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To people on who favorite what seem to be random toots of mine: if you're favoriting my toots because you have a genuine interest in them, that's fine. I know people have interests outside of work and sex workers are no exception.

However, if you're favoriting my toots in an attempt to get me to use your services, you might want to check my profile first before doing so. I announce there that I'm a gay man and yet I keep getting favorites of this sort from women.

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Time for a new as my old one's a bit out-of-date.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

An question: I've read that some hams turn the RF gain down to noise level and turn the AF gain (a.k.a the audio volume for non-hams) up in order to reduce the noise (mostly atmospheric, but also QRM) the radio receives. For people who do this, how well does this work?

I've never operated that way in my almost 12 years of being a ham, but I'm willing to try it. Anything that can potentially reduce noise and/or bring up signals is worth trying in my opinion.

As I've read the book "Portable Operating for Amateur Radio" a thought occurred to me: I haven't done outdoor portable operation in years because I got caught up with one ham, who focused on SOTA operation and therefore had very strong opinions on how to operate outdoors, and was also somewhat of an asshole. That sucked away a lot of my motivation to operate portable outdoors.

But reading this book and not having contact with that ham, I'm ready to operate portable outdoors again.

uspol, petty 

There won't be any useful news tonight, only hot takes. Log off.

Does anyone know how to revoke someone's follow permissions after you've accepted their follow request?

It’s not always enough to just schlep up a whip antenna and pump out 150mw. If you are going to do radio, you ought to think as radio. Radio has its own geography and biology. It breathes with the day and the moods of the Sun and Earth.

Feel the analogue, viscous, ineffable way radio flows. Then you can actually do big and interesting things with it.

Hams often get this. Few others do these days... 🤷🏽‍♀️

Just took a quick little nap and now I'm back to my energetic self. Never underestimate the power of a nap!

Since so much of the West is on fire now, many people are in crisis mode. Found this great doc on how climage change crisises can help us simultaneously DISMANTLE colonial systems, and build something even better.

The sky out there is hazy and some news people are saying that air quality in Oregon is currently worst on planet. Several towns have been almost entirely wiped out, and evacuees in the region are seeking food, clothes, shelter.

This is NOT a time to waste breath talking about money. Landlords and Realtors everywhere should be more generous than they have ever been in their refunds.

(Repost from something that @emsenn linked here a while back... and deleted. illustration by Pete Railand)

#MutualAid #Disaster #Relief

Another weekend where I planned to get a lot done but haven't. Part of it is worry over when I'm going to get a call from work regarding a piece of software that got turned on this weekend. That's all I can say about that publicly.

At least I've also got a pkgsrc upgrade running for my i386 systems and am currently trying LXQt after finding out it'd been imported into pkgsrc. I also wanted to try Wayland but until libevdev is available on anything other than Linux that won't be happening.

Arwa Mahdawi on gender reveal parties:

which led me to the discovery that the person who started the whole thing (with a cake with hidden icing, ffs, not a pyrotechnic display!) is actually pretty cool, and this whole mess is Not Really Her Fault

remember kids: read the article before commenting

Most Pedestrian Infrastructure Is Really for Drivers 

Without the NB the powerline Ethernet adapters add about S3 to S4 noise. Using the noise blanker gets it down to S0 to S2 with an average of S1.

My conclusion: worth it in some situations, but definitely not radio-friendly. I'd still prefer running actual Ethernet cable over using these, but when that's not possible they are a quick and unobtrusive way to extend wired Ethernet, and as long as your radio has a noise blanker and you're not using AM the RFI can be dealt with. (2/2)

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I bought a couple powerline Ethernet adapters on Sunday night and tried them out tonight. No surprise that they work.

As far as RFI goes, as I expected they generate some. The good news is that it's mostly impulse noise, which means that turning on the radio's noise blanker will filter most of it out, at least on CW and SSB modes. It's actually more detrimental to AM, where most radios won't allow use of the noise blanker. This also means major RFI to shortwave broadcasts. (1/2)

Noice, an ambient noise generator/relaxation app on F-Droid, just added a ton of new sounds, including a cat purring (!). It's a really cool, free app and worth checking out as a nice alternative to Relax Melodies or Calm or whatever other paid/subscription apps.

Looks like I'm going to need to take my bike in to a competent bike shop (not Neutral Cycle; they're responsible for this problem in the first place) because my shifting is really messed up. I thought cleaning and re-lubricating the chain, gears, and derailleur would fix the problem but it hasn't.

At least I have new, properly-sized tubes in the tires. And tire liners to protect the tubes from punctures. I should never have switched from hybrid to road tires but the liners will help.

TIL on having a Monday off: local community radio station WEFT airs a National Native News newscast from Native Voice One at 14:00 Central time. That's news from an Indigenous perspective. Normally I wouldn't listen because I'm at work, but I do have WEFT as one of the streams in my database, and I do listen to streams on my tablet at work.

Does anyone know how to do some MIME magic such that my GPX files actually are detected as "application/gpx+xml" and not just "text/xml"? This is on NetBSD but the setup is similar to Linux.

The "application/gpx+xml" type does exist on my system and xdg-mime says that viking.desktop is the default application for it, as it should be. But my GPX files being detected as "text/xml" means the right app isn't being used to open them.

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