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Also: wow the Anglocentrism of software becomes painfully obvious the moment I start training some Francophones. How are people supposed to get the distinction between two single quotes and one double quote when their language uses « » for quotations? And how can I apologise enough when I have to say "I would use the automated title-case function for this in an Anglophone country, but it's going to fuck up Anse d'Hainault every time"?

PB: I'm playing tech trainer this week and omg hard agree.

biggest problem with computers is they're still designed for people who like computers

Day 8.

Turks and Caicos from the air.

Today I learned that some of my fears about the workshop I'm here to lead were justified, so I'm going to have a lot of extra work at least today and tomorrow adding material and testing exercises. I may not get to do any photography until the weekend. But the views from the flight in were 💚💙

The amount of credit I am getting for my stumbling, mealy-mouthed French speaks volumes about the low expectations of Anglos when it comes to learning any foreign language at all.

T-mobile seems to think that Caribbean is a country.

It's a kind of joyous, loving chaos. There seem to be a lot of frail grandmas (I've never seen so many wheelchairs for one plane) returning from a long Christmas visit to the kids/grandkids, loaded with more gifts for people back home than they can carry. Oh, and wearing their church hats, in some cases 2 or 3 on top of each other, because they don't have sweet hat boxes like the hasidim so how else would they get them through a flight intact?

On the positive side, enough of the airport & airline staff at JFK are Haitian that everyone at the gate for the PAP flight speaks kreyol and I'm already surrounded by it.

uspol, petty tyrants all the way down Show more

uspol, petty tyrants all the way down Show more

Argh, made by _my_ mother-in-law. I can tipe rite, honest.

Day 7.

Our house is full of quilts made by mother-in-law. My cousin's husband is a potter, so their place is full of hand-made ceramics, mostly by him or people he knows. It's funny how much being surrounded by hand made things makes me feel at home.

the delta boarding taxonomy is some real celestial emporium shit. pre-boarding, families, active military, first class, gold medallion, silver medallion, tungsten sphere, SKY, unaccompanied children, accompanied children, zone 1, anyone named "larry," zone √2, zone 2, et cetera, zone 3, people who have already boarded, minor and outlying zones

Tax law weirdness Show more

I was trying to see Tahoma on this bike ride, but she was covered in a cloud blanket. So I got a tree full of tiny songbirds instead.

The road was full of pine boughs blown down in a windstorm last night. They presented an occasional hazard, but they made everything smell amazing, especially when I ran them over.

"Do your part" energy conservation plans, like turning lights off when you leave the room, are great for your energy bill, but their job as part of "lowering carbon footprints" is to deflect from the big corporations that actually use the vast majority of the power.

For example, the average US stand-alone home uses ~11,000 kWh per year.

The VERY MOST EFFICIENT roadside LED billboard uses ~61,000 kWh per year. That number rises to ~323,000 kWh at the top end.

It's awkward because Seattle has elements of both Americas. We want to be a cosmopolitan "world class city", but watch what happens when white Seattle homeowners are asked to accept any change.

The last thing I want to do is move to NYC, but I think I needed some time in one of its less white-anglo parts more than I had realised.