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Published on by Joe Johnston
I think the last time I wait four years for a particular day to arrive was the day I turned 21. Good luck, President Biden. Your challenges are enormous, but you will not be doing them alone.
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@jmacdotorg got a job and I feel fine.
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There is a JSON feed, but it isn't well advertised yet. It should be. Thanks for asking! https://www.taskboy.com/recent_notes.json
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Jason outlines some ugly truths about how Twitter has suborned our better instincts in the quest for social validation. In response, he has limited his Twitter use and I have logged out of the site indefinitely.
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Being a 49 year old white male, the process by which other old white males turn from liberalism to prosperity cultism is of intense interest. I can only pray that my brain does not betray me in the future. https://www.propublica.org/article/the-radicalization-of-kevin-greeson#1042256
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BitCoin: When Absolutely, Positively has to be there overnight... without the Feds knowing about it. https://gizmodo.com/pro-trump-extremists-got-520-000-in-bitcoin-a-month-be-1846064654
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Any time I successfully rearrange my git commit history with 鈥榞it rebase -I鈥, I have a swelling of arrogance as if I had just performed brain surgery.
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Bowie waxes on about the Pixies. As usual, he is 100% correct. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7VhNjZXALU
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Look, can anyone clearly distinguish between simple childish pranks and antisocial criminal mayhem? The line is just so fuzzy. https://slate.com/culture/2021/01/impeachment-prosecution-batman-joker-penguin-catwoman-riddler-united-underworld-kidnapping.html
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Fun presentation about the rise and fall of computer languages from the 60s until now. I didn鈥檛 appreciate how popular Pascal was in the 70s and 80s. https://youtu.be/UNSoPa-XQN0
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Yes, it is 2021 and I am still typing 鈥榝disk鈥 and 鈥榤kfs -t ext4鈥. Please get off my lawn.
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We were warned. We didn鈥檛 listen. https://youtu.be/IOSow6-cmog
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This December 2020 article from Pew: https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2020/12/17/voters-say-those-on-the-other-side-dont-get-them-heres-what-they-want-them-to-know/ I carefully read ALL of the Trump voter quotes. I agreed with 2-3. Most fall into: * "stop yelling at us for supporting fascism" * "Trump has done a lot! [never specifics]" * "Biden is corrupt! [no specifics, but fine]" * "Follow the constitution! [which they claim to understand better than Biden voters]" * "You have to do your own research" * "I work hard, you need to too! [denying implicit bias and systemic racism]". And there is a lot, A LOT of self-pity coming from the right. There is one spectacular self-own: "We don鈥檛 go on a rampage and have riots, unlike the Democrats and Antifa and Black Lives Matter, if we don鈥檛 win an election." The Dems have to get better at explaining how their policies will help these folks and then deliver on that promise.
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Also would have accepted: assaulting the police to support the police.
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I am proud to release Runnel, the brain-dead MP3 streamer. https://github.com/taskboy3000/runnel It's version 0.0 (which means you will need to read the source to figure it out). It's perl, HTML5, and JavaScript. Call this the "it works on my desktop and on my mobile devices" release.
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Published on by Joe Johnston
At this pivotal moment, I am happy to have locked myself out of Twitter. This feels like a time to listen and act, but not to speak. Stay safe.脥
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There are several 1 hour versions of Carol of the Bells on YouTube. Several. One Hour. Carol of the Bells. How did this happen?
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When oily-skinned old white dudes my age (or slightly younger) complain on youtube that the new series of older franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, or Doctor Who have become preachy with identity politics, I scream at my mobile device. These shows have always explored contemporary social issues, you nimrod. Maybe, you were too stupid to notice when you first watched the shows?
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Anarchy in D.C.? Anarchy in the Bay State! Newburyport citizens were rocked by reports of a rogue llama *checks notes* 鈥渨andering in a field鈥 near the highway. I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN BEANTOWN. LET THIS DOOM BE ON YOUR HEADS. https://apnews.com/article/llama-wandering-highway-dd06961a178aa347b795dc242a801fe2
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Mojolicious is a great framework and I am glad to see the project continuing to move forward.
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As always, @jmacdotorg distills into calm reasonable prose what would have been for me an expletive-laced rant. Accountability. Now.
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I would like Wikipedia to refer to Donald Trump as 鈥渁 hat salesman who unexpectedly became president.鈥
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We haven鈥檛 closed Gitmo yet, right? Cause we have a bunch of domestic terrorist we need to put somewhere.
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Last Civil War widow has died. This is an extraordinary example of how events that have seemingly passed out of living memory are closer than we normally believe. https://boingboing.net/2021/01/05/the-last-civil-war-widow-has-died.html
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Published on by Joe Johnston
Congrats to @rickbeato on getting a Gibson signature line! So, I guess this YouTube thing is working out for you? (I got into Beato鈥檚 stuff about a year ago and it has helped a great deal.) https://www.guitarworld.com/news/rick-beato-is-getting-a-signature-gibson-les-paul-special-dc
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Expecting a loud and spectacular clown show in DC on Wednesday.
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Congrats to Jason for his continued support of Perl and the large Perl ecosystem.
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I am slow, so it took until this morning to understand at least the pretense of why some Republicans believe the 2020 election was stolen: few understand how long it takes to count mail-in votes. The dumb drama of watching states flipped from red to blue created by the media doggedly reporting likely winners of states when no state should have been called at all until the all the votes were counted. Many in the media itself said, given the vast mail-in votes, all reporting should refrain from calling any winner, but just report on the progress of counting the votes. Those pleas when unheard. I have seen many elections lost by the Democratic challenger where states flipped as the last few votes got counted. I suppose if you had never seen this demoralizing form of failure, you might well believe in a conspiracy. Of course, none of this applies to the GOP Congressmen and State reps who know better and are fanning seditious lies for political gain. Unclear what pot of gold these characters think they are chasing. #politics
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Published on by Joe Johnston
Very, very sad at the passing of MF Doom. Still love his Adult Swim themed album. Also, I am currently 49. The same age as MF Doom. So...
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Yeah, I drilled through concrete to bolt shelving onto my basement walls. I just pretended the concrete was 2020.
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I posted some thoughts about my ongoing hobby of early Christian history. https://www.taskboy.com/2020y12m31d_15h42m09s-a-sojourn-into-christian-history.html Am I turning into a Jesus freak? Magic 8 ball says "no."
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I relate much more strongly to the Millennial tweets. I suspect quite a few other Gen-Xers do as well.
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I totally added a search engine to an MP3 streaming app using perl鈥檚 Tree::Trie in under 2 hours. Trie is fast and fairly good on memory. I indexed on song title, artist, album, and genre. Search terms are ANDed together (a feature I had to add). Current mood: 馃槻
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Published on by Joe Johnston
(From @szabgab) When programming languages turn into cults, their culture has failed. Perl and Python share common DNA and common vision. Please denigrate neither, although thoughtful criticisms of both are always welcome.
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Such a grim-dark novel written today would feature crowds cheering as the robots/aliens/wolf-things devour babies in the streets during a Saturnalia celebrating the world鈥檚 鈥渞eturn to the Glory Days.鈥
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For @bookjailer, a very punchable face with ascot: https://www.taskboy.com/img/jjohn-smoking-jacket.jpg
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I have begun to wear my newest smoking jacket at night without irony. Can strychnine poisoning be far behind?
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Been using Fraidycat to follow folks Twitter (h/t @jmacdotorg). Worth noting that taskboy.com's articles and notes each have feeds Friadycat can consume.
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Published on by Joe Johnston
Perl, I love you. printf("%s: %s\n", $k, (ref $response->{$k} || $response->{$k} // '-')); Orkish test followed by definedness test = JOY
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Published on by Joe Johnston
I locked myself out of twitter on purpose. Here鈥檚 to a more peaceful new year. Happy holidays to you all.
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One more shot of the dual monitor RPI, this time running solely off a battery. Monitors are powered off the USB ports on the RPI. https://www.taskboy.com/img/dual-display-rpi-on-battery.jpg #rpi
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Published on by Joe Johnston
Here鈥檚 a photo of my 8GB Raspberry Pi 4 powering two 5鈥 displays configured as one logical desktop. Two small screens is actually quite useful for development (if I wear my glasses :-) https://www.taskboy.com/img/dual-micro-rpi-displays.jpg #rpi
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Published on by Joe Johnston
Bonhomie is a word I have misused in the past. I now wish to make amends: https://grammarist.com/usage/bonhomie
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So far this year, I have: * Written a blogging system based on Plerd * Ripped dozens of CD * Started writing my own mp3 streaming service 2020, you are an insane version of 2000.
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I have seen a couple of hot takes in this vein, but I reject all hand-wringing over the death of malls, which are suburban planning anti-patterns. First Walmart was killing malls, but now it is Amazon. Good. Malls are terrible for everyone. https://www.vox.com/recode/21717536/department-store-middle-class-amazon-online-shopping-covid-19
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I don鈥檛 know how I missed this (although 2010 is a blur), but this brings the funny: Closet Organizer - SNL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK6WUKO6IKk
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Wowzers. Am I really going to setup mysql on Mac OS X for ampache? I guess so. What鈥檚 another 400MB download?
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I am taking a trip in the Way-Back machine by installing ampache on Mac OS X so that I may have a local MP3 streaming service. I have to deal with PHP dependencies and everything! Weee! #osslife
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Was rereading HPL鈥檚 Cool Air and, oh boy, it is racist A.F. The racism is casual and completely unneeded by the story, which is pretty weak anyway. I need a shower.
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Published on by Joe Johnston
The Affordable Care Act was a GOP initiative before it was passed by the Dems under Obama. By attacking it, the GOP validates Sanders鈥 position on Medicare for all, which will never be undone by SCOTUS. Can鈥檛 stop progress.
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https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-report-details-how-agency-significantly-benefits-us-economy NASA is building the world of tomorrow while supporting the world of today. I love that agency so. darn. much.
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Growlers are big jugs of beer that come with their own caps. Boston Beer Works used to sell them. Using stoppers works, of course. You can buy the Big Boi bottles too without feeling overcommitted.
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Bad news, everybody! We have reached the end of man-sandal or Mandal season again. #toeverythingturnturnturn
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This summer, I read two adult, nonwork books: Ringworld and Jesus, Interrupted. Ringworld鈥檚 sexism was off-putting. Erhman鈥檚 content is excellent, if a bit repetitive. #summerreads
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I am currently reading ORA鈥檚 _High Performance MySQL_, a book last updated in 2015. The book is most useful to me for re-orienting the way I think about hows and whys to measure performance. I have been using MySQL for more than 20 years now. It鈥檚 been good to me. #dba #sql #mysql
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Jason continues to reap the benefits my pestering him to learn the very excellent Mojolicious framework. Since there is only twitter and rss in my life, I have no need to consolidate chat streams.
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For @jmacDotOrg jjohn@www:~/src/bise$ bin/bise -c conf/conf.yaml ~/sites/www/logs/access.log August 20 - September 03 Source Uniques Regulars ================================================= All visitors 503 81 RSS feed 13 8 JSON feed 32 1 Front page 316 58 From Twitter 14 0 From web searches 58 0
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Published on by Joe Johnston
Teddy Roosevelt called the U.S. Presidency a bully pulpit, as anything the said by that office is reported by the press. It is unfortunate that the press continues this tradition when the office is used to disseminate demonstrable fallacies, infelicities, and frauds.
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Since 1971, only three incumbent presidents failed to get re-elected. Two of them were Republicans. Two presidents have been elected without the majority of popular votes. Both were Republican. There is still time to register to vote in November.
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#fall2020 #halloween Behold! My wife鈥檚 weighty gourds! We shan鈥檛 be found lacking during the High Holiday. https://www.taskboy.com/img/Pumpkins-August-2020.jpg
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There are more pressing issues, but the number of white dudes over 30 hating on Disney Star Wars on YouTube vexes me. Would the prefer no Star Wars? Because that鈥檚 what they are going to get.
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It鈥檚 not all bad: 2012 - GOP female VP nom 2016 - Dem female Pres nom 2020 - Dem female VP nom This trend was unthinkable when I was a kid. #politics #amendment19
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Twitter makes it easy to get in squabbles and my brain makes squabbles enjoyable. As @jmacdotorg said 鈥淭witter is potato chips.鈥 #twitter
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The are many funny things about Qanon, the Russian-sponsored disinformation project. The funniest is holding up DJT as someone who will *find and destroy* a nest of pedophiles. Just like suggesting Reagan was a master planner.
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Last night, I had an Unomare, which is a variety of stress dream named for a certain Pizzaria where I used to work. This one involved being a waiter at Disney, where some of my Cape Cod friends were and exotic animals. Somehow, I made $1000 in tips.
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Only on the doorstep of 50, do I feel like I am thinking more clearly, more rigorously than at any previous point in my life. I believe I might have gotten here much earlier if either I had less trauma as a kid or had I aggressively treated it (and my dyslexia). Do not neglect your bowels, er, mental health. #life
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man, The Big O still turns my crank. #anime
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I am very pleased by ST Lower Decks. Pretty much what the franchise needs right now.
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I really need to advertise that taskboy.com accepts web mentions and come up with some help on posting web mentions on my content. Need to add WM summaries to notes pages. #plerd
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Still, no relief from 鈥淵ou鈥檒l Be Back鈥. Head DJ, why are you doing this to me? 馃幎馃槶
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this post is directly from dropbox's primitive editor. Will it mangle this unicode world? 馃寪
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this is a "test" is unicode cool? 馃憤
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this is a "test"
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this is a 鈥渢est鈥
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I would like the song 鈥淵ou鈥檒l Be Back鈥 from Hamilton to stop playing in my head now. Please. It鈥檚 been a solid month.
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Using duct tape and gum, I have stitched together a system that publishes the notes I write for www.taskboy.com/notes_roll.html to Twitter. There is some latency between when the note appears on my site and Twitter, but that is a feature. #indieweb
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Wrote my own twitter client to publish notes from here to Twitter. Will post the code somewhere at some point.
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A lot of fighting with apache SSL offloading last night. This plerd wants to use the whim site I set up as a REST resource. This means that the SSL blog pages need to request SSL resources from whim. Whim is just a mojo process running HTTP. Apache can handle the SSL part and forward the HTTP part to whim (that's what SSL offloading is). This mostly appears to be working now, but I find that the little whim server can get overwhelm by requests from the blog. I think I need some caching here, but not sure the what the best app is for this sort of architecture.
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Working on: * Updates to my plerd fork to support web mentions via whim * Various small Layout tweaks to plerd * Getting bridgy to post my notes to twttr (need more discovery on this) * Finishing the RPG/racism set of posts. Obviously, this needs to have the right tone and that鈥檚 tricky
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The president just ban TikTok (https://www.cnet.com/news/trump-issues-executive-orders-with-effective-bans-of-tiktok-wechat/#ftag=CAD-09-10aai5b), which is another loathsome social media company. I have little love for any of them. However, I can鈥檛 believe there is no reaction on the 鈥渂usiness friendly鈥 Right to a sitting president banning a company via executive order. That seems like dangerous over reach.
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Looking at the covid numbers in Massachusetts (https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/massachusetts), our state has made enviable progress in reducing deaths since mid-April. However, we are somewhat plateaued at where the disease was April 1. Put another way, without PPE and state-mandated closures, MA could see covid deaths soar back to its peak levels in about 2-3 weeks.
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Man, I really have come to love using Bear as a text editor on iOS. There is a lot of competition for editors on the desktop, but Bear feels just right on mobile. Excellent work, Team Bear. #blogging #bear
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Dear Jason, Long-time reader; first time commenter. I am concerned that your algorithm may cause integer overflows even on 64 bit hardware. Are you single-handedly attempting to move the industry to more quickly adopt 128 bit CPUs? I'll take my answer of the air. Thanks.
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So, you **can** create a text file from Dropbox directly! But it鈥檚 not a great editor. Good, perhaps, for quick, dumb notes, like this one. I鈥檇 give it 3/5 stars for plerd-purposes. As in 鈥渆ditor of last resort.鈥 #plerd #editors #dropbox
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Indie web suffers from sparse of documentation. These efforts are welcome. Next, we need better tools for non-techies. #indieweb
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Getting into fights on Twiiter? Why that鈥檚 my brand, man.
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I fixed the DOM, I hope. Cheers.
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Twenty Five Thousand. That's the number of tweets and tweets I produced for Twitter since 2008. More than enough words to have written a book instead. I am appalled.
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As a further commitment to slow thinking, I backed down the cadence of my plerd to check for new posts/notes every 3 minutes. There is nothing that urgent that I write that cannot wait for three minutes to publish.
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I just don't know how exciting this note is. Also, there is just too much formating with the in-reply things. Strip that, jjohn.
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I have whim installed on taskboy.com. The installation was straight-forward. Configuring apache鈥檚 reverse proxy was more challenging, since I do not do that often. #plerd #whim
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Start using this https://goaccess.io/ to monitor web traffic, which is what I used to do in the late 90s with perl and other tools. This version has a cute ncurses interface and is written in go. #unix #cli
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#bear is working out well for my plerd needs. Actually sprang for a subscription (renting software is terrible but it鈥檚 a naughty world and devs gotta eat).
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This plerd fork turned into a substantial rewrite. What I feared would be a week of work is closer to that of a month. Still wrapping my head around microformats and web mentions. Mostly there conceptually, but how to implement this with my plerd is going to take some trial and error. #plerd
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I regress a little into posting twice on Twitter this week. I REGRET NOTHING #twitter
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Not very exciting, I know. But some note had to be first.
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