…our manager does not believe in the mask. He’s tired of being told what to do by, you know, politics in the country, and so you’re going to need to take the mask off.


It’s like being in the Twilight Zone.

I passed the CCSP exam!. Bhavna, Shaan and I went out to celebrate. 📷

Bhavna | Saturday 18 September, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm | 1/340 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 640

What we would like to propose is a radically different approach to righting the balance of power between algorithms and individual users: the Personal Digital Advocate.

This information is necessary for new features we’re developing to protect young people

… to be clear, it’s the consumers that actually burn and demand the fossil fuels that these companies provide. The companies may have some responsibility for their product — for lobbying in favor of the carbon economy, and for getting subsidies and arguing for subsidies — but some responsibility ought to fall on individuals, households, and corporations. What the companies do is produce the fuels, extract and market the fuels, so that we can use them. It’s the consumers that produce the carbon dioxide: They may be corporations, airlines, shipping lines, households, utilities. It’s all distributed.

Accepted the Risk

We've currently got a draft specification called h-resume for marking up your resume/CV, but as it's a draft we're still looking for more implementations to see if there are gaps in the metadata commonly used.


what is the use-case for a microformated resume?

Zapping Untappd Checkins to micro.blog

Publish untappd check-ins to micro.blog

Carl Rustung wrote his original post, Zapping Instagram pics to Micro.blog on Wed. January 30th, 2019. I wanted my Untappd check-ins automatically posted to my micro.blog. With some trial and error, I was able to tweak his Zap to do it for me.

Here’s how:

  • Set up a new access token for Zapier in your micro.blog account settings.
  • Make a new Zap. Choose Untappd for your Trigger App and trigger the zap on “New Check-In”.
  • Connect your Untappd account.
  • Select a sample post.
  • Add “Webhooks” for you Action step, and select the POST request.
  • Use micro.blog/micropub as the URL and “Form” as the Payload Type
  • Under Data, you’re going to need 4 key-value pairs:
  • * h: entry (literally, write “entry”)
  • * access_token: [your access token from step 1]
  • content: Use the Zapier tokens to create the content you want. I used the following.

    * Beer: \{\{110699014__beer__beer_name\}\} (\{\{110699014__beer__beer_style\}\})
    * Brewery: \{\{110699014__brewery__brewery_name\}\} (\{\{110699014__brewery__location__brewery_city\}\}, \{\{110699014__brewery__location__brewery_state\}\}) 
      <img src="\{\{110699014__media__items[]photo__photo_img_og\}\}" />
  • Leave the rest of the inputs alone, and click Continue.

  • Click the “Send Test…”-button, and your sample Untappd post should appear on your micro.blog timeline.

You can see examples of this in my beer category. page on micro.blog.

Filmulator, an open-source alternative to Adobe Lightroom based on developing film, is library management application designed to offer users a simpler, streamlined experience. ~ Digital Photography Review

I bought a pre-owned original version of the XF27mmF2.8 lens last year, and it quickly became my favourite and most often used lens. It almost always attached to my X-T2. I love the 40mm full-frame field of view. If I weren’t in between jobs right now, I would have immediately pre-ordered the new XF27mmF2.8 R WR lens for the weather resistance and aperture ring.

XF27mmF2.8 R WR
Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR | Image © Fujifilm

Although I prefer “all controls at your fingertips” feature of the X-T series, I was excited about how the X-E4 has been refined around the range finder style. The flip-up screen is a near-perfect balance between “heads down at screen” for stealth street photography and “selfie mode”.

Fujifilm X-E4 XF27mmF2.8 R WR
Fujifilm X-E4 + XF27mmF2.8 R WR | Image © Fujifilm

It is shameful that in a state with so many black Americans (13% in New Jersey compared to 30% in Georgia), it takes over 230 years before this can happen.

Democrat Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church in Atlanta, defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a hotly contested runoff election, making him the first Black American to represent Georgia in the Senate and the first Democrat to do so since 2005. - The Wall Street Journal

Are you willing to pay for email? How about podcasts? Here are our tech predictions for 2021 - USA TODAY

Devonte takes a look at me.

“But how about that trip to Japan? That must’ve been pretty cool. I mean you’ve got that new Olympus with you.”

“Yeah,” I reply, looking down at the Olympus Pen FT in my hands. 

“How is it?” he asks, warily.

“Oh, it’s just about perfect for my shooting style and budget. The half-frame format gives me twice as many exposures, the thing’s built a lot like my M2 and feels just as good, and it’s just a great camera all around….”

“…but?” he asks. He knows I’m avoiding something. I think of mentioning the dim viewfinder, but there’s no point in dancing around the subject.

“Well, to be honest, it’s too good.” 

“What do you mean?”

“It’s hard to explain. The Pen’s perfect, or at least it’s everything I want a camera to be. Its design is genius, it’s easy to use, and it’s the most practical film camera I’ve ever used. More than even my most trusted cameras, it makes me want to keep shooting, keep having adventures, keep loving photography. I don’t think I had more fun shooting a camera than I did shooting this thing in Tokyo. I had plans to take it back with me to LA to shoot shows, recording sessions, tours, everything. It was going to be my number one. But then I actually got home, and all of those plans just… vanished.”

Devonte nods. I think he knows where I’m going with this.

“And now whenever I look at the Pen, I start to miss that feeling I had when I shot it, you know? I start reliving that trip all the way down to the last detail, like I’m trying to keep that memory alive somehow. I look through the viewfinder and I’m back in Asakusa in the spring, back in Shinjuku hunting for film, back on a train half-asleep, watching the Tokyo night lights blur past, without all this worry about death and disease and…”

I start to feel the blood rise to my cheeks with the memories, and feel my chest sink beneath the weight of the months that followed. The emergency hospital trips, the tearful phone calls and countless fraught text messages, and the terrifying helplessness that comes under a worldwide quarantine all hit me at once.

“…to be honest, I think that was the last time I really felt happy this year.”

First Brew - Kenya Kiambu Handege

Hasami Porcelain Mug | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42
  • Coffee Name: Kenya Kiambu Handege
  • Region: Kiambu
  • Country: Kenya
  • Producer: Kiambu Handege
  • Processing: Fully Washed
  • Cultivar: SL 28, SL 34
  • Elevation: 1600-1800 meters
  • Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Brew Method: Chemex With Chemex Paper Filter
  • Roast Date: Oct 23, 2020
  • Brew Date: Nov 1, 2020

About This Coffee

Coffee descriptions can seem vague. But one taste of this, and you’ll get what we mean by florality. Such delicate aromas are uncommon in Kenyan single origins. Usually, we’re gushing over juicy acidity or tropical fruitiness. But for a few years now, when we’ve had the luck to carry Handege Factory’s coffees, its perfume grabs our attention first. “We tasted dozens of coffees blind while in Nairobi this year,” our green coffee buyer recounts. “But Handege’s was the only one I could identify every time it was on the cupping table.”

The coffee mug was a Hasami Natural Mug, gritty-textured porcelain mug created by Hasami Porcelain. Hasami Porcelain was founded by Los Angeles–based designer Takuhiro Shinomoto.

The studio is named in honour of the town of Hasami in the Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan, where traditional ceramics had been crafted since the Edo period four hundred years ago.

Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.

I bought the latest Springsteen album in a lossless format on HDTracks. I was ready to convert the FLAC to AAC to import to iTunes, and I discovered that macOS Catalina would play FLAC audio right from Finder or in QuickTime.

In a year that has sharpened the focus on how Britain’s Imperialist legacy is remembered, the arrival of African Apocalypse seems rather prescient. The documentary – fronted by British-Nigerian poet-activist Femi Nylander and directed by Rob Lemkin – is a nonfiction retelling of the real-life barbarity inflicted on the people of Niger, in West Africa, by a French army captain called Paul Voulet. Taking cues from Joseph Conrad’s classic novella Heart of Darkness, Nylander travelled to the African country to retrace Voulet’s steps for the film and give voice to those still living with the collateral damage of his campaign. ~ African Apocalypse: The real ‘heart of darkness’

This film will be available to rent via the British Film Institute website on 30 October 2020 but I’m not sure if it will be viewable in the USA.

2020-21 is the asterisk academic year

Again and again and again and again.

Goldman’s costs from the scandal hurtled beyond $5 billion Thursday while a subsidiary pleaded guilty to a U.S. criminal charge for the first time in the firm’s history. The parent company entered a deal to spare itself a conviction that could cripple business, by promising to behave.

Goldman’s Image Stained Again With Damning 1MDB Settlements

The HD Disney movies you purchased have been upgraded to 4K HDR.

Time to watch Black Panther again for about the tenth time.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House at Home, October 19 - 22, 2020.


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Premiere of Why we need a volcanic eruption of data, with Einat Lev

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM | Talking About the Weather: Crowdsourcing and Memories of Climate (Ages 16+)

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM | The Water is Rising: Art, Changing Ice, and Warming Climates (Grades 3-8, and educators)

3:00pm - 4:00pm ET | Fighting Disease with Geospatial Data and Climate Prediction

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM | Moving at a Glacial Pace (Grades 2-5, with adult assistance)

All day | Interactive game, Discover Lamont! A Virtual Science Adventure

Celebration of Mind

Each year there’s a world-wide “Celebration of Mind” in honor of Martin Gardner’s birthday week. Gardner was a long-time columnist for Scientific American magazine, noted for his interests in a broad diversity of math-related subjects and the people behind them. This year, the celebration has gone virtual!

Starting on Saturday, October 17th and running through the 23rd there will be 3 presentations each day at Noon, 4PM and 8PM EDT. This series promises to be lots of fun for all ages and math skill levels!

www.gathering4gardner.org/g4gs-cele… to join events at the times when they occur each day.

The original Star Trek started reruns in 1969. In 1973 I saw my first Star Trek episode. I was 7 years old.

Bhavna and I watched Season 3 : Episode 1 of Star Trek : Discovery last night. Wow!

Yeah. I want one.

I’ve never liked the slippery aluminium tin can “pavement divers” that Apple has been producing.

iPhone 4

I know it’s irrational. I know I bought my iPhone 11 Pro only last October. Maybe it’s just nostalgia mixed up with some “pandemic social isolation-induced delirium”, but after looking at my old iPhone 4, with its glass and stainless steel, next to my iPhone 11 Pro, I have an acute want for an iPhone 12 Pro.

I need psychological help.

Princeton Pi on Nassau Street is closed for good.

“Princeton Pi is permanently closed. Current conditions make it impossible for us to continue to operate,” reads one of the signs. “This was not an easy decision to make, and we appreciate your support over the years.” ~ Planet Princeton