Dan Lyke 18:01:38+0000 (2024-05-23)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2304,-122.634)

So I turned on the https://udm14.com/ hack in Firefox to take the summarization out of my Google results. Last night we got home from an event and realized we needed distilled water for Charlene's CPAP, so I went searching for who might be open after 11PM. A lot of grocery store web site information design really sucks, and Google is better than I thought at extracting information from their web pages.

Dan Lyke 17:49:03+0000 (2024-05-23)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2304,-122.634)

Apparently the Kagi/Vlad thing is up again, and I'm thinking about some discussion in the local political scene, where someone is very vested in the process they participated in 2+ decades ago, and I'm like "dude, look at the outcomes". If the response is "yeah, that's why we need more of the process that got us here", then we're not going to find agreement. https://hackers.town/@lori/112491062169046101

Dan Lyke 22:59:00+0000 (2024-05-22)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2304,-122.634)

The existential risk from "AI" isn't "are they going to become hyper-intelligent and wipe us out", they still need us to do the work. The way that Meta's algorithms have fueled the rise of fascists, humans are already doing the work. The existential threat is here. Now.

Dan Lyke 16:34:53+0000 (2024-05-22)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2249,-122.628)

Look, memory is cheap these days, why don't we just double Unicode out to 8 bytes per character and just store 8×8 bit rasters? https://transmom.love/@elilla/112484801016659228

Dan Lyke 01:11:37+0000 (2024-05-22)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2304,-122.634)

Holy crap. Why does every web browser think it can do better than the damned system printer dialog? Holy crap stop fucking things up and just give me the real damned thing.

Dan Lyke 00:20:02+0000 (2024-05-21)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.246,-122.643)

Okay, this is long overdue, because the whole "rather run into a man or bear in the woods" meme is completely played out, but someone posted a reference to this again, and Charlene has made her choice *absolutely* clear. (Taken at a wildlife rescue where they were trying to acclimate the bear cub to humans before the little bundle of cuteness became a large bundle of dangerous cuteness.) (This time with pic)

Dan Lyke 00:19:35+0000 (2024-05-21)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.246,-122.643)

Okay, this is long overdue, because the whole "rather run into a man or bear in the woods" meme is completely played out, but someone posted a reference to this again, and Charlene has made her choice *absolutely* clear. (Taken at a wildlife rescue where they were trying to acclimate the bear cub to humans before the little bundle of cuteness became a large bundle of dangerous cuteness.)

Dan Lyke 17:24:22+0000 (2024-05-20)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2262,-122.639)

So OpenAI claims a user base of 180.5 million, with 1.6 billion "visits" in December 2023. Okay, 8.8 uses per user, seems low. Dig deeper, find a more recent $133M monthly revenues. $20/user, that's 6.5M paid users. Except a good bit of that's probably API charges, not direct users. I mean, 6.5M paid users is a 35th of a Spotify, 163% of Notion, nothing to sneeze at, but...

Dan Lyke 23:08:19+0000 (2024-05-19)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2304,-122.634)

Trying to figure out how to print a banner on a Mac. Finding out that all of the answers people found online have disappeared as the operating system has lost features. So I reverted back to "poster" on an Ubuntu box, and I can't believe how much of the progress of personal computing has been the removal of capabilities. And ... I'm really sick of the Mac as a primary platform. It's just a pain in the ass relative to real OSes. But, I have the hardware from work....

Dan Lyke 02:54:18+0000 (2024-05-19)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

Cutting the recess for the lamp...

Dan Lyke 02:53:05+0000 (2024-05-19)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

We had some glass butterflies and a hummingbird that we picked up somewhere, and a piece of lemon verbena that came from Charlene's grandmother's house in San Francisco, so I made a lamp

Dan Lyke 18:56:09+0000 (2024-05-18)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

Google's attempts to insert "AI" into every orifice through anti-patterns that get accidentally invoked is going just great. Image reads "Related insights: key points from this page: unable to generate key points from this page."

Dan Lyke 03:22:27+0000 (2024-05-18)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2249,-122.628)

Holy crap, these Roland Emmerich disaster movie trailers are getting terrifying.

Dan Lyke 02:41:01+0000 (2024-05-18)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2317,-122.637)

Sigh. It's "the smell of gasoline" weekend* in Petaluma, and the increase in careless driving has commenced. Gotta hunker down at home or get out of town this weekend. * "Salute to American Graffiti", which means lots of carbureted engines, unburned hydrocarbons, and even more than usual care needed in sidewalks. And squealing tires.

Dan Lyke 01:52:03+0000 (2024-05-18)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2262,-122.639)

I'm so old, I remember when web developers tried to get a page's initial load size under 40k so that readers would see content in less than 30 seconds... Now "Waiting for www.google-analytics.com..." is up long enough for me to look around a bit, get bored, grab a screenshot, and post snark.

Dan Lyke 01:44:34+0000 (2024-05-18)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2262,-122.639)

I'm hearing a lot of chatter about various encrypted messaging systems, and I want to adapt the first system that makes it easy for me to: * set up a server that uses my domain. * pipe incoming messages to processes, and send from my system. * retrieve and read my messages on a variety of devices. In other words, give me the basic functionality that email used to have. And we can solve the spam problem with something like Brian Warner's PETMail proposal, though cryptologically verified senders will help with that.

Dan Lyke 01:53:30+0000 (2024-05-17)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.237,-122.638)

Just realized that I'm so old, I remember when AI was going to be the sorts of information models and "expert systems" and knowledgebases that people are now saying is the necessary technology to tie to LLMs to give them the reasoning ability...

Dan Lyke 01:18:05+0000 (2024-05-17)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.237,-122.638)

AI is *so* useful for summarizing. To be fair to Bing, it did give better info a little further down in excerpts from actual search results, but the summary to "how many calories are in a 34oz serving of Stouffer's meat lover's lasagna?" was "360 calories".

Dan Lyke 00:00:55+0000 (2024-05-17)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.237,-122.638)

_OpenAI strikes deal to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT_ (https://www.reuters.com/markets/deals/openai-strikes-deal-bring-reddit-content-chatgpt-2024-05-16/) and... uh... someone thinks this is going to improve the quality of OpenAI answers? The future is people acting on shitpost derived generated text as legal advice.

Dan Lyke 23:20:20+0000 (2024-05-16)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.237,-122.638)

Seeing a lot of people condemn Harrison Butker's speeches, but not a whole lot of people pointing to the college administrations that hired him for commencement speeches, knowing *exactly* what he was going to say. And, like, the Catholic schools, sure, they're dedicated to suppression of women and covering for child abusers, I get that, but Georgia Tech? Can you imagine being a woman and a student there knowing the administration signed off on that?

Dan Lyke 18:23:16+0000 (2024-05-16)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.237,-122.638)

In a speech to the CALLERLAB convention recently, Ted Lizotte (and the Board of Governors) suggested coalescing the Basic 1 & 2, SSD, Mainstream, and Plus square dance programs into just MS and Plus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUaSE0LbyvE Feeling very much like we need a few more callers in this area so I can just dance, and continue exploring my voice by finding a band to sing with. Calling is fun, but but I don't think square dancing is the activity to build my community around.

Dan Lyke 18:11:59+0000 (2024-05-16)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.237,-122.638)

Yesterday's LLM goofiness, and various stuff about the value of "prompt engineering", is definitely a window into how much humans will contort their own mechanisms for interaction in order to support the social biases around them.

Dan Lyke 07:34:45+0000 (2024-05-16)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2248,-122.628)

facebook: because a laugh reaction on that meme 2 months ago when it was fresh, and from a friend, definitely means you want to see it fourteen gazillion times from every content thief who reposts it without attribution for the rest of time, while actual friends are posting life updates that get buried.

Dan Lyke 23:56:34+0000 (2024-05-15)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2497,-122.628)

Inspired by https://toot.cat/@devopscats/112445057997076822 I asked Gemini to help me get a man and his 5 chickens across the river on a boat.

Dan Lyke 18:04:29+0000 (2024-05-15)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2512,-122.628)

Went to a new to me book club last night (because they were talking about Henry Grabar's Paved Paradise) called "Books and Brews", that was held outside in Wickersham park. When the "Brews" part was brought up, the consensus was that there wasn't really a place in Petaluma to go and have a beer with a group discussion any more. With Maguire's upstairs gone, everything else is too loud. I think we need to do some serious consideration of our "third spaces".

Dan Lyke 01:02:21+0000 (2024-05-15)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2271,-122.634)

So are people posting videos of themselves doing cover songs to YouTube actually getting sync licenses?

Dan Lyke 00:19:00+0000 (2024-05-15)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2271,-122.634)

I use Google voice recorder on my phone to record my vocal lessons, and go back and work on songs from that. It helpfully marks regions of the recording with "Speech", "Music", and during my warm-up, when we're exploring the upper reaches of my range, "Dog". Now need to go back to one of the sessions where we worked on "Hey There Lonely Girl" and see what it did with *that*....

Dan Lyke 20:33:19+0000 (2024-05-14)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2271,-122.634)

So on the one hand, I'm on board with the context in which Kamala Harris is saying "We have to know that sometimes people will open the door for you and leave it open. Sometimes they won’t, and then you need to kick that fucking door down." On the other hand I'm like "once a cop, always a cop"... https://mastodon.social/@charlotteclymer/112434684126138741

Dan Lyke 22:37:33+0000 (2024-05-12)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2248,-122.628)

Damn it, Facebook, it's "fewer". (Image is of a Facebook prompt adding if I'd like to "...see more or less posts like this in Feed".)

Dan Lyke 18:01:31+0000 (2024-05-12)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2271,-122.631)

Skimming through this thread on "does CoPilot actually increase productivity", and I have this feeling that a lot of people using programmer-"helper" tools like that aren't using expressive languages. And I include the C preprocessor in "expressive languages". https://lobste.rs/s/u9kgo4/did_github_copilot_really_increase_my

Dan Lyke 17:23:47+0000 (2024-05-12)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2248,-122.628)

My mom.posts Weston A Price Foundation events on Facebook, but every time I see "WAPF" in a post I wonder what her community has to do with Cardi B and Megan The StallIon

Dan Lyke 00:36:13+0000 (2024-05-12)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2333,-122.639)

Unclear whether "plant-based barista milk" is milk from plant-based baristas, or...?

Dan Lyke 19:09:30+0000 (2024-05-11)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2249,-122.628)

So many pictures from last night's aurora, so much "that one is cool", but did I already upload it? So... Pretty sure I didn't post this one yet.

Dan Lyke 09:16:54+0000 (2024-05-11)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

The moon did probably diminish seeing a bit

Dan Lyke 09:15:56+0000 (2024-05-11)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2249,-122.628)

Though the colors didn't look this intense to the naked eye...

Dan Lyke 09:14:37+0000 (2024-05-11)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

Okay, that excursion to Lake Sonoma was totally worth it.

Dan Lyke 05:16:09+0000 (2024-05-11)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

Bagheera the cat is being inconspicuous. With picture

Dan Lyke 05:15:29+0000 (2024-05-11)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

Bagheera the cat is being inconspicuous.

Dan Lyke 22:38:10+0000 (2024-05-10)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2451,-122.643)

That moment when you go "oooh" to the marketing mail from the fitness music vendor because their senior-focused "Retro Revival (Ok Boomer)" collection is likely exactly the right speed for square dancing. And that uncomfortable dawning realization... (It's okay, it has lyrics, it's not gonna work...)

Dan Lyke 03:24:59+0000 (2024-05-10)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2248,-122.628)

Another shot of the music stands.

Dan Lyke 03:23:58+0000 (2024-05-10)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2248,-122.628)

All I need now is a band... And talent... Uhhh... Okay, maybe not the best project, then. Two of these are okay, two of these are pretty rough, all could use some attention to finishing, and I'm going back and forth on whether the legs need a locking mechanism. But I learned a lot about methods of work, know where I need to tune process, and got a couple of music stands that I'm not sure where to store...

Dan Lyke 00:36:12+0000 (2024-05-10)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2249,-122.628)

How do I know Google search sucks now? I just went searching for a ChatGPT logo mashed up with Goatse, and found nothing. And I *know* the Internet got there before I did.

Dan Lyke 05:25:10+0000 (2024-05-08)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.225,-122.628)

It is hogwash like this rant on design which show that it was a mistake to ever give designers control over colors on the web, and CSS is awful, and we should go back to HTML v1 and let users set their own colors. https://uxplanet.org/basicdesign-never-use-pure-black-in-typography-36138a3327a6

Dan Lyke 20:26:43+0000 (2024-05-07)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2271,-122.631)

on my own "Azure Services" resource page, clicking on a configured resource and copying "Key 1" or "Key 2" and putting that in the headers is currently giving me a 401 error, but holy crap, the number of different answers on this page shows that Microsoft has some *serious* process issues: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/40867834/where-to-find-my-ocp-apim-subscription-key-in-windows-azure

Dan Lyke 19:07:27+0000 (2024-05-07)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2271,-122.631)

Attempting to create a Bing API key for some work stuff. Holy shit, does Microsoft just not employ anyone who's ever thought about user experience, or has this shit been A/B tested in order to extract the maximum revenue? It's hard to believe the latter, given how hard it is to get to a point when anything's usable, even having given them my credit card...

Dan Lyke 17:59:49+0000 (2024-05-07)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2271,-122.631)

Holy crap. Nixle alert warning of an AT&T 911 outage at 9:13 on May 1st, alert clearing that warning today, May 7th, at 8:40. I can hear the collective eye-rolling of my friends who've provisioned mission critical systems...

Dan Lyke 01:22:53+0000 (2024-05-07)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2446,-122.638)

Well, I have been trying to use Safari as my main work browser, but after the 4th forced Jira login today, and coming back to it unresponsive after I go through Google 2FA (even when I check "remember this device"), I'm back to Chrome for my Jira stuff, and Safari just do deal with debugging WKWebView crap. Sigh. "Web Standards" that have anything to do with display and JavaScript were a mistake.

Dan Lyke 23:50:04+0000 (2024-05-06)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2446,-122.638)

I occasionally wonder if I'm falling behind on software development process stuff, but every time I read a book on the topic it feels like it's rehashing stuff that was pretty settled 40 years ago (and coming to the same recommendations, which, still, nobody's actually implementing). Which... walking by the movie theater shows that they're rehashing TV shows from 40 years ago, so maybe I'm not falling behind. I do need to catch up on syntax, but doing that for all of the languages is tiring.

Dan Lyke 23:34:49+0000 (2024-05-06)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.2446,-122.638)

A WKWebView in one window silently failed to load a .css file from the app bundle. All of the other web views in other windows configured identically were fine. So that's fun. I miss when computing at least tried to be deterministic.

Dan Lyke 21:44:01+0000 (2024-05-06)— twitter (1/0) facebook (0/0) flutterby (1/1) — Lat,Lon: (38.235,-122.64)

More goslings!