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danjac

@danjac@masto.ai

Software developer/professional Jira ticket puncher.

Originally British, naturalized Finn. Interested in #scifi #fantasy #movies #opensource #python #django #javascript #running #nature #art #podcasts #languages #history

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Header pic: Pascal Blanche https://pascalblanche.artstation.com/projects/r9ZEKL

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French spelling is not entirely logical, but I find that once the common patterns and exceptions are internalized, I can guess the pronunciation of the written word with about 90% accuracy.

As an English native speaker I cannot tell you how to say the surname "Laughlin".

danjac,
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@humanhorseshoes I'm aware it's an Irish name (I'm also of Irish descent). But the English spelling nevertheless has mangled whatever the original Gaelic spelling and pronunciation were.

danjac,
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@humanhorseshoes the original Irish (or Scottish) surname is actually Gaelic-Norse, "Lochlann" or "Lakeland", which is pretty straightforward. Gaelic does a lot of vowel and consonant mutation depending on grammar, which is one reason the odd spellings get mangled by English.

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@humanhorseshoes my grandfather and his brother spoke Gaelic, and I grew up in Scotland, so yeah, I know.

danjac,
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@humanhorseshoes one similarity between Russian (and other Slavic) languages and Gaelic (Scottish or Irish) is the agreement between soft and hard consonants.

So with Russian you have a "soft ending" you have to follow with a soft vowel e.g. поле/поля́, as in Irish rith/rithim vs fan/fanaim.

danjac, to random
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60 years of progress folks!

NASA 1964: successful landing of probe on Moon
NASA 2024: probe trips over its own foot

melissabeartrix, to random
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The best politician is one that doesn't want the job

Hugz & xXx

danjac,
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@davidtheeviloverlord @melissabeartrix in "Songs of Distant Earth" he also introduced the idea of president chosen by random, like jury duty.

danjac,
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@duckwhistle @davidtheeviloverlord @melissabeartrix yeah, would be a lot cheaper just to give them the equivalent of a lottery win and a few million to retire on for the rest of their life.

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danjac,
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@mu @koteisaev the tankies (i.e. old school Stalinists) are authoritarian, but that doesn't make them right wing. Probably not much comfort if you are shot and thrown into a ditch for being a Kulak rather than Jewish though.

danjac,
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@lawas @jeffowski "far left" to an American means a very different thing to someone from Eastern Europe though. A far leftist in the US would be a social democrat here.

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@lawas @jeffowski yeah - as Orwell and the POUM would have pointed out (had the POUM leadership not been purged by the NKVD of course).

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@koteisaev most scholars would distinguish Leninism and fascism by aims rather than outcomes - so the left was internationalist vs nationalist, fascism embraced private industry where communists wanted to seize the means of production etc.

Again, little comfort to those who had to suffer either regime, rather an indication of how different ideological outlooks can lead to the same end result.

danjac,
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@koteisaev that sounds like an odd metric though: Gorbachev would have thought of himself as a "Marxist Leninist" but one would not consider him to the right of Hitler (nor as authoritarian).

The common factor in these 20th century ideologies is the sublimation of the individual to the whole. Arguably though Putin, whatever he was 40 years ago, is not a communist today, rather a ruthlessly pragmatic nationalist.

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@koteisaev regardless of whether Gorbachev was "standard Soviet apparatchik" (he was a more complex character IMHO), he is nowhere in the same league as Hitler or Stalin, whether you want to apply "right" or "left" label to him or not.

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marc andressen followed me on twitter for a few months and then immediately after unfollowing me started doing the bullshit he's currently doing, so i take full credit for the psychotic break he's clearly been in the middle of for the past year or so

danjac,
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@enkiv2 wait it's just been a year? When did he start going on about reading all the Hitler biographies?

danjac,
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@enkiv2 it feels a year or two anyway when all these billionaires started going from their usual cringy ideas to embracing far right fringe ideologies.

danjac, to random
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So Vice is getting nuked because the suits don't even want the minimal cost of bandwidth of keeping around an archived site.

danjac,
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The site had been in decline for some years since its early days as a haven of gonzo journalism, but still that is years of work and record by writers and other creatives.

The suits, of course, can only consume and destroy, never create, so they don't see the value of anything beyond the line item cost.

danjac, to random
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Sounds like Vice is about to go down

https://www.vice.com/en/contributor/karl-bode

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😆 😆 😆 😆

danjac, to random
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If found guilty I guess they will be sent somewhere they can check out but never leave

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2024/feb/22/eagles-hotel-california-lyrics-trial

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has taken to the international (conservative) stage to peddle her conspiracy view of her failure... if you want to see where the danger to comes from, don't look at the 'activists' or 'deep state' she complains about, look at the Conservative Political Action Conference attendees.

This lot are a real & present danger to us all; we need to resist their championing by our right-funded, corrupt majority ... this lot are not playing a game!

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/21/liz-truss-deep-state-cpac-far-right

danjac,
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@ChrisMayLA6 the far right owe a debt of gratitude to the Deep State for providing a cover for all their failures.

danjac, to random
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The reason I suspect Tailwind is popular is due to the requirements placed on developers by designers and PMs. I have seen many cases of clean CSS end up a mess - even devolving to style attributes - because every page just has to be a unique work of art with each paragraph and form input its own little delightful flourish.

Developers in general like clean, reusable code. Tailwind is neither. But with such stakeholders sometimes you just want the job done by Friday afternoon.

danjac,
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@carlton @webology to some extent - stock Django doesn't yet have a good "component" story (even to to the extent of Jinja macros) and it can be a pain to use tags/includes for little snippets of HTML like a button (form fields of course are their own thing).

There are some 3rd party component libraries for Django but I've generally found them a bit clunky.

danjac,
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@carlton @webology sadly DjangoCon is a bit out of my price range this year, but looking forward to seeing the talks.

Mostly I use the tags for occasions when I need some extra Python functionality that the template language can't do beyond a simple include. So a button which is just markup seems a bit overkill, particularly if you need start/end tags.

I guess the right answer here is non-framework specific i.e. native HTML components.

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@josh @carlton @webology honestly I think Jinja macros probably does 90% of what I would need a component library to do (I don't usually use Jinja with Django as I tend to run into various other issues e.g. using 3rd party apps)

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