric, code, ...
- not so much lately as trying to make at least a visible dent in my list of projects to do

- grew up 2nd wave, learning to be 4th

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roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Started work a bit late today after a full-on week (and then not getting to sleep till late as given new dev job that I got excited about), thinking I'd get some reading/ professional development done, do our Java Guild meeting, do a couple of PRs, and finish early.

Folks, this is not how it worked out. TGIF.

Mostly I love my job. I love development. I love being busy. I love being able to help other engineers But Fridays I like to begin to wind down.

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Although he seemed to like part of it.

"...the Government has restrained its spending in a way that means Budget 2022 actually reduces the fiscal impulse from Government to the economy, and in theory reduces some of the Government’s domestic inflationary pressures that the Opposition is so unhappy about. Budget 2022’s fiscal impulse over the next three fiscal years represents a combined 4.2% subtraction from the economy. "

I.e. fiscal policy is dampening inflation pressures, not stoking them.

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Toroa (Northern Royal Albatross) pair up for life, and return every couple of years to breed.

I'm told that last year a pair of females bonded, both laid eggs and both stayed to raise them (although the conversation staff that look after things moved one of the eggs away to another pair to be fostered, as toroa can only cope with one at at time)

So, lesbian toroa? Well, perhaps ... but both had mated. So the birds were a little more open-minded than that too 🙂

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NZ : "On the 29 deaths reported today:
Two people were in their 20s, three in their thirties, three in their fifties, four in their sixties, six in their seventies, three in their eighties and eight over the age of ninety."

Just a cold huh? Keep wearing your f**ing masks people! Stay home if you're sick.
A disaster that unfolds slower than a soundbite is too boring for us... No wonder dealing with climate change also seems beyond us.


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@Clianthus @sallyprovan I use a phone app called "Seek", by "iNaturalist" / National Geographic. It called Nertera Depressa as well :-) and did it from the screenshot.

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My mate is putting on an evening for Pasifika people who want to get into the *technical* side of IT.

If you know any Pasifika finishing high school, or looking for a career change, keen on tech and want to hang out, ask questions, eat food, get them to register here:

Please boost so it reaches the right people, and if you see a post about it on Twitter, could you RT there? Thanks!

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"However, a closer look at the Great Winter Price Freeze reveals some odd inclusions.
Pasta, cooking oil and toilet paper are all things you might include on a list of essentials, yet Countdown hasn’t. They have found room, however, for a total of 37 dessert items, as well as 29 different snacks and lollies. If you’re thirsty, you can quench your thirst with one of the 19 “essential” wines that have been price frozen."

#corporatemischief #supermarkets

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OMG That wore me out 😩 I took a "however long it takes me" approach and that was a mistake 😅. Please forgive the terrible proportions on that face, these truly are color studies and it shows 😂 That storefront is basically an abstract at this point. I improvised some clouds on the landscape and I think it saves it. The critter turned out the best I think and took the least amount of time! These are all 2" - 3". #CuratorPrompts #CuratorPrompts38 #Watercolor #ColorStudies

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From birdsite 


Bombshell testimony from Bank of England officials on the enormous ongoing economic impact of #LongCovid. Hundreds of thousands have been unable to return to work.


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What do we actually need a car for? If we had a fantastic (clean, safe, regular, reliable) public transport most trips would be unnecessary. Getting groceries home though, esp. with kids and live out if town so impractical to do a daily shop; and long family trips. That's it. One car between 5 families could do it. Would need a mix of winter holiday and summer holiday preferences though.

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Our new server scaling and services are now reflected.

📅 16 May 2022

"Hello dear members,

With the massive community growth the past month I was ‘forced’ to upgrade our main server twice to keep up with the demand and keep things stable.

Also our media has been migrated to Wasabi S3 what will cut our media storage cut in half, almost in 3!

The new services Mastodon.Coffee & have been added to the list of free services.......

😍 @stux

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The #Fediverse is so very amazing :fediverse:​❤️ That's why I run a whole bunch of different services, something for everyone!

The things I host are:

And much more! (
If you would like to support me in paying the bills for all this, any help is very much appreciated :cat_hug_triangle:

#Mastodon #PeerTube #Misskey #Pixelfed

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Imagine don't exist, but there's this person who thought of them and is trying to convince everyone else about them.

-Borrow books for free? People are going to steal them!
-You can just come in to use a computer? Well that's just going to be abused by freeloaders.
-Staff? Who is going to pay them? Why should my taxes be wasted subsidising access to books for people who haven't saved and bought their own?

How many amazing things do we dismiss? What is our society missing out on?

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A is a great example of an institution where humans collaborate with each other for motives beyond profit. It is a place where it is easy for everyone to understand how our relationships with strangers can be more than mere commercial transactions.

A library is, in a way, an space dedicated to knowledge.
It has rules and we observe them out of respect, not fear.
It has experts whose authority is not arbitrary, but knowledge based.

A library is a sanctuary from capitalism.

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#rstats question 

Hey #rstats people, I am trying to study the link between two variables over time, as in the strength of the regression.
What I expect is that my explaining variable will account for less of the variation of my response variable as time passes.
How would you test for that ? Outside of doing regression for sets of time points and then doing a regression on that, which seems a bit weird.
Let me know if my question is clear !
#data #stats

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The tragic terrorist shooting in Buffalo shows what many of us researching white extremism have long been saying: they’re communicating, sharing ideas and learning from each other in international online networks. The idea is a lone wolf is obsolete.


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