Benjamin Esham

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#shotwithhalide #lightroommobile #whpbluronpurpose

you can comb a hairy donut but you can’t tuna fish

Fall scene

It never occurred to me as I was watching Star Trek as a kid, but the computer on the show wasn’t an IBM computer or a Weyland-Yutani computer or an Apple computer. It was just “the computer.” I think the idea that we didn’t need for-profit corporations to make all that amazing technology was a subtle but meaningful bit of world-building.

Apple cider sorbet: for when it’s October but it’s also 80°

A bowl of apple cider sorbet.

The notebook of (L–R) Picasso, Hemingway, and Chatwin

A row of Moleskine notebooks with Barbie, Pokémon, and James Bond branding

Disadvantages of using U+2028 LINE SEPARATOR as your newline character:

  • Almost no programmers have heard of it
  • Few programs know how to deal with it correctly
  • Yet another contender in a field already split between CR, LF, and CRLF
  • Uses three bytes in UTF-8
  • Not present in any non-Unicode character encodings


  • Insane amounts of pedant-nerd cred

This is a pretty approachable explanation of chirped pulse amplification, the experimental technique that just won its inventors half of a Nobel prize in physics.

I’m kind of baffled that developers are monetizing their apps by making dark mode a premium feature. And that users seem to be going for it!

(I think asking your users to pay for premium features is great! This just seems like a weird “premium feature” to me.)

Oh, shoot, I didn’t think about what would happen if you try to pipe colorized output (e.g. from ls --color) into Vim. Probably not what you’d want 😐

I’m seriously considering switching from less(1) to Vim as my pager. I’d get syntax highlighting and I wouldn’t have to remember multiple sets of mappings for moving and searching. Vim takes longer to start up but I think the difference would be negligible.

The only thing I’m concerned about is weirdness when reading from a pipe instead of a file.

This issue has not yet been assigned to a millstone

Always leave the campsite cleaner than you found it, and always leave trailing commas on your lists so the next person doesn’t get an extra line in their diff.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XR are just stereoisomers of each other. One is for left-handed people, the other is for right-handed people.

Setting my scale to kg to own the lbs

MASTODON: content warnings are a fundamental part of our service because we believe in insulating people from stuff that could trigger a strong negative reaction

ALSO MASTODON: sure, you can have an animated GIF as your avatar

gathering requirements like

“Gathering Flowers,” a painting by Henry John Yeend King. Two women gather flowers from a lush, pastoral field.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’s Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

When you store part of your database in Central Europe to improve performance, that’s Swiss sharding

The Carceral State would be a so-so band name

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