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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/

Has anyone got a list of questions I can ask a potential fitness trainer to ascertain whether or not they are likely to be in one of the more science-based fitness camps?

Every time I try to read a book on fitness, it’s all, “The one simple trick to get ripped abs with zero effort!” I want a fitness coach with a pragmatic, skeptical point of view.

as an asian, i can’t see anything wrong with this, @pganssle

So, basically this permanent sign is advertising that all the sushi comes with math homework?

new #covid #covid19 blog post harihareswara.net/sumana/2021/ The Delta Variant, Better Masks, and Free Testing

I am concerned about COVID-19 trends; particularly if you are in the US you should be aware and make/modify plans accordingly. Some of this post is New York City-specific.

ffmpeg programming, call for help 

if anyone knows how to mux a raw h264 stream (I get a callback each frame with ptr/len/IDR) into any format, preferably something like mpegts though, with a recent version of libavformat, please let me know
it feels like it should be pretty straightforward but I can't even get past the initialization code

Bryan Caplan makes a very compelling point that if you think first-hand accounts are not credible, you should find the news even less credible: econlib.org/first-hand-experie

I think the second two points are doing most of the work there.

I tend to agree with his assessment, but I think he’s discounting (or missing) several things working in the other direction:

  1. Institutional and reputational forces. If news consumers care about truth or if the culture among journalists is to value truth, news organizations have incentives to work against these biases.

  2. “Reliable” is ill-defined here. If most people’s threat model is “someone might lie to me, have been deceived or be wrong”, in theory news organizations may be more trustworthy - they are much more likely to simply be wrong than to lie, and they can and often do hire fact checkers to follow up more deeply into a story than any random person would.

  3. People may be aware that “shows up frequently in the news” is only weakly correlated with “happens a lot”, and may already strongly discount this factor. Reading an accurate account of a very unlikely thing is not really wrong, and it’s unclear how it compares to a dubious account of a relatively common thing in terms of pragmatic value.

For anyone who missed the reply chain, I figured this out: qoto.org/@pganssle/10679491595

Paul Ganssle  
Anyone have an idea what I’m doing wrong here? https://gist.github.com/pganssle/31a899ea34d2ecff77034b25e077b600 I can’t seem to get a minimal doc...

Anyone have an idea what I’m doing wrong here?

gist.github.com/pganssle/31a89

I can’t seem to get a minimal docker-compose configuration to expose nginx outside of the container.

(Note, replace _ with / in the file names of the gist).

Do you have a website for your family? Any interest in sharing it with me?

Looking to set something up, and I’d be interested in seeing other examples of the genre.

Another lost treasure of the internet is the sci.electronics.repair FAQ.

walshcomptech.com/repairfaq/RE

Just look at this goddamn thing. Thousands and thousands of words, chock-full of battle tested wisdom, enough to help anyone with some motivation solve their problems. Zero monetization, zero bullshit. What ever happened to that Internet? I sure do miss it.

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If you're looking for a chance to get paid to write meaningful open source software, here's one of those rare opportunities. Fully remote.

We're hiring additional software engineers to join the SecureDrop team, an open source platform to protect journalists & whistleblowers. Our posting outlines the specific skillsets we're looking for:

freedom.press/jobs/sr-software

If this describes you, please get in touch! Happy to answer questions.

Anyone in have ideas for fun and relatively unique things to do with a 3 year old (and a 1 month old) in the Salt Lake City area? (Let’s say no more than a 1 hour drive away)

Self-hosting crowd:

Is there any relatively “out of the box” solution for self-hosting services like @nextcloud, Pixelfed, etc on a local server (possibly an RPi)?

Ideally I’d store the configuration for it in a git repo or something so that I can easily re-deploy it to a new machine without much fuss.

Even a collection of ansible playbooks with a relatively good provenance would be acceptable I think.

AntennaPod 2.3 is rolling out! Already on Google Play since a couple of days, and hopefully soon also on @fdroidorg. You can now tag your subscriptions to organize them. For a full list of changes, have a look at our website: antennapod.org/blog/2021/07/2-

🦀 Software Developer, Rust

We're looking for two developers to join the team that develops and maintains the networking software at the core of the Tor network, keeping it secure and improving it for the future.
torproject.org/about/jobs/rust

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I think the fragment on the end of this NWS URL (if you reload after a few seconds you get a different one) may be a tweak to slow down auto-reloaders. Agree? Know otherwise? forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.

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