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I finished weaving the first in a pair of fancy hand towels. From this angle you can see how the doubleweave overshot technique makes the pattern reversible--the opposite side of the fabric has the same pattern but the colors are inverted. I also somehow leveled up on my selvedges partway through this towel.

These are for us to use and don't have to be a matching pair, so I'm going to experiment with a different stripe pattern for the second one.

I finally started weaving the next in my series of fancy-so-you-feel-guilty-using-them household items: fancy cotton hand towels!

This project is an excuse to try doubleweave for the first time. In this case I'm doing a doubleweave overshot technique which results in a dense, thick fabric without the long floats overshot usually has.

When I finished threading my warp, I discovered I had some unexpected threads left over. Oops. So when I sleyed the reed, I painstakingly double-checked every threading and caught a few mistakes.

In one case I had to insert temporary heddles, and halfway through I found I threaded a pattern twice in a row, so I had to shift the remaining 200+ threads, a pair of heddles at a time. After 13 hours total to measure warp and dress the loom, I'm now ready to weave.

The biggest piece of advice I'd give to colleagues who are devs, is to figure out what you will do when software dev work moves from many opportunities writing code at a large number of companies to fewer jobs managing automated systems that write code.

Sysadmin/neteng careers made that transition w/ cloud over the past decade, the remaining major cost for tech-heavy orgs are devs, which is why the industry focus is on reducing that head count with automation. Tech is not there yet, but coming.

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If you were laid off recently, especially if you are taking it personally, I recommend reading The End of Loyalty. It covers the shift over the 20th century from companies providing lifelong employment (retirement watch, pension, etc) to mass layoffs at the drop of a hint.

Take home message is that the future promises not only little job security, but less *career* security. Have to be prepared to retrain/retool, and possibly even change careers multiple times during your working years.

Final update: The power came back on a bit after 5pm.

This was a good exercise to see what worked and needs improvement for an extended outage (like in a major earthquake). In summary, if I want to use solar to help charge batteries, I will likely need larger (probably permanent) panels. An additional, larger battery pack would help too.

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Update 2: Power is still out. The solar panel was not providing enough energy so the battery bank ended up slowly draining. I had to fire up a portable 700W propane generator I normally keep in the camper van to charge it back up. With all that, my home server/router has stayed up the whole time.

After it was clear the outage was going to be longer than a few hours, I plugged my fridge into the larger battery bank I've been using inside to charge devices. It still has plenty of charge to go.

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Update: power is still out, supposed to return this evening. The power bank was at 20% with a bit over an hour to go, but instead of firing up a small generator to charge it, I decided to try my portable solar panel setup I use when camping.

It is supplying enough power to the battery bank that there is a small surplus, so I should be able to keep the equipment running for a few more hours without resorting to a generator.

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I woke up to a power outage that had been going for 30 mins so I was able to test a portion of my emergency plan. My router/home server was on a UPS and still powered, so I hooked it all up to a larger power bank from my camper van to give it a few more hours of life and actually have Internet at home.

Gas heating (simple battery-powered thermostat) and stovetop meant I was able to be warm and make coffee (equally important). So I guess I'm saying it could be worse, and so far my prep paid off.

"Flag for follow-up" is how I track emails I need to respond to, but can't right away. I never took the "INBOX zero" approach because I wanted easy searching for recent threads all in one mailbox.

The problem is when flagged messages scrolled out of view, I'd forget about them. Some were months old! At some point you feel too guilty to reply.

The solution was so simple: apply a filter that only shows unread and flagged email by default. Instant view of things that need my attention.

Did Turing realize his standards for computer intelligence made incentives to develop AI that are judged first on how well they deceive?

Whether it's lying about being human, lying about the quality/correctness of your work, or creating false images/audio/video presented as real, many (most?) current applications for "AI" and their metrics for success, seem to be founded on intentional deception.

It seems risky & unethical to create intelligence where lying is the first lesson.

So I bought a set of vintage Knitking magazines from the late 1980s, early `90s so I could learn more about garment construction for my knitting machine and... wow...

I read through 70,000 words of Apple's privacy policy and associated guides so you don't have to.

Apple's advertising business has grown massively in recent years, with ads appearing in the App Store, News and Stocks apps. Part of this is its personalized advertising. Everything you do in the App Store is tracked, every tap of the screen and scroll of a page.

#apple #wired #data #privacy #news #advertising #infosec

Has anyone debugged a weird USB-C to DisplayPort glitch where grub shows up fine, but Linux and Windows will only display an image for one second coming out of sleep or when the screen is hot-plugged?

It was officially cold enough when I got to my office this morning (~5C) that I broke out my new fingerless mittens I made on my knitting machine a few weeks back. I did a pretty poor job stitching them together but they do the job!

Just finished measuring out 600 2.5yd warp threads for my next project: a pair of hand towels woven with a doubleweave overshot pattern. In my enthusiasm I actually overshot (pun always intended) the thread count. I originally only needed 540 threads (16.75" wide towels), but now I'm just going to extend the warp to be 18" wide (576 threads) and have wider towels.

Why not use all 600 threads? My overshot pattern repeats at 18 and I don't want to figure out how to divide it.

The latest edition to my office is a vintage Warmink wall clock from the 1960s I got as a gift. Unlike the vintage alarm clock I tried in my office before, this has a quiet and slow tick, and a pleasant chime on the hour and half hour. Plus it tracks moon phases!

I will likely be spending the next few weeks adjusting the pendulum and minute hand so it keeps perfect time.

@kirschner I finally got a chance to sit down and read Ada & Zangemann and I enjoyed it! I thought it was a cute story overall, and appropriate for the age groups it is targeting.

I also appreciated how it took a traditional children's morality tale format and modernized it with practical hardware/software ethics in a relatable way, but not in a way that made you feel preached to or talked down to. Would recommend!

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