15 Apr 2023, 23:50 p.m.

Rest In Peace, Nagalakshmi Harihareswara

Sadly, my mother died earlier this year. I'm hoping to write more about her in the months to come, but right now I'm just going to publish her obituary. As I said when my father …

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13 Apr 2023, 9:30 a.m.

Your First PyCon, But Not Your First Convention

Someone I know just decided to come to this year's PyCon US in person and asked me:It's my first PyCon. Are there any tricks or landmines I should know about? I assume that the standard …

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03 Apr 2023, 21:15 p.m.

Teaching, Entitlement, And The Verb "Need"

Sometimes I attend a singing group here in New York City, when I can do so with COVID risk mitigations.The other day, I participated. I didn't know the songs, and sometimes I had a bit …

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31 Mar 2023, 12:30 p.m.

Improve An Open Data Bill To Prevent Heart Attack Deaths in NYC

New Yorkers don't know where our nearest defibrillators are, so when people have heart attacks, we lose people we could save. A new NY City Council bill aims to open that data. We need your help to improve it and get it passed. Submit written testimony by 10am ET on Sunday, April 2nd.

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29 Mar 2023, 11:30 a.m.

Dyeing My Hair

I recently bleached and dyed my hair at home, and I really enjoyed the end result. A few people expressed curiosity, and I will probably want to refer to the process later, so here's a …

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27 Mar 2023, 13:30 p.m.

Brewster's Millions And The Definition of an Asset

The other day, Leonard and I watched the 1985 Richard Pryor film Brewster's Millions. In case you haven't seen it, Brewster's Millions is a comedy with a wacky premise: someone finds out that they've inherited …

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07 Mar 2023, 13:10 p.m.

The Memex Mirage

In case you use Pinboard, heads-up that you might want to hedge your bets. An Ask MetaFilter conversation from the last few months: "Is Pinboard.in (bookmarking site) still supported software?"Also:In December, Lilly Ryan wrote a …

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07 Mar 2023, 12:13 p.m.

Dalip Singh Saund, A Fascinating Historical Figure

[Last month was the 100-year anniversary of US v. Bhagat Singh Thind, which declared that no person of Indian origin could become a naturalized US citizen. I'm cross-posting/archiving here a post I made to MetaFilter …

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27 Feb 2023, 17:00 p.m.

PyCon 2023: "Argument Clinic" & Mitigating COVID Risk

I plan to attend PyCon US 2023 in person in mid-April in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. I'll be speaking there, co-presenting the play "Argument Clinic: What Healthy Professional Conflict Looks Like" with Jacob Kaplan-Moss …

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13 Feb 2023, 15:00 p.m.

A Silliness

Leonard and I have our panorama of daily web games, including Squareword. Squareword asks you to puzzle out a 5-by-5 grid of letters where the rows and columns all form words.The other day I suggested …

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