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Automated Archives for January, 30th 2023

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Chess For the Day

Record: 4-0-4
Net Elo Change: -1

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1/30/2023 10:45 pm |
Tags: automated, mastodon, social media, longreads, chess
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Hear me out. I want a dog bed which has an attached chaise lounge. Same fabric, same furniture piece. Just give me a place to chill with a supported back next to the dogs on the bed with me.

1/30/2023 8:53 pm |
Tags: dog, big dog life, invention, idea
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You can eat Impossible meat raw, though you may not want to. (thetakeout.com)

I had this idea pop in my head a week or so ago, but kept forgetting to look up the answer. Not that I have any desire whatsoever to do so, just curiosity if something they did somehow made it dangerous to eat raw.

The short answer is yes, you can eat Impossible "meat" without cooking it. The better answer is you probably don't want to.

"Our products were made to be cooked, in order to achieve the best sensory, texture and visual experience," a spokesperson for Impossible Foods told The Takeout via email. "Impossible products should be handled with the same caution as any other raw protein, and it's important to remember that there are always risks to consuming raw or undercooked foods."

Although it's explicitly recommended that people cook Impossible Foods products, the spokesperson also said that chefs have successfully made tartare using Impossible products, following many of the same guidelines set out for serving the best animal-based version.

So, it's not impossible to enjoy this plant-based product in its raw form. It just might not be the best-tasting option, since the product is designed to be enjoyed with a bit of Maillard reaction. If you happen to share the same love of raw protein that my godmother does, maybe a nice Impossible tartare could satisfy your carnivorous cravings; just practice the same common sense you would with any food, and don't leave it sitting out too long.

1/30/2023 6:48 pm |
Tags: vegetarianism, food
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Wednesday (2023) - 4 Things out of Five (imdb.com)

Overall, I enjoyed the show's first season. It has some fantastic casting and that really carried some middling narrative. But, if you enjoy the Addams Family, you should enjoy this show.

1/30/2023 6:39 pm |
Tags: television, review, netflix
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Completed the theoretically annual physical with my GP. The normal directions continue, lose weight, exercise more, etc. There was also some blood draws for tests. I can't help but feel as I grow older more and more of my blood goes to the doctors for tests. It's just a modern version of bloodletting, with some post processing and analysis.

1/30/2023 10:01 am |
Tags: medicine, personal
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January 29th, 2023

Automated Archives for January, 29th 2023

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Chess For the Day

Record: 4-0-7
Net Elo Change: -19

Games Played

1/29/2023 10:45 pm |
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"Inside a US Neo-Nazi Homeschool Network With Thousands of Members" (vice.com)

Earlier this month, while the rest of the country was celebrating the achievements of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., parents and children in the "Dissident Homeschool" network opened a lesson plan and were greeted with the words: "As Adolf Hitler wrote…"

The contents of the MLK lesson plan would be shocking for almost anyone, but for members of the 2,400-member "Dissident Homeschool" Telegram channel, this was a regular Monday at school.

"It is up to us to ensure our children know him for the deceitful, dishonest, riot-inciting negro he actually was," the administrator of the network's Telegram channel wrote, alongside a downloadable lesson plan for elementary school children. "He is the face of a movement which ethnically cleansed whites out of urban areas and precipitated the anti-white regime that we are now fighting to free ourselves from."

Since the group began in October 2021 it has openly embraced Nazi ideology and promoted white supremacy, while proudly discouraging parents from letting their white children play with or have any contact with people of any other race. Admins and members use racist, homophobic, and antisemitic slurs without shame, and quote Hitler and other Nazi leaders daily in a channel open to the public.

The "Dissident Homeschool" network is run by a husband and wife team who use the aliases "Mr. and Mrs. Saxon." This week the antifascist research group Anonymous Comrades Collective published a detailed report that unmasked the Saxons as Logan and Katja Lawrence, who live in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, with their four young children.

The researchers were able to identify the Lawrences through biographical details they shared in the Telegram channel's group chat and on podcast appearances. One of the key clues to identifying them came when they revealed that they owned a German Shepherd called Blondi—the same name as Hitler's dog.

1/29/2023 4:04 pm |
Tags: white supremacy, nazi, home schooling
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January 28th, 2023

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Chess For the Day

Record: 6-0-6
Net Elo Change: +1

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1/28/2023 10:45 pm |
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January 27th, 2023

"Police Urge Calm In Light Of Unspeakable Evil They Committed" (theonion.com)

I'm not saying The Onion is one of the most important commentaries on modern America, but I'm not not saying that.

1/27/2023 11:15 pm |
Tags: satire, the onion, fake news
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A fantastic analysis of OpenAI's coup with the new Microsoft announcement (/r/singularity)

1/27/2023 11:08 pm |
Tags: business, artificial intelligence, microsoft
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Automated Archives for January, 27th 2023

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Chess For the Day

Record: 3-0-2
Net Elo Change: +7

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1/27/2023 10:45 pm |
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"Inhumanity in Memphis" (theatlantic.com 🗝️)

I haven't brought myself to watch the video yet. I don't have to. Writers like this can tell me what I need to know.

Even before the city of Memphis released video Friday evening of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, it seemed the footage would be horrifying. Defense attorneys compared it to the Rodney King beating in 1991, a comparison that now rings true, but the Memphis police chief and head of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation similarly said they were appalled by what they saw. Cops often remind critics that their job necessarily entails violence, so when seasoned law-enforcement officers react this way, it’s telling.

They were right to be appalled. Though the public might have started to become accustomed to the stream of de facto snuff films of people dying at the hands of police, this video is shocking, showing officers wantonly beating a 29-year-old Black man. If they did not intend to kill him, they showed little hesitation in beating him near to death and little remorse after they’d finished. Five officers have been fired, and all five have been charged with second-degree murder. All of them were part of a vaunted hot-spot policing unit called SCORPION, only established in 2021.

1/27/2023 10:32 pm |
Tags: memphis, black lives matter, police reform, tyre nichols
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"TikTok's enshittification" (pluralistic.net)

Here is how platforms die: first, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, they die.

I call this enshittification, and it is a seemingly inevitable consequence arising from the combination of the ease of changing how a platform allocates value, combined with the nature of a "two sided market," where a platform sits between buyers and sellers, hold each hostage to the other, raking off an ever-larger share of the value that passes between them.

1/27/2023 9:49 am |
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January 26th, 2023

Automated Archives for January, 26th 2023

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Chess For the Day

Record: 6-0-5
Net Elo Change: +11

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1/26/2023 10:45 pm |
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8 decades of research on the secrets to a happy life (youtube.com)

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger discusses the lessons in the long running research into what makes people happy. He starts the video by noting his original TEDx talk highlighted that the recurring biggest aspect of happiness is people who have good warm connections with others. This video is an expansion on that talk. I am watching it now, as I post it, and really enjoying it. I can tell I am going to implement parts of it in my life and how I think about my friends and relationships.

1/26/2023 11:04 am |
Tags: life, happiness
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