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Q: When I support an independent cartoonist on Patreon, then their books become NYT best-sellers, and then they get a cartoon on FX... do they still need my Patreon support?

Seriously, being in a video call and having my monitor stolen because the Windows box wakes up every five minutes is a PITA. But it only does this for a limited time a day or two a week... it's very inconsistent.

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What keeps waking my Windows box? (And stealing focus for my KVM, making me manually switch back to the computer I was using.)

PCI-to-PCI Bridge.

Well, that narrows it down. Turning off "wake on LAN" and crossing my fingers.

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There are six stages:
1. denial
2. anger
3. bargaining
4. depression
5. acceptance
6. merge pull request


One thing I've never understood is why videogame matchmaking is so complicated.
So here's your matchmaking rating (MMR), which is based on a complicated and confusing formula, but we keep that hidden anyway. Then there's your skill rating (SR) which we also hide from you unless you're Diamond level. Then there's your visible Rank. We won't tell you how that relates to SR. SR used to be based on MRR, now it's not.

Next season, we'll redo the whole thing, because we're as confused as you are.

For all the different contact transfer technologies since the Palm Pilot, it's ironic that people just hands over their phone and ask you to enter your number.

Guess we never did figure out how to do that smoothly and securely.

covid, family(+) 

Carl's mom seems to have turned a corner. She'll be in the hospital awhile yet (I'm guessing to the end of IV antibiotics) but they expect her to go home. Is in a covid ward (of course) but not an ICU one.

Yay vaccines! 🎉

Today I said "close the loop" in total seriousness.

I am such a manager.

Today's excellent headline comes from The Verge: "Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo"

My Slack pet peeve:

9:25 Fred: Hello Carl
9:26 Carl: Good morning!
[five minutes pass]
9:31 ... <Fred is typing>

Dang it, have what you need to say typed up _before_ you interrupt someone with your greeting. It's so frustrating sitting and watching that "<typing>", thinking any moment now you're going to hear what they have to say, and you spend five minutes doing nothing but waiting.

So the thing that bugs me about the Amazon delivery driver cameras, that penalize them for following too close, not wearing a seatbelt, etc (and get the situation wrong, such as "distracted driving" when they look at a side mirror, running a stop sign where there was no sign)...

We wouldn't put up with this in an office environment? Can you imagine a future where a camera watches you work in the office and penalizes you for thinking too long, taking bathroom breaks, etc?

covid mention; family 

achievement get:
Two immediate family members have covid.

My brother was not vaccinated (but I thought he was) and is maybe getting over it, my mother was vaccinated, but has immune disorders and is in poor health, and is now in the hospital, 1200 miles away.

I don't know what to do besides sit here and wait for more information. :|

I need an app that shows me all the games I own on all platforms. More than once I've bought a game on Steam and realized I already owned in on Epic, or Origin, or Humble, or GOG.

When I _do_ remember, it's tedious to double-check each one. Almost feels worth the effort to catalog my non-Steam games in a spreadsheet just so I have one place to look... except then I'd forget to add new games anyway.

Good health does not reflect the goodness of a person. Send tweet.

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Slack is: my phone dinging at me all through lunch.

I need a smarthome that closes all the windows when it gets hotter outside than inside.

You every wonder about how corporate policy grows by:

Some guy writes a policy draft, doesn't actually mark it as "draft", and saves it the document store for others to review. It is never reviewed or approved by anybody.

Some guy leaves the company.

Years later, that policy looks official (because approved policies aren't "signed" or anything), and nobody remembers anything about how it came about.

Now that's the official policy, and it applies to you, even if it's unreasonable.

I want to do a documentary on computer geek culture of the 80's and 90's, around the time businesses were adopting desktop computers.
I'll title it,"They Called Us Wizards". It will be stupidly nostalgic for the days when half the office staff were afraid of their computers.

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