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Jeremy Cherfas

Krugman revisits pellagra to illuminate the US response to Covid-19

the United States is exceptional, in a very bad way.

It's not the only country that's exceptional, but it is exceptionally bad.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

Very happy with the service from @widefitshoes A pair of shoes were not up to scratch -- not their fault at all -- and they agreed to send out a replacement with no argument. That is how it should be. If you need wider fittings, I highly recommend, and their foot-measuring chart makes it easy.

Jeremy Cherfas

On second thoughts, maybe the reason my Aeropress plunger has never slipped is that I brew upside down. So the water is heating the rubber while the grounds are brewing. And the rubber expands more than the plastic of the cylinder.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

I'm perfectly happy that Scott Nesbitt decided to change the backend of his interesting site The Plain Text Project. But this seems like a slap to his readers: "if you've bookmarked something you've read in this space, you'll need to update the bookmark by adding articles/ to the URL." A perfect case for a very simple rewrite rule.

Jeremy Cherfas

Interesting tip if your Aeropress is slipping, to expand the plunger's rubber while contracting the tube. Maybe I'm just not an adequate Aeropress user, but mine shows no slippage at all. And I'm almost through my third pack of filter papers.

Jeremy Cherfas

What was it like?

Anyone who thinks blogging died at some point in the past twenty years presumably just lost interest themselves, because there have always been plenty of blogs to read. Some slow down, some die, new ones appear. It’s as easy as it’s ever been to write and read blogs.

Phil Gyford's lovely look back to SXSW 2000 and the blogging around it. I don't actually have a crucial event like that, maybe BlogTalk in Vienna, which I didn't do nearly enough to record at the time.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

So happy to see Helen Rosner @hels in The New Yorker do a much better job on rotten apples than I managed. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/how-apples-go-bad