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Time for a new as my old one's a bit out-of-date.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

banks: please please please you have to bail us out or we'll go bankrupt

government: alright here's a check

consumers: i need more time to pay off my loan

banks: fuck you, show some personal responsibility

It was a pleasant surprise this morning to find that there's now an Asterisk 16 package available for NetBSD/evbarm for earm7hf, which is the 32-bit variant that the Raspberry Pi 3 supports. I've upgraded and so far it seems to be functional. I want to upgrade this Pi to NetBSD 9.0 at some point, and try the aarch64 port, which has full 64-bit support.

Unix tip 


Good to see that the OpenLDAP server in pkgsrc includes the slapd.ldif file as well as slapd.conf. That will make using the new "Online Configuration" easier. I know OpenLDAP will be switching exclusively to that in a later release.

I also (re)discovered an online book that not only does a good job of explaining LDAP but is sympathetic to the pain of setting it all up.

covid-19 lockdown, local to Champaign-Urbana 

principles for a queer self-defense mutual aid society

1. rotate a facilitator who calls on people to share self-defense techniques, which participants learn and practice with each other
2. everyone gets a turn at facilitating, but technique sharing goes from each according to their ability to all
3. techniques include things like takedowns, punching, stances, throws, ways to end a fight quickly, ways to disarm a person, etc.
4. devote space also to first aid, incl. psychological first aid

Yea... I don’t think we have time for theory gymnastics, identity or subculture pimping, and affinity group shibboleths anymore. There isn’t the infrastructure for all that anyway. When this gets fierce, it will boil down to friends. Not “people like me”. But people who show up to help. And that is often not the set you expect.

Work with what you got where you’re at.

The cats were unamused, except Pix, who was happier than ever.

The other cats were put out that additional meals were not being supplied by this increased presence.

But for little Pix, the hands were home and available almost all the time now! All five of them! All hands on Pix!

More chin rubs, belly scratches, nose boops and whisker tickles than she ever thought possible.

In return she purred her bestest songs and snuggled liberally.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Caturday

covid-19, U.S. Media 

One of the things I want to do here at home is run an LDAP server using OpenLDAP/slapd. Is there anything online that others who have/are already doing this have found helpful?`

Reminder that sodium batteries exist. Yes, salt batteries are a thing and they've been around for quite a while. Research into them started at the same time as lithium batteries in the 1970s and 1980s.

And salt batteries are *at least* as efficient as lithium ones while being cheaper to create and far less damaging to the environment and our finite resources due to the abundance of sodium in the world.

We could be using these today, but capitalism is in the way.

Kids, while you're home and in lockdown, why not take 20 minutes and teach your parents some fucking media literacy.

I really, really, really wish #Mastodev would please not have every single gif file become a video.

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