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Metrics, new Macbook charger, testcontainers

Things I’m learning about, on this day of verbs: “What metrics matter: A guide for open source projects” has a lot of good information. It’s interesting.I get to buy a new Macbook charger today; my “old” one is giving out, I think, which is frustrating.Testcontainers looks like an interesting project. I may have to try [...]

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Jacob’s Ladder, abandoning Virtuoso

I’m running out of convenient variations of “things I’m thinking about.” Man, Rush’s Jacob’s Ladder is a great song.Thoughts on Virtuoso: we needed to run a fairly large, fairly current data extraction from DBPedia, so we thought we’d be polite and run our own Virtuoso image with a mirror of the current dataset from DBPedia. [...]

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More Peter Gabriel, The Upside, Police, CSS

Things I’m thinking about wondering: One of the reasons I like Peter Gabriel so much is that, as a lyricist, he’s willing to ignore rules that I try to, like, pay attention to. In “Big Time,” for example, there’s a line: “And my heaven will be a big heaven, and I will walk through the [...]

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Big Time!, Politics and Empathy, Football

Things I am observing myself thinking about: I can’t listen to Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” these days without thinking that it’s something like Donald Trump’s theme song.I’ve hit a wall in exercising. Need more motivation. Need to push harder. (Oddly enough, my annoyance at having hit a wall was motivating.)I think a lot of the [...]

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Football fans, daily writing, fasting

Things I have observed recently: Football fans – even fans of my own favorite teams – can be absolute jerks and tools.I am committed to writing this… series or whatever it is. Yet it’s only a thing, and not the thing. Consistency is difficult.I would really love each observation to be relevant, heavy, big even [...]

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Jalen Hurts, Clemson, Politics, Teamwork

Things I am thinking about having thought about: I feel bad for Jalen Hurts. Swapped out for Tua Tagovailoa, despite having been the guy for Alabama last year… and this year, gets put in on Alabama’s last drive for mop-up duty, when the game’s already lost and there’s no flexibility left to exploit. “Go in [...]

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NCAA Football, accents, free will

Things I’m thinking about Monday: Tonight’s the last NCAA football game of the season. Thank goodness. I hope it’s a good one.I want to pronounce “Monday” with a Scottish accent, but it turns out I have no idea how to make it sound like it’s a Scottish accent. It’s not my accent, whatever it is, [...]

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Recliners, Ocasio-Cortez, trust

Things I’ve thought about thinking about: I like recliners.I wonder if the same people who are outraged about Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking as a young man are the same people who have no problem whatsoever with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing like a young woman in a video… or if the people horrified that a woman would dance [...]

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Things I may have learned recently-ish: Painting pottery is fun. I’m not very good at it. I apparently also have a thing for beer steins… out of which I drink coffee, because beer isn’t very good in my opinion. But steins are also a LOT of coffee, so it’s impractical to drink coffee from steins.Speaking [...]

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Virtuoso, people, exercise

Things I think I’ve learned today: Virtuoso – a SPARQL database that’s used by DBPedia – is surprisingly nice, but it’s also got some oddities in synchronization behavior. I have a bulk process that runs for days, and I added a “resting” phase to allow Virtuoso to handle checkpoints gracefully, etc., and finding the sweet [...]

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