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Why I'm Not Vegan

While many people in the effective altruism movement are vegan, I'm not, and I wanted to write some about why. The short answer is what while I'm on board with the general idea of making sacrifices to help others I think veganism doesn't represent a very good tradeoff, and I think we should put our altruistic efforts elsewhere.

There are many reasons people decide to eat vegan food, from ethics to taste to health, and I'm just interested in the ethical perspective. As a consequentialist, the way I see this is, how would the world be different if I stopped eating animals and animal products?

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Mosh

I remember when mosh first came out and thinking "that sounds like a great idea, maybe I'll set it up sometime" and then never getting around to it. Several times over the years I've thought similarly, but it never seemed worth it. A week ago a coworker asked if there were good tools for handling remote terminal use over laggy internet connections, and I suggested mosh. They really liked it, which then had me feeling silly for never trying it, and got me to actually do it. So: I'm typing this over mosh, and it's excellent! I should have done this years ago.
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Kids Ear Protection

Last summer, with the Fourth of July coming up, I ordered ear protection for the kids. I think I got this blue pair and this red pair. They were very effective! In 2018 both kids wanted to go home as soon as the fireworks started, while in 2019 they could enjoy watching them for a while:

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Rhythm Stage Setup v3

Since I last wrote about my rhythm setup, I've again made a lot of changes! Here's an example that shows a bunch of what I'm doing now:


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The biggest thing I've added since the last rollup is a notion of tempo. I play drums with my feet as usual, and I've written some simple heuristics (see ) for identifying the downbeats. Once you know where the downbeat falls and how often they are, this opens up a lot of possibilities:

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Solar Arc Faults

Our solar install has shut itself down after detecting an arc fault four times since we installed it eighteen months ago: 2019-03-24, 2019-04-10, 2019-08-17, and 2020-02-17. The 2019-04-10 shutdown was with error code 4301 while the other three were with code 8206. Per the manual for our SunnyBoy 5.0 inverter, these codes are:
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Building Toe Buttons

In controlling my rhythm stage setup I have been bringing instruments in and out by pressing buttons on my axis 49. It has plenty of buttons, but needing to press them with my fingers doesn't combine well with playing mandolin. So: toe buttons!

The most common tool musicians use seems to be the FCB1010. Not only does it have twelve buttons it has two expression pedals. While this would be nice, it's too bulky for me: I already have many things under my feet so I would need to move my feet too far to press the buttons. So I built something instead:

This is my footboard v3 with its four velocity sensitive pads, but now with six multi-color switches within easy reach of my toes. It's velcroed on to the main section and connects via USB:

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