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Hi! I'm mostly here for conversations, reflections, and geekery around subjects that catch my fancy. Recently that orbits technology (esp , data services, networks), music (writ large), languages (esp ancient Greek), autism, and general silliness. Structural protection for the marginalized is close to my heart, but I've learned I need to engage gently to stay healthy. I try to keep shitposting to a minimum.

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I actually think it's sorta funny how health experts say it's not safe to go back to normal life once you're vaccinated: Going out to concerts and such shouldn't make you sick, but you could still be a vector. They say it's okay to hang out in small groups, though, and like touch or whatever.

And, y'all. Their idea of "back to normal" is pretty alien to me. Staying home cuddling with small groups is *exactly* the normal life I want to go back to.

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This developer will work to improve the user experience and process of finding alternate routes to the Tor network when global censorship events block access. FT & remote.

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Relatedly, TIL Kenny Rogers (The Gambler) sang straight-up psychedelic rock in the sixties.

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Being terrible with names means when I'm thinking of early 80s music sometimes I mix up Kenny Loggins and Kenny Rogers. 🤦‍♀️

* Whitney Houston's 1992 megahit I Will Always Love You from her movie The Bodyguard was originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973 (how did i not know that that 🤦‍♀️).
* Tuesday was Parton's 75th birthday.
* Houston's version is based on a 1975 Linda Ronstadt cover.
* The version that plays in the movie background as Houston and Kevin Costner are dancing is by John Doe from punk band X, and it was released on cassette only basically just for the movie.

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Coyote & Crow the Role Playing Game: A science fiction and fantasy tabletop RPG set in a near-future where the Americas were never colonized, created by a team of Natives.

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Actually, Salt and Peppa spend much more time repeating that they'd like to talk about sex than actually talking about it. They keep saying they want to "talk about all the good things and all the bad things".

However, they seemed to only include three case studies. One of these was concerned a woman who had many sexual conquests. However, they explained that she felt sad and empty. And yet, given how they described her, it doesn't seem like she spent much time moping, but rather was partying every night. One suspects they may be slut shaming.

The second case study was less coherent and seemed to be generalisations about boys in general. This carried with a high degree of biological essentialism and heteronormativity.

Their third case study involved a woman who decided to rely soley on hormonal birth control and forgo condoms. This functions as a cautionary tale. The entire video is a consequence of and reflection of the AIDS crisis. Indeed, they don't talk about *any* good things, but seem to wish to dissuade their audience from pre-marital sex at best or, failing that, frighten them into condom use.

This was the background of my youth and one of the girls in my class at catholic school got detention for singing the refrain of this song at recess.

thank you for coming to my ted talk.

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If you're listening or watching the Inauguration today, the announcer is my friend's partner's 93 year old granddad. This will be the 12th president he's announced for (he was not invited last time and said it broke his heart). I'm so glad he lived to get invited again. If you hear his voice today, maybe you can smile, knowing a little of his story. 💙

It's okay to take a breath if you need to. Don't get lost in it: There are still lots of people who can't. But if it's safe for you, and if it's safer for you today than it was yesterday, it's okay. <3

celebrity death (a year ago), Atlanta 

TIL not only that Kenny Rogers died in March 2020 (natural causes), but that he spent his last years in Atlanta, GA, suburb Sandy Springs.

Oh, and just when I start pulling up a couple small tools so I can get something done while I indeterminately wait you alert me I have 60 seconds to close it all again. Right, I remember this game. Next is "Sit on a black screen with a white Apple logo for somewhere between 2 and 45 minutes," right?

But at least it has a (haphazardly moving) progress bar.

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What's that? After asking me to close everything so you can reboot you're just gonna sit there and do nothing for a while? Yeah, cool. I can vibe.

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Nah, MacOS, it's cool. I'll definitely close out of 30 open shells and trash that history so you can install some nameless system updates and reboot. No problem at all.


Omg and the first port I called ps/2 is actually on closer inspection 7-pin S-video! (The second one is PS/2)

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No wait I remember! I switched from Red Hat to Mandriva when GNOME (2?) got too bloated for me to run. Mandriva was KDE at the time. When the new KDE came out (3?) and copied a lot of GNOME's bloat, I couldn't run it either, so I switched to LFS and CRUX, with fluxbox as my wm.

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I feel like that was around the time Gnome 2 (or was it KDE 3?) had come out, and while my main computer wasn't ancient, the new wm just crawled on it. I had already switched from Red Hat (I started with 4.2 Biltmore in 97) to Mandriva, but the wm change frustrated me so much I went ultra lightweight with CRUX and even a Linux From Scratch box. It was a super valuable experience, and I sorta wonder if I'll do it again sometime.

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I say slimmest wm I knew, but if I'm honest I'm pretty sure I was still using fluxbox (and maybe even CRUX, I'm not sure) on my main home computer at the time. My main box was just a little... prettier. And more useful.

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So the way I recall this, around 2004 someone gave me an already-old Dell laptop they were throwing away. The original Inspiron line started around 1998-9. I don't think this was a first gen, but it might have been second. I wanted to see if I could still get some use out of it. I installed a barebones Linux distro (CRUX), and I added the slimmest x wm I knew (fluxbox), and I went to work seeing if I could get the PCMCIA wireless to work. I don't remember if I ever succeeded.

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