prior nemesis list:

- arborist with very loud wood chipper on truck

- that one fat mouse

- neighbor's fluffy dog

- the stripey cat from across the alley who sprawls on the yard table and makes eye contact

Show thread

heard this terrible noise from the direction of the cat's yard tunnel and when i went to check this other black cat was disappearing around the corner of the house post haste. i think he may have found a new nemesis.

@sixohsix @griffinkate my go-to for insomnia used to be a 1981 edition of a textbook called _Computer Programming in the BASIC Language_.

i still have my copy; i'm not sure it'd hold up in the sleep-inducing department these days, but it did set a useful precedent that technical books can make my brain reject consciousness.

@mousebot in US usage, at least: yes, although i think people mostly either use canned these days or do a slow cooker / slow stovetop kind of thing.

@brion i log in there like twice a year and i'm always just baffled at how incredibly fucking *bad* everything about it is. it gives banking and healthcare websites a run for their money in sheer sluggish grinding anti-usable awfulness.

...which i guess checks out, payment frameworks and the general class of software involved in people's livelihoods being what they are.

@checkervest vivid memories of sitting in the yard with my grandma and her calling the quail in from the shelter belt...

(never thought about this as the potential genesis of a story of eldritch horror until this moment, though.)

@zwol (but! i think you hit on something really important here that, equally, proponents of "microservices" would do well to consider: it _is_ often way easier to put a bunch of stuff inside one big box than it is to chop it into a whole bunch of boxes where all the interfaces to the outside world have to be considered for each thing. like there's a reason the most effective programming of my life has mostly happened inside "monolithic" web apps or config for single applications.)

celebrity death, country music 

@craigmaloney :(

90 though - and what a run.

@zwol like, hardly anything in my ~/bin would be defensible under the conditions of promoting something for general distribution, but on the other hand: i don't really have to care very much until i want to do that.

@zwol i think there's kind of a split here: to be a good generally reusable citizen of that ecosystem, there're a gazillion little things to consider, the surfaces and flows all have to be thought through really carefully, etc.

...but it's also an environment where in a ton of cases you as a programmer serving your own immediate needs can just spackle some shit in there and it'll pretty much work.


@craigmaloney oh, i think the GOP cares about voting rights a whole bunch, in the sense that they'd like them to stop existing. :\


@maya i just resent that enough people know who ben shapiro is for this to constitute a viable form of political pandering.

@prehensile people keep using "destroy the internet" framings and i know they mean me to take that as a bad thing

probable gun violence 

whew. seems like this one didn't amount to anything.

Show thread

probable gun violence 

distracted from work by the latest unfolding active shooter situation in a nearby town.

@silverseams the degree to which every car is the same car now is kind of boggling.

(i mean, ok, really, every car is one of like 3 cars, but still.)

@maya this has been a staple of my bus & train experiences for a few years, but it feels like it's escalating. the other day i was at a local bar while a live band played, and someone a table over was blasting recordings they had taken at other concerts they liked better on their Very Loud Phone. you could see the band members' souls withering in realtime.

@gergely without having really used it personally, i'll note that a number of friends rely on ikiwiki[0], and it seems to hit your desired features.


@brownpau like, sable doesn't want my tea, but he often wants to make sure he doesn't want it.

Show older is brennen's single-user Mastodon instance. This instance runs on, and is thus bound by's ToS, which bar instances dedicated to racism, Nazi shit, transphobia, misogyny, incitement to violence, and the rest of the usual litany of horrors.