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17 January, 2021

Couple of power failures in the house due to the rain. Something kept tripping the RCD. Trouble is we actually have two sub-households running off our board, and unless raising the fuses again trips the RCD again right away, it's hard to know in which part of the house the problem lies. Anyway, afterwards I forgot to turn on my server computer, so hubzilla was down for a couple of hours.

I'm quite happy with my new seiza bench* and low desk setup (just the setup is new, not the bench, which I have had for several years).

Right now, the "desk" is still pretty improvised, from an old magazine rack and a few plastic packing boxes for the screens, but I'll build something more professional soon.

  • (I also sometimes just sit on a cushion.)

Sitting here listening to Cafe de Anatolia and editing a couple of documents today. Earlier, we went and got our second COVID shot. In my age group (60 - 69), 67% of the population have had their first jab and 10% have had their second.

Links blog

✭ The Guardian view on Israel and apartheid: prophecy or description? | Israel | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/17/the-guardian-view-on-israel-and-apar
The crime of apartheid has been defined as “inhumane acts committed in the context of a regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups with the intention of maintaining that regime”.

If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...
#israel #palestine

✭Alexei Navalny detained at airport on return to Russia | World news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/17/alexei-navalny-detained-at-airport-on-return
authorities have so far avoided giving Navalny a long prison sentence, probably in order to avoid sparking a backlash.

Brave man.
#russia

✭ 'We are worried': Indians hopeful but anxious as vaccination drive begins | Global development | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jan/17/indian-hopeful-anxious-covid-va
"Bharat Biotech has also been accused of ethical violations for allegedly testing Covaxin on people in the slums of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, without them being aware it was a trial. Seven people have claimed they were told they were receiving a vaccine that would protect them from the virus, and were paid 750 rupees, with no awareness it was an untested vaccine or that they might have received a placebo."

Born in sin, just hope it works.
#india #COVID-19

✭ Mozilla VPN is Now Available to Mac & Linux Users - OMG! Ubuntu!
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2021/01/mozilla-vpn-is-finally-available-on-mac-linux
Windows, Android, and iOS users have been able to use this subscription-based privacy service since its launch in July 2020. Linux and Mac users however weren’t catered for at the time.
But:
"We currently offer Mozilla VPN in the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia."
#mozilla #vpn

✭ Firefox 86 Will Support Next-Gen Image Format by Default - OMG! Ubuntu!
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2021/01/firefox-86-avif-image-support
"A bug report shows Mozilla devs plan to ship Firefox 86, due in February 2020, with AVIF image support by default. AVIF images used on websites and web services will load in-page just like other supported image formats."
Yet another new format to worry about.

#browsers #graphics

✭ Trump social media ban sparks calls for action against other populist leaders | Social media | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jan/17/trump-social-media-ban-jair-bolsonaro-narend
"After US president’s ban, some wonder if action will be taken against populists accused of using social media to stir chaos"
Without making false comparisons, I've been sometimes amused, after buying a sim-card in India, to start receiving text messages from Modi.
#social-media

✭ We're on the verge of breakdown: a data scientist's take on Trump and Biden | US politics | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/17/were-on-the-verge-of-breakdown-a-data-scie
“Societies are systems and they tend to change in a somewhat predictable way,” Turchin told the Observer. “We are on the verge of state breakdown where the centre loses hold of society.”
#US

✭ 'There's something terribly wrong': Why more Americans are dying in middle age [from 2019]
https://www.advisory.com/en/daily-briefing/2019/12/02/middle-age-death
"The researchers noted U.S. life expectancy has declined as life expectancy in other developed countries has increased."
#US