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"I Got to Rewrite My Blog Posts" – It was time to jump on the hot take bandwagon. I did have fun with this one though, and it yielded some interesting results. heliomass.com/posts/098-chatgp

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Still cold. Outside is *not* fun at the moment. Thinking warm thoughts.

📰 "Ontario says ‘colonization’ costs mean it does not owe First Nations billions. Canadian province argues in court it is not responsible for compensating Indigenous people over broken treaty obligations" – Geez, it's even right there in the Canadian citizenship oath: "I swear / affirm that… I will faithfully observe
The laws of Canada
Including the Constitution
Which recognizes and affirms
The Aboriginal and treaty rights of
First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples…". theguardian.com/world/2023/feb

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“I increasingly saw senior officials interpreting their role as doing what ministers say and providing protections to ministers. It was almost as if their first loyalty being to their political leaders rather than to the public,” she said.

“Essentially people who said ‘yes’ and went along with it and bought into this shift in culture and approach were those whose careers went well. Those who resisted either found themselves buried somewhere or looking for jobs elsewhere”
theguardian.com/politics/2023/

📖 “Getting bus priority right. Lessons from Bologna” – I'm a big fan of these 'comparing city A and city B' type pieces (in this case and ). They challenge the "tabula rasa" of transit planning in North American cities. They show these problems have been solved elsewhere and can be solved here. don't have to be rubbish, and rubbish buses don't have to be normal. marcochitti.substack.com/p/get

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Where were you when the Chinese weather balloon floated over Montana

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Calculating Florida DL#'s

Florida driver's license numbers, for better or worst, can be calculated by hand if you know three things about them:

🔎Name (First MI Last)
🔎Date of Birth
🔎Gender at birth

Florida DL# number have the format of

🅰️#️⃣#️⃣#️⃣–✴️✴️✴️–✳️✳️–⚧️⚧️⚧️–0️⃣
[A-Z][0-6]{3}-[0-6]{3}-[0-9]{2}-[05]00-[0-9]

🅰️ → First letter of last name
#️⃣#️⃣#️⃣ → Soundex of rest of last name
✴️✴️✴️ → Soundex of first name + MI
✳️✳️ → Last two of birth year
⚧️⚧️⚧️ → DOB + birth gender
0️⃣ → [0-9] Zero usually, overflow for duplicate id #s

#OSINT #Soundex #DL #Florida #FL #Investigation #CatSalad

Going for the full Bakerloo experience this evening. One of the many virtual ways to visit my original hometown in the midst of a Canadian snow squall.

Winter whinge 

Siberia called. They want their cold weather back.

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I think the lack of public holidays between New Year and Easter is just a Québec thing though. The other provinces seem to get at least one day of respite during the Winter months.

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A big shutout out to both January and February for being the absolute worst months of the year. They have it all: Darkness, illness, dreadful weather and devoid of public holidays. Humans should have evolved hibernation as one of our features.

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Ah, the Electrostar. The workhorse of the South and South-East of England.

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You can now add up to four social account links to your GitHub profile which render with a sprinkling of formatting support for our most popular platforms. Yes, the resulting links links will satisfy Mastodon verification requirements when rendered.

To get started, visit your profile and click the "Edit profile" button in the sidebar.

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Incredible improvements in the Twitter app lately. It once struggled to take up even half this much system memory

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People love to harp on cultural differences between countries, but regional idiosyncrasies within each country are an oft overlooked source of fun:

French people from Brittany refuse to acknowledge the mere existence of unsalted butter. Northern and Southern Italians will start a civil war over the proper way to make a ragù sauce. Japan's Kantō people love natto, to the dismay of Kansai people. Brits spread cream then jam on their scones, except for a marginal minority of inbred southerners.

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