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Very much enjoyed reading Paul Robert Lloyd’s reworking of the IndieWeb principles, and in my view they are a definite improvement.

Only one question: is the emoji for item 6. a bento box? My old eyes can’t be sure, but it would be appropriate.

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I finally wrote about my trip to the Brompton World Championships in Venice. Still have to do the photos.

https://www.jeremycherfas.net/blog/brompton-world-championships-2024

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2024-05-13

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Latest episode, I talk to Eleanor Barnett's about her book Leftovers, which made me think that wasting food is the default human behaviour. Only shortage can stop us doing it. Her solution is to advocate for a new appreciation of the value of food. Is there time?

https://eatthispodcast.com/leftovers

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TIL: a well-known and well-regarded weekly podcast that puts out 40 episodes a year is made by four people each working a full-time eight-hour day. That's a lot of time.

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Eat This Newsletter 237: Shredded

Which is more, 45 gallons or 720 cups? Trick question, obvs; they're equal. Either way, Americans have never drunk as much milk as they did in 1945, and bird flu is just a blip in the decline.

https://buttondown.email/jeremycherfas/archive/etn-237-shredded/

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Replied to a post on ruk.ca :

Making art of any kind will always attract the curious, and children can be especially helpful until they suddenly lose interest.

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Getting errors from the web mention service I use and need to work out why, so trying from here to see whether anything will be be received at https://www.jeremycherfas.net/blog/make-it-simpler

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New episode: What is Chametz?

The Hebrew Bible singles out five grains for special treatment. Two are easy: wheat and barley. Modern science may help identify the other three, but will that change centuries of custom and tradition.

https://eatthispodcast.com/chametz

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Latest newsletter revisits Passover and asks a fifth question: if you are an observant Jewish sourdough baker, what do you do with your starter over Passover?

Questions too for sustainable fish, citrus salads and livestock emissions.

https://buttondown.email/jeremycherfas/archive/ETN-236-leavened/

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2024-04-20

Belated #rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240418-W-AY68O8

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Composite view, with the rabbit quest on the left and a photo on the right; the photo shows a tangle of undergrowth in front of the viewer, the quest target about 10 metres away.

* On foot
* 41.882223, 12.448771
* Thursday 18 April, 2024
* 424.12 ppm CO2
*Β OpenStreetMap

In the park, and well off my normal paths.

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Cream crackered after spending an hour and a half trying to separate a well overgrown and neglected canna lily from its concrete trough. Very hard going, but now that I have replanted a few offsets, I am taking a well earned break.

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TIL about using the Python calendar module from Terminal. What magic is this?

https://docs.python.org/3/library/calendar.html#calendar-cli

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The cinematography on the new Ripley is drop dead gorgeous. That is all.

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TIL Midnight Diner on Netflix is adapted from a manga series.

https://imaginair.es/@Sammael99/112276428841845445#.

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For utterly mysterious reasons my Apple Watch SE lost power from 100% 39 minutes into a three hour hike this morning. Seems fine after a full recharge, but the numbers lie.

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Wait, what? You’re in Rome?

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Posted my monthly update. I realise that this is a good antidote to me thinking that I have frittered my time away. I haven't, but I need to consider the things I've done to provide myself with a more accurate picture.

https://www.jeremycherfas.net/blog/monthly-report-2024-03

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I know this is a really unfashionable point of view, but I like daylight savings time. The day’s work is done and there another couple of hours of light to enjoy. I honestly don’t get why some people get so aerated about it.

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No. idea what you are talking about. The h1 element is right there, wrapping the words β€œWhy does the Labarum theme not have a header”.

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It gave me no pleasure to read Brad DeLong's recent Dealing with Global Warming Over the Next Fifty Years, in which he eviscerates several climate deniers https://braddelong.substack.com/p/dealing-with-global-warming-over

No, wait. It gave me a great deal of pleasure. Do yourself a favour.

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Grammarphobia says it has no clue about the origins of "chumbalone"meaning an idiot, or stupid. https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2024/03/chumbolone.html

Maybe I'm an idiot, but I reckon it derives from the Italian ciambellone, like a big pound cake with a hole in the middle. Can anyone confirm?

Or could it be from coglione?

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Now Able to POSSE to Mastodon

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I have been looking for a way to syndicate from here to Mastodon, and landed on the KnownMastodon plugin. Unfortunately, that did not work for me. I did a bit of digging and discovered that the error was in a piece of Mastodon authorisation code and that cdn has implemented a fix, but that did not seem to have made it into the code I downloaded. Further digging revealed that the fix was actually by crscheid and that even though they had created a proper pull request, that had not been merged either. I did what any sane cargo culter would do, downloaded the fix, stuck it in my site, crossed my fingers and tried again. Lo!

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Another test of syndication.

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2024-03-24

#rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240324-B-AY68O8

1 min read

Composite view, with the rabbit quest on the left and a photo on the right; the photo shows grass in the foreground and the silhouettes of several umbrella pines, their shadows coming across the grass to the viewer. A few people are waking along a path and sitting on benches.

* On foot
* 41.885496, 12.441411
* Sunday 24 March, 2024
* 423.7 ppm CO2
*Β OpenStreetMap

Another walk in the park, but here's the thing -- the bicycle quest was actually marginally closer than the walking one.

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Found another person who syndicated from WithKnown to Mastodon, and wondering what technology they used. Probably the Mastodon plugin that is not working for me.

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Testing POSSE to Mastodon using the KnownMastodon plugin. I like the fact that (if it works) syndication is optional for each post.

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Trying to use IFTTT to POSSE from here to @etp@indieweb.social and discovering, alas, that use of a webhook requires payment. Not that I'm against paying, just that this particular use cannot justify the cost. Next stop, the ActivityPub plugin.

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Movie might, My Generation, with Michael Caine. Excellent documentary about London in the 1960s. Loads of nostalgia. What a time and place to be growing up in.

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Probably not relevant, but I have to transfer a site from WordPress to ClassicPress and I might do it on Saturday and take the opportunity to make it a bit more IndieWeb.

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Here's a fun one from this day in 2007: Dr Watson and the Missing Money

https://www.jeremycherfas.net/blog/dr-watson-and-the-missing-money

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Cracking piece from Max Walker in Vittles, on the Devon Split, as a vehicle for the industrialisation of London's milk supply. I've never tasted one, but I kept thinking, which came first, the Split or the Marritozzo. Still none the wiser.

https://open.substack.com/pub/vittles/p/cream-is-thicker-than-blood-the-rise?r=1ahjl&utm_campaig...

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2024-03-17

rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240317-W-AY68O8

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Composite view, with the rabbit quest on the left and a photo on the right: grass and some laurel bushes in the foreground partially obscuring lines of parked cars beyond the railings around the park. Across the road, more grass and a line of tall trees on the horizon.

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* On foot
* 41.886868, 12.440913
* Sunday 17 March, 2024
* 423.58 ppm CO2
*Β OpenStreetMap

After two long days in front of the computer, happy to see the quest in the local park again. The photo is facing directly away from the location.

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The on-this-day feature on my main site threw up a little gem today from way back when in 2006. I was so thrilled by the fact that the post is still live, and by the fact that it is as relevant today as it was then (perhaps more so) that I am linking to it again. https://lancemannion.typepad.com/lance_mannion/2006/03/living_large.html

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A new Eat This Newsletter: the other shoe drops on lead in cinnamon; rye in Scandinavia and the recent oldest bread, which requires a small qualifier; doubts about agricultural subsidies that β€œthat when reached will make them redundant”; and a history of British pies https://buttondown.email/jeremycherfas/archive/etn-233-leavened/

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Peasants are not revolting. Farmers are revolting

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That’s my take on the agricultural unrest happening across Europe.

A single tractor, flying the Italian flag, passes the Colosseum in RomeOf course we would not be here if we still relied on peasant farmers and the meagre surplus that could be extracted from them without actually killing them. Nevertheless, today’s farmers are not their descendants.

Just one item in the latest Issue of Eat This Newsletter.

https://buttondown.email/jeremycherfas/archive/shokuiku/

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Currently reading: The Last Life by Claire Messud, ISBN: 9780156011655





Jeremy Cherfas

2024-02-24

rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240224-W-AY68O8

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Composite image with my location on the left and on the right the rabbit quest: Looking over a wall at a garden with a bare apple tree in the foreground. Behind the garden are apartment blocks against a blue sky with a few clouds.

Β 

* On foot
* 41.8765579, 12.46266
* Saturday 24 February, 2024
* 423.34 ppm CO2
*Β OpenStreetMap

In the garden of a nunnery.

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Jeremy Cherfas

2024-02-23

rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240223-B-AY68O8

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Composite image with my location on the left and on the right the rabbit quest: a view across the road to a high yellow wall shielding a yellow apartment block. In the distance to the left a bicycle is chained to railings and behind it, parked cars, eucalyptus trees and another apartment block

* On foot
* 41.895401, 12.453739
* Friday 23 February, 2024
* 423.32 ppm CO2
* OpenStreetMap

NB: The bicycle quest was a lot closer than the walking quest, but it was still a good long walk of 7.5km round trip.

Also, while the quest itself was visually boring, it was very close to the Russian Orthodox church, which is less so.

Russian Orthodox Church of Rome, with four gilded domes topped by orthodox crosses

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I'm not going to be deleting any drafts on 29 February, because I don't have any. Well, maybe a couple for ongoing client work. All my own "drafts" are just notes that may or may not end up as published things, so they don't represent any kind of drain or debt, for me.





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2024-02-12

rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240212-W-AY68O8

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Composite image with my location on the left and on the right the rabbit quest: a view across a wide road to some Italianate buildings in the distance. In the middle distance are tram tracks and a stop and bare plane trees.

* On foot
* 41.87050, 12.45489
* Monday 12 February, 2024
* 423.19 ppm CO2
* OpenStreetMap

Right in the middle of the tram tracks.

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Eat This Newsletter gathers stories from around the internet and the world. From mother's milk in a bioreactor to the rural Chinese restaurants of Victoria, with stops in Rajasthan, Japan and Mexico.

Question: what happens to substandard fruit in Japan?

https://buttondown.email/jeremycherfas/archive/eat-this-newsletter-231-apologies/

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🐈 Animal #196 🐻
I figured it out in 12 guesses!
πŸŸ₯🟧🟧🟧🟧🟧🟧🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
πŸ”₯ 1 | Avg. Guesses: 7.1

https://metazooa.com

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2024-02-11

rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240211-W-AY68O8

1 min read

Composite image with my location on the left and on the right the rabbit quest: a derelict glasshouse just visible behind some palms and conifers. In front of a paling fence are two park benches and a swathe of grass with part of the gravel path in front of that.

rabbit_quest 20240211-W-AY68O8

* On foot
* 41.88118, 12.44558
* Sunday 12 February, 2024
* 423.15 ppm CO2
* OpenStreetMap

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🐯 Animal #194 🫎
I figured it out in 5 guesses!
πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟧🟩
πŸ”₯ 4 | Avg. Guesses: 6.9

https://metazooa.com

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2024-02-09

rabbit_quest #geohashing 20240209-W-AY68O8

1 min read

Composite image with my location on the left and on the right the rabbit quest: A view across open parkland with some bare trees in the middle distance and evergreens off to the right. The sky is overcast and grey.

rabbit_quest 20240209-W-AY68O8

* On foot
* 41.88226, 12.43950
* Friday 9 February, 2024
* 423.09 ppm CO2
*Β OpenStreetMap

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πŸ¦• Animal #193 🦭
I figured it out in 5 guesses!
πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟧🟧🟩
πŸ”₯ 3 | Avg. Guesses: 7

https://metazooa.com

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🐹 Animal #192 🐲
I figured it out in 6 guesses!
πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟨🟩🟩🟩
πŸ”₯ 2 | Avg. Guesses: 7

https://metazooa.com

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Solution proved simple. Apply for a free account at Stadia Maps. Wait for (and chase up) verification email. Verify. Give Stadia this domain and everything now works. Any further effort on the checkins plugin will probably wait until the next problem arises.

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🐘 Animal #191 πŸ¦™
I figured it out in 7 guesses!
πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟨🟩
πŸ”₯ 1 | Avg. Guesses: 7.1

https://metazooa.com