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At the end of 2021, the Marshall fire swept through a highly populated part of Boulder County, destroying over 1,000 homes over the course of a few hours in an area where nobody had really thought #wildfires were a big risk.

Since then, the county has been putting out regular newsletters on the recovery process. A recent one (https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/COBOULDER/bulletins/368ffb5) includes the news that FEMA put together, for the first time, a "mitigation assessment team" to study how neighborhoods can be made more resistant to wildfire disasters. Everything from subdivision planning to how to make one's house less likely to burn. A lot of good information there.

This isn't fun stuff to think about but, as recent events have made clear yet again, we don't have a lot of choice in this matter. There's going to be more fires, and they are going to happen in surprising places. I hope this information finds its way into thought processes and building codes quickly.

I always knew I didn't like junipers...
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Today, it seems, is my lucky day ... I got data breach notifications from two separate companies, each of which holds some subset of my healthcare data. The good news is that they are generously offering me a year of credit monitoring, I'm sure that will fix everything right up.

How is it that these people can still write "we take your data security seriously" with a straight face?
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I'm sorry but it's a beautiful morning and the approximately 12,423 emails sitting in my linux-kernel folder are just going to have to wait.
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"Web environment integrity" — because Chrome isn't dominant enough yet?

https://github.com/RupertBenWiser/Web-Environment-Integrity/blob/main/explainer.md
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Jonathan Corbet

A recent exchange on the lists reminds me of a rule of thumb I've had occasion to apply more than once: never attribute to malice that which can be explained by the person involved being a non-native speaker of $LANGUAGE_IN_USE.
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Jonathan Corbet

There is a certain sort of cognitive dissonance that comes with waiting in a long line of idling cars for an emissions test. It makes me appreciate, yet again, that the other car is an #EV (a Bolt, mind you, not one of those elonthings). Our determination to never acquire another internal-combustion vehicle, already strong, has been reinforced.
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Jonathan Corbet

A celebration of Independence Day that makes me truly proud of my Wyoming roots... https://cowboystatedaily.com/2023/07/03/pure-patriotism-unleashed-reporter-plays-star-spangled-banner-on-chainsaw/
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Jonathan Corbet

Concerts at Red Rocks can often be surprising, but this isn't the sort of surprise attendees are generally after... https://www.denverpost.com/2023/06/21/red-rocks-convert-fans-hail-injured/
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Jonathan Corbet

Daniel Ellsberg died today. Goodbye to a courageous defender of much that is good.

Here's a couple of pictures I took of him at a protest at the Nevada nuclear test site sometime in the mid 1980's.
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It has been some time since I played with OsmAnd; I'm surprised by how good it has gotten in the meantime. The user interface is still a bit annoying at times, but functionally it mostly outdoes the proprietary competition at this point.
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Things are going so great in ElonLand that Twitter managed to get evicted from its Boulder office...
https://www.dailycamera.com/2023/06/14/boulder-twitter-eviction-unpaid-rent/
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Jonathan Corbet

Local Boulder news, perhaps, but for those of us who watched over 1,000 homes burn down, in just a few hours, from our front steps, a determination of the cause (or causes, as it turns out) is a pretty big deal.

Nobody, it seems, is being charged for having started this disaster, a decision that seems correct based on the evidence as described. I can only imagine that the lawsuits are going to keep an army of lawyers employed for a long time, though.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/COBOULDER/bulletins/35f05e9
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Jonathan Corbet

This crime problem really is getting out of hand...it's not even safe to go jogging anymore... https://kdvr.com/news/local/jogger-attacked-by-cows-in-boulder-county/
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So I am distinctly grumpy with the Internet for having, for some unknown and inexplicable reason, failed to tell me about NO_COLOR for the last five years or so. Maybe I can finally stop cursing the people who think that yellow text on a white background is somehow legible...

https://no-color.org/
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@larsmb Well said: "I'm quite happy to not be welcoming to those who feel offended by rainbow colors."

https://lwn.net/ml/opensuse-factory/zhrxgrswkc44svmgmiiqtgoslnq3gc3evv33kfjdfugssoku36@i2p3owz3gbo2/
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*Sigh... we've had a wet spring and for once nothing is even threatening to catch fire ... so of course we have to import our smoke from Canada instead. https://twitter.com/cdpheapcd/status/1659913855190077440 Best of luck to everybody in Alberta, we know what it's like.
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Jonathan Corbet

A conference room with a better view than most - the memory-management room at LSFMM+BPF in Vancouver.
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Jonathan Corbet

We lost a longtime family friend, great mountaineer, and all-around amazing person this weekend.

https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/remembering-mountaineer-tom-hornbein

Farewell, Tom Hornbein; the world is a far better place for you having been a part of it.
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Jonathan Corbet

My father was, among other things a mountain climber (on the 1963 US Everest expedition and did the first ascent of Tyree in Antarctica), a skier (Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole is named after him), and a maker of adventure movies. Then he was in a helicopter accident and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He used that time to show just how full a life with disability can be, and to help others to do the same.

"Full Circle" is a movie about him, and about Trevor Kennison, a young adventurer who has suffered a similar injury, and who is similarly unwilling to let it stop him:

https://fullcirclefilm.co/

It's a great film. But folks who wanted to see the screening in Denver were denied the chance when the theater canceled it. It seems that they were unprepared to deal with an audience that, it was expected, would include a large number of people in wheelchairs; they said it would be "unsafe for the community".

Not impressed. Hopefully they will be able to find a more enlightened venue sometime soon.
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Went for a bike ride this morning; quite windy, but nice anyway. The world is *finally* turning green.

Reflecting on the experience... on a bike, it's easy to notice (and complain about) a headwind. Tailwinds, instead, are much harder to notice. They can be a "I'm feeling good today, maybe I'm not in as bad a shape as I thought" experience, where you don't realize that you're getting help - until you turn the corner.

Life is kind of similar. It's easy to notice the headwinds (bad luck, discrimination, etc.) but just as easy to miss the tailwinds that make your experience easier and smoother than it could be. Tailwinds that others may not have.

A key to a good life (and a good bike ride) is to notice and appreciate the tailwinds.
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