Every time through the book, the bishop’s chapters are more interesting. But “In the Year 1817” gets more tedious each time through.

Every time through the book, the bishop’s chapters are more interesting. But “In the Year 1817” gets more tedious each time through.

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Argot, the sewers, the convent – there’s at least some substance there and you can see how things connect. “1817” is just a list of contemporary pop culture references that would already have been barely relevant 50 years on, never mind 200 years on and across the world.

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Modern editions of it have more footnotes than text. Last time I read it, it took forever because I was looking up every footnote as I got to it.

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And it’s all ONE LONG PARAGRAPH.

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Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park

Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park in Portland, Oregon. Photo from a trip in 2013.

TBH, though, Atlas Obscura got better photos than I did:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/beverly-cleary-sculpture-garden-grant-park

Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park ...

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Kid mused about the possibility of a youtube channel that only showed coffee. So I …

Kid mused about the possibility of a youtube channel that only showed coffee. So I told him about the original webcam that monitored a break room coffee pot for years. And of course from there we ended up on the joke RFC for Hypertext Coffee Pot Control Protocol, which also introduced the error code 418 I’m a teapot (whose response body MAY be short and stout).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Room_coffee_pot

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2324

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The bishop keeps reminding Jean Valjean about the cheese makers in the region he’s required to go to for his parole, and I can’t stop thinking of the joke in The Life of Brian where people mishear “peacemakers”

The bishop keeps reminding Jean Valjean about the cheese makers in the region he’s required to go to for his parole, and I can’t stop thinking of the joke in The Life of Brian where people mishear “peacemakers”

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Fridge lightbulb went out. Placed a pickup order at Target for a replacement. Added a …

Fridge lightbulb went out. Placed a pickup order at Target for a replacement. Added a few other things we don’t need immediately but could use soonish, figuring why waste an extra trip later. Got a notice at 9:30 that the order was ready, figured I’d wait until morning to pick it up.

I just looked at my email. They filled everything in the order…except the lightbulb.

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In “Final Crisis,” Darkseid’s death on Earth drags the planet down into a singularity, …

In “Final Crisis,” Darkseid’s death on Earth drags the planet down into a singularity, stretching time so that months pass on Earth while only a few minutes pass for the Green Lanterns arriving in our solar system.

Which fits right in with how it feels like ages since March 2020 and yet it also feels like we’re still stuck there.

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Reading up on IPFS and thinking about the old joke about how real hackers don’t do backups…

Reading up on #IPFS and thinking about the old joke about how real hackers don’t do backups, they just upload everything to public FTP and let the rest of the world mirror it.

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(an internet outage a couple of weeks ago got me thinking about async schemes like that and SSB)

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