Happy Lunar New Year. Since a red picture usually accompany such greetings, here's a photo of a Common Parasol (Neurothemis fluctuans) dragonfly, showing off the details of its red wings taken at Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore, on 24 Jan, 2020.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Photography #Singapore #Insects #Dragonflies #Odonata

me when I try to use awk and it doesn't work: g god, fuck awk seriously

me when I try to use awk and it works: awk is a gift to us from the gods. it is perfect, and humanity would be doomed without it. its language can be used to express everything and it is as pure as running water. Truly an awe-inspiring piece of software

as a penance for publicly complaining about a volunteer project, I've sent @bzg a small thank you for his work on . Merci beaucoup!

Of course today is the day the website is down; I just found a bug in the version I'm running, installed at the end of December.

Those guys take the 'move fast and break things' thing a bit too seriously sometimes, I think.

From HN discussion - "This is why I use ad blockers and a pi-hole server" (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2)

This is GDPR in action. Wow.

This looks like a cool project.

"The Open Book aims to be a simple device that anyone with a soldering iron can build for themselves. The Open Book should be comprehensible: the reader should be able to look at it and understand, at least in broad strokes, how it works. It should be extensible, so that a reader with different needs can write code and add accessories that make the book work for them."

oddlyspecific.org/book/

#TheOpenBook #OddlySpecific #Arduino

sometimes i use the amazing vim command ":%s/\S/A/g | %s/A\s\|A$/AH!! /g" to have my code reflect how i feel. example follows:

RT @scihub_love
The latest Sci-Hub working domain(Last check time:Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:13:01 GMT)

sci-hub.se 
sci-hub.si 
sci-hub.tw 
lovescihub.wordpress.com 
Please retweet to your friends,help us become stronger!

Got my #mechanicalkeyboard wrist rest pad ready. It is done in my local woodwork shop for Rs. 250

If I buy this online, it costs around Rs. 1600 😉

the plural of brussel sprout really ought to be brussels sprout.

me: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, all one species

student: is that true? are you lying to me?

me: I'm your supervisor. everything I tell you is, by definition, true

student: I think that's also not true

me: also kale!

I now own reading glasses, because old. They work really well for reading, and close-up chiseling, and I guess computering. But when I need to look at something further than arm's reach away, it is a bit nauseating. Normal?

My middle to long vision is apparently still too normal to warrant non-reading type glasses

#woodworking 

#woodworking 

This page is gold. I wonder how long before Google deletes it.

"Every ad on Google is clearly marked and set apart from the actual search results. Some don't believe the distinction between search results and advertising is all that important. We do."

google.com/about/honestresults

> If you pay a man a salary for doing research, he and you will want to have something to point to at the end of the year to show that the money has not been wasted. In promising work of the highest class, however, results do no come in this regular fashion, in fact years may pass without any tangible result being obtained, and the position of the paid worker would be very embarrassing and he would naturally take to work on a lower, or at any rate a different plane where he could be sure of getting year by year tangible results which would justify his salary.

> The position is this: You want one kind of research, but, if you pay a man to do it, it will drive him to research of a different kind. The only thing to do is to pay him for doing something else and give him enough leisure to do research for the love of it.

- J.J. Thompson

Current status: battery 99% charged, estimated time remaining 234 hours.

Not a great sign, I think.

My first time seeing an alate female (winged reproductive form) of the Spiny Sugar Ant (Genus Polyrhachis). Spotted at Kent Ridge Park, Singapore, on 18 Jan 2020.

The Spiny Sugar Ant is quite common in Singapore. You can see the spines on the thorax just behind the head and on the abdomen.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ].

#iNaturalist #Nature #Photography #Singapore #Ants #Formicidae

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