They wrote the book on timecalls, and were part of the foundational team that discovered timecasting.
Comment #358. Genesis of Illustrious Order of Timecasters.
There are a lot of things about social media that have kind of ruined the internet in some regards. But there are a few amazing innovations as well. One of those, for me, is blocking.
When you’re in network or on a platform, it’s often an option to “ghost” someone — which in my opinion is a completely legitimate thing to do to random weirdos you encounter online who rub you the wrong way. Let’s face it: humans were not designed to all get along perfectly with each other.
So blocking is really, really handy. I’d never gone into that realm though at a browser level until recently. A blog I was sort of hate-reading for years finally went too far, and offered a clear signal that it was over between us finally.
I shopped around for a couple minutes and settled on LeechBlock for Firefox.
You can create different sets of sites to block under common rules. Like if you only want to access FB after work or something, you could set that up as a rule. Which may be fine for some, but when I block it’s forever.
That’s why I chose, under “When to block”,
All Day and
After I established a beach head with this one known
bad_actor I gained the confidence a few days later to add another similar site.
It’s good to have an open mind. And make conversations where we compare and challenge our values and work towards a common good. But some things are just bullshit and can be blocked without any noticeable loss. If anything, you might notice you’ve gained something by taking back your concentration and attention on things that weren’t worth your time maybe ever, or, if nothing else, aren’t any more.
Retail pipe seller sites like Dunbar in Canada charge $40 CAD for a hardcopy book and CD. There are seven volumes, so throw in shipping and that starts to add up. Cairns sells them for $25 CAD each instead. Since there is no shipping charge, that works out to a lot less.
I was a little confused by his site, so I confirmed with the author of the series that the ebooks are in PDF format and have maybe either audio embedded directly (? never seen that in a PDF) or else links to download the audio files for free, via his site. I’ll add more details once I buy them.
I first read about Cairns’ books from the excellent pipe supplier and information site, Hotpipes.com. They claim that for persons attempting to potentially learn the pipes without a teacher – such as myself – this series would lead you toward doing that. Though everyone seems to recommend having a teacher – but this may not always be possible, depending where you live. I’ve learned a lot of things through careful experimentation, study, and, frankly, Youtube — so why not this.
Excited to buy the first three volumes of Cairns’ books at a reduced price to find out. (I hear the first three books completely cover the practice chanter, which I’ll be receiving in the mail from Dunbar before week’s end – and in time for the Celtic Festival in town this weekend!)
So it turns out all those places online telling you NOT to order a cheap practice chanter are pretty much right. The one I got was $15.99 CAD, mentions some Pakistani manufacturer in included papers, and is an utter piece of junk. It’s not a musical instrument you can actually, you know, make music on. One of the two included reeds won’t even sound… So I took the plunge and ordered direct from mfg a Dunbar Poly Long – formerly called the Millenium 2000.
Coursera, which has its positive points, appears to not understand the nature of our relationship:
I’m glad they’re looking for engagement, but like I have a real life and things to do.
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