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  1. Comment on Good basic electronics toys for twelve year olds? in ~hobbies

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    I too have nostalgia for those spring-connector science kits! snap circuits are the modern version. Surprisingly similar experience. For my daughter, I found the Circuit Playground Express to be...

    I too have nostalgia for those spring-connector science kits!

    snap circuits are the modern version. Surprisingly similar experience.

    For my daughter, I found the Circuit Playground Express to be the modern entry point. As you referenced, it's arduino-based, not focused on individual components.

    But it has the advantage of being programmable with no dev environment fiddling. Write code on the website, plug in the USB cable, and click run.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on I compared all the Goodreads alternatives so you don't have to in ~books

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    That 40% stake via Abebooks gets repeated a lot. It's worth noting that the Abebooks investment came first, in 2006. Abebooks was bought wholesale by Amazon in 2008. I think that says more about...

    That 40% stake via Abebooks gets repeated a lot. It's worth noting that the Abebooks investment came first, in 2006. Abebooks was bought wholesale by Amazon in 2008.

    I think that says more about Amazon than LibraryThing.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    Gerber LST Ultralight. Slightly large for the keychain, but very very usable.

    Gerber LST Ultralight. Slightly large for the keychain, but very very usable.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on I compared all the Goodreads alternatives so you don't have to in ~books

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    Unfortunately, LibraryThing doesn't lean into the social aspects. Or fortunately, depending on your perspective. Not everyone trusts or appreciates social-graph type services. Some people just...

    I can’t speak to their implementation of the social aspects

    Unfortunately, LibraryThing doesn't lean into the social aspects.

    Or fortunately, depending on your perspective. Not everyone trusts or appreciates social-graph type services. Some people just want a private catalog.

    By "the social aspects", I mean two things:

    • Making it easy to invite people. There's a legitimate distaste for sites that try to exfiltrate your phone or gmail contacts. But there's a legitimate benefit to typing someone's email into the site, and having the site draft the invitation. LibraryThing does not do this.

    • Sending email updates of friends' book activities. I get these mini-digests every few days from GoodReads, and they honestly are fantastic. This alone is GoodReads' core value. Arguably their core competency too, since most email marketing efforts are nowhere near as artfully composed.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on I compared all the Goodreads alternatives so you don't have to in ~books

  6. Comment on Share a link to a song that tells a story in ~music

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    Cold Missouri Waters - Cry Cry Cry My favorite story song. The story is complicated, and tragic, and true.

    Cold Missouri Waters - Cry Cry Cry

    My favorite story song. The story is complicated, and tragic, and true.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Modern IDEs are magic. Why are so many coders still using Vim and Emacs? in ~comp

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    Ed is the standard text editor.

    Ed is the standard text editor.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Dear Dad, please don’t vote for Donald Trump this time in ~misc

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    Ryan is the author of a good book called Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. That's true. You're reading the thoughts of a conservative who feels embarrassed by Trump, but...

    Ryan is the author of a good book called Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.

    Reading this I don't believe Ryan really cares about the great harms of the politics his father promotes.

    That's true. You're reading the thoughts of a conservative who feels embarrassed by Trump, but would be A-ok with Reagan or Bushes 1 or 2. Much like George Will.

    This happened with Nixon. He was transparently corrupt. But 6 years after he quit the office in disgrace, the country elected Reagan. There's a great book about that: The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

    I expect this cycle to repeat. Trump is defeated. The republican party's next candidate will be the most mass-appeal person they can find. Imagine Tom Hanks, with Joe Rogan as VP.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    All of the above. One neat area is tracking grant applications and program delivery. Many proposal/funding cycles require materials to be prepared and reviewed in advance of the submission date....

    A bug report: The two colored boxes "No registration required" and "Start right now" don't fit in the screen on the phone.
    Thank you for reporting that! It's fixed.

    What kinds of projects do your user create most commonly? Planning renovation, building a website?

    All of the above.

    One neat area is tracking grant applications and program delivery. Many proposal/funding cycles require materials to be prepared and reviewed in advance of the submission date. If a grant proposal is funded, that becomes a multi-year project with interim reporting deadlines. Managing multiple grant proposals happens to be a natural fit for what we built.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been working on PeachyPlan. 6 months ago, we sorted our giant list of feature requests into buckets. One of which was "useless clutter fluff". It is surprising how many of those features are...

    I've been working on PeachyPlan.

    6 months ago, we sorted our giant list of feature requests into buckets. One of which was "useless clutter fluff".

    It is surprising how many of those features are now in place :)

    It felt like each was an exercise in negotiation, where the starting position was "nobody needs this, we aren't doing it ever", and the eventual result was "we now have a tight, clean version of this that absolutely justifies itself."

    6 votes
  11. Comment on The best Black movies of the last thirty years in ~movies

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    Dolemite Is My Name should be the hell on this list.

    Dolemite Is My Name should be the hell on this list.

  12. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    A tall stack of fixes and feedback from a side project. https://peachyplan.com We recently launched, and it feels thrilling.

    A tall stack of fixes and feedback from a side project.

    https://peachyplan.com

    We recently launched, and it feels thrilling.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler. This book is ridiculously good. One of the few authors where I've decided to read everything he writes.

    The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler.
    This book is ridiculously good.
    One of the few authors where I've decided to read everything he writes.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What's your "hype song"? in ~music