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Time for a new as my old one's a bit out-of-date.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

"How should I start here on Mastodon??"
--> "Just post some pic of cat. People love cats."
Truth or not? 🤔


the internet is returning back to the point where search engines are useless for actually finding information

public libraries are welcoming folks back with open arms

It's been awhile since I posted pics, so here's Freyja on the living room rug, looking cute.

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I need to get on 80m CW and digital more often. This is especially true since 40m has been spotty at best lately.

Dortn, vu mir lebn
dort is undzer land

Wherever we live, that's our homeland

A world we are jointly responsible for, free from capitalism, borders and empire

Buy @kittybecca's shirts and other art!

If you can't fix it, you don't own it.

- Is better than recycling
- Saves you money
- Teaches engineering
- Saves the planet

Here's an example from Pittsburgh. The first screenshot shows a map of libraries that Google will tell you about. In the second are libraries that the Allegheny County Library Association website will tell you about, including the very nice enormous library we visited just today. There are so many more than Google's willing to show!

(why the heck would an advertising company like Google bother to tell you about libraries? They lend books out for free! Not much advertising potential there.)

if people started actually listening to Greta Thunberg, those who are trying so desperately to make sure nobody does would find themselves summarily imprisoned tomorrow (or worse) and their wealth seized and used for urgent remedial action, until the climate problems had been dealt with to the best of our ability.

it's in their interests for the rest of us to stay complacent. to not realise what they've done to us - or what they're pouring into ensuring only they survive it.

that's why they're pouring so many resources, and so much contemptibility, over climate science. it's not that they don't believe it. they know what's coming. they're just terrified that the result of us will realise.

Pro-tip for Firefox users: open a new tab, now prefix whatever you type in the address bar with "%" to search your open tabs and switch to one.

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i know ppl are joking when they say "we should be bring back bullying" but to be honest i think its a little bit telling about your political philosophy if you say that as a joke. Bullying is basically just a form of of social control for children, and kids who are marginalized in some way have way higher rates of reporting being bullied

@DL6MHC @sp6mr you can connect anything that supports SIP. just ask for an "experimental" line if it's not officially supported.

When you sign up there is a choice of HHUS (usa servers) and HHEU (European servers)
You should get better latency with the EU servers

Hey nerds - preferably white privileged ones:

Do free labour for a Itázipčho person who wants to reconnect to the culture your culture stole me from:

I want to be able to use the lakotayapi keyboard layout from Linux (Peppermint, a Debian flavor):

How do I do it?

Don't @ me with "have you tried...?" or similar: I want a tested-by-you step-by-step of exactly what to do to add an equivalent layout to Linux, please.


(boosts welcomed)

"healthy, ad-supported web" — how to tell the article was written by Google.

No, Google, ad-supported web is not "healthy", and there is no such thing as "good ads". You're privatizing the web and are trying to normalize this disgusting effort with these dead-pan statements. As if nobody remembers what the web was before you decided to make a market out of it.

All my music is now Pay What You Want.

I have this theory that Monetizing My Hobby™️ has sucked all the joy out of it. It changed my mindset from "here's a thing I made, pay if you want" to "here's a thing I made, please pay me for it."

This hasn't worked for me. It doesn't get me the tools I need, and I can't make what I want in that mindset with my current tools. We'll see what happens.

Boost appreciated.

I'm at the point where I'm seeing decentralization and community control of production as less of a means to slowly move away from capitalism, and more of a crucial effort to ensure our communities' survival when capitalism inevitably and imminently collapses

Once you pay attention, you start to notice that once the 18-wheelers stop coming, most of us are fucked. Especially now, when most of our possessions are designed to be ephemeral to force us to regularly replenish them

You can't rely on the internet to always give you that information once you need it. You need not only the knowledge, but the experience to keep things running after our lifelines are cut. We need DIY culture and local infrastructure now

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