reading: 130 degrees

130 Degrees For one thing, engineers have done their work and done it well. About a decade ago the price of renewable energy began to plummet, and that decline keeps accelerating. The price per kilowatt hour of solar power has fallen 82 percent since 2010—this spring in the sunny deserts of Dubai the winning bid for what will be the world’s largest solar array came in at not much more than a penny....

November 25, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich

reading: how greenwich republicans learned to love trump

How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump Leora Levy, who called him vulgar in the local paper, took to applauding his “leadership” and quoting him on Twitter, where she adopted some of his rhetorical style. “AMERICA WILL NEVER BE A SOCIALIST COUNTRY!!!” she posted. “WE ARE BORN FREE AND WILL STAY FREE!!!” Last fall, Trump nominated her to be the American Ambassador to Chile. i’m always a bit amused by these “we are born free and will stay free” assertions....

August 10, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich

when the conservative libertarians start freaking out ...

Portland and the Paramilitarization of the Border Patrol “Indeed, few people realize that the court system has upheld CBP’s claim that the “border zone” should extend 100 miles from any national or coastal boundary, a line that encompasses nearly two‐​thirds of all Americans. Within that zone and regardless of whether you are an immigrant, CBP agents can search you without a warrant, detain you without probable cause, and even deport citizens without due process....

July 25, 2020 · 1 min · steve ulrich

shocking amounts of debt

READING: I Don’t Feel Like Buying Stuff Anymore “The US didn’t become a nation of consumers because everyone has ample amounts of discretionary cash. Before the pandemic, income inequality had reached its highest levels since the Depression. Most Americans’ wages, when adjusted for inflation and purchasing power, have barely risen in four decades. In 2018, with the economy at its most robust in years, 61% of Americans said they could not cover a surprise expense of $400....

May 27, 2020 · 2 min · steve ulrich

removing snaps from ubuntu 20.04 LTS

# list the snaps installed by default % snap list # remove these 1 by 1 % sudo snap remove <snap-name-from-above> # remove any snap directories % sudo rm -rf /snap /var/snap # purge snapd from the system % sudo apt purge snapd

April 25, 2020 · 1 min · sulrich

TIL: about the python code module

well this module is hugely useful. invoke the REPL where you need it while you’re debugging something gnarly. for some reason, i’ve never quite grokked the use of pdb. i stumbled on this gem via this article.

April 19, 2020 · 1 min · sulrich

TIL: y is not Y is not year, like you'd think

unicode date format patterns are a little more nuanced than the “standard” strftime() supported formats. note the difference between the following: man strftime (linux) %y The year as a decimal number without a century (range 00 to 99). (Calculated from tm_year) %Y The year as a decimal number including the century. (Calculated from tm_year) man strftime (osx) %Y is replaced by the year with century as a decimal number....

December 30, 2019 · 1 min · sulrich

NNT on personal finance

i’m curious as to how long this link will last. that said, pretty solid advice and reasonable take on things. far less abrasive than his twitter feed would have you think.

December 27, 2019 · 1 min · sulrich