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Time for a new as my old one's a bit out-of-date.

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.

The ARRL Field Day is next weekend, but you can give it a go one week early with the Fled Hell Club's Field Day Sprint today, going from 18:00 through 19:59 UTC.

Thinking about how intimidating Mastodon can seem because you have to scroll through a huge list of instances and pick one and try your luck, rather than just going to "the bird website" or "the facebook" and signing up.

But then, like - that's how it always used to be? That's what forums were like, you found one randomly, you took your chances, and it worked out or it didn't.

How quickly big tech conditioned us to fear choice and mistrust the unknown, I guess. Anyway uhhh piss piss ass piss ass

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. - Anne Herbert

@starbreaker @alexbuzzbee

@codesections @alexbuzzbee

> an application's functionality can be abstracted into a library with a public API for use by both a CLI tool and a GUI application (but this results in additional complexity and can be harder to debug).

At least where millisecond-level performance isn't critical, that actually gets at one of my favorite things about #cli apps. The cli interface is, itself, a basic api that any other app can use via a script.

how old were you when you joined On-Line?

i was 9 and used AOL
around 11 i started going on neopets and

we were on dial up and had a family computer. i used my sister’s phone line to connect. we often fought about it bc she was a teenager at the time and wanted to talk to boys on the phone.

excited to read yr stories haha

People without homes should have access to toilets

My most productive activity yesterday was writing a shell script that takes text that's been copied into the clipboard (xclip), filtering out the extra Unicode characters (sed), running it through a text-to-speech synthesizer (espeak), and encoding what would otherwise be a wave file into the Opus format (opusenc), complete with metadata such as artist, title, genre, etc.

It's mainly so I can listen to the text of articles from RSS feeds I subscribe to while doing something else.

homophobia, YouTube Show more

For anyone still confused:

Please remember that actual freedom of speech does not mean you have a right to a platform and listeners. Your freedom is unaffected by being muted, blocked, or banned. You’re still free to stand on whatever street corner you choose and rant at whoever will listen.

But when you’re in someone else’s house, you play by their rules. You’re there because they allow you to be, and that privilege can and will be revoked if they decide they don’t want you there.

the real problem with discord that makes them truly evil is that they sell their solution as being something that provides self-determination.

when you move your community to discord, you start a what they call a "discord server."

to be clear, there is not really any such thing as a "discord server," this is just marketing terminology for group functionality.

they call it a discord "server" on purpose: they want to communicate the idea that you have full autonomy on your own "discord server," when in reality you are still at the mercy of discord as a service provider. this is truly evil, this goes beyond a lack of transparency to actively lying to potential users. not even Slack does this.

we must build real alternatives to these predatory services.

Techbros Show more

This shit pisses me off so much. I'm now in possession of three Zunes and an Xbox 360 that I can't use just because Microsoft has decided they will no longer bless software for them.

But it's OK guys, they're all about open source now.

Fuck them and fuck this whole industry, if you manipulated me into tying my worth to videogaming to the extent that I saved up and paid $30 for something when I was 15 I'm fucking entitled to it no matter how much you think my hardware is obsolete

US, hate groups, liberals being disappointing Show more

I don't know how this is comfortable for her, but Freyja likes to lay on this laptop.

I'm glad I was able to do with CUPS-PDF what I couldn't do with LibreOffice itself without crashing: create a PDF file out of an OpenDocument document by printing it to the virtual PDF printer.

I never imagined that this would be why I can't get through a TSA checkpoint. This is at Willard Airport south of Champaign, Illinois.

I have no apologies for the fact that about 60% of my favorites are toots of cat pics.

It's Saturday night & I already spilled the beans on this in a reply to someone earlier so I might as well say it in its own toot: I have an onsite interview at a company in Champaign, Illinois on Tuesday. They've already paid for my flight and hotel room. If I get this job I'll be moving to Champaign.

This company invited me for the onsite interview two days after I had the phone interview, which was scheduled for 30 minutes but lasted for 50. I'm feeling pretty good about this prospect.

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