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A while back my building's super replaced two of my ceiling fans (that were getting loud and wobbly) with new fans that... are also kind of loud and wobbly. Anyway, these come with light fixture, and the bulbs were burning out, which led me to discover that they take some tiny tiny screw base. "Candelabra" base, apparently. No CFLs for that size, though there are some LEDs, for considerably more.

I had minimal fruit flies this summer. Now, despite it being much colder, I have some again. The difference? I've been buying and eating bananas again. I think it is the fruit fly fruit. Oddly, they refuse to follow banana peels into traps.

Soviet apologists. Okay, I guess I should be annoyed with myself for trying to engage them.

For years I've tracked my finances with a bunch of ad hoc files and shell scripts. I thought maybe I should try the world of spreadsheets and databases, and wrote a python script to convert all the data into a CSV file. That wasn't annoying at all! (Apart from the usual debugging, plus data cleanup, but it wasn't that bad, really.) But then I tried loading the file into LibreOffice, and LO was having bizarre display problems. "rent" was rendered as "rdnt" for example, in the main sheet, though it had the correct value in the cell inspector. And dialog boxes came up totally unreadable.

Well, I upgraded and restarted it, and it was better the second time. But still, weird.

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