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bluGill

@bluGill@kbin.social

A programmer with an interest in transit, making music, and building things of all types.

I have dysgraphia which makes writing difficult for me. I hope you can figure out what I mean despite my issues.

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none of those recipies get sugar at all in my kitchen.

enobacon, to random
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Navigate a maze of to get your car out of the parking lot of a bar or any business that sells alcohol challenge.

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@enobacon If you serve alcohol you shouldn't be allowed to have a parking lot.

CelloMomOnCars, to Albania
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Unsung heroes.
"Seven countries now generate all of their energy from renewable sources."
None are the ones you'd think of first.

"More than 99.7 per cent of electricity in , , , , , and the comes from geothermal, hydro, solar or wind power.

Another 40 countries got at least half of their electricity from in 2021 and 2022 including 11 in Europe."

https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/04/17/wind-energy-saw-record-growth-in-2023-which-countries-installed-the-most

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@CelloMomOnCars Unfortunately some of those are extremely poor countries that need to generate and use a lot more electric just to join the modern world. The Democratic Republic of Congo was the poorest country in the world when I checked a few years ago (the list has likely changed since, but even the best case they could not move up much)

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@CelloMomOnCars There is a lot of dirty energy available and we have no idea if they will use that instead as they grow.

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There is protection here: he is in a place set aside for cars only. If you are in a car only place don't cry when you are not protected from cars in that area.

The real question is why isn't there are place for bikes that goes the same places. (Note that I didn't look at a map, I just assumed like most places there isn't a reasonable alternative for bikes)

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All too often there isn't another road as everything else is blocked, or at least leads to the expressway not in the direction you want to go. This pushes cars to the expressway (which is faster anyway), and away from places where people live. However it means you can't get very far via non-car.

mpts, to FreeBSD
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@mpts Thank you

glynmoody, to Ukraine
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Mike moves ahead with foreign aid bills despite threats to oust him - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/17/mike-johnson-oust-foreign-aid-ukraine-republican "Two fellow Republicans have threatened to remove House speaker if he advances funding proposal" well, kudos if he manages to get this through

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@glynmoody It only takes a few democrats to stand with Mike though and he won't be out. And that bi partisanship would be useful in the future. (but I said that when the last speaker was ousted and everyone was like it is only the republicans who lose)

Vinjii, to languagelearning
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I’ve noticed that I am not really passionate about anything in life. I like a lot of things, but nothing lights me up. Trying to figure out if I somehow haven’t tried THE hobby yet. How do people find out what they like?

I’d like to do some but don’t know which one. Japanese, Korean, or Mandarin. My brain keeps yelling: ALL OF THEM.

I’m thinking of doing a course. Probably in-person more so than an online one.

I’m slowly easing back into reading.

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@Vinjii What level to you want to learn a language? You can learn to say "something" or "hello" in 100 languages really quick if that is your goal, but you want be able to do anything else. If you want to sound like a native it will take a couple years of 8 hour per day study (you can spread that out over longer time if you wish). that you don't have one to focus on suggests you don't really have a need or desire to learn them other than it would be nice, so learn basic greetings (2 weeks each, 1 hour per day), and see if that is good enough.

I don't know much about photography, but it is similar: you can be satisfied with a 1 hour course on proper framing or spend years learning the ins and outs of complex topics like f-stops. Nothing wrong with either option.

The important thing is you cannot master everything, but you also don't need to. You need to master what it is you do for a day job, but day jobs tend to lead to burn out if that is all you do, so find a hobby. As a hobby the important part is it keeps you busy and you like it, so if you decide you don't like it go find something else. There is nothing wrong with switching so long as you understand you decided not to get better and are okay with it.

YouTube is finally cracking down on third-party apps that enable ad-blocking (alternativeto.net)

The company’s team clarified that their terms prohibit third-party apps from disabling ads, as it denies creators their due reward for viewership. Although the announcement did not specify any app by name, it’s plausible to presume that third-party YouTube apps such as NewPipe, YouTube ReVanced, Piped, and others might be...

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There is more cntent than you hake time to watch. Look to peertube and suyport what is there.

atomicpoet, to random
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Quite often on the Fediverse – more often on other social networks – I find people talking about how things were so much better years ago.

And I’m telling you this is a trap. Don’t fall for it. Yesteryear is not better than now, it just feels that way because it’s over.

Progress exists. It’s important that we all acknowledge how things are better. More importantly, you are alive – enjoy this moment.

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@atomicpoet things were better when I didn't have the normal aches and pains of my current age

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there is a lot of debate on exactly when Jesus was born and died. There is no evidence of any particular birthday, other than lambing season (spring - not Winter solstice). We can narrow his Birthday down to about a dozen years based on events, and darkness for 3 hours at his death seems to describe an eclipse which also narrows things down. From that most experts now think his birth year would have been year 4, but there is a lot of debate.

We know the day of his death on the Hebrew calendar (end of Passover - often called Easter), but the Hebrew calendar is weird with extra months added some years when needed to match the moon phases to the seasons. Different towns could choose different years for that extra month though, and so we have no clue how to translate that to a modern calendar system. Which is why Western Easter and Orthodox Easter are not always on the same day.

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They started the new one around 525 and just backed dated everything before then. Year 1 was never observed in the modern calendar system. Most other calendars started with a year 1 on the day the king decreed it so (often the day he became king)

CelloMomOnCars, to california
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A major US state just achieved a critical milestone for nearly two weeks: 'It's wild that this isn't getting more news coverage'

" has set a benchmark for , with wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal supplying 100% of the state's electricity demand for 25 out of the last 32 days (and counting)."

https://www.thecooldown.com/green-tech/california-renewable-energy-100-percent-grid/

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@CelloMomOnCars For a few minutes. Overall Iowa is likely got a lot great percent from renewables all day for that period. (I live in Iowa, and it has been very windy for the last month)

waldoj, to random
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I'm trying to pay my Virginia income taxes online, and they have disabled paste in any field of consequence. Paste in a password? Nope. Your bank's routing number? You're gonna have to hand-key that. Your bank account number? You better believe you're typing that in.

If you wanted to force people to create crappy passwords and cause them to accidentally siphon money out of strangers' bank accounts, this is how you'd do it. And somebody went to extra effort to make it be like this!

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@waldoj if you don't get a fast response than call a lawyer, they stand to make a lot of money representing you in court and are likely to take your case for a share of winnings (pay nothing if you lose)

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enobacon, (edited ) to random
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carried partner and kid home from after-school errands on the xtracycle. Really should be taking the tandem+trailerbike as better able to carry them both but partner doesn't like the forced pedaling of being chained to my crank. 10yo kid prefers the supercargo, like an absolute princess, but I don't have a great rear seat (footrests) arrangement for partner on that. 🤔 Maybe there's a madsen with electric stoker treadles in my future. Or xtracycle the edgerunner...

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@enobacon Tail bikes allow the stroker to set their own pedaling pace. They are all single speed though (that I've seen) and designed for kids, but might be an option. I often hook a trailer to mine.

LoneLocust, to cycling
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Googling “best bicycle seat for old man's butt” is not producing fantastic results. Does have wisdom to impart?

(It’s for an eBike, so shaving off the grams is not that important.)

Yes, “best bicycle saddle for old man's butt” was tried, too.

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@LoneLocust It has been years since "best" or "review" have been useful search terms. All you get is blogspam and AI content but no reviews by humans who have tested anything. Good luck.

Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers' help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer (apnews.com)

Stung by paying billions of dollars for settlements and trials, chemical giant Bayer has been lobbying lawmakers in three states to pass bills providing it a legal shield from lawsuits that claim its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer....

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Roundup has been studied a lot by many different people include universities and is almost always found harmless. It has been around for decades and is in very widespread use (though in tiny amounts it is mixed with a lot of water as used), so many different people have studied it. Some are Bayer, but most are not.

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The idea that you can have transit extend the range of walking distance without embracing bikes as a transportation utility, in the sprawling american suburbs, is just delusional. But it's the delusion that most of our city budgets and plans are built on. Biking in Portland is faster than walking+transit for most values of A to B but I can nearly guarantee you need to elbow your way through car traffic somewhere on that trip. Land use and transit need bikes for glue.

https://youtu.be/UXCl3_Xq21I?t=2594

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@enobacon Gondolas are the only alternative to bikes I can come up with for suburbs, but they are expensive. The problem with bikes is they take up too much room on transit - (those bikes racks on the front of the bus won't hold enough bikes for my family, and there should be more than me on the bus). That means you need bike parking at each bus stop and bike rental of some sort when I get to the other end (mostly needed for Christmas/Easter when I'm having dinner with extended family)

juliaferraioli, to opensource
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"With mathematics, we can predict the behavior of systems before a single line of code is written." - Marc Brooker, VP/Distinguished Engineer at AWS

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@juliaferraioli nobody has figured out how I can use them in my real world c++. (HELP!!!)

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Depends on where you live. Odds are most people reading this are in the US or Canada where fixed interest rates for life of the loan is common, though you can get an ARM. However in many other countries you cannot get those loans, and those people have to renew every few years.

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I bought just before rates went up - I was planning on selling my old house and use the proceeds to refinance my current mortgage into a 15 year mortgage, but in the few months that took rates went up and so now I have a 30 year mortgage with a low rate and about 15 years left on it. (I'm old enough that a 15 year mortgage is needed if I want to pay the house off before I retire)

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Right, in general a 15 year mortgage is a lower rate than a 30 year and so if you paying off in 15 years anyway the 15 year mortgage is a better deal.

Investing in a "better" return investment if you have a low rate mortgage might be a better deal. However my age means that paying off the mortgage lowers my risk by enough to be worth foregoing the potential higher rates of returns that I can probably get elsewhere. ( most people who retire young hate debt and so make what by the numbers look like a wrong decision, while people who seem to follow the numbers in practice end up not retiring young - YMMV)

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Check with an accountant. In some cases you are better off not taking a deduction. It depends on a lot of factors that an accountant whould know.

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I stand corrected.

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