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I'm a 37 year-old cis man living in western PA, USA. I work as a and (unfortunately) backup . I'm primarily a user.

I'm also into , my username's my callsign.

I started back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.

My other interests include , , , (which I used to work in) and , especially my own named Freyja.

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I mentioned that I had my second glider flight on Sunday. I took my DSLR camera with me this time, and when my flight instructor had control of the glider I took pictures. Here are four of them.

It was another great day for gliding/soaring. Too bad I couldn't stay long due to Freyja's vet appointment.

I finally added the Skyview Radio Society, the main ham radio club I belong to, to last night, and let people at Skyview know about it via our mailing list. We'll see how this goes.

Meanwhile I'm glad to see that if you search for "Skyview Radio Society" in OSM's search it comes up correctly, though the mailing address is actually out of New Kensington, not Upper Burrell. The club itself is in the latter, and that's what OSM is using for the address

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I just levelled up iin editing by creating my first multipolygon. It's a solution to problems like a building surrounded by a parking lot.

I just found out the hard way that using rubbing alcohol to clean electronics my be good advice in general, but it's not agood idea to use it on rubber-like surfaces like I just did on a laptop with a rubber-like surface on the back of the screen. It stripped some of the material off.

Anyone in North- or South-America reading this: would you be willing to help the #openstreetmap project by hosting a server?

The project needs additional "tile delivery servers" in the region to cope with the load, more details on the requirements here:

Boosts appreciated!

After having everything set up I have to say that using pkgin is the most painless way to upgrade using binary packages when using . I just wish someone had mentioned the proper way to generate the pkg_summary.gz file that needs to be in every directory that you're using as a binary package repository.

Here's what worked for me once I switched to the binary package repository directory:

pkg_info -X *.tgz | gzip > pkg_summary.gz

Oh sure, when a million dollar company puts files on my computers that track my activity its 'cookies' and 'business', but when I put files on their computers that extract information its 'hacking' and 'illegal' #computing #internet #privacy #bigdata #doublestandards

"In North Carolina, Reps. Larry Pittman, Mark Brody, and Keith Kidwell sponsored HB 65, the “Marriage Amendment Reaffirmation Act.” It would defer to the state’s constitutional amendment, passed in 2012, that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and ignore the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling that made marriage equality the federal law of the land..."

They know it won't be found constitutional in state. The whole point is to get the question back in front of the SCOTUS with it's new makeup.

We've got plans in case me and my Fiance need to get quickly married; but id rather not have to break glass on that one if I don't have to. #lgbtq #nc

I learned firsthand today that won't let me transmit with one modem, go back to receive mode, wait ten seconds, then transmit with another modem in one macro. I was hoping ot set this up for this weekend's Feld Hell Sprint to easily switch between Feld Hell and FM Hell 105 in calling CQ, but I guess I'll have to settle for automatically calling CQ in one mode only every 10 seconds.

Here in my living rom I just got my trackball keyboard in today and am using it in place of the touchpad keyboard I'd been using. So far I'd say I made the right decision. No more text size adjustiments happening when I try to scroll a web page or other actions I didn't specifically call for.

try this one WIERD TRICK to get BETTER PAY and more BENEFITS (bosses HATE this!!!!)

Interesting that Huntington Bank of all places includes a non-binary option whwn asking for an applicant's gender.

You know, I love podcasts (and I am a podcaster myself), but I'm getting tired of the very long banter-filled podcast form. The thing where there's three guys, it takes them 20 minutes of aimless chatter to start talking about the topic of the show, then they can't stay on topic for all the riffing, inside jokes, funny phrases coined on the fly that they proceed to banter about on endless tangents. Stick. To. The. Damn. Point!

stage 3 disillusionment: what we're doing is actively harmful. we're destroying privacy, personal relationships, and possibly democracy itself in the name of automating away people's jobs so a billionaire can have a bigger yacht.

where I'm at now: Today I will fix the next bug on my JIRA queue, an activity which is futile, but not more futile than all other human endeavor


I have to thank whoever made the Maxspeed map paint style in JOSM. It makes seeing where I need to add maxspeed tags to roads I'm familiar with in much easier.

If I could vote for the most underutilized and underappreciated software, I'd vote for parchive generally and PAR2 specifically. It's association with USENET newsgroups keeps a lot of people from seeing that it can be used to provide protection against data corruption in general, including disc rot and bit rot. That's important for those of us who want to preserve our archived files.

There's a GUI frontend to the par2 command line called PyPar2.

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