Hot Cha Cafe

The Hot Cha Cafe at So Cal Landmarks:

In about 1932, a small, hexagonal shingle-style Victorian building in Long Beach got a programmatic makeover, adding a large, angular percolator made of metal and glass on the roof, to become the Hot Cha Café. The name changed to the Koffee Pot Café, but it remained a coffee shop into the 1960s…

If this was still a cafe I’d totally go there just for the style. I’m glad it was restored instead of demolished!

A small, red, one-level octagonal building sandwiched between what looks like a house and a garage on a sunny day. A tree sticks in from out of fram, and cars are parked in the street out front. It looks like there's only space for a single room, and the windows and glass door feature a logo and the name of a salon that you might be able to make out on a bigger display than the one I'm using. Most unusual: A stylized coffee percolator sits a top the pyramidal roof.

#Architecture #ProgrammaticArchitecture #coffee #cafe #LongBeach

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WordPress Firehose

Reply to 404 Media article via Fediverse post:

My previous understanding of the firehose is that it’s basically an aggregation of what you’d see in a bunch of blogs’ public RSS feeds. Which, OK, fine. Analyze your heart out. Display my posts in your RSS reader. Just make sure private posts and comments don’t leak.

But LLM training isn’t the same as analytics, or showing a properly attributed post in a reader. And quietly changing the terms to allow more kinds of re-use on something most people using the service don’t know about? Not cool.

And not making it clear what is and isn’t included for which purposes? That breaks down trust.

Before this, I wasn’t worried about the Firehose. But now I’m not sure I can trust Akismet, never mind Jetpack, and I’m looking for a new spam filter.

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Ballot dropped off for next week’s primary. I’ve got to say, I really appreciate the new approach in LA County of mailing eve…

Ballot dropped off for next week’s primary. I’ve got to say, I really appreciate the new approach in LA County of mailing everyone eligible a ballot, maintaining permanent drop boxes at relevant locations (libraries, etc.), and opening some polling places early to accept completed ballots.

MUCH more convenient than needing the time on one specific day and, in elections with a lot of turnout, waiting 45 minutes, an hour, or longer.

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I think the longest I waited was when I was living in Orange County, probably 2004 or 2008, and they actually had to apply the “if you’re in line at closing time, you get to vote” rule. And I seem to recall someone had run to the Starbucks down the street and picked up one of their boxes of to-go coffee and some cups and was offering them either to the poll workers or to those of us still in line.

The first election where LA county implemented early voting and flexible polling places for (instead of requiring you to get to the specific place on your sample ballot) was also the week before COVID-19 hit the area. Now that I think of it, that first one didn’t send out an actual ballot by mail unless you requested one. They changed that when it became clear COVID wasn’t going to just blow over before November. Since then some of the smaller, local elections have been mail-only.

Four years….WTF

Just got an email from Niantic that they rejected the spelling correction I submitted for the name and description of a Pokés…

Just got an email from Niantic that they rejected the spelling correction I submitted for the name and description of a Pokéstop whose sign is clearly visible in the main photo…

…back in 2021.

Probably one of those automated “no activity on this issue for 3 years, closing” things.

But c’mon, the correct spelling is RIGHT THERE.

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I know there’s got to be a term for it, but I just can’t bring it to mind. What’s the name for the engineering pattern of ad…

I know there’s got to be a term for it, but I just can’t bring it to mind.

What’s the name for the engineering pattern of adding failure points in a non-critical part so that it’ll break before the more critical parts would? Like crumple zones in cars, or gaps in sidewalks, or fuses in circuits?

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It’s even worse

Replying to a comment on why Ro would have seen someone’s post about The Bad Space.

It’s even worse: The relevant Kolectiva user replied directly to one of Ro’s posts on what had previously been a constructive thread about blocklist sharing in the context of last week’s spam attacks.

Original thread start:
https://sauropods.win/@futurebird/111969325179943537

Ro replied in the discussion with a link to an article he’d written at Nivenly about the topic. The person in question replied saying he wouldn’t trust Nivenly because the Bad Space was a Nivenly project. Ro replied that it wasn’t true, pointing out that TBS was independent and he’d used it as an example in the article because he knew the project, having built it…

…and then it just went off the rails completely with the guy repeatedly trashing TBS, Nivenly, anyone involved in the project, and just doubling down every time someone posted contradictory information.

And then he started a new thread summing up the same claims he’d made and completely ignoring anything anyone else had said.

Ro’s posts in the original thread appear to have been deleted, but his first post was a simple “I wrote something on this exact topic you’ve brought up, here’s the link.”

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Option 1: will do some things you want, and some things you don’t. Option 2…

Option 1: will do some things you want, and some things you don’t.

Option 2: won’t do anything you want, will do all the same things you don’t want that option 1 will do, has promised to do more things you don’t want, undo the things you wanted that have already happened, make it more difficult for you to even have these choices in the future, and has previously demonstrated that they’re willing to go through with all of the above.

And yet “They’re the same picture” ??? … really?

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It’s like…you need to hire someone to fix your heater. One contractor will fix your heater for the advertised price, but break some of your windows in the process and stop taking your phone calls. The other will rip out your entire heating system and your plumbing, and steal the copper phone lines to make it hard for you to call someone else (I know, outdated metaphor), insist that you broke it yourself and charge extra. And they’ll break your windows too.

A bunch of reviews point out that both of them will break your windows, so they can’t be all that different, right?

It would be great to find someone who would fix your heat without breaking your windows! But there’s a glass factory in town that wants more business and gives all the local contractors kickbacks, so your best bet for that is to hire someone from out of town…but they’re booked until summer.

So you can either go with the one who’ll break things even more, or the one who will fix some things and break others, and then deal with the breakage while you still have heating, plumbing, and a working phone.

Going to have to check out the new @classicpress@fosstodon.org 2.0 release which re-forks from #WordPress 6.2.3, again removi…

Going to have to check out the new @classicpress 2.0 release which re-forks from #WordPress 6.2.3, again removing blocks and full-site editing in addition to making additional #ClassicPress – specific changes.

Announcing “Bella”: version 2 of ClassicPress!

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