I do not want to be spending my Sunday evening trying to get the washing machine on the Wi-Fi so that I can give it a spin-only cycle it should’ve already had only to be told, once connected, I can’t do it right now because the “software is optimising. Try again later“.
Thanks for listening.
I think I’m going to enjoy this book: “For instance, why did humans evolve to walk upright? Was it to run further on the African savannah? Why did humans evolve to use complex language? Was it to complain about how far they had to run on the savannah?”
Had fun making a GPT to identify #upf (#UltraProessedFood): Take a photo of the ingredients on a packet, get an answer and some reasoning. I’ll post the prompt somewhere later, but it’s been fun, but also limited (what is this? A free sales effort for ChatGPT Pro accounts?)
In doing this I also discovered an nifty OpenFoodFacts app: https://world.openfoodfacts.org
UK people: just one more sleep until the next weekly Helen Lewis newsletter: https://helenlewis.substack.com
So far so good for bonfire night. Breezy barks at loud fireworks, ignores the rest, which seems preferable to how Skitters coped. Hoping your animal pals are doing well.
Took little Breezy into the office tonight for Friday beers. She was very good, practiced a few things the behaviourist taught us, and she disgraced herself in a minor (and easily cleaned) way. I blame the owners.
Emotional from visiting the vet today. People there with an older dog in trouble, and people sobbing and hugging outside.
Remarkable that this didn’t exist already: “If your MP makes a mistake when speaking in Parliament and wants to make a correction, they will now be able to do so. And someone looking up what your MP has said online will be able to see when they have corrected their mistake.” https://fullfact.org/blog/2023/oct/major-victory-in-parliament-as-full-fact-supporters-ensure-mps-fix-broken-corrections-system/?utm_source=Full+Fact+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2bca85fb51-25102023_CAD_Newsletter_Week4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_af27c25bd1-493ab0502a-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D
Skips: zero VAT rated; Wotsits: standard rated. Here’s the table, which I’m told has no relation to product cost.
Found via “ultra-processed people” book’s discussion of Pringles various tax arguments. https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/vat-food/vfood8160
Fun times with obstacles in a barn.
Woke up at 3am and thought I’d listen to something to get back to sleep. Ah, “In Our Time”, with almost an hour discussing Plankton should do the job.
Annoyingly it was fascinating. I knew nothing about plankton.
Any convenience or time saving from having a robot vacuum cleaner has been blown away: today it caught the lower door bolt and locked us out.