Where exactly is the domed city that Pugh's replicants live in?

Because I would like to go to there.

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Mirroring Twitter onto Facebook, plus bells, whistles.

I just wrote this: fbmirror.pl.

It uses the Twitter API to read recent postings to the @dnalounge Twitter account and uses the Facebook API to re-post those to the DNA Facebook account.

Originally I tried to accomplish this by just having Facebook subscribe to the RSS feed of the Twitter account, but Facebook apparently only polls feeds every few days, and having "Event Foo starting now!" messages show up days late was somewhat suboptimal.

Then I tried using the Twitterfeed Facebook app, which worked ok for a while, but eventually started to suffer from random multi-day delays as well, and I got sick of the complaints.

Doing it myself also gave me the opportunity to include more detail in the Facebook post: when this script notices that the twit contains a link to a DNA event, it posts the event's flyer as an attachment to the message, along with the event description text as its caption. For example, it sees this and transforms it into this.

I did it in this somewhat roundabout way (one script posts to Twitter, another script reads from Twitter and posts to Facebook) rather than just having the first script post to Twitter and Facebook at the same time, because this way ensures that everything that gets posted to Twitter also ends up on Facebook no matter how it got there. For example, when our various bartenders use their phones to post the nightly drink specials, those posts will get mirrored as well.

Now if only I could figure out how to get the userpic on the DNA Facebook account to not look like hammered shit. I'm uploading a 200x200 PNG and Facebook converts it to a JPEG at apparently 5% quality or something, to maximize artifacting. (I've tried various sizes of JPEG too, and it shittily re-encodes them all anyway. Is there some magic sweet-spot that Facebook will leave un-transformed?)

See also: Facebook Connect comments RSS feed, finally.
And: How to use Facebook with a feed reader.
And: How to block Facebook event invitations.

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Say hello to mechanically separated chicken!


Say hello to mechanically separated chicken. It's what all fast-food chicken is made from--things like chicken nuggets and patties. Also, the processed frozen chicken in the stores is made from it.

Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve--bones, eyes, guts, and all. it comes out looking like this.

There's more: because it's crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually. Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavored artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color.

But, hey, at least it tastes good, right?

High five, America!


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El Guincho - Bombay

This is like... Hipster Sagan Porn. What is going on here, people??

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The debris of 18 years of New Wave.

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Melissa auf der Maur

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