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Posted 2 months, 3 days, 8 hours, 9 minutes ago.

Food shopping works differently for us now that we're in Hong Kong and in a reasonably dense but not too dense area of HK Island (we started out living in two areas both of which featured one large supermarket). We still have smaller (and more) local supermarkets, but also a nice network of small shops. For example:  A grocery run for today:

  1. Peanut seller (un-roasted)
  2. Almond and cashew nut seller (shop #1 didn't have them)
  3. Coconut bread (local HK bakery)
  4. Tofu seller (hard tofu)
  5. Wet market (spinach for dinner)
  6. Fishmonger (prepared food area: steamed black bean fish with side of sesame ribs for dinner)*
  7. Dim sum take-out (shrimp dumplings and spring rolls for lunch)

* Typically we get a fish and cook it at home, but we declared a lazy Saturday

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Don’t forget the real business of the War is buying and selling. The murdering and the violence are self-policing, and can be entrusted to non-professionals. --Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
It’s Summer Vacation. Does the Media Know Where Clarence Thomas Is?

Posted 2 months, 1 week, 4 days, 17 hours, 4 minutes ago.

Google n-gram screen capture

There's a curious bump in 1980 in mentions of AI (note that the use of periods in its name, A.I., is almost never used since inception. I think we can attribute this to the rise of personal computers and books about them explaining how they work to a new group of non-technical users.  The meaning was not likely how we're talking about them today except for some futurist prediction authors like Isaac Asimov, Freeman Dyson, and Daniel Bell (whose early book on the Internet was my introduction to it when I didn't even own a computer at home and was punching card in Fortran for my high school's behemoth UNIVAC-looking thing).  Looking back, it's kind of odd that Fortran IV was my first computer language rather than the typical introduction with Basic or Pascsal, but this was a time when most high schools didn't have any computers and we were lucky to have been gifted one through some grant due to our unusually high college entrance exams and advanced placement courses.  To this day I can't figure out why my mathematics class grades were so average, but I had top grades in computer courses.  I think it was the teachers.  I could tell which ones were just phoning it in and who was actually excited about the material and getting us to be as excited about it.

Which brings me back to AI.  There are more and more courses online or simple help videos for coding and many use artificial voices, which although good, you can more or less tell it's you now being programmed by a computer. Can AI do the same as a disinterested teacher? No doubt. Can it replace a good teacher? Not at the moment. Not for a while, I think. 

Posted 2 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 15 hours, 39 minutes ago.

Just noticed that a subscription to Medium comes with a Mastodon account.... but isn't Mastodon free?

Posted 2 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes ago.

When people aren't asking questions
They're making suggestions
And when they're not doing one of those
They're either looking over your shoulder or stepping on your toes
And then as if that weren't enough to annoy you
They employ you.
Anybody at leisure
Incurs everybody's displeasure.
It seems to be very irking
To people at work to see other people not working,
So they tell you that work is wonderful medicine,
Just look at Firestone and Ford and Edison,
And they lecture you till they're out of breath or something
And then if you don't succumb they starve you to death or something.
All of which results in a nasty quirk:
That if you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work.

Random Hong Kong Street Photography

Posted 2 months, 3 weeks, 8 hours, 53 minutes ago.

Everything Repaired


Fishmonger in Central Market



The Luddites Were onto Something
Web re-design: mobile-first, responsive site for manufacturing firm

Posted 2 months, 3 weeks, 4 days, 10 hours, 5 minutes ago.

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HTML5 / CSS3 / Tailwind CSS / php
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