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Avi Flax ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ืื‘ื™ ืคืœืงืก

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Feminist, futurist, father. XL biomachine, he/him. Modern Hebrew. Zionist. Aphantasiac. Black Lives Matter. Trans rights are human rights. Bicycling enthusiast. Space enthusiast. Earth enthusiast. Coffee. Speculative fiction! Technology! History! What the hell is this list, evenโ€ฝ

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Hey everyone!

My current gig might be wrapping up soon, so itโ€™s time for me to figure out whatโ€™s next.

If you or someone you know could use some help with software tools or systems โ€” architecture, implementation, deployment, operations, data pipelines, CD, DX, etc โ€”ย maybe get in touch? Iโ€™ve been doing this a while and Iโ€™m pretty flexible.

Iโ€™m open to short-term or long-term, part-time or full-time. Iโ€™m US-based (NYC area) and a US citizen.

General CV: aviflax.com/resume/

Energy-specific CV: aviflax.com/resume/energy/

Thanks in advance!

For young voters and anyone claiming to be on the left while flirting with a third party candidate (or abstaining), this might be the single most important thing to consider. If Trump is elected, Alito and Thomas will almost certainly retire so that two younger justices in the MAGA mold can be appointed. These appointees would give SCOTUS a right wing chokehold on liberal democracy for the next 25-30 years, that is, until my middle school daughter enters her 40s โ€” @xankarn

I love @simonโ€™s proposed new term for LLMs: instead of โ€œartificial intelligenceโ€, โ€œimitation intelligenceโ€

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can't tell me this isn't skilled labor ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ’จ

What good is AI if you don't have a planet to use it on?

Microsoft released its 2024 Sustainability Report on Wednesday, and it's mostly bad news. Last year, Microsoft's emissions went up 29%, and it used 23% more water, primarily due to "new technologies, including generative AI."

au.pcmag.com/news/105283/micro

The Great Lying Machine is eating our environment and spewing out toxic misinformation. Big Tech has become a clear and present danger to all our futures.

@simon if one wanted to maintain a mostly straightforward dataset in a GitHub repo, collaboratively with other people, potentially the public (i.e. โ€œcrowdsourcingโ€) โ€” would you suggest using CSV, JSON, or something else as the file format?

The behavior of business leaders with respect to is distressingly lemming-like.

Itโ€™s sad to see Google drink themselves to death on their own โ€œAIโ€ (๐Ÿคข) flavored Kool-Aid but letโ€™s be honest; theyโ€™ve been been headed in this direction for many years.

Hereโ€™s an idea for better cities: Make owners of big SUVs & pickups pay more to park.

That's what Montreal now does -- and it's the first North American city to try it.

In Bloomberg CityLab, I explored a groundbreaking way to fight back against car bloat.

www.bloomberg.com/news/feature

ื—ื’ ืฉืžื—!

My ex had this rule, or sort of a philosophy I guess:

"Never feel bad about spending money on books."

And this made a lot of sense to me, at the time,

but this was before I actually realized

just how much money I am capable of spending on books

Ok, time for !

I've got like twenty years experience with Python and Linux, a long time open source contributor, I know too much about Docker and Containers, not enough about Kuberenetes. I've done a bunch of ops and ops-adjacent stuff.

I just finished setting up the infrastructure and CI/CD for a geographically-diverse seed-stage startup.

Only accepting remote positions comfortable with vaguely Eastern time.

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Just picked up tix for Furiosa in IMAX!

Software makers! If you sell a native app, *please* include documentation in the app itself, so itโ€™ll work offline!

Most native apps SHOULD work offline โ€” or to put it another way, all features that donโ€™t intrinsically and necessarily depend on Internet access should work offline โ€” and documentation is a feature!

TIL that CSS native variables (custom properties) are widely supported โ€” have been for ~7 years now!

โ€ขย caniuse.com/css-variables

โ€ขย developer.mozilla.org/en-US/do

I just spied (and heard) a beautiful 930 turbo in dark cherry with license plate OLD SPOOL.

Years ago, I went to Poland to see where the Powazeks came from. Dad and I took a tour of one of the camps where our family was killed. The tour guide asked us if we were Polish or Jewish. "Both," I said. "You can't be both," he said flatly. This was in the early 2000s.

This is how the Poles could kill us. Help the nazis send us to camps. Take our homes. We weren't part of "us."

Today: Republican Ron Johnson reminds us that Jews in America are also not "us."

boingboing.net/2024/05/04/ron-

Did you know that you can purchase an electric vehicle for as little as $1,000?

Not only that, these vehicles also:
- Can skip traffic jams
- Be parked virtually anywhere
- Get over 1,000 mpge
- Emits no harmful air pollution
- Don't require a government permit or expensive insurance
- Can easily be repaired by yourself, and don't require long waits at expensive dealerships
- Include optional exercise equipment, allowing you to choose to get exercise while in transit (if you want) and skip the gym membership
- Can be operated by people of almost any age, so your kids can now transport themselves

What is this vehicle I'm describing? Some sort of newfangled flying car? A quantum teleporter?

No: It is the humble electric bicycle.

Spread the word.

โ€œWeโ€™ve reviewed your application for theโ€ฆ role, but after careful consideration, we've decided not to move forward at this time.โ€

Give me an actual reason, you cowards!

Adorable lesbian comic drama manga. Light, fun, sweet, silly, sexy, touching.

Cheerful Amnesia Vol 1 by Tamamushi Oku

Really intense and captivating short sci-fi novel. Great writing!

computering, griping

Me, an idiot: โ€œSo, kids, by setting the thermostat a little lower and eating less meat, weโ€™re doing our part to make the world more sustainableโ€

VCs, very smart: โ€œWe just raised $100 billion dollars from the sovereign wealth funds of three petrostates to build the worldโ€™s largest AI supercomputer. It uses as much power and water as Guatemala and the primary use case is for management consultants to autogenerate powerpoints for justifying mass layoffs.โ€

Trump getting a SCOTUS hearing on whether or not heโ€™s an annointed king when he also personally hand-picked 1/3 of the very justices ruling on it in the same week where Harvey Weinsteinโ€™s judgement gets appealed despite dozens of victims makes it so clear that ultra-rich white men can do anything, anywhere and with enough resources they will never face consequences for anything no matter how disgustingly they lead their lives and itโ€™s fucking horrible and depressing to see this shit play out.

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Found this handy blog post: Syncing Fastmail with Calendly by Stuart Knightley

stuartk.com/posts/syncing-fast

Am I the only one who buys a Calendly plan every time I ramp up a job search?