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It's depressing to start taking courses in survey design and survey analysis, and realise the flaws in your previous surveys. So much opportunity wasted.

Main failure: not understanding that at least one question should relate to known facts so that you can weight the responses to represent the whole population. Obvious in hindsight, learning is fun ;)

Still, there's a silver lining, by accident one question *does* line up with something I have data on. Lucky!

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I'm thinking about going to Northwest. :tux: Anyone else on Fosstodon or the fediverse thinking about going, too?

Stop what you're doing. This is important.

If you're a programmer, or an educatior (and especially if both - e.g. I teach at a code club) then go watch this talk. It's fantastic, and it's full of stuff I want to go implement.

Seriously. If not now, at least put it on your todo list.

Clearly, that's meant to be "Weeee", stupid autocorrect...

Were, got my ticket for DataTech in 2 weeks time, my first proper data conference. Will be interesting to be at something that *isn't* directly about open source itself. Fun times!

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Just installed the worlds first debian machine completely though pulp.

Why have *just* an Orcharhino, when you can an Orcharhino ridden by Vitruvius, head of the Order of Master Builders!

(cc @x9c4 :p)

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Basically you should always be worried about folks who can't tell the difference between ethics, morals, and legality

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This is a public service announcement.

If your job uses Slack, please remember that the administrators that have been configured can view any channel and download all files and all information published, including channels that are "private" or between 2 individuals.

Your discussions are not secure and can be snooped upon, even private conversations.

In other words: there is no privacy on Slack. Period.

This is the end of this public service

(Don't ask how I know that)

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So I decided it was time to give my blog a facelifft...

Mostly this is driven by my desire to write data-related posts in , and my current blog (written in ancient Octopress-powered Jekyll) simply can't handle that. But, it's also looking pretty dated...

So, I went over to the excellent project (, which is powered by , picked a theme, and converted my old content. Took 2 nights, but I think it's worth it. Take a look :)

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Found the crutch! At least I can walk now. Let's see if I can drive...

Great. Get the gout sorted around my toe, now my ankle is playing up as well. Can't really put weight on it. Lovely.

Where's my Naproxen? Oh, two floors down. Sigh.

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A fun experiment for next week. I'm asking all #fossnorth2019 speakers for their twitter handles as well as their #mastodon handles. Let's see who has one - and who gets one!

OK, so PlumbeR is a really nice tool for building REST APIs in :rstats:. Props to the guy who tipped me off about it at EdinbR last night.

Currently building an API to log the geofencing updates from @nextcloud's Phonetrack app. Blog post to follow...

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"Well, son," the king said, "you are of marriageable age now. Shall we arrange a ball?"
The prince considered, then shook his head. "No, father, I would rather be put in a tower."
The queen smiled fondly at her memories. "Ah," she said, "you are just like your father."
#Cassoland #MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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