A Peaceable Washington D.C. in 2015

I’ve been looking through photos of my work trip to Washington D.C. in 2015. Insurrection against the Constitution at the Capitol was not a thought and I felt safe, secure.

Near the Washington Monument, looking towards the White House:

Near the Washington Monument, looking towards the White House

The Washington Monument:

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The Yates Building, U.S. Forest Service HQ:

The Yates Building in the background with a busy street

Looking toward the U.S. Capitol, under extensive renovations:

Looking toward the U.S. Capitol, under Renovations

Ultramafic rocks at the Smithsonian:
Ultramafic rocks at the Smithsonian

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport:

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Automating Deselection and Unchecking of Twitter Interests - EvilTester.com

Automating Deselection and Unchecking of Twitter Interests - EvilTester.com: The final JavaScript works to automatically deselect Twitter ad interests, but I had to change the timer from 2000 milliseconds to 10000 milliseconds or 10 seconds per uncheck to avoid Twitter Over Capacity errors. The process is taking forever but isn’t invasive at all so this Safari JavaScript console automation can go all week for all I care. By Twitter’s estimation, I am interested in everything in the universe. Including things that greatly raise my blood pressure. Ugh.

From the above website but milliseconds modified from 2000 to 10000. Paste and run in your browser’s JavaScript dev console when on the Twitter ad interests page:

var timer=100;document.querySelectorAll(
"div > input[type='checkbox']:checked"
).forEach((interest) => {
setTimeout(function(){interest.click()},timer);timer+=10000;});

Looking Forward

Things I look forward to in the Biden-Harris administration:

  • Countless backwards and terrible Executive Orders being rescinded or replaced (I’ll refrain from naming specific ones but most recently the Schedule F that would have converted civil servant positions to political appointments was soul crushing and made the stakes even high for me, personally). Civil servants at all levels must not be political in their work, no matter who is president!
  • Hopefully many regulations that haven’t yet been promulgated will die and Agencies will review and rewrite already Trump Administration implemented regulations
  • If we get Senate control, many new and implemented regulations could be rescinded
  • Department and Agency political appointments that actually know something about what they’re managing!
  • USPS and FCC will not have boards/commissioners of clearly partisan hacks
  • No more stark nepotism
  • No more in-your-face conflicts of interest
  • Countries allied or friendly with us will respect America again and travelers will no longer be embarrassed or afraid
  • Permanently fix and never again allow a future president to wedge apart now-apparent cracks in our democracy
  • Diversity!
  • Science!

I expect so, so much. No one should ever sit out a presidential election – who is president matters in so many ways. I hope everyone will realize that soon.

Since November 2nd I’ve stayed away from Twitter & Instagram. Feels kind of nice. Getting some mileage out of Apple Arcade for distraction.

For today and a while after the election, Twitter & Instagram apps are removed from my devices. So far I’m avoiding their web counterparts. Instead, let’s enjoy some tiny coyote bush flowers!

Our dropped off California ballots were collected and accepted. I get very anxious when signing — afraid of signing it wrong. I practice a bit first.

At the USDA, I’m not allowed to telework as I haven’t been personally affected by SARS-CoV-2. I’m capable of telework and I prefer it. Guess they’re waiting for mass infections at workplaces first. USDA significantly curtailed telework ~two years ago.

There’s a retirement party this Saturday. Could be up to 100 people. So far it’s not postponed or cancelled. I started getting very anxious over SARS-CoV-2 so I’m no longer going.