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bobthomson70

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Glaswegian who left for The Dordogne at 50, devopsing remotely for Euros for a job. Likes many things outside work and STEM, writing, drawing, synths, dogs. Living with chronic illnesses since 2007, Crohn's from a dodgy pizza, chronic kidney disease from the Crohn's medication. So it goes.

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augieray, to random
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Great interview:

I should point out that there are, in fact, places that have installed all of these: fresh air, filtering, and germicidal UV lights. Do you know where they are?

Where?

PA: The White House, Congress, Number 10 Downing, Parliament, the Reichstag, and WHO. All of our leaders have these protections and procedures in place.

But not our schoolchildren.

The school where former CDC director Rochelle Walensky’s children go, they have these upgrades.

https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/from-long-covid-odds-to-lost-iq-points-ongoing-threats-you-dont-know-about

bobthomson70, (edited )
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@augieray as I always notice, and a friend pointed out when warching behind the scenes Dr Who TV progamme, every film and TV production has everyone masked except the performers. When it comes to money and power, precautions are still taken, just not for the plebs.

verge, to random
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk could leave if $56 billion pay package not approved, shareholders warned https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/6/24173064/tesla-board-chair-warn-elon-musk-leave-pay-shareholders

bobthomson70,
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@verge don’t let the door skelp yer arse on the way oot the door muskrat

bobthomson70, to animals French
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l'été est arrivé dans le sud-ouest enfin. Milie is happy to welcome it.

RickiTarr, to random
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99.9% of jobs do not require urgency of any kind, really they don't. We've all had a boss who acts like someone will die if we don't hit some made up deadline by people who don't even do the job. No one needs their meal 1 minute faster or the paperwork before tomorrow morning. Your time off actually doesn't need to wait. Sometimes I think about how legitimately bad most businesses are at time management and hiring, and I wonder how they manage to exist at all.

bobthomson70,
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bobthomson70, to random
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@Jyoti thanks for boosting my HCF blog post. In other steroid blogging news, I got invited to write posts for https://startupstash.com on tech, so have submitted a draft. Well chuffed :)

RickiTarr, to random
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Alright, lots of heavy discussions today, so let's talk about something silly!

What is a movie that always makes you laugh?

Personal pick:

Anything Mel Brooks, but Robin Hood: Men in Tights, it's just funny every time I watch it.

bobthomson70,
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@RickiTarr Trading Places. Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Airplane! The Jerk. Shaun of the Dead. Hot Fuzz. Galaxy Quest.

CultureDesk, to television
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"Halt and Catch Fire" premiered 10 years ago and went on for four seasons and 40 episodes. @polygon's Devan Suber describes how the beloved AMC show understood the draw of video games better than any show that's come before it. "In the words of Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), the computer was always 'the thing that gets us to the thing,' a vector for connection, expression, or some other deeper human need."

https://flip.it/5WaRtN

For more stories like this, follow Polygon's TV Shows Magazine, @tv.

bobthomson70,
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@CultureDesk @polygon @tv just did my own tribute to “Halt and Catch Fire”, inspired by @Jyoti ‘s love of it, as much as my own.

A much under-seen series, and I have a couple more, similarly over-looked and under-seen gems to write about also next.

https://medium.com/@bobthomson70/the-greatest-tv-youve-never-seen-halt-and-catch-fire-4a85d1ae83b0

bobthomson70,
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@CultureDesk @Jyoti thank you so much, very kind.

bobthomson70, to random
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New blog post.

The Greatest TV You’ve Never Seen: Halt and Catch Fire

https://medium.com/@bobthomson70/the-greatest-tv-youve-never-seen-halt-and-catch-fire-4a85d1ae83b0

Dedicated to @Jyoti a fellow fan.

Wee mention for @JoeCrofts also ;)

ryanhoulihan, to random
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Aw now that America’s ending, I’m kind of getting nostalgic for it. Obviously only kind of

bobthomson70,
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@ryanhoulihan as a Scot, I always wanted the America of The West Wing, another millenial white privileged dream that was sadly delusional.

How's it going with you generally?

bobthomson70,
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@ryanhoulihan oh man, fucking end stage crapitalism, speaking as a privileged gen X who is burning through savings having had no work since Xmas and with this shit going on ofc, but still, could always be worse, so I'm very grateful I've not run out yet, but retirement? haha, a joke even for me.
This system is a zombie that disnae know it's a'ready deid.

https://bobthomson70.substack.com/p/mise-a-jour-tres-tardive-surtout

bobthomson70, to random
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@Jyoti BTW, the reason I am on a rare tear blogging is maybe not the healthiest of ones, which you can read about on my other blog here if you're interested. TL: DR steroids for Crohn's for looming dialysis at some point = energy and focus, at least for a time.
And, I have a plan for a wee series of posts on 'The greatest TV shows you've never watched', and of course HCF will be first ;)

https://bobthomson70.substack.com/p/mise-a-jour-tres-tardive-surtout

bobthomson70, to random
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New blog post:

30 Years of IT – Lessons Learned: 1, 1994
Origin Story

"Always be pivoting"

https://medium.com/@bobthomson70/30-years-of-it-lessons-learned-1-1994-4cee397bc923

https://medium.com/@bobthomson70

Inspiration c/o that good man @Jyoti cheers mate!

bobthomson70, to random
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@cstross if you are wondering how things have been going in the IT game since you got out, here's my summary if you have the time and inclination :)

"The Real Skills Shortage in IT: The Death of Pragmatism and the Decline of Soft Skills"

https://medium.com/@bobthomson70/the-real-skills-shortage-in-it-tech-186fd4d08ef1

marcoarment, to random
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My favorite thing about tethering is

nothing

nothing is my favorite thing about tethering

Please, cellular Macs already!

(Today's anti-favorite: if the phone loses reception for even a moment — common on trains! — it disconnects tethering and never reconnects. You're just offline until you notice. Then you need to reconnect from the Mac's Wi-Fi menu again, after waiting for the option to become available, a process that's almost as slow as dialing up your ISP with a modem in the 1900s.)

bobthomson70,
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@marcoarment we had a weekend long Orange DSL outage here and borrowed a 4g hotspot from the shop.

With iphones and ipad, oh boy, had to basically nuke any other wifi set-up from it to make it just use the hot spot and stop connecting to other things.

bobthomson70, to random
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@pluralistic had to link to enshittification for my blog post on the state of IT work, looking back over my 30 years doing it, would love it if you gave it a read. https://medium.com/@bobthomson70/the-real-skills-shortage-in-it-tech-186fd4d08ef1

ryanhoulihan, to random
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Can you think of a worse AI product on the market than Siri lol

bobthomson70,
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@ryanhoulihan it’s certainly still shit at dealing with Glasgow accents. Even if I try to put my best posh accent on. The word ‘bacon’ for example, me saying “baykin” vs “bi-con” or whatever.

nixCraft, to random
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Is coding at night > coding at morning? 🤔

bobthomson70, (edited )
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@nixCraft if you’re a morning person, no, and vice versa.

Another argument in favour of remote and asynchronous work for tech folks where it is appropriate, that is most folks.

NanoRaptor, to random
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I don't like to make a constant huge deal of it because the world concentrates too much on numbers and the baggage around them, and constant running totals are probably bad all up, but this morning I hit a 30kg weight loss.

Left, September 2023. Right, today. Also yes I am fifty something and my mother bought me a bun hoodie.

A photo of a nanoraptor looking a little bit more nano and a little less raptor too. Also I'm wearing a pink bun hoodie.

bobthomson70,
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@NanoRaptor That is fantastic. Do you feel physically better for it? I always think when folks share news about this it’s often the case that people focus on your changed appearance and not how you feel in your self and your health, the latter of which is so important I think.

ryanhoulihan, to random
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I’m now going to watch every episode of Power Rangers

bobthomson70,
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@ryanhoulihan you see, that there is proper adulting, convention be damned.

davew, to random
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My mother should be the voice of ChatGPT.

bobthomson70,
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@davew Mr Altman? It’s Morgan Freeman’s agent on the phone.

benjohn, to random
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Not sure if I’m just swayed by the crowd, but I follow a lot of software people, and you all seem as unimpressed by it all as me.

bobthomson70,
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@benjohn by what in particular sir? A lot to be unimpressed with 🤣

mina, (edited ) to random
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Did you ever have the nightmare of not getting dressed/lost your clothes before going to or and having to go ?

My partner has never, and I find that strange.

Best stories get a boost.

bobthomson70,
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@mina I don’t recall dreams much as I’ve aged, and have few bad ones generally. My anxiety ones are more around being late for something or lost something or an exam with no studying.

bobthomson70,
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@mina surprised at the number of Nevers

bobthomson70,
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@mina you’re just weird mate. 🤣🤣🤣nah, it’s like when I do a poll on LinkedIn. 100 votes is nothing. Maybe an indication but not like mastos are Gen pop either eh

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