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masala chai instructions (followup to convo with @mus):

* 1 star (Illicium)
* ½ cinnamon stick
* 5 clovs
* 5 cardamom pods
* 2 black corns of salt's usual companion
* 1 thin chop of that slightly spicy root (not dry)
* 1 cup H₂O
* ½ cup milk (soy, cow, almond: you pick)
* 2 tsp of that stuff known in hindi as chai
* sugar or what you want

crush masala things with a mortar. add to H₂O and milk, and boil on low for 10 mins or so. add chai and sugar, stir, and cook for ~4 mins. strain, and drink!

our rivals in dolphin town got a working SSL config again

“I don't particularly attach much import to a Platonic ‘workman’ in a bougy communist's mind, but if I look upon an actual IRL workman in conflict with his natural opposing party, a cop, I do not stop to ask my own mind which I support.” — G. Orgood, _Laudation to Catalonia_

Happy פּסח‎‎ and/or pascha to folks who hallow such days!

my spot now allows you to show ISO8601 hours in UTC, your local zonal timing, or any zonal timing you want, AND ALSO swatch's odd split-a-day-into-1000 bits timing, and (as @volt4ire wants) an old français thing of splitting days up into 10 hours.

it's too much.

props to our oulipo bots, sitting without words (and what is a posting bot if it can not post?) for a month, waiting to inform us again about snails or Ahab, and coming back without any prompting or anything.

oh look! @joy, who I work with, is on our born-again Oulipo now!

a man at Tompkins Sq. Park this morning was asking for folks to sign to put him on a ballot this fall. “okay, why not?” I said — but this was, it looks, so unusual that it took a lot of looking about for a writing tool until I could actually sign!

glad to gain again this social spot! what, oulipals, did you do during our month apart? did you visit any oblast shown in color on this map? if it's not gray, you can talk about it!

i was just noticing: our toasting apparatus at work has buttons for toasting a baygl… i think it must contain that PT8A2514 chip (or a pair of such chips!) which @phooky was looking for

finally, a bit of organizing for our only political program worth supporting: full-automation luxury gay spatial communism! (via birdspot at

um actually April 2020, if accuracy is important to you

i just paid to prolong for 24 additional months, so your fifth-glyph-lacking short URLs will stick around until (at a minimum) March 2020

finally today nyc will stop its 13 days in a row of sub-0°C outdoor cold!

not so cool, though, that nobody told my radiator, so it's now 31°C in my flat

a program, which lacks any fifth glyphs and is found at a similarly lacking URL, for finding out if its input contains any fifth glyphs or not:

for @phooky's i'm making a cuomo dojo for studying how to throw out our nyc-hating gov'nor so our subways will work

FAIR FOR ALL: birdspot 🐦 should allow 280 chars only if such chars omit that fifth glyph

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can i post this photo or must it go to dolphin town?