Music lover and English teacher with an interest in slightly geeky things

also in French here: @bbbhltz

"pretty soon, the hippies of today will be the squares of tomorrow" --- Buck 65


Not one person on the planet is surprised. Not a single one

Revealed: WHO aspartame safety panel linked to alleged Coca-Cola front group

August 19, 2023

@funkybuddha @berkough @necrxfagivs

If I had to make the same list I think it would look something like that. BUT...someone is bound to come along to point out that KDE is just as light/heavy as XFCE now.

I don't know if I would have included LXDE since that project is discontinued (right?).

LXQt can be the lightest depending on the WM since it can be used with Openbox, i3wm, kwin, the XFCE window manager, etc.

July 03, 2023

@CStamp @Rasta It was traumatic. My family is from Little Tancook. My uncle helped with cleanup and some of my cousins did as well. Some of the folks helping weren't the same after. Others kept pieces as souvenirs and definitely regretted that when the military came round.

I helped with beach cleanup. The amount of debris washing up was crazy. I remember the box of tea that washed up. Pristine condition too.

July 01, 2023

changes nuked today

Tomorrow 3rd party apps will stop working... Including

I only used those for about 15 minutes a day max... I think will continue to work.

Still, gonna save time I guess.

June 30, 2023

son of a...

it was right there, at the bottom of the ArchWiki, the entire time...

first, "no default device" (looks through dmesg, discovers I was missing firmware)

it finally paired but did nothing

then I installed a package with the slap-in-the-face-description "Simple library for communicating with USB and Bluetooth HID devices"...still nothing...

finally, that one damn sentence, left hanging there just in case

April 14, 2023

PSA about

My website isn't that interesting, but some of you might want to add this to your robots.txt

User-agent: ChatGPT-User
Disallow: /


April 03, 2023

For years I fought a pointless battle: keeping my cat off my WiFi router. No matter what, she found a way to get to it and sleep on it. And, if I put it out of reach, she clawed and jumped and howled like a banshee.

I gave in last week. Will it overheat? Maybe. Is it bad for her? Maybe. Better than cleaning up broken flower pots and other decorations every day.

March 18, 2023
bbbhltz I *think* I know which one you're talking about

March 11, 2023

"This is some real tragedy of the commons shit. The web is becoming a miserable experience because some salesbro who is trying to meet his KPIs is doing stuff to marginally increase the number of paying customers. The more each site tries to create its own little walled garden, the less valuable the open web becomes."

I don’t want to log in to your website - The Verge –

March 02, 2023


you all put me to shame. SHAME, I say.

@kev @joel @hyde

February 28, 2023

Some of my colleagues don't like seeing students when out and about. I still think it is hilarious. Today in the confectionery aisle at the shop I excused myself while walking past a student, they made eye contact with me and just froze, full-on lag, mouth open. I made it about 4 steps before they croaked out a "hello, sir."

The "seeing your teacher in public face" is such a particular expression.

February 25, 2023

Tonight's class was interesting. I gave a test. A simple test. Just an essay. Nothing crazy. But, when I wrote the instructions on the board I heard a peculiar sound that I don't hear very often. It was the sound of panic. Because, you see, the dead silence of their shock was such that I could not only hear a pin drop, but also hear the moisture retreat from their eyes and mouth when I wrote these 2 words on the board:

"No Computers"

Some of them even looked sick to their stomachs.

February 15, 2023

Zoom announced layoffs. I love how in all of the comment sections (on HN, Lobsters, Slashdot, Reddit, etc.) there is one person who did the math and exclaims, "What?! It takes 9000 people to make that?"

Reminds me of the Scott Galloway TED Talk when he contrasts the 430,000 people needed to put a man on the moon with the nearly 700,000 "best and brightest" of Big Tech employees whose sole mission is to sell ads (more or less).

February 08, 2023
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February 05, 2023

If I plan on being unproductive tomorrow, and succeed, that means I will have completed 100% of my "to do" list. Is that true unproductivity?

February 02, 2023