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I guess with the influx of new users to the Fediverse, we're doing introductions now, so here's mine:

I'm a # and # enthusiast and developer. I'm also an # who's trying to create safe spaces for those who are recovering from high-demand control groups.


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So this whole # # experiment has been a smashing success. This will be the last post I boost from my legacy accounts, and I'll be checking them with less frequency. If you've not followed the new account, now would be a good time.

I want to extend a special thanks to opencube and fosstodon for giving me my first taste of the #.

Had to put the dog down last night. It was not a good night.

Okay, I've made some progress getting my #PeerTube instance up and running, but I'm running into some kind of database migration issue and I'm done beating my head against a wall for today.
I give up. I tried to start over, and this time I can't get yarn to install the software because of a wrong version of node. I was able to get around that with nvm last time, but not this time for some reason.

I guess I'll have to wait for a version of PeerTube that supports the current version of node.

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Trying to set up a #PeerTube instance. First problem I had was that the version of #node in the #Debian repositories was too old. After figuring out how to install the current version, I'm now faced with the problem of it being too recent.

error eslint-plugin-jsdoc@38.0.6: The engine "node" is incompatible with this module. Expected version "^12 || ^14 || ^16 || ^17". Got "18.7.0"
It's gonna never cause a problem!
On top of it all, I'm using a reverse proxy over a wireguard VPS because I have an 8TB drive I want to take advantage of for the file storage.
So, it turns out that the nginx configuration that comes with PeerTube, despite using a reverse proxy to port 9000 on localhost, still requires read/write access to the data directory. That doesn't complicate things at all.
@silverwizard Considering it. The only catch is that sshfs locks up the system for a non-trivial amount of time when the connection is lost. Also, up 'till this point, I've had it set up so that my local machines can SSH into the VPS, but not the other way around.

The workaruond I was thinking of was setting up an nginx reverse proxy at both ends.

One thing that nobody tells you when you get glasses is how much you'll come to despise the rain.
oh hell yeah. Sweat, too. And your exhalation when you wear a mask.

@Jeena I've recently upgraded my internet and am considering running a private PeerTube instance for family and friends. How much bandwidth do you find yours uses?
But I have very little users so very seldom there would be more than one user at a time using the site to watch something. And if they watched the same video then they would help each other because of p2p.
@Jeena Awecome. I should have plenty of bandwidth then. Good to know.

Well, we survived another tornado warning for the region, though a severe weather warning persists.

We seem to have had a fair amount of extreme weather lately.

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Breaded Chicken Tenders with Roasted Potatoes and Smoky Garlic Aioli

Another recipe that required the use of the oven that we haven't yet bothered to have fixed. They turned out quite nicely on the stove top.


Spanako-Pizzas with Puff Pastry and Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Another one that I loved and @Katy Lamothe hated.

look very good

Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Goat Cheese and Tomato Soup

A fancy take on a time-honoured classic. It was delicious, but a lot of work for grilled cheese and tomato soup.


Creamy Black Bean Curry with Steamed Rice

Another vegetarian dish. Considering @Katy Lamothe's "no plain rice" rule, we've had a lot of meals with plain rice. No regrets.
Creamy Black Bean Curry with Steamed Rice

BBQ-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Creamy Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds

The original recipe called for wedges, but we do what we want.

Side note: working with sweet potatoes is a pain in the ass.
BBQ-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Creamy Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds

Beef Meatballs and Fresh Veggie Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

One of the advantages of no longer being allergic to nuts is that I no longer need to fear pesto. I had no idea what I was missing.
Beef Meatballs and Fresh Veggie Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

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Just saw a commercial for some sort of VR baseball game, where some sensor was strapped to an actual baseball bat. Am I the only person who thinks that blindly swinginging around a baseball bat with a VR headset on might be a bad idea?
not sure why you wouldn't just use something like the wiimote in this case
@lori My suspicion is that swinging an actual bat gives it more realistic feel.
@lori Gah. I really do know how grammar works. Posting on mobile sucks sometimes.
real bat swing nice feel
I feel like I wouldn't want the potential dangers of a real bat swing when I'm not gonna feel it hit a ball anyway

I will feel it hit a light fixture maybe
@lori At best.

I 100% agree. Just guessing at the rationale.
yeah, I think your guess is right, I think it's the rationale that's wrong lol
damn now you're onto something

Thinking about getting my #AmateurRadio license. I found a site that had some pretty good study information and I was really happy until I unexpectedly hit a paywall. Granted, that seems to be the norm with these sites, but disclosing that up front might've been nice.

Apparently, there is no fee for the test in Canada, so they make their money on the study materials instead.
I used Hamstudy for my exams in the US:

It was free all the way through, and it looks like they have the Canadian question banks as well. They donโ€™t have much content beyond the question and brief explanations, but I used it to pass all three US exams in one go.
@John Best Ooh. That's helpful. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just looked outside and realized there's a massive storm going on. Good thing I don't have anywhere to be tonight.

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Just spent several hours at the hospital only to be sent hone with a "we're not really sure what the problem is, but we're reasonably sure it's not life threatening."

Good to know, but...
How are you doing now?
@glyn It was asctually my wife who was in distress, but we're both doing okay today.
No matter what, it's good to hear that you're doing okay ๐Ÿ˜€
Get better soon! Sadly I know such events, not really mind calming... though it has a slightly positive sound in it. So, put it on the good side ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wish #vosk would give me some idea of how far along it was. Perhaps there's a flag I just don't know about. I'd check the man page, but I'm lazy.

So, I'm pretty sure my new #ISP is traffic shaping me. I've changed the way my SSH tunnels are set up to minimize the impact of this, and it seems to be helping, but I am not impressed.

In their defense, it may actually be Rogers doing the monkeying with my packets, since they own the physical lines.


Internet's down for no discernible reason today. Limping by on mobile...
Looks like it's a major outage at my ISP.

Day 59

The heat's really been taking a toll. Lost one of the pepper plants, and the peas aren't looking good. I'm trying to step up the watering to compensate, but we'll see how that goes.

On the plus side, the remaining two pepper plants seem to be thriving.
trough shaped planter with several plants: the three on the left are labeled "Green Arrow Pea"; the two on the right are labeled "Orange Sun Pepper"

Day 61

In a promising turn of events, I noticed the beginnings of our first pea pod today while watering the plants.
close-up of a pea pod

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Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Smoky Ranch and Mashed Potatoes

Once again, we weren't feeling the potato wedges this meal was supposed to come with, so we made mashed potatoes instead. The sauce was the star of the show. It added a nice zip without being too spicy for @Katy Lamothe.


Fresh Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

This was a redo. It turned out so well last time that we decided to have it again. This time we remembered to keep back some pasta water for the sauce. The end result was creamier.


Harissa-Spiced Chickpea Salad with Creamy Honey-Mustard Dressing

We made a fatal mistake, we forgot to pick the meals in this most recent meal kit batch until after the deadline so they chose for us. This is the meal that @Katy Lamothe was the most apprehensive of. We omitted the potatoes, because putting potatoes in a non potato salad was just a bridge too far.


Cheesy Bacon and Mushroom Flatbread Pizzas with Creamy Garlic Aioli

We actually followed the recipe on this one pretty closely, except that we were supposed to drizzle this with honey. We didn't do that, but it still turned out amazing.


New England-Style Fish Chowder

We've made this one before, but thought it was worth another go. Every bit as delicious as I remember.


Linguine Beef Ragu with Parmesan Cheese

Three meal kits in one day because we've been lazy about cooking them and needed to catch up. I'm not normally excited about spaghetti-type dishes, but this was next level.


Linguine in a Blush Sauce with Pan-Seared Tomatoes

Another vegetatian dish. I know the last recipe was linguine too, but this was sufficienly different to keep it interesting anyways.


BBQ-Spiced Chicken Dinner with Warm and Tangy Potato Salad

Best potato salad I've ever had. We decided to make the chicken into a chicken sandwich. It was a good call.


Garlicky Spaghetti and Beef Meatballs with Homemade Sugo Sauce

I don't know what sugo sauce is, but it's delicious.


Carnitas-Style Pork Tacos with Chili Crema

We made a lunch of these because we're having to play catch-up again. Given the portion size, it was a good call. We got the recipe slightly wrong, but they came out well anyways.


Okay Heinz, we need to talk. You've got to calm down with the portmanteaus.
two Heinz bottles on a grocery store shelf: one labeled "wasabioli", the other labelled "mayoracha"
@Matthew Skala That's amazing. In Utah, they call it fry sauce. I guess they should probably have gone with that instead.

There's a new resident at #VictoriaPark, a baby swan. This is the best photo I was able to get with my phone. It's got a decent camera as far as phones go, but I had to push the zoom to the limit to get this one.

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Perhaps today I'll choose not to be a lazy sack of crap and swap out that router that's been giving me issues. #procrastination
So... I tried replacing my old dying router with a slightly less old one that I had lying around. Problem is that I can't configure it because its admin page is only served over HTTPS using an old no longer supported version of TLS.

I was direct connected with an Ethernet cable. I promise that nobody was MITM-ing me. Perhaps I'll have to break down and buy a new router. For now, it's back to the old one.
Have you considered grabbing a Vagrant VM image of Win10? I think it still includes IE11, and you can be almost certain that will still support TLS 1.0.
How about a custom router?
#pfSense is awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today, I became the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

Still don't know the question though.

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Microsoft's Github Copilot is disregarding Free Software licenses and will be happily selling parts of your GPL code against your will! Woo!

As the author of this article says - free software should be dependant on free software architecture - I recommend as an open-source alternative to Github.
Sadly Github is no longer a platform that can be trusted.

CC: @codeberg

#FOSS #Github #Copilot #Microsoft #GPL #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #Codeberg

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wouldnโ€™t this be a good opportunity to move @ff3 ?

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Something a bit different today...

There's a really nice Fediverse admin on here called @stux who provides lots of free decentralised public services (public instances of Mastodon, PeerTube, Pixelfed, Matrix, Nitter, Invidious, Searx etc).

Stux is spending hundreds of euros a month so that these services remain free and operational.

Apparently Stux has had a tough time finding work recently, but has their own small business which provides web hosting.

If you're looking for a small indie hosting provider, this might be a really good choice as the money raised will help keep the Fedi going too:


(I'm sorry to embarass you Stux, but I think you deserve a shout-out for the good work you do!)

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Somehow I hadn't connected @stux and stuxhost.
how many users can you bring along on the different nextcloud plans?

So, I signed up for an account on I'd kind of known about them for a while, but wasn't interested because "I already use Linux, what do I need with a UNIX shell account?"

It's actually a pretty awesome community.

There's an item that @Katy Lamothe wants to order online but it's always out of stock. I came up with what I thought was a clever idea to be notified when it becomes available.

I wrote a shell script that loads the order page with curl, performs a SHA256 hash, and then compares it to the last hash it received. If they're different, it sends me an email telling me there's been a change. The plan was to run this as a cron job every hour on the hour.

Turns out, every time I load the page, I get a different hash, making my script useless. I don't know if this was intentional, but I spent longer working on this solution than I'd like to admit.

Ah well. It was a fun project anyways.

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Content warning: Mormonism, Under the Banner of Heaven (review)

It's not at all like Under the Banner of Heaven, but Harold Bloom's American Religion is really interesting. As stated on the Wikipedia page, Bloom "concludes that in America there is a single, dominant religion of which many nominally distinct denominations are a part. Among these he identifies Mormonism, the Southern Baptist Convention, Pentecostalism, and Seventh-day Adventism. To a lesser extent however, he also includes nearly all "Christian" denominations in America, including mainline Protestantism and Roman Catholicism"

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@Matthew Skala In one of your recent live streams, you mentioned an inexpensive microprocessor that was phasing out a lot of older analog components. Do you happen to remember what chip that was? I'd like to look at it more closely.
I think free third-party tools are easier to find for AVR microcontrollers, which cover a lot of the same ground application-wise.
@Matthew Skala Yeah, AVR was the other route I was looking into. That's probably the path I'll take. I don't even really have a specific application in mind. I'm just tinkering.

I keep seeing posts of people trying to post links to # and having them rejected. I kind of wonder if doing so might automatically flag one's Twitter account for review as well.
known bug; easy fix: Delete twitter account. ๐Ÿ˜‡

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Twitter is starting to block some instances of Mastodon... Spread the word!

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