Can you believe that I've been online since the ARPAnet and yet, in 2017, do not know the nuts and bolts of domain-name management? Perhaps you, dear reader, will point me toward the clues, and I promise not to be offended that you're quietly snickering there.
The recent LJ upheaval is far from the first signal that really, if you care about durable links, you need to own your own domain, but it's the one that's finally gotten through to me. Instead of relying on Livejournal or Dreamwidth or Medium or whomever else to provide a durable path to my stuff, I ought to control that, so if a service goes belly-up, the old, public URLs still work (with content migrated elsewhere).
What (I think) I would like (please tell me if this is flawed): some domain -- I'll use cellio.org as my example, though that one is taken so I'll need another -- where www.cellio.org points to my ISP-provided web content (which I can easily edit), blog.cellio.org points to my DW journal, medium.cellio.org points to my Medium page, and I can set up other redirects like that as needed. So I can't do anything about links that are already out there, but I can give out better URLs for future stuff (stop the bleeding, in other words). Bonus points if the durable URL stays in the URL bar instead of being rewritten (unlike pobox.com redirects), but that might be hard.
I do not want to run my own web server.
Now I already pay pobox.com for, among things, URL redirection, but it's to a single destination. And it's not at the domain level -- www.pobox.com/~cellio redirects to my ISP-provided web space. It'd be ok, though a little kludgy, if I could manufacture URLs like www.pobox.com/~cellio/blog that do what I described above, but unless there's something I can drop into my own web space, without requiring access to my ISP's web server, I don't think I can do that. Also, this leaves me dependent on pobox.com; owning my own domain sounds like a better idea. pobox.com has been solidly reliable for 20+ years, but what about the next 20?
I understand that I need to (a) buy a domain and (b) host it somewhere, and if I were running my own server then (b) would apparently be straightforward, but I don't know how to do that in this world of distributed stuff and redirects. Also, I'm not really clear on how to do (a) correctly (reliably, at reasonable cost, etc).
So, err, is this a reasonable thing to want to do and, if so, what should I do to make it happen?Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/2017/02/19/d
Me: What do we need, that is available from Amazon, that costs $4.02?
Dani: Is this what's known as a first-world problem?
Me: Not the most egregious I've seen, but yeah.
Free shipping: modifying buyer behavior since...whenever they started that. But it works because of their enormous catalogue; you can find something to fill out an order. (For personal orders this is pretty much never a problem, but I was buying house stuff and thus using shared money.)
(This post is a minimal test of Dreamwidth's Markdown support. Let's see what happens.)Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1997794.htm
The g'mara then discusses R' Akiva's restriction. When he makes an exception for the west, is he saying that you can build closer there (the 50-cubit restriction applies only to the other directions), or is he saying you can't build there at all? The latter: R' Akiva says that the west is a "constant abode". Well, that just raises more questions -- a constant abode for what?
Shall we say it is the constant abode of winds? No, because there are four winds. No, it's the constant abode of the Shekhina (the divine presence), as it says in Nechemiah 9:6: "and the host of heaven worships You" -- meaning that the sun and the moon in the east bow down to the Shekhina in the west. R' Aha bar Yaakov objects, saying that this means when the sun and moon are setting, i.e. are in the west, so they bow to the Shekhina in the east. R' Oshaya objects to both of them, saying the Shekhina is everywhere, and R' Sheshet agrees with him. R' Abbahu then argues that the Shekhina is in the west because 'Uryah, a word meaning "evening", is equivalent to avir Yah, meaning "air of God". (25a)
Not addressed here: what about the next town to the east? Fine, I place a tannery to the west of my town to avoid putting it in my west, but haven't I then put it in theirs (if there's a town there)? And is it really unlimited distance, or is it more "out of sight (smell), out of mind"?
Also, the sun and moon might bow toward the west (according to some), but when we pray we humans bow toward Jerusalem because that is the "divine seat", so to speak. For me, that's eastward (and south some).
Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1997529.htm
Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1996707.htm
Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1996223.htm
If you enjoy analyzing data about the Stack Exchange network, 2016 was your year. Community member Monica Cellio wrote a tutorial about our data explorer, which is maintained by another community member, Tim Stone. A resident data scientist, David Robinson, released StackLite, a lightweight version of community data. To see it in action, consider scripting language trends on Stack Overflow. In December, we connected our data to Google's BigQuery. People are already finding interesting results. Our data team has been posting analysis on the blog, if you crave more.(There are other links in that paragraph that I didn't recreate in this post. You'll need to go to their blog post to get those.)
The link in the quote is to the blog post where they announced the tutorial (in June):
Have you ever wanted to get a statistic about your favorite Stack Exchange site, but been baffled by exactly how to do that? The Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) may be just what you're looking for. SEDE was created to make it easy to query and browse the public data that we release periodically for all Stack Exchange sites, but a lack of familiarity with SQL has been a barrier to many of you who would otherwise benefit from it. Now, thanks to friend of the company and moderator extraordinare Monica Cellio, you have a tutorial to guide you in using it!Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1995955.htm
[...] But even though SEDE is nicer to work with than a raw data dump, it can still be pretty intimidating to new users, especially those who aren't trained database engineers. Up until now, the Data Explorer's own help docs have been a little thin, and mostly covered very specialized, advanced features. We've wanted to expand the guidance there for a while, but never quite got around to it. Then Monica rewarded our procrastination by helpfully volunteering to take on the writing.
Bava Batra begins by talking about fences. If joint owners of a courtyard (that is, the owners of the houses bordering it) agree to build a wall, they should make it down the middle and each should contribute half of the building materials. If in the future the wall falls, it is assumed that the place it occupied and the stones/bricks belong to both equally. In a place where fences are not customary, like in a cornfield, one who wants to build a fence cannot compel the other to share in the effort. If they don't agree, the one who wants the fence must build it set back from the property line, making a facing on the other side. If the wall later falls, we assume that it will all still be on his property and it will be clear that the land and the materials belong to him. (2a)
Today's daf is 4, and it's in the middle of the g'mara discussing this mishna.
Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1995750.htm
Now on today's daf we learn: a man may not take a pledge from a widow at all, whether she is rich or poor. That is the mishna, but R' Shimon says in the g'mara that he can take a pledge from a rich widow but not a poor one. This is because you must return the poor person's pledge each night (for a garment). That's ok in the case of a male debtor, but if a man shows up at a widow's house every night to return her pledge, that looks bad in front of the neighbors, who won't know it's to return a pledge and just see a man visiting every night. Therefore we just don't allow taking the pledge in the first place for a poor widow, but a rich widow wouldn't need to have the pledge returned each night so that's ok. (113a, 115a)
The g'mara here does not consider changing circumstances. I speculate that R' Shimon would require the man to return the pledge (and then not retake it) if the rich widow had a change of circumstances.
Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1995377.htm
Pro: You can get lost in the masses with over 90,000 employees. Great for under-achievers.C'mon, pick a side. :-) Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1994519.htm
Con: Lots of dead wood.
If a stranger wishes to purchase the land to build houses, and the abutting neighbor wants the land for sowing, habitation is more important and there is no preemption. If a rocky ridge or a plantation of young palm trees lies between the fields, we consider: if the abutting neighbor can enter the field even with a single furrow, i.e. there is some place along the boundary where they connect and he could plow through, then the neighbor can preempt the sale, but if not, not. And if a field has four neighbors and one forestalls the others, it is valid, but if they all come together to buy, the field is divided along the diagonals (so everybody gets a wedge). (108b)
There is a diagram on the page of the division into four.
Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1994439.htm
The (local, paper) newspaper that I subscribed to recently shut down its print operation. I basically subscribed for three things: local news, grocery coupons (paid for the subscription easily), and the comics page. I'm looking for an online replacement for the comics page.
I've been using comics.com, which has many of the comics I want to follow. (Nobody's going to have all, I know.) Their interface is kind of clunky, though; you see the comics one at a time and have to keep clicking "next". I'd prefer to see all comics for a single date on a single page, like in the newspaper. But I was, nonetheless, forging ahead with that -- and then today they redesigned their site and nothing works any more. I've reported the problems, but that's also a prod to find something better. It can be kind of a race: will they fix their site before I find something better?
Is there something better? My Google-fu seems to be having problems today. Here are some things I am not looking for:
Originally posted at http://cellio.dreamwidth.org/1994106.htm
There is an exception for hardship; if the landlord's own house collapses, he can say to the renter "you are no better than I" and evict him so he can move in. But if he needed it to give to his son upon marriage, we consider whether he could have given notice. If he knew he would need it in advance and didn't give notice, he can't evict, but if the need was unforeseen, he can evict. (101b)
All of this is about houses, by the way. Commercial real estate is different.
And that's on top of the fact that Efron's land was overpriced to begin with. Someone in the minyan pointed out thatR' Eleazar does not here address the fact that Efron led with offering the land as a gift, though I've seen other commentaries say that that was never sincere and would have created indebtedness had Avraham accepted.
The g'mara doesn't consider the option that the owner, who I suspect is not one of the workers, just has to accept it as a cost of doing business. The worker, not the owner, is apparently responsible for inspecting the tools before starting the job. (The reason I suspect the owner isn't one of the workers is that in some other places where a borrower would otherwise be liable for something, if the owner is present he isn't -- the owner had a chance to object, take precautions, or whatever, so if he didn't he bears the liability.)