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Why are the lights in my apartment turning on and off intermittently?

Oh, that's why.

It can be so frustrating just to set up an environment for a 12-month old piece of hardware.

I'm really curious what a generalist, functional ROS setup looks like. Because I certainly have never had one.

I'm imagining a collection of something like 15 images, one for each ROS distro, each with their own extremely vanilla ubuntu install, an enormous set of dependency packages frozen in time from 2014 or whenever that distro was released, and every single tool in the ros-extra-extra-extra ecosystem. Also, whatever general environment & python crap was in-vouge at that particular time.

it's a million degrees in today and I'm considering hopping on a bluebike -- I'd say that there's a 20% chance that both me and the bike wind up in the Charles.

someone needs to publish some peer-reviewed research on the rates at which the various colors of Fla-Vor-Ice freeze.

All the gross flavors have started to freeze over, but it's been two days in my freezer and the lemon-lime ones are still in liquid form.

I've written plenty of garbage code, but I hope I'm never that guy.

mean rant to flesh that thought out 

something, something, "the usual suspect"

My tupperware of pre-made pancacke batter exploded in the fridge last night. How does that even happen?

It is so nice when projects outline instructions for building & installing from source right in the damn readme or wiki or w/e -- and while it's rarely fair to be annoyed with the maintainers of a project for not doing more for you, it's also such an easy thing to just list out the dependencies and tooling you need to compile this stuff!

If I go to work early today, they're serving waffles.

but then I'd be at work. early.

my neighbor is drunkenly(?) belting out some Whitney Houston behind my apartment ... and it's actually kind of magical.

aww, nice! it's a swapfest weekend at mit.

reCAPTCHA : how to make your website completely unusable for people on a vpn.

Whoa, didn't realize that this was a thing. I just replaced a lost credit card and discovered that a bunch of sites already had my new info.

I'm not sure how I feel about that.

For a while I've thought about using the name "Zanzibar" for one of my software projects. Thanks a lot google for beating me to the punch:

it's even a good project too.

Also, in the spirit of sharing, my go-to gazpacho recipe is based in large part off of this awesome article:

The author perhaps comes off as a bit haughty, but the recipe is so good precisely because it goes out of its way to be anything other than that deep-red, viscous soup that you'll find in most restaurants. I'm pretty sold on this idea that great gazpacho isn't supposed to look good. It's just supposed to taste amazing.

I found out this morning that a store near my house sells jamón ibérico, so I've gone a bit overboard and have been making a bunch of Spanish food today. Gazpacho + sangria + some light tapas. And sure, tapas are maybe a weird thing to make just for yourself, but to hell with that logic and this ham is delicious!

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