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I do and programming for Aledade, a healthcare in . Mostly I work remotely from my home in , out in the DC suburbs.

A photo from the vendor room at : small figurines and busts of Lovecraftian monsters, distressed to look antique.

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Indiegogo project from : Fund the translation from into of "The Road of Ice and Salt", an award-winning, cult novella by author José Luis Zárate.

The story is told from the point of view of the captain of a ship headed from Varna to Whitby with an unusual cargo: fifty boxes filled with Transylvanian soil. The name of this ill-fated ship is the Demeter. Yes, that Demeter which brings to England.

Yesterday my afternoon Trail of Cthulhu RPG session went well, except for right at the end when our group made the wrong choice and destroyed the world. Oops!

In the evening, I saw more theater: the same performer as last night is doing a third M.R. James story, the grim "A Warning to the Curious", paired with the one-man "The Hound" that I saw at the DC Fringe a month ago. I really liked "The Hound", so I didn't mind seeing it again.

Have arrived in Providence for . Like last time, I'm on one of the upper floors of the Omni hotel, so this is the view of downtown from my window.

Tonight I saw a great performance of two M.R. , "The Ash-Tree" and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad", performed by Robert Lloyd Parry. I wouldn't think you could do a jump scare in a one-man show, but he did (by suddenly moving, or by clattering a tray that he'd used as a prop earlier).

THIS IS A QUILT. Somebody designed this and sewed it up with hundreds or even thousands of pieces of fabric. Don't ever let anyone say textiles can't be art. Amazing. (Not my photo, quilt is by Montse Forcadell Blasco.)

The recommendation algorithm tossed up something good: a performance of my favorite , "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme". The Netherlands Bach Society is recording the entire Bach repertoire & posting it to YouTube. (30 minutes)

Though the video was inexplicably put under the topic "Rock Music"... still some bugs in the system, I guess!

The 2019 opening ceremony is about to start. It'll
feature the award of the retro .

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Youtube: "Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository", by Rachel Potvin (30min)

This 3-year-old talk was brought up at work recently. Potvin talks about the scale of 's monolithic repository and the tools they've built to cope with the sheer volume of changes.

programmers love to use titles like "architect" or "engineer" or "designer" instead of the more accurate "plumber" or "custodian" or "firefighter"

Ever wonder what's underneath the ? The local public-access news program gets a tour of what's called the Undercroft.

's 'La valse' performed by the London and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 30 June 2019. (15 min)

Weekly News: Escape sequences in strings: should the Python interpreter continue to magically fix up invalid string escape sequences?

Today Linux Journal shut its doors for good. All staff were laid off and the company is left with no operating funds to continue in any capacity...

WashPost : "‘The Doll Factory’ is a guilty pleasure wrapped around a provocative history lesson"

It makes this fictionalization of the pre-Raphaelites sound really intriguing.

"Macneal deftly paints her fictional heroine into the colorful lives of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood... They strut through these pages radiating all their brash brilliance, fragile enthusiasms and comic eccentricities (including their fondness for wombats)."

We LOVE image captioning here. We are very pro captioning. It can be hard to get used to doing so on a regular basis. I highly recommend following @PleaseCaption

This bot is very non intrusive and will just DM you if you forget to add captions. If you do, you can just delete-and-redraft and add captions without losing any of your info!

(You can find "Delete and Redraft" under the ... icon on your toots.)

Anyone want an invite to ?

Slide in my DMs (do read the terms and rules tho).

PS: No Nazi and no terfs etc.

I like the community's open attitude when selecting talks. Benno Rice's talk from AU on the history of is a good example; it's both entertaining and educational.

"COBOL was one of the first business-oriented programming languages, showing up in the 1960s. It’s also regarded as one of the worst languages in which to work. But is that true? And if so, what could ever take its place as the most reviled thing in development?"

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