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  1. Well, I stepped into the present century yesterday morning and ordered groceries online from Whole Foods, spurred only by a "BankAmerideal" offering me 20% cash back (most other BankAmerideals are, by contrast, worthless). It went well; I bought lean ground beef, cereal, fresh blueberries and raspberries (to mix into the cereal, see), plus some oranges and 🥕's. The store is two blocks from my home so I walked over to pick up my groceries, "checked in" on the app, and in minutes a girl came over with the two grocery bags for me. I post this thread for the so
  2. See, a Quest bar is a way of delivering >13g of fiber and less than one (1) gram of sugar into your tummy.
  3. See, Quest bars were 20% off last week, so I bought six yes SIX boxes, each of different flavors, then I emptied all six boxes into an opaque plastic bag and shook it up. That way I get to savour the surprise every morning. Right? See, yesterday was day 2, and I got Blueberry Muffin. The problem is, that's exactly the same flavor I got on day 1. I am bringing a civil action against the Quest bar people for emotional damages and breach of implied contract.
  4. See, it is Black History Month, and this showed up in my Facebook feed https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218800199780513&id=1366262943&sfnsn=mo
  5. Pat Conroy's awesome novel The Lords of Discipline, about a Southern chap's experiences as a freshman at the fictional Carolina Military Institute, is divided into four parts: "The Cadre," "The Taming," "The Wearing of the Ring," y "The Ten." I, having been working from home since startus pandemicus, have been making the most of that situation by wearing shorts all the time. I put long pants on during the eight-minute moment of silence for the George Floyd memorial in late may or early June, but that is the one occasion in the past eleven months when the world was deprived of the
  6. Now there's a thread title worth reconsidering...
  7. Capital idea, that. Now I can (and have) resume(d) reading 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘖𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘴 by Isabel Wilkerson. #blackhistorymonth
  8. It hath arrived. (See, my building's office closes at 6pm so that's when I thought I was s.o.l.; but as it happens there's a heated vestibule with unsecured double doors to the outside, ahead of the secured double doors to the building; they left the package in that little vestibule - which I was glad of; as I didn't want the package to get cold.) Now to get readily erudite for my South Africa trip!
  9. Welp. About half an hour ago I added The Penguin Historical Atlas of Africa to my Amazon cart, and it said if I ordered $35 worth of stuff that was also same-day-delivery-eligible, then... well, they'd uh... be delivered on the same day. (See.) So I threw in The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History, bringing my total to $38.88 and I guess now we just wait to see what happens. I shall have to update y'all upon the parcel's arrival, or 10pm, whichever comes first. (You heard me.)
  10. Putting my kitchen & fridge through a D-check, I discovered gross things; like (not that the specifics are likely to matter) an old buffalo chicken wrap that I bought at Target all fresh-like but is now green and fuzzy and gross, and a pot pie that I bought at Byerly's but forgot to eat and is now welllll past the eat-by date even though somehow it is not moldy or fuzzy (gross, probably). Should these gross former foodstuffs be put in the compost bin? I HATE putting anything in landfill trash, but I don't really know what goes on in compostville & whether I'd be contributi
  11. I remember them better than you do. See, my dad was a hardware engineer for DEC in the 70's and 80's. Our house was crammed full of VT52's, VT125's, LA120's, WT78's and DF03's even before upper middle class households gifted Commodore 64's to their kids. Programming DCL on a VAX 11/780 over an acoustic 300 baud link was how I learned to type. (Also the PDP was called a Programmed Data Processor so that they could be sold to the federal gubmint without using the dough that Congress had budgeted for "computers." )
  12. See, Ruby 1.7 wouldn't return an error if you tried to index a string off of a nonexistent substring. It would just leave the string alone and proceed merrily. Ruby 2.7 doesn't do that. It gives an "IndexError (string not matched)" and stops script execution, so I hope you're all happy.
  13. On the twelfth day of Christmas, the beloved has received a total of not more than one (1) pear tree. Discuss.
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