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From the archives of my blog but still very relevant: "pytz: The Fastest Footgun in the West", about why you probably shouldn't be using pytz:

blog.ganssle.io/articles/2018/

I'm gonna alias the shell command "lick" to touch a file and change the owner to me.

To quote @`luis_in_brief:

"Chatting with @brainwane and @joshsimmons today on Free as in Friday, 1pm Pacific, over at twitch.tv/tidelift. Back episodes with awesome folks like @`kirstie_j @`melissawm @baconandcoconut and others available at tidelift.com/subscription/podc "

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WTF ... Mozilla had always running JavaScript inside PDFs disabled by default.

But now with FF 88 this option is ENABLED by default. Which means, if a PDF file contains JS it will run without any user interaction. What can possibly go wrong?

To disable this:

about:config
pdfjs.enableScripting --> false

# FF 78.10 ESR doesn't include this option and still blocks JS in PDFs by default. Just tested.

Sesame Park doesn’t allow you to bring a Leatherman into the park, but they don’t mind me walking around with these Howitzers?!

Clearly security theatre…

I have now spent like 20 minutes trying to figure out how to make a particular pie chart in LibreOffice (including web searches, trying a template, etc.) and am giving up; if any of y'all have ever successfully made a pie chart in LibreOffice and wish to help free me of this chartless ignominy, lemme know

For two days in a row these vultures were hanging around in the same trees behind my house for hours at a time.

That’s not ominous at all…

Noticed this response after I wrote a program that pulls all humans with a birthday in Wikidata with repeated queries filtering by birthday… 😅

Antoine Mazieres  
@pganssle @eumiro Hi there. I crafted a corpus of 650k names with countries and ethnicities out of PubMed. HIH ! https://gist.github.com/mazieres/0...

Anyone have a good (open) corpus or generator of human names that covers a good amount of the different types of names people can have?

Preferably tagged with ethnicity or nationality. The names don’t have to be real, just representative.

@eumiro maybe?

Got my corvid shot today. My toolmaking abilities seem to have improved a little, but I’m also starting to feel an uncontrollable urge to mob hawks and owls…

People who are interested to join in, please keep an eye on github.com/kushaldas/workshops all details will be posted there. 2 days (repeat sessions). 16th and on 18th April. Please comment there so that we can plan better.

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ArchLinux changes 

#PSA: the fontconfig path has changed from /etc/fonts/conf.avail to /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail #ArchLinux #FontConfig

If anyone’s curious how I landed on this: I signed up to do it because while the incidence of Lyme disease is fairly low in absolute terms, the rate of severe adverse effects from phase 2 trials is also very low.

But it turns out the trial is closing on Monday, so I’d need to get the first shot then, and they want 2 weeks between getting the Lyme vaccine and getting the COVID vaccine — and I’m scheduled to get the first COVID vaccine shot on Monday.

I could put off the COVID vaccine for 2 weeks, but I believe that would have practical downsides for me, and I don’t think that the practical benefits of getting the Lyme vaccine aren’t high enough to overwhelm that.

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Anyone else seen this and might be able to find it?

Like @timorl says, might not be as comprehensive as I had hoped, but anything in this vein would be a good start.

timorl  
@pganssle I vaguely remember seeing something like this ages ago, a page calculating or at least presenting data about micromorts. I doubt it would...

What brought this up today is that I’m thinking of signing up for this Lyme disease vaccine trial: clinicaltrials.chasemr.com/adu

is one of the worst states for Lyme infection, but baseline prevalence is still 0.035%.

I’m finding it very difficult to calculate the expected utility of participating in a vaccine trial for Lyme, given that I plan to do a good amount of hiking in CT in the summer, but I’m also good about wearing long pants and using tick spray.

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Does anyone else constantly wish for access to actuarial tables for everything?

What are my chances of getting Lyme disease if I go hiking 6x / month in the summer in CT? How dangerous is a motorcycle vs. bike vs. car?

I need a microcovid.org, but for everything.

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