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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:

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 Back episodes with awesome folks like @`kirstie_j @`melissawm @baconandcoconut and others available at "

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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:

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 !

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 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.

@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:

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, but for everything.

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