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March, 2023: 21 posts.

From Tuesday: The End of The California State of Emergency

Email Tuesday from the Respiratory Care Board of California:

On October 17, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the State of Emergency, and associated Executive Orders N-39-20 and N-75-20, will end today, February 28, 2023. Upon the State of Emergency ending, active waivers that were issued under the authority of the State of Emergency and Executive Orders will also expire.

Quote of the Day: anti-testimonial

“Better to talk to people than communicate via tweet”

—Twitter’s owner, today

What did I do for my birthday yesterday.

…a list:

  1. Looked at Surfline and was disappointed to see rain and wind which prevented me from bodysurfing
  2. Got out my sewing machine
    • Repaired a cloth grocery bag
    • Repaired one of my singlet swimsuits
  3. Watched American Splendor
  4. Ate muffins
  5. Folded clothes
  6. Put up some art on the walls
  7. Bought shoes
  8. Went to Apple Store
  9. Picked up a turntable from my uncle
  10. Dropped off tax papers
  11. Visited Michael’s for craft storage-y stuff
  12. Watched Sideways
  13. Folded clothes
  14. Visited Sea Hive at Liberty Station
  15. Felt glad I took the day off work
  16. Posted to Instagram and Mastodon about a goat on a jetty
  17. Had a  lobster roll at Liberty Station
  18. Started watching Chef (also was reminded that folks used to say I looked like Oliver Platt, and it holds up not too bad; also that I do enjoy Cuban food)
  19. Had delicious artichokes and salmon for dinner, with K
  20. Watched the latest episode of Perry Mason
  21. Received a robot as a gift
  22. Went to bed listening to the rain, with K

Email of the day: “Twitter two-factor authentication is now off”

I’ve had a twitter account since October 2006. In that time they’ve been pretty diligent about security.

Not anymore.

Today’s email, subject line is: “Twitter two-factor authentication is now off”

You’ve turned off two-factor authentication for @artlung

This means you’ll no longer have this added protection when you log in to Twitter. Your account will be more vulnerable to compromise. You can turn on two-factor authentication any time in the Account > Security section of your Twitter settings.

[ Go to settings ]

Learn more about two-factor authentication

I didn’t turn off the authentication, this is Twitter “saving money.”

In the same way they don’t pay their landlord.

In the same way they don’t pay severance due to people fired.

The world’s richest man, it turns out, is a dirty cheapskate.

Here’s an email from Twitter from August 2020:

You’ve turned on two-factor authentication for @artlung

This means you’ll need to use a second authentication method in addition to your password when you log in to Twitter. You can turn off two-factor authentication any time in the Account > Security section of your Twitter settings.

Make sure to save a single-use backup code in a safe place. This lets you log in to Twitter if you lose your mobile phone or don’t have access to any of your other two-factor authentication methods.

[ Save a backup code ]

Learn more about two-factor authentication

Previously: Twitter went private, then it got weird.

On the referred to “Learn more” page it says:

Effective 20 March 2023, we will no longer support two-factor authentication using text messages for non-Twitter Blue subscribers. At that time, if you have text message 2FA still enabled, you will be prompted to disable it before you can continue to use your account. Please note the availability of text message 2FA for Twitter Blue may vary by country and carrier.

And that page refers to a blog post: An update on two-factor authentication using SMS on Twitter from February 15, 2023:

We continue to be committed to keeping people safe and secure on Twitter, and a primary security tool we offer to keep your account secure is two-factor authentication (2FA). Instead of only entering a password to log in, 2FA requires you to also enter a code or use a security key. This additional step helps make sure that you, and only you, can access your account. To date, we have offered three methods of 2FA: text message, authentication app, and security key.

While historically a popular form of 2FA, unfortunately we have seen phone-number based 2FA be used – and abused – by bad actors. So starting today, we will no longer allow accounts to enroll in the text message/SMS method of 2FA unless they are Twitter Blue subscribers. The availability of text message 2FA for Twitter Blue may vary by country and carrier.

Non-Twitter Blue subscribers that are already enrolled will have 30 days to disable this method and enroll in another. After 20 March 2023, we will no longer permit non-Twitter Blue subscribers to use text messages as a 2FA method. At that time, accounts with text message 2FA still enabled will have it disabled. Disabling text message 2FA does not automatically disassociate your phone number from your Twitter account. If you would like to do so, instructions to update your account phone number are available on our Help Center.

We encourage non-Twitter Blue subscribers to consider using an authentication app or security key method instead. These methods require you to have physical possession of the authentication method and are a great way to ensure your account is secure.

Learn more about two-factor authentication on Twitter on our Help Center.

UPDATE: today in the iOS app, pitching me to pay money for Twitter:

I liked that I recognized this actor was the same dude in each:

Andrei Glukhov / Chernobyl
Sergeant Linus Mosk / Andor

That’s Alex Ferns. Quite good performances in each.

I noticed this back in October, sent an email to myself. I guess to blog about this? And labeled it with “TODO.”

And 5 months later? Here it is.

Steve Yegge is writing about coding with an AI

And I’m reading it: Cheating is All You Need, Steve Yegge, March 23, 2023

Top 10 Artists from 2022’s summations

  1. The Beach Boys
  2. They Might Be Giants
  3. Charli XCX
  4. Kitty
  5. Uffie
  6. Hospitality
  7. Stew & The Negro Problem
  8. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
  9. Talking Heads
  10. Randy Newman


These were our jams

These were my jams by adactio showed up in my usually neglected RSS reader. I have very fond memories of This is My Jam! What a great site. I considered their exit from service super classy, and said so at the time.

When I was first getting online at a place not at an “Internet Cafe” it was often in IRC channels dedicated to music and music trivia. When I was paying for an account it was AOL at first, and I enjoyed the music trivia chat rooms there. Music 100% unifies us.

Was it really 2021 back when I posted about a music wrap up from gRegor? Well, yes.

Music is fun to talk about. It’s fun to debate. And it’s fun to listen to.

And it’s a great joy to have the excuse to “try on” the tastes of other people.

I like it when others’ passions can get absorbed into my own.

Quote of the Day / Twitter Edition

We should also consider how the ‘rules based order’ we’ve devised seems unable to stand up to a bully intent on replacing free access to information with paid disinformation — and how our democratic systems seem so incapable and frozen in the face of confident vandals running around spray-painting ‘freedom’ all over the walls as they burn the library down.

The simple truth is that building something valuable — whether that’s knowledge, experience or a network worth participating in — is really, really hard. But tearing it all down is piss easy.

From Twitter is Dying by Natasha Lomas

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