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In the unlikely event that anyone missed me: sorry. Christmas and then work got crazy (I mean, seriously, we lost all the code for a while) and then … well. Twitter feels like shouting into a void. Mastodon like talking with people. And sometimes I'm not up to talking with people, just shouting into a void…

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Another reason to switch away from birdsite for me: all links (their mandatory link shortening service) now resolve to "connection refused" for me on my phone. No idea why. Annoying as hell.

Is it just me? The last two or three days all shortened URLs resolve to "connection refused"?

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When you are not sure what the code does but assume it must be important so you just leave it


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Level 10 ecologist: Plant trees to help climate change
Level 50 ecologist: Restore ecosystems with large predators so that tree saplings can grow naturally
Level 9001 ecologist: Release lions on golf courses

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@passthejoe I don't know if I was just doing Twitter wrong, but Mastodon seems much better at showing you stuff by people you don't *already* follow. Local timeline is a game-changer for starting conversations with new peeps. :)

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On this week's Linux Unplugged podcast they were talking about a challenge to run Gentoo for week. My first thought was, jeesh, it takes a week to install Gentoo.

Small announcement: I'm now also @spaceportmarketwizard. The plan is to talk about my music and writing hobbies there, and coding here.
This means that coding types don't have to cope with me talking about amplitude modulation, and music types don't have to listen to me talk about transaction scoping.
So I'm going to be unfollowing a few people here and refollowing them there. Sorry for the confusion...

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I just wanted to look at the newest version of the "official" Mastodon Android app.
No, you can't get it at Fdroid. At Github, you only get the old version 1.0.2.
to use the newest FOSS app for your FOSS social network to talk about FOSS software.
This is just so ugly wrong.

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Re pronouns. My now long dead grandpa used to say "you can call me anything as long as you don't call me late for dinner" I think he may have been on to something.

This is interesting. I'm not really surprised that Sidekiq is the bottleneck. I'm not really a fan. But perhaps that's unfair.

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A pair of jumper cables walks into a bar. Bartender says: “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

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:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me.

You can see some of their work here

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.
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tempted by the toot of another
tempted but the boost is discovered

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…but, look. I didn't pay for it. I can put it back any time it stops making me laugh.

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I'm trying a new thing. I remotely borrowed an ebook from the local using the app Borrowbox, and I can strongly recommend that. The sign up process was easy (I do have to visit my local library at some point) and I've reserved two ebooks I'm really keen to read: Simon Stålenhag's _The Electric State_ and the cooking book, _Salt Fat Acid Heat_.
I also borrowed a Steampunk novel. I won't name it because it's very, very bad. Page 12 and we're still describing what people are wearing…

Python unit testing is *so* not as good as ruby unit testing. :(

OTOH: Python type checking. (In the same program file, please note, Ruby.)

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Probably a stupid Mastodon Q: if you are on your own server, how do other folks find you? How do other servers know to federate you?
I often look at the follower list of users with 100s of followers and it has like 2 users on it, presumably because their instances haven't been federated here…

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