I am sad to report that `traceroute bad.horse` no longer works as a network test for me.

Old output attached for historical purposes.

Kiddo's working vocabulary is in the dozens of words now, I think, mostly Korean, mostly pronounced incorrectly, with some gestures thrown in. It occurred to me that, to outsiders, our interactions with her must look a bit like an episode of Lassie.


What's that, girl? You lost your doll?

(Sticks up a finger)

And you want a song?


Oh your song pad is turned off?

In 2002-ish, I stumbled upon . He's a one-man trip hop, big beat, chillwave kind of guy, sampled heavily from old sci-fi and horror films. He actually used be active in the old demoscene/tracker scene (S3M, XM).

He quickly became my favourite musician. Since then, I go through periods where I'll be obsessed with him for a while, then forget about him for a few years, then come back and see what's new, and the cycle repeats. I always come back to him as my #1 love in music.

What's strange about him is that, near as can tell, neither his popularity nor his productivity nor his style have ever fluctuated. Every year or two, like a robot (he would take this as a compliment), he releases a new album, exactly the same quality as the others. I love him.

Anyway I've obviously just came back to him. If you're curious, here's a song from an album he released 2 years ago that I'm joyously just discovering today: youtube.com/watch?v=FVcDrf1mMC

One of the most frustrating things about using enterprise software is the Rube Goldberg-esque contortions they go through to give you something which is effectively a filesystem, but without the flexibility or convenience of a file system.

I have a "locker" with "repositories" within which reside "documents". And I can "link" to those documents from other "activities". But only SOME "activities". Other "activities" have no access to my "locker" (or only some special "repositories") and have "documents" "attached", which are then invisible to other "documents".

Everything is super inconsistent and I can imagine in my head all the meetings that went into each feature.

"Client X wants to access the same document from activities A and B. Can you code ninjas make some sort of 'locker'?"

"What about activities C and D?"

"Client X doesn't need those."

How many man-hours could be saved if we just taught people what a filesystem is?

Just got notice that the earth is at aphelion: we’re at the farthest point in our orbit away from the sun.

"We have recently released open source speech recognition library #Vosk 9 for Android ... It doesn’t require internet connection and Google services ... Supports 9 languages - English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, Vietnamese. More to come."



I'm convinced the worst enemy of the Canadian medical systems is being so close to the US. You can't criticize health care without someone saying "yeah but look at the States". Yes, of course, we're much better than the US, but that's setting the bar mighty low.

Inspired by a crow pooping in Kiddo's eye. Everything looks fine (no redness), but we want to get it checked out. And then me explaining to my Korean wife "We can't go to an eye doctor without a referral. And we can't go to the ER because she's not dying. And it's too late in the day, so clinics aren't accepting anyone else. We'll have to make an appointment for tomorrow morning" and her telling me repeatedly "I hate Canada", "Canadian medical system is so bad". And she's right (compared to Korea).

tiktok bad y'all, reddit comment link 


Looks like someone reverse engineered the TikTok app, and their conclusion?

"TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network. If there is an API to get information on you, your contacts, or your device... well, they're using it."

Anybody here watch or interested in hearing about them?

The wife and I just finished 타이는 지옥이다 ("Strangers From Hell"). It's a short (10-episode) drama, based on a webtoon, which my wife had read (and, annoyingly, kept telling me about all the things that made the original webtoon better than the show). It's about a guy who moves into a super-cheap 고시원 (tiny single-room dorm-style apartment) and the other people there are murderers.

Many good performances by the actors. If you like creepy people, it's worth watching just for the great acting.

The writing, though...I do kind of wish they'd been more faithful to the original story. The way the show turned out, the last couple episodes are filled with "What the heck is he doing? That makes no sense" decisions to push the plot to the end.

PSA for parents 

Today at the playground I learned of a gruesome injury that ER staff call "slide leg". When a parent and little kid go down a slide together, and the little kid gets their leg caught on something, the extra momentum from the parent's big body can cause the leg to...well...let's just say today we met a 2 year-old boy with a full leg cast, a victim of "slide leg", and the story sounded indeed quite gruesome.

Kiddo generally only goes down the slide solo, anyway, but now I'll be quite strict about that.

USB-C is the worst technology that humankind has yet invented.

You literally can't tell from the cable or from the port which standards it actually supports.

There's USB, Thunderbolt 3 (some ports are slower than others), DisplayPort (various versions), just charging (various wattages).

How did this ever get shipped?

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