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Suddenly thinking of having a text browser as a library rather than a program so console based applications can just treat HTML rendering as a subroutine they can call into.

THINKING MORE that what I really want isn't a terminal browser per se, it's a browser that, like text browsers, ignores/drops most visual formatting. In the long run I don't want to be running terminal applications, I want to be running graphical applications that aren't in the grip of the Clonking Dead Fist of Steve Jobs and his half-baked recapitulation of Xerox.

Was just tasked with arranging a large folio of Admiralty nautical charts in numerical order (as opposed to the order in which they'd be used along a sea passage). I've never thought about the efficiency of sorting algorithms that apply to physical objects, before!

Initial impression: Minimising the amount of iterating/passes seems to help much more than speeding up the inner loops..

Just wanted to say thanks most awfully to @diodelass and @vfrmedia for their super-useful [and accurate and pertinent and interesting and well-explained and....] advice about EM/RF interference. You folks are the best!

(And, I promise, despite the way you're cementing yourselves in my mind as The Masto RF Folks™ I shall try my best not to exhaust your goodwill with inconveninetly large numbers of peculiar radio questions in future..)

Hardware advice request 

Hardware advice request 

Milk of human kindness: A total stranger (and a huge, scary-looking, muscley one at that) just gave me a bottle of some awfully fancy-looking shower gel becuase I've forgotten to bring my soap to they gym, and he wouldn't accept any money for it. How lovely is that!

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It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for rich text to get into Heaven

Drugs mention 

Got an email from university security about recent bike thefts. Didn't commute on today; have tucked behind a shipping container where it can't be seen from the road, but still having nagging anxiety over it. Think I kinda need some sort of baby monitor type arrangement, or something..

Eurovision; mildly icky bodily fluids mentions 

Eurovision; mildly icky bodily fluids mentions 

Birdsite mention; *The Algorithm* 

@seven @sum @USBloveDog Hey, folks. Just wanted to say thanks for the support/boosts/faves today in the whole "if this(X)==Y && this(X)==Z then any(Z)==Y" fracas. It feels pretty lousy to be sworn at, insulted, etc. - (and it definitely feels lousy to hear people imply I'm a Nazi) and that stuff really bothers me in life – but it bothers me less so when I see other folk understand what I'm trying to say, and don't just assume I'm a terrible person by default. Thanks very much.

A Bridge Simulator near the course I'm currently on. It's really, uncannily realistic! Sufficiently so to trigger that instinctive "sea legs"-esque bracing as the waves break over the bow.

(And, no, as far as I'm aware the programme of simulated scenarios doesn't include Kobayashi Maru..)

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I intend for mastodon.me.uk to sign the Mastodon Server Covenant announced by @gargron (see blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/05/). One thing is requires is more than one person with emergency access, so it's time to create an administration team. DM me if you are up for becoming an admin or moderator on this server, and remember you can support our costs at opencollective.com/mastodon-me.

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the "nothing here" mastodon looks like it's tripping on lsd


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Today I realised that (as James is my middle name), I could call myself R. James Smith and sound like an Asimov robot.

It is half-past one in the morning and I must now drive my van from London to Southampton. Ugh. I've too much of a headache to be able to stand BBC Radio 1 right now, and Radio 6 Music is kinda lousy these days, so I chuffing well hope that whatever's on BBC Radio 4 isn't too soporific..

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