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Ah yes, San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood is full of easygoing hippies…
notice from SF Animal Care and Control saying they visited and to call them back. Someone has scrawled on it: Mind Your Business Punk
…and then there's this guy. I saw this notice taped up on someone's house. Someone from San Francisco Animal Care & Control tried to visit. Someone else scrawled on the notice "Mind Your Business Punk". I don't know who the second Someone is, but I'm glad he's* not my neighbor.

Speaking of San Francisco animal care and control, on my morning walk today I saw a coyote chasing a squirrel in Golden Gate Park. This is a data point favoring my parents' theory that G.G. Park's squirrel population is way down these days because of the coyotes.

*I'm just guessing he's a "he," not 100% sure.

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2022-08-07T19:10:55.840049

I updated the big ol' list of words and the big ol' list of phrases on the Phraser page.

Feel free to download fresh files if you're into that sort of thing.

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2022-08-05T21:44:05.024620

I updated that Bewordled game, the one where you swap tiles to make words kinda like Bejewelled but with words. Now it looks prettier with firecracker emojis and clouds. After I updated it, it occurred to me to start tracking my revisions. By Murphy's law, we now know that I will never change that game again.

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2022-08-04T16:37:39.966330

I joined a couple more social networks, WT.social and cohost. I guess when E1on Mսsk threatened to buy Twitter, people started looking for places to go next. Thus, new socials popped up on my RADAR. Anyhow, if you're on WT.social and/or cohost, I darez you to [ follow | befriend | whatever ] me.

The automatic thingy that copies my blog posts over to Twitter and Tumblr doesn't support WT.social or cohost. So for the past few days, I've been copying my blog posts there and there by hand. It's a mild hassle. Mսsk's takeover threat turned into a lawsuit which goes to trial in… October? So some time in/after October we'll know whether Twitter will be ruined and whether people are likely to stay on these other services. "I guess I can keep hand-copying blog posts until October," he grumbled.

I'm still happy on Mastodon. If Twitter gets ruined, I could be pretty happy if everyone moved over to Mastodon. I hand-copy my blog posts over to Mastodon, but I don't grumble about it. It feels worth it because people there comment and such.

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2022-08-02T14:02:40.133860

I'm progressing nicely in that Pikmin Bloom walk-around-with-your-phone game.

Screen shot from Pikmin Bloom app showing that player has recently reached level 69

I've walked over 2.5 million steps, yes indeed.

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2022-08-01T12:50:22.461154

Book Report: Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties

CW: police violence

It's a survey of 1960s Los Angeles radical politics. This is a long book; Los had so much radical politics back then. As you read the history, you find out why there was so much. Back then, an Angeleno who said "Maybe we could treat [ black | brown | Asian | Latino white | queer | teen-aged | female | et al ] people with dignity" was quickly classified a radical by the local press, police, and political machine. When you ask, how was this group radicalized; the answer is either "We wouldn't consider their goals radical today, but The Man of the 1960s felt differently." or "The Man of the 1960s felt they were radical, convinced some of Los' impressively-violent local law enforcement to [ harass | hospitalize | murder ] them, and the group fought back."

Los Angeles was worse off than most of the world back then, equality-wise, but Angelenos couldn't rely on help from the more-enlightened outside world. The outside world was better, but it wasn't much better. The FBI was still under control of J. Edgar Hoover, and quite ready to [ harass | hospitalize ] these groups, certainly wouldn't help them. During this time Ronald Reagan became governor of California, voted in because he condemned those Berkeley folks who said the USA wasn't winning the war in Vietnam. Going through this book, occasionally you read about some USA federal legal authority standing up against LAPD; but it's rare and surprising. You might hope the USSR would help some of these groups, and it sometimes did. But often the USSR would put conditions on aid: pretend the USSR was a positive example of a nation treating its people well. So a radical group that wanted USSR money to spread influence would sacrifice credibility—and thus lose influence.

This isn't a feel-good history; but it is interesting. You won't read about these marginalized groups coming to power; it's just that eventually a new mayor comes along who doesn't get votes through group-baiting. There's no grand triumph; just a letting-up of violent persecution; the establishment of some Ethnic Studies departments at universities.

But it is interesting.

As I was reading this book, one of the authors, Mike Davis (a.k.a. City of Quartz guy), was diagnosed with terminal cancer. That didn't help to dispel the bummer aura over this history.

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2022-07-31T13:46:41.946492

I walked a mile (the wrong way) along the San Francisco Marathon this morning.
overhead view of runners at Alvord Lake Bridge view of San Francisco Marathon in the Lower Haight

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2022-07-24T16:43:42.143213

screenshot of social post: "If Britain gets any warmer it might colonise itself"

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2022-07-20T15:42:14.310859

Some gold-color sidewalk chalk art for the golden ratio. Willard Street, San Francisco, USA.
Sidewalk chalk art with the first several terms of the Virahanka-Fibonacci sequence and a gold nautilus

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2022-07-10T19:35:44.841527

When the apartment building repairperson was un-blocking my kitchen sink drain, he asked, "When did your garbage disposal stop working?" And I confidently answered "Wha– It works fine." I knew it worked; whenever I flipped its switch, I could hear the roar of a mighty engine below, never stuck, never straining. The repairperson made a skeptical face and looked more closely. "This disposal doesn't have any blades." Over the years the blades had worn off or broken off or something. I'd been impressed that my disposal was so powerful that it never got stuck… but that's just because it just spinning in place, with no "arms" actually pushing on anything.

This made me want to use "Like a bladeless garbage disposal" as a simile for something that's working hard, making lots of noise, and accomplishing nothing useful. (This is a common situation and it would be nice to have a fresh simile.) "Garbage disposal" isn't so easy on the tongue but I think I could get into saying "Like a bladeless blender."

Like a bladeless blender.

Anyhow, now my apartment has a new garbage disposal and the kitchen sink drains OK so if you just ignore the world at large, things are looking up.

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2022-07-06T19:50:36.268772

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