The below is an off-site archive of all tweets posted by @rockhopper ever

January 2010

Today, I was led down a path that took me to a wonderful essay, “Hackers and Painters”, by Paul Graham - http://www.paulgraham.co…

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The family just watched “Grandpa Carl’s Flying House”… well, that’s what the Japanese call it. We call it “Up”.

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doctorow M Pilgrim: how it feels to see the corp that created a generation of tinkerers turn its back on modifiability http://tinyurl.com/y9jwx…

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Explored the local roads while the sun was still out. Main roads are clean/dry. Neighborhood roads slushy now, will freeze later. #snow

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Wow, I’ve blown the last 24 hours setting up a new mail server… and sleeping, of course. #nerd #snow day.

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Put on an old winter coat for playing in the snow, found a forgotten chemical hand warmer in the pocket. Boil to charge, snap to discharge.

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To ??answer?? my own question: it appears to be a measure of “chunkiness”, as in “won’t look right if printed bigger than 72 DPI”.

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photo people: I don’t understand when computer apps say my picture is 72dpi. Unless it is printed, how can you measure dpi?

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@pwbrewer “inherent benefit to only doing one thing at a time: the load of worrying about other tasks is lifted” - or I need to buy 2 ipads!

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@mikbre snowing in CLT yet? looks like the winds are blowing rigiht down I-85, headed to RDU

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Privacy? What happens on the web… STAYS on the web.

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@gillijp If you loved your work, then Fridays would be a bit of a let-down.

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I have my children trained well. They turn off my alarm clock for me!

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The dog is snoring.

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On the way home from work, a fox ran across the road, right across the street from my office! He must work 2nd shift at Lenovo.

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RT @dsearls “There’s more reason to be afraid of heights than of widths. … http://is.gd/7ckdj

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From @npralltech: The iPad: Just One More Gadget To Lug Around http://su.pr/1Np52c <- don’t forget the bag of adaptors & accessories!

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RT @davewiner “all that remains of Apple’s brilliance is Apple’s arrogance” - Ouch!

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RT @GadgetLab “Company Offers Free Robots for Open Source Developers http://bit.ly/7bDR6f” <- some non-Apple hardware news, for a change

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@SecretHQTweets It’s funny… until you tell us that it’s in Outlook… then it turns to sad.

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The word of the day seems to be “unicorn”.

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Funny how none of the ipad photos show a hand, for a sense of scale.

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SIMOROBO I hope they make a pocket version of the Apple tablet and it allows me to make calls with it. That would be useful!

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@anjibee Nice way to drop a hint… I guess we need to go shopping.

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My tired old HP laptop blows hot air out of the right side. It blows onto my mouse hand… feels good in the winter.

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@pwbrewer I’m still munching my way through my kids’ Halloween candy!

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ginatrapani Don’t care about a tablet per se, but can’t wait to see how Apple innovates. Prefer openness to AAPL’s approach, but they do deliver beauty.

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RT @Techmeme “Google releases new Google Voice for iPhone … http://bit.ly/4UONo8” / not a native app, but a nicer web app

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@gillijp I am your husband’s evil twin… or maybe he is mine.

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I uploaded a new 1.0 version of my “Tipster” iPhone app to iTunes. I wonder how long it will take Apple to approve it?

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@5x5 My computer sends me an email when it powers on (so I know the power blinked). Check it via phone. No need for power co app. #oldschool

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It’s not a purse… it’s a “man bag”. Hey… I don’t have pockets!

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And so it begins… tax season… sigh…

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“Forever” stamps, for the win. Because I don’t know (or care) how much first class postage costs.

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@bobbyllew wondering after my 1st ride in a Prius on a cold day… how does your all-electric car heat the cabin? efficient? #coldtoes

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New to Android? Embedded.com has a nice article that lays out the basic structure & terminology. - http://www.embedded.com/…

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Geeking out at the #tridroid Triangle Android meetup. Thanks to Google for hosting, and to Apex for the pizza!

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excellent article, explains common web exploits -> Web Security: Are You Part Of The Problem? http://bit.ly/8Aj0TQ

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It looks like the tooth fairy will be visiting our house tonight!

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@nprnews no need to apologize… twitter has a “delete” button so you can delete and re-tweet

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mtdukes Bill Gates joins Twitter. Twitter crashes. Coincidence?

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I suspect my wife’s camera (Nikon L20) does not have an orientation sensor. I think it “guesses” by looking at the picture. #fail

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Share in the Innovation at Mini ProductCamp RTP - http://barcamp.org/Produ… - January 28, 2010 at the Cambria Suites at RDU Airport

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I just used a “zip thru” debit card to buy a soft drink from a vending machine. It gave me my drink… and then it spit out change!

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@mattfrye I bought new nerd glasses in China without insurance for $13… but then again, I spent $1000 on airfare.

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Our family now has our own private wiki. First item published: next year’s Christmas wish lists! #nerds

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Orange County (Chapel Hill NC) schools need volunteers to be judges for FIRST Lego League competition Feb 6th. Interested?

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@nerdist recommendations? sure. use “clang” to check for memory leaks… oh, you mean you LOOKING for an iphone developer! that’s different!

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Listening to co-worker on the phone, calmly speaking clear instructions to a voice recognition system on the phone: “speak to operator”.

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Some claim that Thomas Crapper patented the flush toilet on this day in 1861. Others say that’s a load of crap. #snopes #crapper

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My 7yo just wrote a python program to print out a multiplication table! (Last year, her sister did it using BASIC). #geekdad

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@Sheamus Gotta hate that weak single. And that iphone spell-correction…

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Following a mystery: “sit or squat” iphone app shows a “public restroom” in a residential neighborhood, right next door to a guy I know.

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Greylisting (on a mail server) is a great tool to cut down on spam, but it sure gets in the way sometimes. Made a script to turn it on/off.

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mashable German Government: Stop Using Internet Explorer - http://bit.ly/5JzRZ3

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@redbox Wish the iphone app (and the web page) showed my reservations, just so I could confirm that they went in OK.

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@zefrank You also need a non-itunes link that promotes your app on a traditional HTML-ish page, for PC’s w/o itunes (like at $WORK).

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Always amused by tea pitchers labeled “sweet” and “unsweet”. How is tea un-sweetened?

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Showed my kids pics of Haiti, asked if they wanted to help, I promised to match 5-to-1, they coughed up $5 and $15 for http://redcross.org !

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Hanging out with the “Triangle Mobile App All-Stars” in downtown Raleigh.

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reminder: Triangle Linux Users Group, tonight 7pm - http://trilug.org

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LinkedIn is like FaceBook… without the fun.

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Note to self - see how much damage I can do to my home server by upgrading bootloader to grub2 - https://help.ubuntu.com/…

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@ginatrapani Interesting how the article mentions people by Twitter handle first, with real names in parens. Like ham radio callsigns, ugh.

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It took some tweaking, but I now have a DAViCal calendar server running. Now, work PC & home laptop & iphone can all use the same calendars.

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@alanjporter You should take some meds and try to go. I missed IgniteRaleigh and regretted it later.

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@dsearls - I think @newlywedsontjob have a better record-keeping scheme than @bedpost.

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@levarburton note, you’ll start getting daily texts from mgive, might want to read the fine print at http://www.mgive.com/Par…

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@mikbre I have heard that iphone calendar has some quirks, works with google caldav, but not others. I am hoping a server update will “fix”.

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@bobbyllew I know that you are “rubbish at maths”, but that would be a six hour trip!

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@mikbre I wish the iphone supported read/write caldav… I just installed a caldav calendar server and it’s read-only :-(

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@nivex Suggestions? Quit cold turkey. This whole internet thing is a fad, anyway.

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@bobbyllew After electrification, it will be easier to explain “motor vs engine” to kids. “Motor vehicles” will be just that.

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@inside919 - twitter follower @rockhopper decides that your machine-generated twitter feed has a very low signal-to-noise ratio

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Sheamus Why I believe printers were sent from hell. http://bit.ly/4qteYg

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@NCsalamander I think you stepped in some ink.

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@ypwhirlwind I am sure that it will be magical… I can’t wait for Groundhog Day.

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Transferred my wife’s address book from her Palm Zire to her iPod Touch. Easy peasy: Palm desktop, export as vcard, email to her, import.

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Schneier talks about “underpants of mass destruction” (http://bit.ly/53LoLF) Next: TSA to be replaced by “Fart Police” from Wimpy Kid books.

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Remembering the $HOME/.plan files and the “finger” command that we used on unix systems in ~1990. It was like Twitter’s great grand-pappy.

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@dsearls By the way, you might like http://www.sitorsquat.com , sponsored by Charmin, for locating and reporting restrooms: web, iphone, bb

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@dsearls do I have to “check in” whenever I pee? #toomuchinfo

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@doctorow Unlike sent emails, a posted tweet can be deleted, like when your Hugo link got mangled. (Thanks for the cool links, BTW).

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Note to self: the tea cooker takes a LOT longer when that little switch is pointed to the “0”. Apparently, “1” mode is much faster.

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Twitter did it right. You can change your user name at any time (the hard part, of course, is finding an unclaimed name).

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Uh oh, both daughters (ages 7 & 8) now have twitter accounts.

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My daughter has two “odyssey of the mind” practices this weekend. And both of them end just as “a prairie home companion” comes on @wunc. ?!

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Momma is playing “miss miss revenge”.

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Listening to Dick Gordon’s “The Story” about the Great Depression with daughter #1, sorting pennies by dates 1941-1974 with #2.

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@alanjporter You might like “A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)” - http://bit.ly/168e5j

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Spent the morning being the “room parent” at Chinese school. That means I make copies, serve snacks, then go hide & watch video podcasts.

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@pwbrewer hey, ring your own bell… even if it IS a taco bell (groan)

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The best part about Thunderbird’s “favorite folders” is what it does with “non-favorites”… it IGNORES them.

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@scenek Depending on which meeting you’re attending, it might not be that lucky.

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Yup, it’s that time of the month… time to reboot.

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Proud papa: my 8yo daughter wrote a one-page paper in Chinese, describing our New Year celebration at First Night Raleigh.

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@pwbrewer ding ding ding, that’s a winner

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Cars broken into at my office. :-( Hundreds of $$ in window damage to steal a crappy $100 GPS.

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Good advice: do not store your actual home address in your car GPS. Theives can steal your GPS and garage door opener and break in ur home.

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I wonder where I could find a transcript of Ballmer’s CES keynote. All I can find are blog transcripts (and links to latestantyvirus.com).

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@frijole if I could run iTunes on Linux, I would not have that problem (I might have *other* problems, but…)

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iTunes really could use a plain web interface, instead of trying to launch the iTunes app every time (for PC’s w/o iTunes installed)

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What’s up with @nprnews? Some tweets try to mash together two unrelated headlines. Many other headlines are tweeted twice, tweeted twice.

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@jbroome congrats! your life will never be the same

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Only five more space shuttle missions remain… sure would be nice to see a launch in 2010. Space.com link -> http://bit.ly/J2Spb

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@pwbrewer If you have not read it, be sure to follow the link from that @HubSpot article to the no-nonsense NetFlix policies.

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New to me: QR Codes, 2D bar codes that contain URL’s or any other blob of text. Seems simultaneously useful and frivolous.

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Google Chrome issue resolved - loaded Firefox java plugin, restarted Chrome, suddenly works again. Huh?

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Google Chrome (for Linux) wasn’t saving TiddlyWiki files. Looked like a java/TiddlySaver issue, would not load http://www.javatester.org

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I keep switching my old HP laptop back and forth between Debian and Ubuntu. Tonight, it’s back to Debian 5.0 “Lenny”.

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The bunk beds are really great… but they sure are hard to put sheets on!

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@SecretHQTweets How about Tiddlywiki? It’s a wiki written in Javascript, contained in a single self-modifying HTML file. I can help w/ Q&A.

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Tonight: Triangle Amateur Robotics club meeting, 7pm at Tech Shop in Durham (map at http://www.techshopdurha…)

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@frijole Didn’t mean to sound serious. I have enjoyed the tweets you did share with everyone up until now, and I hope they continue.

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@frijole Thanks for remembering the little people like me who were denied access to your new party. I’ll just sit here & pretend I’m cool.

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@frijole So much for the “plus” treatment in 2010.

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Installed “gallery2” on my web server, finally published pictures from our October trip to Malaysia. - http://AlanPorter.com/ga…

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Now, am I ready to have δΈ­ζ–‡ song titles on my ipod? I guess so. On the physical CD, I just look at the album art. - I might learn something!

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Chinese CD experiment: try 4 random CD’s, iTunes correctly found titles for 3 (the 4th was a collection of hits, various artists). #sweet

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New blog post: 2009, a year of trying “new things” online - http://blog.alanporter.c…

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Having Borneo-style “laksa” with Malaysian friends. Yummy. (Somebody get me a fire extinguisher).

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Wondering what to do with Chinese CD’s. Need Chinese CDDB. Should I use pinyin or unicode characters - or just “Track 1”, “Track 2”, etc??

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Phase 1 of CD scanning project complete: 268 English-language albums.

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Wow, Charlie really IS so @coollike.

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@WictorVianna My kids play CP, but I don’t. (We actually discovered CP while looking for rockhopper penguin photos for my avatar).

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[earlier today, in the attic] 8yo: “what’s this switch do?” me: “it turns off that outlet” [12 hours later] why is the house so cold? #oops

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